Daily Archives: Friday September 13th, 2019

This week’s editorial

With the Helse Vest deadlines just around the corner, I would firstly like to wish anyone who is applying the best of luck with their respective applications. Also, please be aware of the possibility of applying for innovative projects through Helse Vest. Later this month we also have deadlines for SFI applications and with several researchers from K2 involved in these applications, Id like to wish applicants there the best of luck!

As institute leader Pål discussed recently when the Rector of UiB was visiting the medical faculty a number of weeks ago, external funds brought in by K2 researchers accounted for approximately 15% of the total external funding attracted to UiB in 2018. That is an incredible statistic for one institute, and demonstrates what can be achieved when state-of-the-art core facilities of the university and the innovative minds of our researchers combine with the clinical potential of Haukeland University Hospital (HUS). With tougher times ahead for UiB, resultant of dwindling funding from the government, the emphasis on attracting external funding, particularly from NFR and EU, will intensify. Resultantly, we need to continuously evolve our collaboration with HUS so that our research remains relevant, competitive and innovative. This will get us some of the way, but as always the devil is in the details – particularly budget details, as many of you with translational projects will have experienced.  The challenge here will be to have greater flexibility and dynamism in how HUS and UiB interact, and that they can find a symbiotic and synergistic relationship to further nurture and not hinder this uniquely innovative research environment at campus Haukeland. Thus, I would urge our leaders both at the university and hospital to find workable solutions around these challenges for the betterment of the research environment and benefit of the faculty’s purse strings.

Finally, I would like to draw your attention to innovation week OPP (https://www.innovasjonsukenopp.no/om-opp/) that starts next Monday 16thof September. OPP is a celebration of innovators! The aim is to to inspire people to explore the possibilities within innovation through events all over our region, aiming to connect entrepreneurs, collaborators and investors. OPP is thus a great place if you have a good idea you want to discuss, if you want to learn more about specific topics or if you want to learn more about innovation.

Holidays, fall and Christmas 

We hope you all had a nice summer and want to remind you that it is now time to plan the remaining vacation for the fall and Christmas. 

The deadline for registering holiday for 2019 in the HR portal is (as usual) 1 OctoberYou can also transfer some days to the next calendar year by sending an application in the HR portal. The application has to state why you are unable to spend the holiday this year, and how you are planning to spend them in 2020. 

Both the application for transfer and registration of holiday are done in the “Holiday” form in the HR portal. Information about vacation regulations can be found in the employee handbook. 

Information on how to register vacation in the HR portal can be found here. 

Free display of BIFF film Monday 17 September: Human Nature

Also this year, K2 organizes the display of one of the year’s BIFF films. The movie is open and free for all.

This year, the choice fell on “Human Nature” by Adam Bolt. More about the movie here:


Welcome to a BIFF movie experience at work and not least: spread the word 😊  Its open for all employees, students, HUS-employees and friends and family.

Hope to see many of you there.

Best regards Julie

Time and place: Large auditorium, Sentralblokken. Tuesday 17th September, 14.30.

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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 8 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 Hege F. Berg.

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