Daily Archives: Friday September 1st, 2017

Shalom ve lehitraot

k2nytt_2017_uke-35_ukens-leder“Peace and see you later” is common to say in Israel where I will spend the next semester as guest professor at The Weizmann Institute of Science. The sabbatical arrangement is a great opportunity to establish new collaborations, build networks and set of time to plan projects and write applications. The network is not only useful for the professor him or herself. It also opens up for exchange of younger researcher in the involved groups. Several of the groups at the institute have used this opportunity in an exemplary way, such as the diabetes and lung research groups.

Staying abroad requires planning not only of the academic project, but also of the practicalities concerning work and studies for any partner, school for children and housing. The faculty provide grants each year, and funds can also be obtained from Helse Vest, the Research Council of Norway, and other funding bodies. Application deadline for research terms is 1 May each year.

It is less common for foreigners to apply for a sabbatical at K2, but our goal should be to attract good researchers from abroad who wish to spend a year with us. Don’t forget this possibility

Finally, I would like to end my term as vice head and short guest appearance as head of department, by saying shalom ve lihitraot. Now, Jone takes over until the new head of the department is ready to start.

Good weekend and good remaining 2017.


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Prices for storing research samples in Biobank Haukeland

Biobank Haukeland is a collaboration between Haukeland University Hospital and the University of Bergen. The primary goal for Biobank Haukeland is increased research quality for the two institutions.

Biobank Haukeland has procured an automatic storage facility for research samples, with a capacity of storing 2.5 million biobank tubes. Biobank Haukeland will be in operation in February 2018.

All sample material stored in Biobank Haukeland will be registered in LabVantage. LabVantage is a laboratory information management system for research samples procured by Helse Vest.

The users of Biobank Haukeland must pay for deposit and withdrawal of research samples, in addition to yearly rent. The project is not yet closed, and the presented prices are therefore estimated based on the current cost estimate. Price changes may therefore occur.

Price list.

Inquiries can be directed to the head of Biobank Haukeland, Ann Cathrine Kroksveen PhD.

Proof-of-Concept funding (FORNY2020)

Bergen Teknologioverføring (BTO) informs that it is now possible to apply for Proof-of-Concept funding (FORNY2020).

Researchers with current projects must contact BTO as soon as possible and at latest by 10 September for initial project discussions. In other words, time is short.

Proof-of-Concept funding from the Research Council of Norway are a golden opportunity to raise funds for testing, scaling up and continuing research projects, independent of research fields.

More information can be found here.

Suggestions for master projects at Centre for International Health

Centre of International Health (CIH) is now developing suggestions for master thesis projects in Global Health. This is an opportunity to engage in Global Health activities, and we therefore invite scientific staff in your department to contribute with project proposals.

At CIH the distribution of proposed projects to the master students will be done in the following way:

  • CIH will present the proposed project proposals to the master students in a meeting.
  • Each student will submit a ranked list of three desired projects.
  • When a supervisor and a student have agreed on a project, the two will be paired.
  • In case two or more students are interested in the same project, the supervisor will select who is the best match.

Template for suggesting thesis projects for master students.
Deadline for proposals: Wednesday 13 September 2017.

The proposals should be forwarded to Hallgeir Kismul.

Seminar about research stay abroad | 5 October

International Center at UoB invites scientific personnel, PhD candidates and researchers who are planning a research stay abroad to a seminar. The seminar will be held by advisor at the HR department.

Topics for the seminar:

  • Financial support
  • NAV/Norwegian health Scheme
  • HELFO – confirmation rights abroad.
  • Tax/tax reduction. How to avoid double taxation and report to UoB.
  • Insurance – do you need it?
  • How can UiB help you?

Time: 5 October 2017 at. 12–14.
Venue: International room, 3. floor, Student Center (same floor as the cantina).
Lunch will be served.


Inquiries can be directed to Jill A. Opsahl at the HR department / International Center.

Methodologies for Digital Life – Focus on Metabolic Systems

Centre for Digital Life Norway invites to a network meeting about “Methodologies for Digital Life – Focus on Metabolic Systems”.

Time: 6 October 2017.
Venue: Hotel Terminus, Bergen.
The meeting is open and free to attend.

The meeting has already a list of speakers, but is open for additional contributions, both oral and posters.

Registration and abstract submission.

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E.ON Stipendienfonds

E.ON Stipendienfonds is a scholarship fund designed to promote and strengthen German-Norwegian academic relations in the field of energy sciences. This is achieved by awarding mobility grants to Master / PhD students and junior researchers. In addition, the aim is to organize workshops, conferences and seminars and further expand the existing alumni network.

Deadline for application: 15 October 2017.

Call for applications for scholarships.
Application form.

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Workshop on “Effective visual communication of science”

Several universities and institutes in Europe and US have been running a workshop on “Effective visual communication of science” for PhD students and researchers.

In this workshop, participants learn various principles and approaches for visually communicating complex research ideas and results. They talk about research papers, slide presentations, conference posters, and project proposals and work on materials supplied by participants. In a drawing exercise, everybody will prepare a graphical abstract for their next publication and get feedback. Everybody receives a certificate of participation and some institutions also give ECTS points.

More information and booking.

New publications

Here are recent publications with contributions from K2 based on last week’s search on PubMed (and optionally articles that have not been included in previous lists). This time the list includes in total 22 recent publications. The entries appear in the order they were received from NCBI. If you have publications that are not included in this or previous lists, please send the references to Johnny Laupsa-Borge.

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