Monthly Archives: April 2021

Sad to leave, but happy to go

Dear colleagues,

I’m sad to say goodbye to you all. After almost 6 years at K2, my curiosity for the world outside K2 has gotten the best of me. I will soon start my new job as head of administration at the Department of Biological Sciences.

It is most definitely an ungrateful time to leave. If it was up to me, I would gather as many as possible for a nice lunch together. However, this year insists we do things a little differently. For those who have the time and desire to drop by the common area on the eighth floor and say goodbye, I will offer coffee and cake. I’ll make sure we keep the right distance and I have rubbing alcohol available. Pop-up cake and coffee on the eighth floor, Thursday 06 May, Friday 07 May and on my last day, Monday 10 May between 1200 and 1400. No registration required and everyone is welcome to drop by.

The years at K2 have been fabulous. I have been allowed to work in a great administration and with outstanding scientific and technical colleagues. Thank you to everyone in the administration, all technicians, all scientists, research group leaders, UGLE, department council, safety representatives, research fellows, other heads of administration, Professor Emeritus. It is all of you who have made K2 a great place to be! There has been a lot of laughter, pondering, some frustration, some disagreements, a lot of problem solving. And some things stand out. The institute seminar at Solstrand in 2019 was an absolute highlight. It was a great atmosphere and great to spend so much time with all of you. I hope you get organized again.

Unfortunately, my last few months have been a little more demanding than expected. My mom suddenly fell ill in January, and passed away almost two weeks ago. With sick visits and funerals in Trøndelag, my last months at K2 have been more absent than desired, and I apologize for those who have been affected by this in various ways. I very much appreciate the care and concern you have shown me in these hard times.

I am very grateful, humble and happy for the years at K2, and I will always remember you all as good and caring colleagues and friends. Thank you for making my workplace a great place to be.

Take care of yourself, take care of your colleagues and take care of our good working environment.

Warm wishes, Julie❤

Disputas – Astrid Sandnes, fredag 07. mai 2021

Foto: Ola Saatvedt

Trial lecture:      Friday May 7th at 10.15

Subject:                “Fysisk trening hos den unge astmatiker. Fordeler og risikofaktorer”

Dissertation:        Friday May 7th at 12.15

Title:      “Treatment of exercise-induced laryngeal obstruction. Exploring modalities in short and long term”



  1. opponent: Professor Leif Bjermer, Lund University, Sverige
  2. opponent: Ph.d. Camilla Slot Mehlum, Odense University Hospital, Danmark
  3. medlem av komiteen: Professor Jon A. Hardie, Universitetet i Bergen

Custos: Professor Tomas Eagan.

Open for all.

Digital dissertation



Changes in the administration

As previously announced, Julie Stavnes will resign from her position as Head of Administration for K2 on May 11. The recruitment process for a new Head of Administration is ongoing. Until a new person can take over, Maria Holmaas will work as Head of Administration. I assume she is well known by most having many years of experience in the administration at K2, most recently as Head of the Finance Section. In her absence, Kjetil Haugsvær Dyrkolbotn will act as Head of Finance.

Wishing you a really good weekend!

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Kanskje dere sitter på forskningsmateriale som trenger å redigeres?

Studiet for TV-produksjon på Infomedia tar nå oppdrag for UiBs fakulteter og institutt.
De tilbyr tjenester innen filming, redigering, regissering og utforming av videprosjekter. Arbeidet inngår i studiet, og inntektene går til budsjettet for studentenes eksamensfilm.

Ta kontakt med meg for å høre mer eller legge inn en bestilling.

Med vennlig hilsen

Thomas V Drageset
Klyngekoordinator, UiB
T: 97627532

Apply for funds from Olav Thons Stiftelse – deadline for submission: September 15.

Olav Thons Foundation announces two rewards for 2022.

  1. The Olav Thon Foundation’s International Research Award for Mathematics/Natural Sciences and Medicine 2022

In the field of medicine, special attention will be given to gerontology as well as to studies of brain function and age-related changes in the brain.

Read more about the announcement and how to apply here:

  1. Announcement National Academic Prize 2022

10 awards up to 500 000 NOK each is awarded to Norwegian and foreign professors who excel in their teaching activities within medicine and natural sciences at Norwegian teaching facilities.

Read more about the announcement and how to apply here: (in Norwegian only)

Reminder holiday registration and important info about plus time

All employees at the University of Bergen must use the Self-Service Portal to register holidays and senior days. Employees who are to register working hours must do so in the Self-Service portal. Registration in the Self-Service Portal ensures that the employees themselves and their managers at all times have a good overview of holidays and flexible working hours, and that these are in accordance with applicable laws, collective agreements and regulations.

The holiday plan for the main holiday period should be available no later than 1 May and applications for summer holidays must therefore be registered in the Self-Service Portal well in advance of this date. The starting point is that all employees must take a minimum of three weeks holiday in the period 1 June – 30 September, and preferably between the two study semesters.

Note in particular that UiB has two settlement dates in 2021, and plus time of more than 50 hours will be deleted on 31.08.21 (postponed from 31.12.20) and 31.12.21. Overtime and travel time are not deleted. It is important that managers follow up by extracting a report in SAP Insights, see «Appendix 2. Absence overview» for user guidance.

Ferie og fleksitid

Behov for medarbeidere under OSKE-eksamen

Vi har pr i dag omtrent 40 påmeldte medarbeidere til de to OSKE-eksamenene vi skal gjennomføre i juni. Vi har klart å dekke behovet for den minste eksamenen (MED12), men for eksamen i MED6 trenger vi ytterligere 20 medarbeidere. Vi trenger flere medarbeidere enn normalt på grunn av smittevernstiltakene.


Eventuelle spørsmål kan rettes til Lise Amble (MED6) eller Dina Midtflø (MED12).

Med vennlig hilsen
Ørjan Leren

The University of Bergen is 75 years old!

In 2021, UiB will be 75 years old and everyone at UiB is invited to join the celebration, see information here.

The anniversary will have “Knowledge That Shaped Society” as a theme, and will make visible our values, our strengths and our role in society, with the faculties and the University Museum as our most important arenas of knowledge. In the autumn, there will be a separate Anniversary Week 25 – 31 October, with activities and events for UiB’s students and staff, but also for a wider audience. K2 can propose contributions to the f

Faculty that will take this on to the Anniversary Committee.

K2 now asks everyone for:

  1. Proposals for contributions this autumn’s Anniversary Week should be sent to the Head of Research, Silke Appel ( or the Head of Teaching, Mette Vesterhus ( by 26/4.


  • Can take place from the start of studies until the autumn and into 2021
  • Can be lectures, podcasts, guided tours, debates, conversations, exhibitions, printed matter, concerts, readings, art projects, chronicles, etc
  1. Not only retrospective topics, but also topics that are current, such as:
  2. What role should the university play in the future in a world with fake news, alternative facts?
  3. What will be the next pandemic? How should society prepare?
  4. How far can one go in replacing human parts?

Hoping for many and innovative suggestions!

Have a great weekend,



(Norsk) Disputas: Eli Skeie, fredag 23. april 2021

Foto: Jørgen Barth

Eli Skeie

Trial lecture:      23 – april 2021 kl. 10.15

Oppgitt emne:                “Forebygger kunnskapsbaserte ernæringsintervensjoner postoperative komplikasjoner? Implementering av perioperativ ernæringsbehandling I små og store sykehus”

Dissertation:                     23 – april 2021 kl. 12.15

Avhandlingens tittel:      “The association between malnutrition and postoperative complications, and the potential for prevention of both”


  1. opponent: Dosent Frode Slinde Göteborgs universitet, Sverige
  2. opponent: Førsteamanuensis Anne Karin Lindahl, Universitetet i Oslo
  3. medlem av komiteen: Professor Anne Berit Guttormsen, Universitetet i Bergen

Custos: professor emeritus Alfred Halstensen

Open for all!

Link to digital dissertation


Dissertation – Sunniva Todnem Sakkestad, Friday April 23rd

Foto: Jørgen Barth

Sunniva Todnem Sakkestad

Trial lecture:      23 – april 2021 kl. 10.15

Subject:                “Global Challenges to effective vaccines for children in the developing world”

Dissertation:                     23 – april 2021 kl. 12.15

Subject:      “Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli infection and diarrhoea – Experimental infection studies and immunological characterisation to guide vaccine development”



  1. opponent: Professor Frits Koning LUMC, The Netherlands
  2. opponent: Professor II Anne Margarita Dyrhol-Riise
  3. medlem av komiteen: Førsteamanuensis Bergithe Eikeland Oftedal, Universitetet i Bergen

Custos:  professor emeritus Birgitta Åsjø.

Open for all.

Link to zoom


Day of Immunology 2021

Day of Immunology is a worldwide campaign to increase common knowledge and awareness about the importance of the immune system.

For COVID-19 reasons, the Norwegian Society of Immunology has organized a digital version of the annual popular science meeting this year. Rebecca Cox from our department will have a presentation and participate in the panel discussion.

This year’s theme is COVID-19 and will be hosted in Norwegian.

Torsdag 29. april 2021, kl. 13:00 til kl. 15:30

Registration is free.


Meeting ID: 675 1962 5611
Passcode: 702377

Please click here and here for more information.

It`s prize time

Now you have the opportunity to suggest colleagues and groups that have excelled in the past year for prizes – it’s prize time! The faculty announces both research and teaching prizes and each department can nominate up to two candidates in each category, except for this year’s publication (that is 2020) where one proposal can be submitted.

The research prizes are: this year’s publication, this year’s PhD dissertation, and this year’s research and innovation environment as well as the dissemination prize. For teaching, up to three prizes are awarded for outstanding efforts in education. Of these, there is a main prize of NOK 150 000 and two prizes each of NOK 50 000.

Nominations for the research awards should be sent to The Deputy Director for Research Silke Appel ( Teaching award nominations should be sent to The Deputy Director for Teaching Mette Vesterhus ( The deadline for nominations for all these awards is April 16. It would have been very nice if K2 stands out with many good nominations.

In addition, K2’s teaching prize will be awarded on the annual teaching day 19 May. Do you know anyone who has contributed to extraordinarily good student-centered teaching, or more organizationally; someone who have taken a leadership role and implemented innovative teaching programs? If so, send nominations to The Deputy Director for Teaching Mette Vesterhus us by 10 May.

You find more information on the prizes in K2-news week 12 (

REgarding teaching, the Norwegian Parliament has allocated a total of NOK 150 million to universities, colleges to pay students to provide academic follow-up to other students. Our faculty has received about 1 million kroner for this and the idea is that the funds will be used already this spring. Possible use is to pay experienced students to have group tuition for younger students. Here, however, the deadline is very short and the department must send proposals to the faculty as early as 12 April. Proposals are sent to Mette Vesterhus

Hoping for many nominations and proposals.

Eystein Husebye

Workshop “Communicating animal research – why and how”

Learning outcomes for participants:

Increased awareness of the importance of clear, transparent and open communication and proactive engagement with the public on matters relating to animal research. Improved understanding of how to communicate about animal research (e.g. where, what and how). Improved communication skills (including oral, visual and written)



Workshop; Data Management Planning workshop for Life Science Projects

ELIXIR Norway, the Centre for Digital Life Norway and the University Library Bergen are organizing a joint workshop on Data Management  Planning for Life Science Projects on **April 21/22**, including a practical part with hands on help on the Data Stewardship Wizard.

The full program can be found here:

The number of participants is limited to 40 – first come first serve.


Rakel and Otto-Kristian Bruuns endowment

The fund’s purpose is to support medical basic research within biochemistry, physiology, and pathology. Cancer-related projects are prioritized.

The fund aims to distribute three grants of NOK 200.000 to innovative projects in 2021.

Grants are awarded to qualified scientists who are licensed Medical Doctors. Individuals may apply, but applications on behalf of institutes or research groups are preferred.

Grants are awarded to cover running expenses and purchases of smaller scientific equipment

Applications must be submitted electronically via the fund’s website (click here). The fund’s complete call for applications and application form is announced on May 1.

The application deadline is June 15, 2021.

For questions, please contact UNIFOR

Rakel og Otto Kristian Bruun’s Legat

2021-2022 Peder Sather Center Call for Proposals

Peder Sather Center (PSC) is a consortium between UC Berkeley and key Norwegian universities including UoB. PSC offers seed funding for research collaboration and exchange of researchers across the Atlantic. There is no medical faculty at UC Berkeley, which might explain why The faculty of Medicine has had few projects related to PSC. However, there are still possibilities for collaboration for instance with research groups within AI and biomedicine.

You apply directly to PSC. More information and link to application form is found:

Peder Sather Grant Program | Peder Sather Center (

Deadline for 2021-22 applications: June 1st, 2021