Daily Archives: Friday February 7th, 2020

Consul Søren Falch and Ophthalmologist Sigurd Falch’s Foundation

This year, the Faculty of Medicine will also nominate Falch’s Lecture and Falch’s Junior Prize for Younger Researchers.

The Falch Lecture 2021

The award is up to NOK 30,000 to cover fees, and travel and accommodation expenses. Cost estimates are attached to the application. Multiple awards may apply.

Guidelines for Falch’s Lecture:

  1. The proposer is the Board of Directors, which can invite generally recognized researchers at a Nobel Prize level or very high international level to hold a guest lecture and / or seminar at the Faculty of Medicine.
  2. The Board may invite employees to submit proposals and document their research efforts. The criteria may be publishing in prestigious scientific journals, international awards, leadership positions in important and active international scientific associations, and conferences.
  3. The Falch Lecturer should have collaborated with or otherwise contributed to the research activities at the Faculty of Medicine. However, this is not a requirement to propose a candidate.
  4. The Falch Lecturer is awarded a diploma marking the event.

Proposals are sent to okonomi@med.uib.no by 14/2 2020 and are being considered by the board of Consul Søren Falch and Ophthalmologist Sigurd Falch’s Medical Science Fund.

Junior Prize for Young Scientists

The candidate must be under 40 years of age at the time of the application. There is (unfortunately) no reduction for maternity leave or other leave.

The bylaws of the Fund state that:

  • The purpose is to promote medical scientific work
  • The work must be of great scientific or social importance
  • The work can be from all branches of medical science
  • The work must be completed

The Board has set the Prize at NOK 50,000 for operating expenses to the researcher.

Proposals for candidates for the Prize may be presented by Department Heads and Professors at the Faculty of Medicine, and should include:

  • The candidate’s curriculum vitae
  • The candidate’s publication list
  • Documented results of the work
  • A scientific description of the proposal (maximum two pages)
  • A descriptive presentation of the candidate’s work in the language of the general public (press release)

Based on the Fund’s bylaws, the Prize is awarded according to these criteria:

  1. In-depth, original works with methodical complexity.
  2. Research findings that have led to applied results in the form of new or improved diagnostics, therapy, or knowledge.

Proposals are sent to okonomi@med.uib.no by 14/2 2020 and are handled by the Board of Consul Søren Falch and the Ophthalmologist Sigurd Falch’s Medical Science Fund.

This is an excellent opportunity to invite a high-profile collaborator to a seminar or meeting, and to get some of their best researchers to shine.

Have a great weekend!

Pål R. Njølstad

Site managers – fire safety and evacuation representatives

We have now established a great team of site managers to assist with fire evacuation and evacuation from laboratories due to ventilation failure.
In case of fire or evacuation, they will wear yellow vests.

For the safety of everyone, it is important that everyone follows the given instructions when alerting fire or evacuation from alarm or the  site manager.

See the attached link for an overview of space contacts and their tasks.  https://hmsk2.w.uib.no/en/safety/10-fire-instruction/10-4-fire-safety-representative/

Construction start Incubator building

The construction of the incubator building in the parking lot between the Laboratory building and the BB building will commence this spring. The parking lot will be closed for access on Friday 28 February.

Replacement places for some of the lost parking spaces will be available in Haukelandsbakken 45, from the start of March and up until summer 2020. The K2 administration will organize the distribution of the replacement spaces.

NorDoc PhD Summit, University of Copenhagen, 20-21 August 2020

The annual NorDoc PhD Summit brings together PhD students from the Nordic countries for two days of interaction and discussions. The summit is open to PhD students, faculty and administrators.

The topic of this year’s summit is Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Career Development

The final programme for the summit and the courses will be available here in March, when registration opens.

Invitation to seminar on reassessment of medical interventions, Oslo 23th March

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health and The Central Norway Regional Health Authority invite to an open, one-day seminar on reassessment of medical interventions. This seminar will be of interest for health care personnel, administrators and health authorities, and patient organizations, among others who are engaged in good priority-setting and future development of the Norwegian health sector. See the Invitasjon(Norwegian) for more information- Programme and registration form is found here. Attending the seminar is free but remember to register before 18th March.

Research Council of Norway – announcement spring 2020

This years’ announcement presents some changes. The last couple of years, the health programs BEDREHELSE and BEHANDLING have had their deadline during spring together with the FRIPRO program. This year “Researcher project for scientific renewal”, which includes FRIPRO, global health research and development research, will have deadline 6 May while BEDREHELSE and BEHANDLING deadline will be 16 September. Researcher projects for young talents and International mobility project will also have deadline 6 May.

“Fellesløftet IV”, also called “Toppforsk”, is announcing a round of large interdisciplinary projects (deadline 6 May). Please note that researchers on the projects need to represent at least two scientific disciplines as these are defined at level 2 in “Norsk inndeling i vitenskapsdisipliner”. You can find information about this on the Norwegian webpage (English webpage is work in progress). Most likely, the same principal investigator will be able to send application both to FRIPRO and Toppforsk.

The economists kindly ask applicants to contact them mid March to schedule an appointment for budgeting of the project.

We remind those of you who plan to apply this spring to register by filling out this simple form.


This week’s employee – Maria Holmaas

Can you tell us something about your daily tasks and work in general?

I work as a senior consultant at Økonomi, but am so lucky that I have been given the position of Advisor/Economy Coordinator at K2 and start with it in a week (17.02.). I will probably continue to work with financial guidance and follow-up for some research groups as I do today, in addition to the new tasks I will get. Of course, I do not have details about the new job yet, but some key tasks will be the general management of the finance section at K2, responsibility for budgeting and reporting, and in addition to externally funded financial management, I will work with management support and advice on financial issues to the department management.

What do you enjoy working at K2?
I really enjoy K2, I’ve done that from day one. First and foremost, this has with all the handsome people who work here, both the ones you meet sporadically at the coffee machine, the ones you work with for the day and the people you work with from other disciplines. In addition, the tasks are a nice mix of routine work and challenges and I find it very nice to work with finances, management and at the same time learn new disciplines to know. Has always had a goal that you should learn something new every day (large or small) and you get that to the very highest extent at K2. I can’t wait to go to work every single day!

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 Oda Barth Vedøy.

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