- 2018 COINS Ph.D. student seminar might take place on Svalbard, co-located with NISK ca. during the week 17-21 September 2018
- 2017 COINS Ph.D. student seminar in Oslo: 7-9 June 2017 (with SWITS)
- 2016 COINS Ph.D. student seminar in Bergen: 27-28 November 2016 (with NISK)
- 2015 COINS Ph.D. student seminar in Stockholm: 18-19 October 2015 (with NordSec and CySeP)
- 2014 COINS Ph.D. student seminar in Tromsø: 13-15 October 2014 (with NordSec)
- 2013 COINS Ph.D. student seminar in Stavanger: 20-21 November 2013 (with NISK)
COINS organises a yearly seminar for its student members. The seminar attempts to co-locate with the NISK Norwegian information security conference or the NordSec Nordic conference on secure IT systems when in Norway or Sweden (open to students in the Swedish SWITS network). The seminars focus on social aspects (common meals, excursions, community building activities) to create identification of Ph.D. students with the larger information security research community in Norway.
Supervisors attend only parts of the seminar so that students can discuss all topics, including challenges in academic relationships with their supervisors. The social context has become particularly important in recent years as cultural diversity among students has increased significantly, thus creating both new opportunities and new challenges for building a strong social and academic community.
Participating COINS Ph.D. students might be eligible for getting ECTS credits that can be used towards the taught component of their Ph.D. programme: Course codes IMT6004, IMT6005, IMT6006 at NTNU.
Requirements for IMT6004: Candidates need to give a presentation on their research at the Ph.D. student seminar and submit a report after the seminar. The report needs to document what questions the candidate were asked during and after presentation and how the candidate responded to them. In addition, candidates need to include in their report a compilation of research methods employed by Ph.D. students from other institutions present at the seminar and answer the question which of the methods candidates consider relevant in the field they work in, even if they have decided not to make use of these methods in their own research.