Monthly Archives: January 2017

Opportunity to apply for Project funding from the ExtraFoundation through Redd Barna

reddbarnaRedd Barna ønsker prosjektideer og skisser:

  • Health projects, spring =  deadline sketch Febuary 15th 2017 (but send it before if you want) 
  • Research Projects =  deadline sketch April 1st 2017 
  • Health projects, autum=  deadline sketch August 15th 2017 

Redd Barna is a member of ExtraFoundation, which annually announces Project funding in Research and Health Projects. In Connection With the announcement for 2017 Redd Barna now invites Research institutions, organizations and other relevant partners to apply for funds for New Projects through us.

ExtraFoundation has changed policies and deadlines since last year. Research Projects have until June 1st 2017, and Health Projects (previously prevention and rehabilitation) have until March 15th and September 15th 2017. We recommend that you read more here: and and

Tips to the application:

Redd Barnas Norwegianprogram monitor the fulfilment of children’s rights in Norway, and highlights the situatuion of children who are in a vulnerable and exposted situation. We document the situation of children, develop and spread new knowledge and engaged in political advocacy. An important part of the knowledge and documentation we need for the work we pick from project implemented in cooperation with partners.

We wish both Research Projects and studies and operational Projects (for example: testing Methods, surveys, processes With children ect.) related to issues pertaining children’s rights and position in Norway.

We are particularly interested in project ideas related to the following topics:

  • Asylum and refugee children
  • Violence and abuse against children, including online abuse
  • Trafficking children
  • Integration
  • Child welfare
  • Child poverty and social exclusion
  • Inclusion and solidarity in schools
  • Children’s participation
  • Other groups of children who do not get their rights / children’s rights in general
  • Volunteering

If anyone has great project ideas within other topics related to the situation of children and rights in Norway to let us know that too.

For that we will jointly make time to develop an application up to the deadline, we would like to initially have a sketch of 1-2 pages briefly describing project idea and objective. Project outlines submitted by e-mail to Questions can be sent to the same mail adress.

Offers for TBL course by MOF on 24th February and 9th March 2017

Two times to choose from

Friday February 24th at 12.00 – 15.00
Thursday March 9th at 12.00 – 15.00

Place: Bygg for biologiske basalfag, ferdighetsrom 1 (stort) i Medisinsk ferdighetssenter 3rd floor

A similar course was last offered at the same time in the spring of last year, and trainers are as previously;;  Olav Tenstad and Arne Tjølsen.

Deadline to both courses are Febuary 17th, see more information here.

Invitation to the 13th basic confocal course at MIC

MIC is happy to announce our 13th confocal course. The course is aimed at those of you who want to learn how to use a confocal microscope and will help you get started in the field of confocal imaging either you use the equipment at MIC or at your local institution. The principles of confocal imaging and the parameters to be aware of to be able to acquire the optimal images are the same regardless of which imaging system you use.

Some previous experience in confocal microscopy is clearly an advantage but not a prerequisite.

MIC has 2 confocal systems: Leica SP5 and Leica SP8 and you will be introduced to one of them.

Time: 21st-24th of March 2017
Place: Molecular Imaging Center, Inst. of Biomedicine, Jonas Lies vei 91, 5009 Bergen
Course fee: 4.500,- (incl. course material, dinner on the second evening and lunch on the last day)

The course has limited capacity of 18 participants and registration deadline is 20th of February 2017.

For registration please fill in this form:

More information and preliminary program please visit MICs webpage:

Won the award in science communication competition

In all, seven awards were presented at Research School of Clinical Medicine’s forskningsuke, where young and promising scientists lifted up.

Congratulation to the winners: Kai Triebner, Gard F. T. Svingen, Hanne Dillekås, Øystein Eikrem, Ida-Sofie Grønningsæter, Christine Drengenes, Maria K. Jonsson.

More information here. (only in Norwegian)

From the left:  Kai Triebner, Gard F. T. Svingen, Hanne Dillekås, Øystein Eikrem, Ida-Sofie Grønningsæter, Christine Drengenes, Maria K. Jonsson.

From the left: Kai Triebner, Gard F. T. Svingen, Hanne Dillekås, Øystein Eikrem, Ida-Sofie Grønningsæter, Christine Drengenes, Maria K. Jonsson.



New Year and New Opportunities for Even BETTER Teaching!

Jone Trovik, portrett til disputasDear everyone. Medicine 2015 progresses and we will keep the ‘pressure’ up to improve our educational expertise and offerings

We are fortunate to have a dedicated educator affiliated medical faculty: Monika Kvernenes. She helps us to find out what each of us want of further concrete offer educational expertise. It is therefore sent out a mapping survey. If you answer it, we can create personalized programs, isn’t it great? We hope as many as possible answers the mail sent on January 18th, check in your inbox.

April 27th is this springs teaching day. This is a forum with the possibility of concrete practical refills respect teaching. We have started working with Medical Multiple Choice Database for UiB. Hans Flaatten will show us how far this has come, how taxonomy (categorization) heal up and how we can take advantage of My UiB versus Inspera to save / import duties

He has extensive experience in the use of MCQ both the exam but also as “teaser” before the actual teaching ( “Quiz”).

OSCE; Objective Structured Clinical Exam for 3rd year students were piloted for the second time 4th of May. A sample (about 50 160 students) will be offered to participate. Ketil Grong heads the OSCE Committee (thanks for the great efforts here Ketil!) And is now asking for specific contacts of each semester (1 empty 6th semester) to clarify what is taught by current skills suitable for testing examination.

On the teaching day we will review how OSCE work and then go ahead and plan what might be appropriate jobs for the next step OSCE (end exam 12th semester). Skill Centre’s role both to provide skills training but also use the OSCE will be discussed.

We organize offers of clinical practice differently to different departments. At Stavanger University Hospital, they used a systematic program of practice supervisors who highly valued by students. Ragnar Sande will tell about how they have achieved such success.

Can we get better at recognizing and motivating clinicians in teaching work

“Clinical teacher” is a term used by some medical faculty / medical schools. This may involve a formal (albeit unpaid) adjacent to the faculty that gives merit respect any later university employment and access to some university benefits such as access to journal / web resources, training / cultural offerings, participation in educational / other universities courses. If you have suggestions for what can be content in such a clinical instructor / teaching remuneration takes educational officer K2 ( welcome suggestions.


Public PhD Defence, week 5

omsland_03_02jpgMaria Omsland will defend her PhD thesis on Friday, February 03rd, 2017
Trial lecture: Friday, February 03rd, 2017, 10:15
Topic:  “Cell-cell communication in cancer and metastasis and novel therapeutical avenues”
Place:  Auditorium 1, BB-bygget, Jonas Lies vei 91
Public defense: Friday, February 03rd, 2017, 12:15
Place:  Auditorium 1, BB-bygget, Jonas Lies vei 91
Title of dissertation: “Investigation of the intercellular structure tunneling nanotube (TNT) in leukemia.”
1st opponent: PhD Graça Raposo, Institut Curie, Frankrike
2nd opponent:Associate Professor Gerwin Huls, Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences, Nederland

Press release (in Norwegian)

Dear colleagues at University of Bergen

hhIn connection with the opening of the Center for Nutrition we want to map the resources and environments that are engaged in nutrition research at the MOF and HUS to get overview of nutrition Research.

The survey will include academic staff including research, PhD and Master’s students. When completing the form, it is particularly important that the term for projects / vacancies are available to ensure an updated list. Master and PhD students and projects can also be presented on our website(

It is desirable that a reply be sent by February 20th 2017 to me ( or to Birger Berge in the administration (

Holiday info 2017

It’s time to start planning your holidays. The Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry has set the following deadlines for application for holidays for 2017:

Holiday Deadline for request Fixed holiday
Winter Holiday (week 9) 01.02.2017 15.02.2017
Easter Holiday (week 15) 01.03.2017 15.03.2017
Summer holiday (at least 3 weeks between (15.05-15.09) 01.04.2017 15.04.2017
Autumn Holiday (week 41) 15.08.2017 01.09.2017
Any leftover Holidays 01.10.2017 15.10.2017

Application for Winter Holiday should be sent in PAGA no later than 01.02.2017. Information about holidays and how to register it can be found here:
If you have any questions regarding Holidays and registering please contact Personnel Consultant: Linn Christine Meland,, phone. 55 97 29 54.

Offers of TBL course by MOF on 24 February and 9 March 2017

Two times to choose from:

Friday 24 February at. From 12.00 to 15.00 or

Thursday 9 March at. 12:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Location: Building for Biological Research, ferdighetsrom 1 (large) in medical skill center 3rd floor

A similar course was last offered at the same time in the spring of last year, and trainers are as previously; Olav Tenstad and Arne Tjølsen.

Registration deadline for both courses is on 17 February, see the link in the attachment here.

The K2 economic report 2016

Per BakkeThe K2 economic report for 2016 is now ready. The main figures for the annuum account are shown here. The overall result was a surplus of about NOK 1.6 million. This was achieved mainly through increased revenue and slightly lower salary costs than budgeted. Before people are now starting to suggest good causes on which the money could be spent, it should be mentioned that this is restricted money. However, most important for K2 is that we are rid of the debt and have a healthy economy.

The second tableof interest relates to the so-called BOA-economy and shows how much external funding the research groups have obtained. We budgeted NOK 79 millions, while the final result showed NOK 83.5 million. About one third of this amount came from NFR and about 10% from the EU. The amount “annen bidragsaktivitet” comprises mainly funding from The Norwegian Cancer Society, “gaveforsterkning” and various foundations. I am pleased to see that we overachieved as to external funding. Alternatively, we were not ambitious enough while budgeting. I think the potential for increasing the BOA activity is great.

The economic situation for K2 implies that for the first time in several years we will not reduce the number of faculty positions next year. I will come back to that



Kristof’s H2020 Workshop at K2

Kristof from UiB’s Brussels office visited K2 Thursday in Week 3. The participants received tips and tricks on writing applications and interpretation of the text of the calls. There were plenty of time for questions and discussion. A big thanks to Kristof for taking the time to visit us, and we hope we can repeat this on another occasion.

Public PhD Defence, Week 3

olsen_jan_roger_0Jan Roger Olsen will defend his PhD thesis on Friday, January 27th, 2017
Trial lecture: Friday, January 27th, 2017, 10:15
Topic: “The potential role of immunotherapy of tumors with high mutational/neoantigen load versus low mutational/neoantigen load”
Place: Auditorium 4, BB-bygget, Jonas Lies vei 91
Public defense: Friday, January 27th, 2017, 13:15
Place:  Auditorium 2, BB-bygget, Jonas Lies vei 91
Title of dissertation:  “Context dependent transcription factor regulation in normal and malignant cell differentiation”
1st opponent: Professor Norman J. Maitland, University of York, Storbritannia
2nd opponent: Professor Juha Klefström, University of Helsinki, Finland

Press release (in Norwegian)

Horizon 2020 HelpDesk

Horizon 2020 HelpDesk is a meeting arena where companies and researchers can meet and develop Horizon 2020 (H2020) projects.Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU research and innovation programme, and provides funding over 7 years (2014 – 2020).

Who should attend?
Companies and researchers from the Bergen Region are welcome to book a meeting at the HelpDesk.

What services do we provide?
EU advisors and business developers will answer your questions and help you with:
•Finding the right calls
•Application writing process
•Project organisation
•Finding partners
•Financing the writing process

Horizon 2020 HelpDesk runs every second Wednesday (even weeks) from 9PM to 12PM at BTO (2nd floor, Vitensenteret, Thormøhlensgate 51).

You can register for the HelpDesk here, or contact us if you have any questions. Contact information .