Daily Archives: Thursday August 13th, 2020

Welcome back to a new semester!

I hope everyone had a great holiday. Most people have probably vacationed here in Norway and perhaps seen with new eyes how beautiful and exciting our country is?

Corona virus
As you know, there is currently an increased spread of coronavirus and the government is now slowing down the reopening of our society. Dean Per Bakke has recently sent an email what this means for employees at the Faculty of Medicine. The use of home office is delegated to the department level (K2).

  • Who can have a home office?
    The main rule is that all employees must go to work. This especially applies to the laboratories.

Home office may be relevant for those who are in risk groups or to relieve public transport. This must be agreed with your closest leader (Research Group Leader or Julie Stavnes for administrative staff). It is assumed that the work tasks can actually be performed at home.
Risk groups: Elderly employees over the age of 65 years, employees with underlying chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, drug-induced immune deficiency, or chronic lung, liver, or kidney disease (https://www.fhi.no/en/id/infectious-diseases/coronavirus/).

  • How to behave when traveling in from abroad?
    Since we work in a hospital environment, we must follow Helse Bergen’s guidelines.

Red countries: You must be quarantined but testing for SARS-CoV-2 is not required. The exception is if special circumstances indicate that you must start work before the expiry of the quarantine period (then two negative tests are required at least 48 hours apart and the last test at least five days after income).

Yellow countries: If you have been in a yellow country for the last 10 days, you must test yourself. As a general rule, you should not go to work until a negative test result is obtained. If your closest leader still deems it necessary, you can – if you are healthy – go to work with a facemask until the test result is ready.

In both cases, you should inform your closest leader before returning to work.

  • Where can I test myself?
    Those who also have a position in Helse Bergen should test themselves in the parking garage at Haukeland hotel (open 08.30-11, tel. 55976160).

Those who only have a UiB affiliation are recommended using your GP (fastlege), the local emergency room (legevakt,) or contact Head of Administration Julie Savnes for information about UiB’s system (https://www.uib.no/en/ir/137267/testing-covid-19-employees-uib-coming-abroad).

The Olav Thon Foundation’s prizes and project funds in science and medicine 2021
The Olav Thon Foundation has announced up to three awards for outstanding teaching and a support scheme for student-active research projects in science and medicine for 2021

  • Award for excellent teaching
    The prize for outstanding teaching can be awarded to academic staff who teach at universities and colleges in Norway in combined positions. Persons with adjunct positions (bistilling) can also be proposed. The price is personal, and amounts to NOK 500,000. There is a requirement for student affiliation in the nomination.
  • Financial support for student-active research projects
    Support can be given to research projects in medicine and / or science that are actively brought into the education as an element in «student-active research. Amounts that can be awarded are up to NOK 830,000 per year for a maximum of three years.

Further information can be found in the appendix Thonpriser_undervisning_2020. Nominations must be sent to K2 by 19 August (mette.vesterhus@uib.no). We will pass on the nominations to the Faculty.

Life without an apprentice

During the summer our apprentice Tonje has decided to quit her job at K2 in order to pursue new opportunities in Oslo. Furthermore, she has already had her last day at K2 and the reception is therefore currently unmanned, as some of you may have noticed. For a period we will no longer have a dedicated person to handle important tasks such as being our public face, handling room bookings, answering enquiries over the phone, purchasing, post, meeting assistance et cetera et cetera.

Although I am looking into different solutions, from hiring a new apprentice to help from others, we must all prepare ourselves for doing more tasks ourselves. The administration will assist as best we can, but we must ask for both patience and understanding that some things will take longer time to undertake. We are grateful if you can assist us where you can, both by doing more things yourself and avoid urgent requests when possible.

All the best,



Er DU opptatt av godt arbeidsmiljø? Kjenner du noen kollegaer eller miljø som gjør en god innsats for arbeidsmiljø og trivsel?

Det medisinske fakultet lyser ut ARBEIDSMILJØPRISEN til den eller de som har gjort en særlig innsats for arbeidsmiljøet i 2020.

Nominasjon eller søknad sendes her med frist 15.november 2020: https://skjemaker.app.uib.no/view.php?id=7253333


Prisen deles ut på fakultets første HMS-dag den 10.desember 2020, og vinneren tildeles:

  • Heder og ære!
  • Vandrepokal
  • Diplom
  • kr. 20.000, – til arbeidsmiljøet

Oversikt over fullstendige kriterier finner du her: http://ekstern.filer.uib.no/mofa/HMS/HMS%20pris-forslag%20til%20kriterier.pdf

Erasmus staff mobility 2020/21

See attached file for Erasmus staff mobility agreement.

Deadlines: 20. August, and 20, January.

Mobility agreement for teaching: Mobility Agreement for teaching

Mobility agreement for training: Mobility Agreement for training

Webpages with more information (Norwegian only):

Ansattmobilitet: https://www.uib.no/foransatte/92416/erasmus-tilsettmobilitet

Undervisningsmobilitet: https://www.uib.no/foransatte/92415/erasmus-undervisningsmobilitet

Nordic Nanopore-Seq Network Meeting in Bergen on 14.09.2020

We are pleased to announce that we will hold the Nordic Nanopore-Seq Network Meeting in Bergen on 14.09.2020 as planned. Norwegian regulations allow to hold conferences in person, and we continuously plan to do so!

We hope that you all have the chance to join this free one-day meeting in September. If you have any further questions regarding the conference, do not hesitate to contact us!

If you have not done so, check out our Nordic Nanopore-Seq Network website with great information about us and the ~60 scientists that joined the network already! https://nordicnanopore.net/

Please find attached the updated Advertisement poster: N3M – 2020

This week`s employee – Andre Sulen

What do you work with?

I am a trained biologist and work as a postdoc at the KG Jebsen Centre for autoimmune disorders and in the group Endocrine Medicine. Through the PhD period here at K2 and a three-year postdoctoral period at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, I have developed a fascination for how our immune cells affect our health. I worked on cell signalling in monocytes during the PhD period, and continued to characterise macrophages and their role in adipose tissue at Karolinska. The field of immunology is currently undergoing major advances due to technological advances, such as CyTOF and single-cell sequencing, that allow the study of large amounts of single-cell data. I have been fortunate to build expertise in these techniques, both in the lab and with data analysis, and I look forward to contributing with this at the K.G. Jebsen centre. We are researching disorders where the immune system attacks endocrine organs so that the hormone balance is perturbed. Certain gene variants are associated with the risk of developing such diseases, but just how the complex interaction between the immune system and these organs goes wrong early in the process is unknown. By combining «single-cell» techniques with clinical material and animal models, we aim to shed light on this.

Why do you want to work at K2.

The K.G. Jebsen centre for autoimmune disorders consists of a fine mix of clinicians and researchers who have a solid track record in immunology and endocrinology. The research ranges from GWAS to more functional studies, and it is a plus that there is a focus on «single-cell» at the centre. When I look back on the PhD period at the institute, it is especially the good working environment that I remember. With previous knowledge of this environment at K2, the choice to come back for me was very easy.

New publications

Here are recent publications with contributions from K2 based on the summer’s search on PubMed (and optionally articles that have not been included in previous lists). This time the list includes in total 77 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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