Monthly Archives: March 2015

Happy Easter

As many of you may already know my term as leader of the Institute ends 1 April. Per Bakke will start a new period. Congratulations Per. At this point I want to thank all colleagues for support and for making the leadership period endurable and educational. The leadership group, and especially Synnøve has been of invaluable help.

 K2 is a fantastic place to work and has great potential for new discoveries in research. So keep up the good work.

Happy Easter! 


Family Blix fund for support medical research

Family Blix fund for  suppor of medical research was established on 1 December 1983. The purpose of the fund is to support medical research, particularly in the fields of cardiovascular disease and cancer, including medical diagnostics in these fields. Support from the Fund will particularly go to research that combines basal and clinical research, with special emphasis on applications from young researchers. Applications for grants must be submitted to the Fund’s Board v / attorney Erik Keiserud Hjort DA, Postboks 471 Sentrum, 0105 Oslo.
Applications must be sent no later than 25 June 2015. It must be written on a standard form which will be sent on request to e-mail

Intensivkurs i norsk – trinn 1

For the third time UiB now offer intensive Norwegian courses in the summer for international researchers (employee + spouse/partner of international researchers) and students.
This course is especially for those new to UiB in spring / summer.
It might be a good start to the employment relationship at UiB.
If  you have people coming, but not in until May 15th (deadline) – be sure to apply so they don`t have to wait until fall.

More info and registration:



Media practice for researachers

Do you dream about beeing headliner in The News? Do you want the Minister of Education and Research to read about your research in the newspaper? No matter what, media practice will still be useful. This is a course for you who want to get better impact through media.

We kindly ask research leaders to think through if you want to encourage someone spescial to participate.

For more information and registration ;

Deadline April 8, 2015

What about a mini-Nobel?

Science, Stockholm, and snow
Who among us hasn’t dreamed of being in Stockholm when the Nobel Prizes are awarded? If you’re a recent PhD graduate, the journal Science and SciLifeLab may just offer you that chance to walk among the new Nobel Laureates during the second week of December — and to accept a prize, no less. The four winners of the 2015 Science and SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists will have their essays published in Science, share a total of $60,000 in prize money, and attend an awards ceremony in Stockholm. 
Deadline for submissions is August 1, 2015.


Registration of personal information

Roland JonssonIn clinical research, the registration of personal information, is a particularly sensitive and important issue to deal with. This applies to all academic staff incl. PhD candidates and those in post-doc positions. University of Bergen (UiB) has adopted a general framework for health research and treatment of personal information at UiB (Case 52/12, 27/09/2012). The purpose and strategy document specifies, among other responsibilities, the current guidelines for securing confidentiality and data security. Requirements for agreements with partners, as well as internal requirements for employees’ skills, secures quality and internal control. The regulations can be found here:

As a follow up of this work, we have prepared an online form that has to be answered by the individual project owner, in projects where UiB is responsible for the research. The forms can be downloaded and answered here:

Please note that this applies only to projects where UiB is responsible for the conduct of research. All REK-approvals shall also be sent to the department to be filed in the archive system ePhorte. The same applies to NSD, but here the department Head and the Head of administration has access to the NSD portal.

In anticipation of a joint research server this “tax return” form will be sent out to be audited once a year. The deadline for this year is the 1st of May 2015. During 2015 there will also be performed an internal audit at UiB, where it will be inquired if we have a system in place for processing and storage of personal data at UiB. Just do it!  So we can all be certain of having the right high quality archive and storing facility for this kind of personal information. More reminders will be sent to each researcher at K2, ahead of the deadline 1st of May 2015.

Do you want to participate in Researcher’s Grand Prix/ Forsker grand prix?

National Science Week/ Forskningsdagene and UiB invite PhD-candidates to an information meeting about Researcher’s Grand Prix/ Forsker grand prix on the 9 of April  at 10 am. 
The meeting will take place at the Communication Division/ Kommunikasjonsavdelingen UiB,  Johannes Bruns gate 12, 5 floor/ 6.etasje.

We will here share with you some practical information about how to apply and what you as a participant can expect from Forsker grand prix. Last year’s winner of Forsker grand prix in Bergen, Audun Havnen, will also be there to share his experience and to answer any questions you may have. 

Link to the event in the UiB calendar:

Please contact Ingeborg Revheim within April 7, if you would like to attend this Meeting
Tel: +47 55 58 90 40/ +47 975 16 025

The Forsker grand prix application deadline is 15 of May!
For further information about Forsker grand prix:

Research Exchange through NMF

Norwegian Medical Association (NMF) has bilateral exchange agreements for medical students who want to go on a four week sabbatical leave in another country. Every year between 4-5 international students come to Bergen, and NMF takes responsibility for all the practical regarding housing, lunch and socially events on evenings and weekends for the students.  In the daytime, on weekdays, students participate in a research project, and it is were we hope that you can help us out!  Read more here.


Travel survey from Skyss

Travelling Public transportation to work?  Or do you wish that there was a route network that made you able to travel Public? Skyss wants to hear from you!

MOF is committed to improve transport conditions for our students and employees. To do this, Skyss requires updated knowledge on employee travel patterns. This means; what transportation do you use, what options do you have, and how are your experience of using various transportation to work? We hope you will help by participating in this travel survey from Skyss.

Skyss needs information from everyone. Weather you use public transportation daily or only occasionally, using car, bisycle or walking. 

The survey is web interview by TNS Gallup on behalf of Skyss. You are completely anonymous. Click on the link below and join. It takes 7-8 minutes to answer the survey. Deadline for submissions is Friday 27 March.

Link to the survey:

Everyone attending is in the draw of “Bergen Sentrum-gavekort”:

  1. Gavekort 2000 kr.
  2. Gavekort 500 kr
  3. Gavekort 500 kr
  4. Gavekort 250 kr
  5. Gavekort 250 kr
  6. Gavekort 250 kr


Information Meeting about The Organizational Development Project.

All employees are invited to an information meeting about the four recent reports from the working groups in the organizational development project.

The meeting will take Place at “Egget”, at the Student Centre, Friday, March 27 o’clock 9:00 to 11:30

During the meeting, leaders / secretaries to the last four subprojects will present workgroup recommendations, and it will be possible to ask questions. A more detailed program will be posted on the project’s website before the meeting.

A simple breakfast will be served at the entrance to the auditorium. For this reason we ask that employees who wish to participate registrates within  24 March.
Use the following link: (We will make gluten-free and vegetarian option)

We remind you that information about the project and about the working group reports, also are available on the project’s website:




Public defence Week 13

Ingeborg BrønstadIngeborg Brønstad will have her public defence on Thursday March 26, 2015
Trial lecture: Thursday March 26, 2015, kl.09.15
Topic: ”Hva trenger vi å vite for å forstå hvordan HLA-molekyler bidrar til utvikling av autoimmune sykdommer”
Place: Auditorium 2, Bygg for biologiske basalfag, Jonas Lies Vei 91
Public defence: Thursday March 26, 2015, kl.11.15
Place: Auditorium 2, Bygg for biologiske basalfag, Jonas Lies Vei 91
Title of dissertation: ”Genetics of autoimmune Addison’s disease and congenital adrenal hyperplasia”
1st opponent Professor Anne Spurkland, Universitetet i Oslo
2nd opponent Førsteamanuensis Jørn Sagen, Universitetet i Bergen

press release

Public defence Week13

Tangvik Randi 04Randi Julie Tangvik will have her public defence on Wednesday March 25, 2015
Trial lecture: Wednesday March 25, 2015, kl.10.15
Topic: ”Implementering av ernæringsstrategier i norsk helsevesen ”
Place: Stort auditorium, 3. et. Sentralblokken, Haukeland Universitetssykehus
Public defence: Wednesday March 25, 2015, kl.12.15
Place: Stort auditorium, 3. et. Sentralblokken, Haukeland Universitetssykehus
Title of dissertation: ”Nutritional risk in a university hospital: Challenges and    consequences in clinical practice”
1st opponent Professor Henrik Højgaard Rasmussen, Aalborg Universitet
2nd opponent Ph.d. Lene Thoresen, St. Olavs Hospital, Trondheim

 Press release


  1. DIA 27th Annual Euro meeting

Development, Innovation, Access and Patient Safety. Issues across the entire drug development value chain. 13-15 April 2015, Paris, France.

 2 Driving forces behind research and innovation. The Focus on Business Seminar 2015: From curiosity to success. Oslo, 21 April

 3 BIO-NANO match-making seminar for new joint Call on industry-relevant research in autumn 2015 (NANO2021 and BIONÆR). Oslo, 21 April

 4 Hvordan bli professor i Norge? Information and discussion about the path to professorship.

Oslo, 27 April

 New5. 10th NRI-Conference: Nordic Cooperation for Future Health and Challanges. Bergen, 4-5 May.

 6. Preannouncement: European IPR Helpdesk seminar “From Invention to Innovation” – Strategies for the Successful Exploitation. 12 – 13 May 2015, Bergen. More info comes here.

 New7. Webinar: Impact and Innovation in H2020 – a Guide for Proposers. 27 May 10.30-11.45. The registration will open 3 weeks in advance of the webinar.

 8. 2nd EATRIS conference: Building Bridges in Translational Medicine.

Amsterdam, 27-28 May 2015

 9 Conference EnGendering excellence. Gender is a cross-cutting issue in Horizon 2020. Distinguished international researchers will present why sex/gender analysis is crucial for the quality of their research. RCN, Oslo, 4-5 June 2015

 10. EuroNanoForum 2015: the largest European conference on nanotechnologies in the industrial environment offers excellent opportunities to find research and business contacts.

Riga, 10-12 June 2015

 11. 4th World Congress of Clinical Safety (4WCCS). Clinical Management and Governance for Healthcare Risk and Crisis. Vienna, Austria. 28 – 30 September 2015




The Biblical principle

Eystein 2The evangelist Matthew tells the parable about a man who went abroad. He summoned his servants and gave them responsibilities for his possessions. One servant was given 5 talents, another 2, yet another one, all according to their abilities. Then he left. He who was trusted with 5 invested them and earned 5 more, he who received two, made another two talents. He who was given one hid it in a hole in the ground, because he was afraid of his master.

After a long while the master returned and sent for them to report on their work. Both he who had invested 5 and 2 talents were congratulated on their good efforts, and was given new responsibilities. The one who had done nothing was punished. His one talent was given to the one who now had 10.

This week K2 has evaluated the applications for the seed funding (“smådriftsmidler”). The intention was that groups with weak funding could have the chance to obtain research money to start or continue important projects. Very few in this category applied which was very surprising. Instead a large part of the funding was given to groups that already have very strong finances, because they had applied.

You cannot complain of lack of funding if you do not apply! Hopefully, more will apply next year

Eystein Husebye
Head of institute


KGJ Scientific day

Day meeting: Applied Bioinformatics in Diabetes and Obesity

You will find the program HERE.

Information about how to sign up will be given shortly.
Invitation to dinner will be sent to all members on e-mail.

Information about some of the lecturers:
Miguel Lopez, Peter Arner, Jason Flannick, Leif Groop and Amit Majitha.

 The following day, May 6th, we’ll have workshops at Barneklinikken:
1) Exome data and bioinformatics
2) Large scale functional studies
3) Registry research
4) TBD

Støtte til strategisk posisjonering mot H2020

NRC has announced 5 million in additional positioning support (POS) in 2015.

The funds will contribute to participation in strategic processes aimed at H2020. The support is an active national coordination work which could include the establishment / operation of a national “EU shadow group” or similar field. The supported projects must address the national overall perspective.

The support should stimulate Norwegian participants to attend professional forums and interest organizations operating as input arena for various initiatives within ERA, which H2020, technology platforms, Joint Programming Initiatives, Public-Private-Partnerships etc.

The purpose is to promote Norwegian priorities and research agenda in the strategic work that goes on at EU arena.

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Founding from The Akademia Agreement

The Academia agreement between Statoil and UiB was signed in October 2013 with a term of five years (2014-18), and a budget of NOK 55 million (NOK 11 million per. Year).
The purpose is to develop long-term cooperation between UoB and Statoil, and to stimulate basic research and education in strategically important areas of expertise in both UoB and Statoil. The Akademia Agreement shall also be used strategically to stimulate cooperation in the selected areas internally at UoB, with corresponding areas in Statoil.
Deadline 8th April 2015
Read more (Norwegian only).