Daily Archives: Thursday November 13th, 2014

HSE-seminar with buoyancy

bilde (1)Many agree that this year’s HSE-seminar was «the best HSE-seminar ever».  We enjoyed a diverse programme consisting of group sessions with problem solving, a “feel good” seminar with Marco Elsafadi, and a panel debate on the issue – how can K2 become a better place to work?
The HSE-seminar is somewhat similar to Christmas services, it is nice and pleasant to hear about baby Jesus in the crib and sing Christmas carols, but then we forget about it until next Christmas.  This time I want at least some of the lessons and ideas to be remembered and implemented.

Marco Elsafadi talked about his experiences as an athlete and as head of a company, focusing on politeness and generosity.  He talked about Daniel who always greeted others by name, made coffee, and created a pleasant working environment around himself; about laughter and generosity.  It might sound like fluff for “hard core scientists”, but it is actually important that people are happy – the joy of work will increase, and productivity and creativity will rise.  You are all encouraged to greet everyone you meet at K2, and also to learn the name of someone you do not know.

The panel debate was constructive and engaging.  An issue raised by several contributors was common meeting areas.  The K1/K2 seminars and K2-news are both examples of meeting areas which I believe functions well.  Helge Ræder suggested a discussion forum such as Harvard catalyst.  As we do not have the possibility to create our own intranet at K2, we have this week launched the group “K2 katalysator” on Facebook as our “intranet”.  The idea is that the Facebook forum can work as a “water hole” where K2 people can discuss/ask about collaborations, advice when the PCR-reaction do not work, or put in a request for equipment or chemical badly needed.  Further, the page may be used to announce academic and social activities as well as to discuss other scientific or social issues related to K2.  You are all hereby invited to participate!

We will also present the summaries of the various group sessions at the HMS-seminar in upcoming issues of K2-news so that this work will not be forgotten either.  Thus, HSE is on the agenda throughout the entire year.

I wish you all a productive weekend and week.

Eystein Husebye

Acting Head of Department

Research presentations from 2014

Researchers and PhD-candidates from K1 and K2, as well as from Helse Bergen, are invited to present their work to fellow researchers and the general audience through poster presentation. The event is organized by the Bergen Postgraduate School of Clinical Medical research, and the poster exhibition will take place on January 26-30, 2015.  Prizes will be awarded the best posters.  Deadline for signing up is December 1, 2014.  Click here for more information.

Equality conference at UiB

The University of Bergen is inviting anyone interested to the annual one-day conference on equality on December 5.  At this year’s conference you will meet researchers, activists and practitioners who, from their different viewpoints, will contribute with illuminating the topic of sexual orientation in regards to discrimination at the work place.  Kim Friele and Norman Anderssen are among the exciting speakers invited.  The conference will be opened by Rector Dag Rune Olsen and will finish with a panel debate hosted by Linda Eide.

Read more here (in Norwegian)

Sign up here (in Norwegian). Deadline for signing up is November 30.


Revised equipment list for the Budget process 2015

The Research Council at K2 has discussed the budgeting of equipment for 2015. The Research Council reviewed all suggestions regarding what equipment benefits the institute the greatest, as well as what equipment already exists today at K2 and in the Laboratory building. Cilck here for a summary of the meeting (in Norwegian). Click here for detailed budget (in Norwegian).

Academic Meeting on Breast Cancer

Novartis, in cooperation with Hans Petter Eikesdal from the Department of Oncology, Haukeland University Hospital, is happy to invite anyone interested to an exciting afternoon meeting with Professor Fabrice André, one of the world’s leading researchers in treatment of breast cancer.

Time: Thursday November 27, 2014, at 3 pm

Place: Morning meeting room, Department of Oncology, Parkbygget, U. floor.

Please send an e-mail to anita.fredriksen@novartis.com if you wish to participate at the meeting.

For more information click here.