Monthly Archives: March 2017

The technicians at K2

bakke0x2c_per_0x2830x29The technicians at K2, and the skills and knowledge they represent, are a great resource for the department. In total, there are 46 technicians employed on basic funding at K2. In addition, there all the technicians who are externally salaried at the department. Technicians employed on basic funding are allocated across the research groups after a certain formula based on group size, research production and citation index. The research group leader is responsible for the disposition of the technicians associated with the group. This means that everyone in the group should have equal access to assistance from the technicians. It is particularly important that young researchers are included when the technical resources are allocated. It should not be the case that the technicians are reserved for the established professors in the groups. Finally, it is important that the technicians’ skills and wishes are taken into account in the allocation of resources.

Besides, I will remind you that K2 has set aside funds for competence building among technicians. It can be applied for funding at any time. Support from the department assumes that the research group contributes with the same amount as it is applied for. Last year, not all the deposited funds were spent.


Martens Scientific Seminar and the Martens lecture 4 May

In collaboration with the Norwegian Centre for Mental Disorders Research (Norment, CoE) and K.G. Jebsen Centre for Psychosis Research, Dr. E. Martens Research Group for Biological Psychiatry invites you to the Martens Scientific Seminar and the Martens lecture 2017.

Time: Thursday 4 May 2017, 12:00–16:00
Location: Bikuben conference centre, Haukeland University Hospital

The main topic is “How translational research has disclosed many old secrets of psychotic disorders”.

The Martens Lecture 2017 will be held by Professor Danielle Posthuma, Centre for Neurogenomics and Cognitive Research, VU University Amsterdam: “The role of big data, new statistical tools and functional studies in deciphering the genetics of schizophrenia”.

Please see program for more details.

Sign up here.

New skills for a new era

Hordaland County Council invites partners in business, education and the public sector to the conference Ny kompetanse for ei ny tid – Kan europeisk samarbeid bidra til å utvikle framtidsretta kompetanse i Hordaland? (New skills for a new era – can European cooperation help to develop future-oriented expertise in Hordaland?).

Time: 19 April 2017 at 10:00–15:30.

Location: Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Bryggen in Bergen.

Program (only in Norwegian).

Deadline for registration: Wednesday 12 April.

Free internet courses on Pharmaceutical Bioinformatics

The September 2017 introductory course on Pharmaceutical Bioinformatics (7.5 ECTS credits) given by Uppsala University is now open for application.

The course, which is free of charge for EU/EAA-citizens, is suited for researchers, post docs, teachers and students who are interested to learn how complex chemical and biomedical processes can be investigated even down to their finest chemical details using informatics, and how this can be used for the development of novel drugs.

Further information and registration form are available here.

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Nils Normann’s travel grant to Øyvind Bruserud

k2nytt_2017_uke-13_oyvind-bruserud_portrettAt the Norwegian Society for Endocrinology’s winter conference, Øyvind Bruserud received the Nils Normann’s travel grant. Bruserud is a PhD student affiliated to the endocrine research group at K2, led by Eystein Husebye. The grant will fund a stay abroad this spring at the University of Oxford. Here, Bruserud will investigate immunological mechanisms in autoimmune polyendocrine syndrome type 1. K2 congratulate!


Ultrafiolett EysteinInnovation was one of the topics discussed at the spring’s strategy meeting. In collaboration with the The Department of Biomedicine, we follow up on the matter with a joint seminar on Innovation and biotechnology. May 11th, Professor Ulf Landgren from Uppsala University will hold two seminars on “Innovation and biotechnology” and “Molecular tools for high performance analyzes of proteins and nucleic acids”, the latter is held as a BBB-seminar. It also gives the opportunity to speak with Landgren in smaller groups.

Ulf Landgren delivers a number of inventions that are commercialized successfully, including Padlock method for amplification of DNA and “proximity ligation” that provides ultra-sensitive detection of molecules. The latter method led to the creation of the company OLink (

Mark the day in your calendar already now

Good innovative weekend


Applying for summer vacation before 1 April

k2nytt_2017_uke-12_summer-holidayEmployees at the University of Bergen apply for holiday in PAGA, and the employer confirms that the application has been approved in PAGA. If no holiday has been registered by 01.04.2017, the employer may enter a three weeks’ holiday for the employee and order that the holiday is taken out in this period. Any leftover holidays should be registered by 01.10.2017. If the total amount of holidays has not been registered by this date, the employer will fix a holiday and determine that it is taken out in this period. Information regarding holiday can be found in PAGA. Any changes in a registered holiday should be approved by the employer before the holiday is taken. The holiday balance in PAGA should be 0 for all employees by the end of the year.

More information is available here.

Deadline: 1 April 2017.

Inquiries may be directed to Linn Christine Meland ( / 55 97 29 54).

Maintenance of the wooden floor in the LAB-building 24–26 March

There will be maintenance of the wood floor in the LAB-building 24–26 March. The work begins on Friday at 4:00 p.m., and ends Saturday night. The most worn wooden floors from the 2nd to the 9th floor will be given priority. All hardwood floors in the 3rd, 4th and 5th floors will be oiled. Areas “blocked” on Friday, can be used again when locking ties are removed.

Seminar series at the Centre for Nutrition | Wednesday 5 April


We have the pleasure to invite you to the first seminar in a new series of seminars with lectures on nutrition by researchers from home and abroad. The series will address key challenges in nutrition and health.

Time: Wednesday 5 April, at 14:30–15:30

Venue: Auditorium 4, The BB-building (map)


Moderator: Gülen Arslan Lied

  • Perspectives on diet and the obesity epidemic (Simon Dankel)

There will be light refreshments. Welcome!

More information about the Centre for Nutrition is available here.

Eurolife International Summer School 10–14 July

The Eurolife International Summer School, entitled “Antimicrobial drug resistance – research and innovation” will take place in Barcelona from 10 to 14 July 2017. This will be a highly interactive course. If you are currently conducting AMR-related research with a translational angle, you may find this course particularly helpful.

More information about this course is available here and here.

Tuition fees: 700€ (almost all included).

Deadline for registration: 7 April 2017.

Seminar for Research Applications to the Norwegian Cancer Society

The Norwegian Cancer Society invites to a seminar for research applications on Monday 24 April in Oslo. At the seminar you will be familiar with the background, objectives and framework for the Cancer Society funding of cancer research and get an idea of user involvement in cancer research.

Deadline for registration: Wednesday 19 April.

Information and program are available here.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions 2017

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions 2017 is now ready for launch, and those responsible wants to reach out to as many people as possible during the mobilization period.

The plan is to visit all the faculties and possibly some departments, individual groups and centers. The target audience is not the administration, but researchers, research groups / group leaders, project managers, centre / center leaders, young researchers and institute / department leaders.

More information about the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions 2017 is available here.

Inquiries may be directed to Emmanuel Babatunde or Jeanette Helgesen.

Public PhD Defence, week 13

Full page photoIda Wergeland  will defend her PhD thesis on Thursday, March 30th, 2017
Trial lecture: Thursday, March 30th, 2017 at 11:00  AM
Topic:  ”M.tuberculosis versus human immunity: who wins the Battle and why?”
Place:  Large auditorium, Main building, Haukeland University Hospital, Jonas Lies vei 65.
Public defense: Thursday, March 30th, 2017 at 1:00 PM
Place:  Auditorium 1, BB – building, Jonas Lies vei 91
Title of dissertation:  ”Immune cells and soluble immune markers in different stages of tubercuosis. Potential biomarkers for diagnosis and treatment efficacy”
1st opponent: PhD Delia Goletti, Lazzaro Spallanzani National Institute for Infectious Diseases, Italy
2nd opponent: Associate professor Susanne Dam, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Press release (only in Norwegian)

New names

k2nytt_2017_uke-12_nytt-navn_thomas-legoyWe present Thomas Aga Legøy, Master of biology at the University of Bergen. Thomas started on 15 March 2017 as a PhD student at K2, in the group for diabetes research. He will characterize cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in the gradual failure of insulin producing β-cells in diabetes, under supervision of Simona Chera. If you want to say hello, he is in the 6th floor of the new Children and Youth Hospital (BUS1).