Daily Archives: Friday June 9th, 2017

Digitalization at UoB

Per BakkeThe government has made it clear that the universities are to promote digitalization within all fields. Traditionally we have considered digitalization primarily as a tool to optimize administrative services. In recent years digitalization within teaching and at examinations have become more common. A good example is the efforts done by Martin Biermann of which he received the Faculty Dissemination Prize 2017.

Also, research may benefit from digitalization. As part of the efforts to respond to the requests from the government, the university has made a strategy for digitalization.  UoB will establish working groups for how to promote digitalization within teaching and research, and within the administrative services. I have heard some state that digitalization is just a way to make the scientists do secretary work. This assessment is too simple.

The university will organize a “Come together day” on digitalization 4 October 2017 in Grieghallen. The aim is to present various ways of digitalization to promote teaching and research, as well as administrative services. Those who might have projects that could be presented in Grieghallen, please notify this by sending an e-mail to org2022@uib.no within Monday 12 June..

The event in Grieghallen will be open to everybody at the university. Note the date! Digitalization is here to come, we should join it. By visiting Grieghallen 4 October, we might get some good ideas to use in our own research, teaching or administrative work


Evaluation of the new faculty structure

Social mediaAs previously mentioned in K2News (week 17), the reorganization of the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, which was completed in 2013, will be evaluated. In this regard, the faculty’s management wishes that as many people as possible will answer a questionnaire that will be sent out Monday 12 June. The deadline is 23 June.


Information about the process and the questionnaire can be found on the faculty’s website (link in Norwegian).

Workshop: Network Biology/Integromics Bioinformatics

NORBIS and CCBIO are very happy to announce the workshop

Network Biology/Integromics Bioinformatics – Applications Towards Medicine

Time: 23–25 August.
Venue: Hotel Terminus, Bergen.

During this workshop, world leading experts in the field will discuss how network science meets omics data, give an introduction to graph theory and an overview of different types of biological networks, and present integromics approaches for complex disease analysis, including practical sessions using R and Cytoscape. Confirmed speakers include Albert-László Barabási, João Pedro de Magalhães, Alfonso Valencia and several others.

You may find more information and register here (link) or here (pdf).

Deadline for registration: 15 June.

Bioinformatics in Bergen | 2nd-3rd October 2017

This year’s Bioinformatics in Bergen (BiB) retreat takes place on the 2nd–3rd October at Solstrand hotel at Os.

The event is aimed at all local researchers working in fields related to bioinformatics and seeks to provide a framework in which researchers can meet, exchange ideas and create opportunities for networking and collaboration. The agenda will involve presentations from researchers within the Bergen area and guest speakers from abroad, as well as social and outdoor activities.

Thanks to financial support from the Bergen Research Foundation (BFS), there are no registration fees for the meeting; transportations, accommodations and meals will be covered. The event capacity is limited to 50 participants, we still have some seats available, so if you would like to attend please register your interest by replying to this link before 15th June 2017.

6th Building Bridges symposium: Epigenetics in clinical and translational research

The Building Bridges symposia series is arranged to bridge clinical and basic/translational research and provide examples of how teams of investigators are working together towards a better understanding of the pathophysiology of disease and improved options for patient treatment and care.

The 6th Building Bridges symposium will highlight how epigenetics research can be leveraged to improve our understanding of health and disease. The course set the stage by learning about the basics: What is epigenetics? How can studying epigenetics enable precision medicine? Then, with research-focused talks from clinical and translational researchers, the symposium will explore detailed examples of discovery, development, and application in the areas of 1) epigenomics, 2) cell differentiation in disease, and 3) epigenetic modifiers as drug targets. The symposium will be closed by engaging the public in the future societal applications of epigenetics research.

Time: 10–11 October 2017.
Lecture hall 2, Biomedicum, Helsinki, Finland.

Information, program and registration.

 Deadline for registration: 15 September.


Public PhD Denfense, Week 24

jacob_holter_grundtJacob Holter Grundt will defend his PhD thesis on Thursday June 15th 2017
Trial Lecture:  Thursday June 15th 2017 at 10:15 AM
Topic:  ”Prevention strategies at the population Level to combat the obesity epidemic in children – role of sugar-sweetened bebarages”
Place: Auditoriet, Sykehuset Innlandet, Lillehammer
Public defense: torsdag, 15. juni 2017 kl: 12:15
Place:  Auditoriet, Sykehuset Innlandet, Lillehammer
Tilte of dissertation:  ”Biological and behavioral determinants of fetal and childhood Growth and risk of developing obesity”
1st opponent:  Professor Mark Hanson, University of Southhampton, U.K.
2nd opponent:  Professor Anne karen Jenum, Universitetet i Oslo

Press release (In Norwegian)

Public PhD Defense, Week 24

Kai TriebnerKai Philipp Triebner will defend his PhD thesis on Thursday, June 15th 2017
Trial lecture: Thursday, June 15th 2017 at 10:00 AM
Topic:  ”Hormonal contraceptives and respiratory health”
Place:  Auditoriet, Kvinneklinikken, Jonas Lies vei 72
Public defense: Thursday, June 15th 2017 at 12:30 PM
Place:  Auditoriet, Kvinneklinikken, Jonas Lies vei 72
Title of dissertation: Respiratory Health in aging women. The influence of menopause on asthma incidence and lung function decline”
1st opponent: Professor Charlotte Suppli Ulrik, København Universitet, Danmark
2nd opponent: Professor Laure Morin-Papunen, Universitetet i Oulu, Finland

Press relase (in Norwegian)


Public PhD Defense, Week 24

Knut Anders MosevollKnut Anders Mosevoll will defend his PhD thesis on Friday, June 15th, 2017
Trial lecture: Friday, June 15th, 2017 at 09:15 AM
Topic:  ”Storskalaanalyser: nytten av -omics i klinisk medisin”
Place:  Auditorium 1, Bygg for biologiske basalfag, Jonas Lies vei 91
Public defense: Friday, June 15th, 2017 at 11:15 AM
Place:  Auditorium 1, Bygg for biologiske basalfag, Jonas Lies vei 91
Title of dissertation:  ”Cytokine profiles in inflammation”
1st opponent:  Førsteamanuensis Are Martin Holm, Universitetet i Oslo
2nd opponent: Førsteamanuensis Anders Dahm, Universitetet i Oslo

Press release (In Norwegian)