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Submit proposals for faculty opponent, chair and examining committee

Once the date and venue for the public defence of the thesis has been set, the department submits proposals for a faculty opponent, a chair and an examining committee to the LUSEM faculty office (Charlina Lunvald), at least five weeks before the event. Before that, the proposal (including a motivation) is to be reviewed by a collegial body at the department, and then signed by the head of department.

The decision to appoint a faculty opponent, chair and the examining committee has been delegated to the dean of LUSEM.

The main supervisor is usually appointed to chair the public defence of the thesis. The examining committee is to consist of five or three members who must at least be qualified as associate professors.

If the committee consists of three members:

  • at least one of them shall be employed outside Lund University
  • at least one of them shall be employed within Lund University
  • at most one of them may be employed at the department where the public defence is taking place.

If the committee consists of five members:

  • at least one of them shall be employed outside Lund University
  • at least one of them shall be employed within Lund University
  • at most two of them may be employed at the department where the public defence is taking place.

The main supervisor is responsible for contact with the faculty opponent and the examining committee.

Conflict of interest

In the appointment of a critical reviewer and members of the grading committee, the provisions regarding disqualification (conflict of interest) must be taken into account. The grading committee members and critical reviewer must be completely independent from the doctoral student, supervisors and any research project within which the thesis was written. This means that there can be no conflict of interest between any of the supervisors/doctoral student and the grading committee members/critical reviewer.

A conflict of interest exists:

  • in case of relatives or other close relationships
  • if any of the persons involved, or their loved ones, may be expected to benefit or be disadvantaged from the outcome of the public defence of a thesis
  • if the circumstances are such that confidence is jeopardised regarding the impartiality of the critical reviewer or grading committee members in their assessment of the thesis

Examples of situations involving a conflict of interest:

  • Co-authored publications during the last five years (close cooperation in a professional sense)
  • Supervisor relationship (without a time limit)
  • Expert assignments during the last five years
  • Financial conditions or other dependencies (e.g. project funding, joint applications or research projects)
  • Close friendship or enmity, or other situations involving a risk that a grading committee member/critical reviewer will not act impartially.