Help us support your PhD students

We are developing a platform for universities to improve PhD student support.

Increase the visibility of PhD projects, enable online networking and knowledge exchange, strengthen the wellbeing and the employability of your students.
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Invisible research

When interviewed, PhD students express the importance of promoting and sharing the work in their PhD project. But lack of easy-to-use tools and other priorities prevent the majority of them from doing so.

Though the institutional CRIS system often profiles the PhD students within the institution, the CRIS is not suited for their needs. Resulting in piles of scattered and incomplete PhD profiles + zero chances of the ongoing research to be discovered by an audience.

It is not uncommon to hear about burned out PhD students, struggling with work/life balance, suffering from imposter syndrome, and experience forms of loneliness.

While their early work's visibility will not solve that alone, interest and outreach from other researchers, institutions, or industry are uplifting and motivating. That can only happen when the work is visible.
Invisible research is,
by definition, low impact
Martyn Lawrence, Investigating Academic Impact conference, LSE 2011
We want to change the status quo

Inlihtan helps PhD students grow & boost the impact of their work

Give your PhD students a warm welcome and a tool of their own.

Inlihtan is the SaaS platform built for and together with the PhD students. Designed to make them thrive, grow & boost the impact of all their hard work during the PhD trajectory. The platform improves the likelihood of a fulfilled completion and a successful PhD degree + landing the desired job.

Early and consistent promotion and planning provide indisputable benefits to the PhD student, and the inlihtan platform helps with that.

A platform for knowledge exchange & science communication

The importance of having an online and connected PhD profile is crucial but often overlooked. We believe it should be endorsed and supported by the institution to profoundly promote ongoing research, support the PhD student to build a network, and help them with the next career step.

Creating an online professional profile does not have to be tedious and painful. The user interface in inlihtan is simple, delightful, and easy to use. Plus, the inlihtan team offer timely first level support to users whenever they are stuck or need help.

Inlihtan reuses data from other systems, so users don't have to re-key data. The institution has API access to data entered by or on behalf of their students following the data retention policy.

Give your PhD students a way to make an impact

On top of the individual profiles, the institution will get a public presence showcasing all the PhD projects. Projects are grouped into collections defined by the institution. Highlight specific projects and profile institutional strength & focus areas.

SEO optimised and a perfect way for the PhD research to become discoverable and attract key stakeholders: e.g. funders, publishers, academic & industrial partners, recruitment of new PhD students, and future employers of your graduates.

A space for sharing, caring & networking

Give your PhD students a tool to contribute and exchange knowledge with stakeholders and peers with ease. Let them share all aspects of ongoing and published research related to their PhD project, e.g. hypotheses, updates, data, findings, misfits, failures and work. Users can use the format that works best, podcast, vlog, presentation or written notes.

One-click postings to social networks with a link back to the PhD project gives the audience a full overview of the research.

We know the institution cares for the wellbeing of the enrolled PhD students. Use inlihtan as a robust virtual companion alongside the networking events you already arrange at your institution.

The students receive curated and personalised tips & tricks from other PhD students and thought leaders within the PhD domain. Timely delivered based on what the student is currently working on.

Screenshot from the solution

Embrace and support Open Science

Sharing ongoing research taps directly into the Open Science agenda. What is more natural than emphasising Open Science for the next generation of early career researchers?

Use inlihtan as an institutional backed communication platform. Make new knowledge available to different audiences and close the gap between what is researched and what is published.


About the inlihtan project
Why call the platform inlihtan?
Inlihtan is an Old English form of Enlighten
Meaning:
  1. give (someone) greater knowledge and understanding about a subject or situation
  2. to illuminate, make bright, cause to shine
  3. to restore sight, give clear sight; to clear the mental fog, to enlighten
  4. to give light to
  5. to shine
Source: Oxford Dictionary of English
inlihtan
The logo and the name symbols the contribution to, and the exchange of knowledge.
Inlihtan is a new project started by me, Henrik S. Rasmussen in the spring of 2020.

After 20 years of heading design and product strategy for the industry-leading CRIS system Pure, it was time to start a chapter and endeavour. I have since been working on designing the inlihtan platform to serve PhD students and their host institutions' needs.

Talking to numerous PhD students, supervisors and academics involved in PhD responsibilities, senior university leaders, science communication experts, professional service staff, and good friends has formed the design and will continue to do so.

We are now assembling the right team to build and run the inlihtan platform. We plan to launch the platform in the autumn this year.
We continue to seek input from stakeholders and are looking for pilot customers.
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Thanks to all who helped us so far
We want to thank all the people who have helped shape and design the solution so far. By providing invaluable input, insights, questioning reasons, verified and corrected assumptions, pointing at research and expert work in the area.

Alexander Ahrenkiel Bendt Støvelbæk, PhD Student, Roskilde University
Anne Lykke, Phd, VBN Team, University Library, Aalborg University
Anne-Sofie Dichman, PhD student, University of Copenhagen
Anne Thorst Melbye, Head of Office - Pure, University of Southern Denmark
Asger Væring Larsen Senior Adviser, University Library, University of Southern Denmark
Cecilie Koldbæk Lemvigh, PhD student, University of Copenhagen
Christian Buchmayer, University library, University of Vienna
Christiane Særkjær, PhD student Aarhus University
Esben Elholm Madsen, PhD student, University of Southern Denmark
Frederik Lehman Dornonville de la Cour, PhD student,
Gert Poulsen, Deputy Librarian, Copenhagen Business School
Heidi Lundbeck Nielsen, Vice Head of the PhD School, University of Southern Denmark
Helle Nygaard Gerbild, PhD student, Aalborg University
Jannik Egelund, PhD student, Roskilde University
Jens Kjeldgaard-Christiansen, Postdoc, Aarhus University
Jeppe Eriksen, PhD student, Aalborg University
Joachim Elmegaard, PhD student, Copenhagen Business School
Kasper Gram Bilde, PhD student, Aalborg University
Kasper Glerup Lauridsen, PhD student Aarhus University
Laura Bjørg Serup Petersen, PhD student, Aarhus University
Liv Bjerge Laursen, Librarian CBS Library, Copenhagen Business School
Louise Lynn Halle, PhD Student, Roskilde University
Lynne Spence, Project Manager, Postgraduate Research Solutions Centre, Queen's University Belfast
Marianne Lykke, Professor, Aalborg Universitet
Marianne Vogsen, PhD student, University of Southern Denmark
Martin Kjær, PhD student, Aalborg University
Mattias Skipper, PhD student, Aarhus University
Michael Greil, Research Information Systems Manager, University of Vienna
Nicholas Blease, Programme Manager, Research and Enterprise Directorate, Queen’s University Belfast
Nils Thidemann, Centre Director, University Library, Aalborg University
Pernille Bærendtsen, PhD student, Copenhagen Business School
Peter Hyldgaard, Sciencecom DK
Rasmus Skov Olesen, PhD student, University of Copenhagen
Rene Bærentsen, PhD student, Aarhus University
Reza Abolhassani,  PhD student, University of Southern Denmark
Sarai Løkkegaard, PhD, Aalborg University
Sophie Lauridsen, PhD student, Aalborg University
Sophus Helle, Postdoctoral Fellow, Freie Universität Berlin
Stig Nyman Christiansen, PhD student, Copenhagen Business School
Susanna Andreasi Bassi, PhD student, DTU, Technical University of Denmark
Søren Bundgaard Brøgger, PhD student, Copenhagen Business School
Søren Christian Krogh, PhD student, Aalborg University
Søren Viborg Vestergaard, PhD student, Aarhus University
Søren Vidmar, MSSc, VBN Team, University Library, Aalborg University
+ many others