Daily Archives: Friday September 22nd, 2017

Why do you need to know about the new law for state employees?

k2nytt_2017_uke-38_julie-stavnes_portrett_170922This summer, at a time where most of us were out of office and enjoying much needed vacation, the new law for state employees was effectuated. The first effect was immediate, and some of you might even have noticed it; internal calls of positions is no longer a possibility. Due to this, some of the positions already called were withdrawn and then called again, but this time publicly. The new law states that the best candidate is to be recruited, not the best internal candidate. Hence, all calls must be public.

The purpose of the new law is, amongst others, to reduce the use of temporary labor, which has been one of the areas the current government has focused on. During the recent years, both the faculty and the university board have had an increased interest in the share of temporary labor within the university. The department has reported on how many of our employees are employed on a temporary basis.

In addition to the new law, the University of Bergen has decided upon even stricter goals in order to reduce the use of temporary labor, ref. University board matter 65/2017. The call of research positions for a duration exceeding 2 years is from now on as a main rule considered called a permanent position. Technical and administrative positions should, as a main rule, not be temporary. Substitute positions are still allowed, but the use of administrative employment without calling the position will be even more restrictive.

Currently, we do not have any well-suited working practices to handle this change, but the faculty is working on it. Even though some positions will be called as permanent instead of temporary, the wage budget distributed to the department will not increase. We therefore need good practices to ensure new positions and areas of work for permanent employees when current projects and tasks are completed. Preferential rights and knowledge must be considered in order to match available resources with project needs. The administration needs sufficient tools to help us organize this. We are all keen on complying with the new requirements from the government and the university board, but we must arrange for a suiting way to organize and follow up.

Best regards,

Equipment and chemical missing in the lab building

The administration at K2 reports that the following equipment and chemicals have disappeared from the 9th floor of the lab building:

Last week: 3 laboratory chairs north of 9th floor. Chairs have also been moved from other rooms.

June 2017: A small brown bottle with the color bromphenole is missing from an unlocked cabinet in the 9th floor.

About 6 months ago: Measuring cylinders of 1 liter are gone.

Equipment and chemicals are also missing from other places on the 9th and 8th floors.

Those who may have information about this, can contact Ehsan Hajjar at K2.

Course: Gender Perspectives for research projects

The Centre for Women’s and Gender Research (SKOK) in collaboration with the BOA-team are pleased to invite you to a half-day course on Thursday 28 September, on how to strengthen the integration of gender perspectives in research. The course is targeted for researcher and research administrators.

The meeting will take place in Seminar room D at the Student Centre between 09:00 and 12:00.

Please sign up for the course by completing the sign-up form here.

There is limited capacity, and inscription closes when the course is fully booked. Deadline for registration is Tuesday 26 September.

The course will be held in English.

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Career day for PhD candidates | Thursday 5 October

Welcome to career day for all PhD candidates at the Faculty of Medicine! It will take place on 5 October from 10:00 to 14:30 in auditorium 4, in the BB building at Haukeland. Some of our graduated PhD candidates and institutions from both public and private sector will come and hold presentations.

Deadline for registration: 2 October.

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Digital Day | 4 October 2017


Dear colleagues!

All UiB employees are hereby invited to participate in our Digital Day in Grieghallen 4 October.

We want to present the vast and diverse digitalization projects, IT tools and methods in use, and future digital solutions.

Digital Day aims to inform, inspire and motivate all employees and give us an opportunity to develop our digital knowledge and skills together.

The program for the day:

  • 20 stands from UiB groups presenting their digitalization work
  • Key-note speakers, five in total and two of them will be in English
  • UiB projects displayed in a variety of formats
  • Try out tools and programs
  • Mingle with colleagues

Official opening will be at 09:30.

Please visit our Norwegian page for further details of the program for the Digital Day. or a short version in English. The full program in English will soon be available. Please come visit us and do bring your colleagues!

We look forward to seeing you in Grieghallen 4 October!

Best regards,

Dag Rune Olsen                              Kjell Bernstrøm

– Rector –                                        – University Director –

Invitation to nominate candidates for the Dementia Research Prize 2018


The National Association for Public Health (Nasjonalforeningen for folkehelsen) wishes to stimulate research in the field of dementia, while motivating for the focus on dementia research. We therefore announce a dementia research award, which can go to several categories of researchers

More information can be found here.

Deadline for nominations: 1 October 2017.
Nomination form.

Any nominations or questions may be addressed to The National Association for Public Health.

The 2nd MIC Multimodal Imaging Course

Molecular Imaging Center (MIC) is happy to announce our second course in Multimodal Imaging of small animals, with the aim of giving the participants knowledge on the principles behind and practical use of the small animal imaging modalities, which includes MR imaging, PET/CT imaging, optical imaging (OI) and ultrasound (US).

The small animal imaging technologies presented in this course are all offered through our facility, as well as qualified personnel/expertise and post processing software. This course will kick start you in the field of multimodal imaging and give you useful background to further utilize these methods.

Time: 7–10 November 2017.
Venue: Department of Biomedicine, Haukeland University hospital.

Price: NOK 4 800.
Includes course material, coffee breaks, and dinner Wednesday evening.

More information.

Deadline for registration: 13 October 2017.
Maximum 8 participants.

Conference on assessment in higher education | 16 and 17 October at UiA

Do you get better students by assessing them during the course than by traditional exams?

Assessment in higher education is the theme of an international conference organized at the University of Agder in Kristiansand 16 and 17 October.

The conference is free, including food, and the conference hotel is Scandic Bystranda.

Health, Demographic Change & Wellbeing | Challenge in Horizon 2020

Do you intend to prepare a proposal for the 2018 call in Horizon 2020 for Health?

Health NCP Net 2.0 is organizing a free of charge Partnering event on 7 December 2017, meant to assist you in finding the right partners for the upcoming 2018 calls. The launch of the 2018 call is planned for 7 November 2017, having the first deadline on 18 April 2018, therefore this would be a good opportunity for your institution to identify the proper consortium partners.

This Partnering event will target a wide spectrum of companies, universities and researchers from Europe and beyond interested in sharing new project ideas.

One day later, on 8 December 2017, the European Commission is organizing an Open Info Day dedicated to “Health, Demographic Change & Wellbeing (SC1)” challenge in Horizon 2020 and focusing on the 2018 call.

Do not miss an opportunity to attend both of these events and establish valuable contacts with other experts as well as European Commission representatives!

Registration opens 8 October. More info on their webpage.

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 31 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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