Monthly Archives: March 2017

More funds available

bakke0x2c_per_0x2830x29We’ve already had one round of allocation of funding (Smådriftsmidler) this year, but there is still money left. Therefore, there will be a second round of allocations. The same criteria apply also this time.

Criteria and requirements

  • The leader of the research group must apply, and the purpose must be discussed and prioritized within the research group.
  • It must be documented that the group has applied for other external research funding in 2016.
  • Appropriations shall be annual and used during the budget year. The funds are not transferable to the next year.
Funding will be allocated to research groups that do not have large appropriations already.
  • The research group must document how the funds will be used.

A research project can receive up to 150,000 NOK per year. Researchers who have been awarded this amount in the recently completed round, cannot apply for more, while researchers with less funding, can apply again. Although an applicant in the same research group has received money, it is an opportunity for another within the same group to apply, but the same project can get maximum 150,000 NOK.

Application form are available here.
Send the application to Siv Eggereide.

The deadline is 1 April (and that’s not a joke!).

HSE corner: Bike to Work 2017

On 19 April starts this year’s Bike to Work-campaign. The aim is to get in better shape, but Bike to work is also a social initiative for employees. This year, the University of Bergen awards great prizes to both teams and individual participating employees. Details about these prizes are provided later. In addition, there are opportunities to win prizes in the national competition.

For more information: see here. (Link in Norwegian.)

Election of rector and members of the University Board

Dag Rune Olsen and Margareth Hagen are standing as candidates for rector and pro-rector. The election will take place from 30 March until 5 April.

Invitation to election meeting
You are invited to meet them on Monday 27 March at 13–15, Egget, Studentsenteret, Parkveien 1.
For more information: see here.

Elections of new members to the University Board
You may propose candidates to the University Board.
Proposal deadline is Friday 7 April at 12 p.m.
For more information: see here.

Earth Hour 25 March 2017

On Saturday 25 March at 08:30 p.m. local time, people worldwide turn off the lights for one hour as a climate campaign. It began in Sydney, Australia, in 2007 as a local action, and since then, Earth Hour has grown into the largest and most evocative climate campaign, with up to one billion participants year after year.

All students and staff at the University of Bergen are therefore encouraged to turn off the lights in every office and other rooms, and close the doors before taking a weekend.

Read more here.

NordForsk funding for research training courses

The Nordic network NORDOC, which UiB/MOF is part of, is planning to apply for funding from the NordForsk funds. The aim is to develop a series of research and doctoral training courses that can be offered through this network. The courses can be within all disciplines at the Faculty, and existing courses may be further developed for this purpose.

For more information: contact Roland Jonsson ( / 55 97 46 49).

Deadline to submit courses: 24 March 2017.

The Fulbright Norway Article of the Year Award 2017

The Fulbright Alumni Association of Norway has since 2014 awarded an annual prize for the best peer reviewed article published by a Norwegian Fulbright alumnus. Author(s) of the Article of the Year Award will receive a diploma together with 50 000 NOK. This year’s price is complemented by The Fulbright Norway Young Researcher Award. This is offered to the best academic article published in 2016 by a young scholar who is a PhD student or earned his/her PhD degree during the last three years. The winner of the Young Researcher Award will receive a diploma together with 10 000 NOK.

For more details, see here.

Deadline for both awards: Saturday 1 April 2017.

Education Awards at FMD 2017

In keeping with The Action Plan for Education (Handlingsplan for utdanning), the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry has since 2011 awarded three education awards: The Academic Quality Award (Studiekvalitetsprisen), The Teaching Award (Undervisningsprisen) and The Internationalization of Education Award (Pris for internasjonalisering i studiene). The Faculty is now announcing all three education awards for 2017.

For more details about purposes, criteria and nominations: see here. (Link in Norwegian.)

Deadline for submitting proposals to award candidates: Tuesday 18 April 2017.

The Sjöberg Prize for cancer research 2018

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences invites you to nominate candidate(s) for The Sjöberg Prize 2018.

The Sjöberg Prize for cancer research is awarded to scientists who have made major contributions to our knowledge about disease mechanisms, risk factors, or the treatment or prevention of cancer.

Nominations must be made by individuals and submitted electronically on a form available here.

Deadline for nominations: Monday 15 May 2017.

For more information: see here.

Further questions can be directed to the Sjöberg Prize secretary, Rune Toftgård ( / +46 8 673 95 60).

Summer School on Intellectual Property 2017 in Bonn

The University of Bonn, Germany, invites graduate and postgraduate students to a Summer School on Intellectual Property.

This Summer School addresses graduate and postgraduate students from any field of study, and will take place from 31 July to 11 August 2017. The program is conducted in English.

For more information: see here.

For questions: contact Mr. Michael Fischer or Ms. Kim Dubenkropp.

Public PhD Defence, week 12

ding_yunpeng_24_03Yunpeng Ding will defend his PhD thesis on Friday March 24th 2017
Trial lecture: Friday March 24th 2017 at 10:15 AM
Topic: Genetic polymorphisms and biochemical mechanisms related to One Carbon Metabolism and cardiovascular disease”
Place: Auditorium 1, BB building, Jonas Lies vei 91
Public defense: Friday March 24th 2017 at 12:15 PM
Place: Auditorium 1, BB building, Jonas Lies vei 91
Title of dissertation:“MTHFD1 and relevant biomarkers in cardiovascular disease. Observational studies in patients with suspected stable angina pectoris in Norway”
1st opponent:PhD Kristina Pentieva, Ulster University, United Kingdom
2nd opponent:Professor Nicholas Greene, University College London, United Kingdom

Press release (in Norwegian)

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

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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New Art faculty at UiB

bakke0x2c_per_0x2830x29University of Bergen got a new faculty on January 1st 2017 . The offcial name is Faculty of arts, music and design. It consist of the former Bergen National Academy of the Arts and the Greig Academy. The main purpose of the new faculty is education, artistic development, research and dissemination of art, music and design.

It’s just appointed a faculty director of the new faculty. It’s a person we here at K2 know well. Check who it is here.

Why does the the new faculty affect us at K2? For several reasons. Firstly because music and art has the potential to be used as a part of patient care, or to improve patients’ quality of life. Secondly, because art and design can be used to enhance both research applications and articles. Whether it concerns an application or a publication wishes to sell a message, and the phrase ”a picture tells a thousand words” is still valid. Thirdly, by working with people who are good in the audiovisual expression, we can better dissemination which is one of our main tasks, whether it involves the disclosure of our business in general or procurement of an application. Finally, we must be immodest enough to say maybe we can add something to the new faculty.

There is an increasing requirement to provide funds from externally. To do that, we need to think outside the box. One way is to seek cooperation with the people at the new Facutly of Arts from the points mentioned above.