Daily Archives: Friday March 9th, 2018

Desperately seeking … TEACHERS

At K2 we do have many teaching contributions: pharmacy, nutrition, molecular biology and dentistry, but the most comprehensive is the medical curriculum with all its facets from the basal anatomy, physiology and biology to the whole panorama of diseases (in addition, contributions from the university for the education of medical specialists are being asking for). As university employees we ALL have to contribute as teachers/facilitators, although at different levels. The academics hold the responsibility for lecturing, but specific student courses may need assistance from technicians/non-medical scientists. Students will also need mentoring during specific projects in handling instruments/machines and statistics.

PhD students with UiB scholarships are to fulfil a proportion of compulsory service/work. With relevant medial background I will ask for their appropriate time/share to be allocated for teaching. PhD students with other scientific backgrounds will be prioritized for other needy/worthy tasks. It is important that each mentor inform their PhD candidates accordingly regarding these UiB expectations and actively encourage them to participate in teaching activities. Other “non-UiB scholarship” candidates are encouraged to participate in teaching activities. During their PhD training, the candidate shall participate in academic dissemination. Teaching activities will be one way of fulfilling this. In addition, planning for future scientific employment, teaching experience is important. Hopefully I will be informed of who may be included as teacher from the new pool of PhD candidates.

The teaching day 2 May has a teaching portfolio as a theme, precisely to enable us to document and visualize teaching skills.

OSCE (Objective Structured Clincal Exam), or station exam in Norwegian, is used for pharmacy already, while in Medicine 2015 it will be held for the first time in full scale for a full litter of students on 20 June. We need that teachers from the first to the sixth semester make exam paper proposals. This must be reported to K1 OSCE responsible, professor Eirik Søfteland.

K2 shall be responsible for implementing the final OSCE for the 12th semester. There, we need to find a person with an interest in teaching/evaluation that will help lead the work towards the first exitOSCE in June 2019. Do you have experience (graduated from e.g. the Netherlands or the UK?), or just want to take the challenge with a new part of the educational range: contact me! Or tell me someone you think will suit this; “tip phone” = jone.trovik@med.uib.no.


Announcement of competence funding for group C (technical / administrative staff)

Funding for development and competence raising has been budgeted also for 2018. It is possible to apply for funding for professional development and competence raising measures up until NOK 5000.

The criteria for allocation of funds are:

  1. The application must be professionally relevant and supported by the research group leader.
  2. The research group must contribute with 50% of the costs.

Link to application form here.

Written applications can be sent to Julie Stavnes.

Workshop on EC’s expert database | 13 March

Workshop on “Registration for the EC’s expert database and how to increase your chances to be selected”.

On Tuesday 13 March (at. 9:00–11:00), Kristof Vlaeminck, head of the UiBs Brussels Office, will give a workshop on how to register for the expert database of the European Commission in order to be a potential evaluator of Horizon2020 projects. After an introduction by the pro-dean of research, Marit Bakke, and a short overview of the different aspects of the registration, the participants will start creating their profile while Kristof assists them. The aim of the workshop is that all participants have finished registering and can be selected by the European Commission. Don’t forget to bring your own laptop if you participate to the workshop.

The workshop will take place in the faculty boardroom, 4th floor, Armauer Hansens Hus. To register for the workshop, please send an email to: Ingunn.Flatebo@uib.no.

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Nordic PhD Summit | Registration open

Dear all,

Registration for the 2nd Nordic PhD Summit, taking place in Helsinki 23 and 24 August, is now open. The Nordic PhD Summit aims at bringing students and researchers in Nordic universities under one roof.

Join us and see what your neighbours are working on, and show us what you got! The best student talk and poster presentation will receive valuable prizes!

The deadline for registration is 30 June 2018 at 23:59 EET. A non-refundable registration fee of EUR 75 will be collected from all participants. You can find detailed instructions in the registration form.

Students who wish to give an oral or poster presentation should submit their abstracts through the registration form. The first 50 participants can get their posters printed free of charge.

You can find more information on our website.

Feel free to contact us through nordoc2018@helsinki.fi if you have further questions!

Looking forward to seeing you in Helsinki!

Best regards,
The organizing committee


Dear all,

Please see below the updated links for external funding:

External funding opportunities:

Funding opportunities for education:

The webpages are updated every second week. New calls are marked as NEW.

New for this week are calls for NANO2021, INTPART and Offentlig ph.d. for those having cooperation with the public sector. Also note a pre-announcement of a Nordic Call on Personalized Medicine from NordForsk.

Kind regards,
Amra, Ramune, Itana and Kaia

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 19 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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