Daily Archives: Friday March 10th, 2017

We have to play each other better

k2nytt_2017_uke-10_leder_portrett_raederThe soccer team Rosenborg’s famous coach Nils Arne Eggen launched in his time the “Good Foot-Theory”. According to his theory we must “play each other better.” Nobel Laureate May-Britt Moser subsequently repeated his point in a research context. Unfortunately, it seems that the culture within the more competitive levels of academia goes in the opposite direction, at least if we are to believe a recent article in The Guardian. In this article, immunologist Lemaitre shares his reflections after his mentor Jules Hoffman received the Nobel Prize in 2011 for a discovery Lemaitre himself claims he was behind. He writes that “Reaching the top of the scientific hierarchy increasingly depends on a glittering media profile, publishing in “trophy journals” and cultivating a network of academic frenemies who are treated as close allies until they become obstacles in the path to academic glory”. He further writes that this narcissistic behaviour could eventually affect the objectivity of scientific research. He concludes by saying that “When you do a collective project with a narcissist at the end he has the feeling that he has done everything.” Such a culture is totally unacceptable and should be discouraged. One way to counter such a culture is to reward seniors who promotes their juniors’ career, for example by organizing their research activities so that their junior researcher develop independence and get their rightful last authorships without creating conflicts of interest. Today´s system credit the senior scientists for the numbers of doctoral students receiving their PhD. I hope we could also credit senior researchers´ ability to lift juniors to leading positions, both within and outside academia. To this end, the senior scientists would need to pass on some niches of their own research field and some potential last authorships to their junior group members. In return, the career progression for former junior group members should stand out in the senior´s CV, both at salary discussions, in applications for UiB scholarships and post-doctoral positions and in research applications. As it says in the Holy Bible, “for whatever one sows, that will he also reap”.


Election meeting on Friday 24 March 2017

k2nytt_2017_uke-10_valgmote_kandidater_170310In preparation for the election scheduled on 30 March to 5 April, an election meeting of the faculty will be held on Friday 24 March at 08.30–10 am with the rector candidate Dag Rune Olsen together with pro-rector candidate Margareth Hagen and their vice principal candidates Robert Bjerknes and Oddrun Samdal. They will start with presenting briefly their election platform, and then there will be an opportunity to ask questions and provide input to the election platform.

The meeting will be held in Auditorium 2 at the BB-building.

We look forward to seeing you!

CCBIO symposium 19–20 April 2017

CCBIO cordially invites you to their 5th CCBIO Annual Symposium at Solstrand 19-20 April 2017. The symposium in beautiful surroundings at Solstrand facilitates that students and researchers can make new contacts and catch up on the latest cancer research in their field. Don’t miss out!

The CCBIO symposium is a combination of invited, renowned international and national speakers and two long poster sessions during which younger researchers present their research. International speakers include the chairman of the Nobel Foundation, Carl-Henrik Heldin, and also John Heymach, Angela Nieto, Robert Gale, Jean-Christoph Bourdon, Krister Wennerberg, Diane Bielenberg, Salem Chouaib, Frederic Amant, Janine Terra Erler and Jeanette Woods. In addition you will get to hear from CCBIO researchers and other national cancer researchers, as well as young and upcoming investigators.

Make sure to register before the hotel is fully booked, and within the deadline 19 March. CCBIO looks forward to welcoming you!

You will find program and registration link at www.ccbiosymposium.no

4th advanced immunology course/workshop 5–7 April 2017

Bergen Research School of Inflammation (BRSI) together with Broegelmann Laboratory cordially invites you to their 4th advanced immunology course/workshop (3ECTS) under the topic of “Inflammation – Root of All Things Evil” at Voss 5–7 April 2017. The meeting will be held in Fleischer’s Hotel.

The advanced immunology course/workshop is a combination of invited, renowned international and national speakers and two poster sessions during which younger researchers present their research. International speakers include Francesca Barone, Thomas Dietrich, Arno Hanninen, Phillippe Gillery, Anca Katrina, Trevor Owens, and Yenan Bryceson, with Patrick Venables as a keynote speaker. In addition, you will get to hear from national researchers working in the field of inflammation as well as young and upcoming investigators. Broegelmann Laboratory together with UiB looks forward to welcoming you! Travel grants are available.

Program and registration.

Deadline for registration: Wednesday 15 March 2017.

Martens Scientific Seminar and the Martens lecture 2017

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 at Bikuben conference centre, Haukeland University Hospital, on Thursday 4 May 2017.

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

Program and registration here.

Funding announcements from Gades Legat

Gades Legat announces funds for use in research in pathology, microbiology and immunology. Anyone who is affiliated to a research group at UiB or Haukeland University Hospital in pathology, immunology or microbiology, can apply for funding.

Applications should be submitted electronically to Gades Legat by Secretary Håvard Hoel Aass.

Deadline: Wednesday 5 April 2017.

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Financial support for stays abroad for postdoctoral fellows

The Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry offers grants for research stays abroad for postdoctoral fellows and other scientific staff. The purpose of the grant is to cover initial and additional expenditures in connection with research-related stays abroad. It is also possible to apply for travel expenses to be covered. Research grants are given for stays abroad lasting from 3 to 12 months.

Announcement and application form can be found here.

Deadlines: 1 March and 1 October.

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