Monthly Archives: November 2021


Strategy for the future – you can look forward to the Solstrand meeting 24-25 February

The program for the strategy seminar at Solstrand is starting to shape up and will be very exciting. A main theme will be our collaboration with the health trusts in Western Norway. There will be talks by both Eivind Hansen and Per Bakke followed by a panel discussion where we hope the department’s employees will be active. We have a good collaboration, but it can get better. The competition for the best researchers and teachers is fierce and resources are scarce. How can we make the best use of our potential? We hope that the discussion can lead to 2-3 concrete proposals that can be put into practice.

Another main theme will be research funding with an emphasis on EU funding. Katie Anders from the Research Department and our envoy in Brussels, Charlotte Eide will participate. Application opportunities and information about Digital Europe are on the agenda. Related to this will be talks about innovation and what opportunities the incubator Eitri has to offer.

We will focus on teaching and dissemination on various platforms, including participation by the head of the Center for Investigative Journalism, Per Christian Magnus. How can we convey research in a more sober, yet exciting way without sensational postings that create unrealistic expectations?

The individual research groups and environments will also have the opportunity to present themselves and there will also be a competition, perhaps even an OSCE exam?.

We also hope there will be amble time for social interactions across groups and campi where K2 is represented.

Have high expectations and be an active participant!

Good weekend
Eystein Husebye
Deputy Head of K2

NFR FRIPRO February 2nd, 2022

Here are three important facts about the announcement of FRIPRO funds from NFR in 2022.

1: Webinar for applicants
NFR is currently inviting applicants for webinars for the call Researcher Project 2022, which has a deadline of 2 February 2022.

The webinars provide an overview of the call, the type of application and how the applications are processed. They are recorded so that you can go in and see them several times.

  • November 25 at 10am webinar in Norwegian
  • December 7 at 10an webinar in English

More information can be found here

2: Quarantine
Are you a project manager for an ongoing project? You can still apply. The quarantine rule has been withdrawn.

3: Sjemaker
Do as Pål and Silke say! And in fact as they do; report in the form maker that you are going to apply. We need feedback to be able to allocate resources to both the project description support and the budget work.

Do not hesitate; do it today! 😊 (only takes 45 seconds)

Registrering av søknad om ekstern finansiering ved K2 / Registration of external funding applications at K2 (

Creativity & Innovation Leadership

Welcome to a CCBIO and Neuro-SysMed Special Seminar on Creativity & Innovation Leadership. Inspirational lectures and discussions with invited speakers Ole Dahlberg and Ingunn Johanne Ness.

Have you ever wondered what characterizes innovation leadership and what are the hallmarks of teams that successfully bring innovation projects to completion? How to foster creativity in your organization and create a sustainable innovation culture? How you may develop yourself to become an innovative leader and encourage your team to be courageous in their efforts and ideas?  Learn how to achieve innovation!

We welcome you to this very special leadership and innovation seminar where you will have the opportunity to meet and be inspired by innovation experts Ole Dahlberg and Ingunn Johanne Ness. Open for all, no need to register.

When: Thursday December 2, 2021 at 12:15-15:00
Where: Auditorium 4 in the BB building
Who: Open to all
Registration: not needed

Read more here.

12.15 -13.00: Inspirational lecture, title: TBA. Speaker: Ole Dahlberg
13.00-13.10: Coffee/tea break
13.10- 14.00: Informal Discussions with Invited speaker: Ole Dahlberg
14.00-14.15: Coffee/tea break
14.15 -15.00: When aiming for Innovation: The importance of creativity and building complementary and well-functioning teams and culture. Speaker: Ingunn Johanne Ness


With best regards
Eli Synnøve Vidhammer
Centre for Cancer Biomarkers CCBIO
University of Bergen

Data management Planning Workshop for Life Science Projects

The Centre for Digital Life Norway, ELIXIR Norway and the University Library are hosting another Data Management Planning workshop for Life Science Projects on December 6.- 7. 9:00-13:00 both days, online.

Registration deadline:  1st of December 2021

Registration link

0830 – 0900 Login support
0900 – 0915 Introduction
0915 – 0930 Requirements from the RCN
0930 – 1000 Parallel session: Local recommendations & storage
infrastructures Institutional DMP guidelines
1015 – 1100 Introduction DSW
1100 – 1120 Information on national storage infrastructures
– NeLS/StoreBioInfo
1135 – 1230 Persistent identifiers, Controlled Vocabularies & Ontologies

0900 – 1000 Key legal requirements for research in the GDPR and Health research act [optional]
– Personal Data Act
– Health Research Act
1015 – 1045 Relevant deposition repositories/ data archives
domain specific archives (ELIXIR/EMBL-EBI, NCBI)
– Dataverse NO
– NIRD archive
1100 – 1115 Licensing of data, biological material and software
1115 – 1300 Hands on training and assistance to generate a data management plan in DSW

SVT’s annual symposium 3 December: Sick society – Exploring the relation between knowledge and action in a pandemic

The symposium will focus on the relation between knowledge and actions in Covid-19 times. We want to critically discuss the enduring ‘state of exception’ we are experiencing, and explore the responsibility of science to inform action under complexity and uncertainty.

In addition to the presentations from SVTers Thorvald Sirnes, Silje Langvatn and Kjetil Rommetveit, we look forward to hearing presentations from Esperanza Diaz, head of the Pandemic Centre, Elling Ulvestad, Professor at the Department of Clinical Sciences (UiB) and Ana Delgado, Associate professor at the Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture (TIK, UiO).

We have also invited a panel of people who had to work during the ‘semi-lockdown’ at the beginning of the pandemic, who will talk about which information was used to navigate this situation.

Find the full programme, information about registration and digital attendance here.

Time: Friday 3 December, doors open at 9.00 am CET, symposium closes at 4.50 pm CET.

Place: Grand Hotel Terminus, Bergen

Registration link:

Registration deadline for physical attendance: Thursday 26 November, 23.59

Digital attendance: Click on this Zoom link at 9.30, when the programme starts (no need for registration).

Please note that while the majority of the symposium will be held in English, the panel conversation at 3.30 pm CET will be held in Norwegian.

Deadlines for sending Christmas mail 2021

Are you going to send packages or post to other countries? It’s important to look at deadlines. For Christmas mail in Norway recommended latest 16th December.

To help you make sure that your Christmas letters and packages are received before Christmas, we recommend sending by the dates specified for each country.

Here are the deadlines for sending letters :
Sweden and Denmark: 14th December
Rest of Scandinavia – 10th December
Germany – 13th December
Rest of Europe – 8th December
USA and Canada – 6th December
Other countries – 1st December

Here are the deadlines for Christmas packages :
Express abroad: 21st December EU.
Business package door to door + 1 day from 23.11
Service package +1-2 days from 23.11
Package abroad – (CarryOn )

More information

Have a wonderful Christmas.

Knut-Egil Larsen , Nestleder TPS .



Main goals of the Faculty of Medicine

Dean Per Bakke has initiated a process in which the Faculty of Medicine wants to identify a few main goals that are common to the entire Faculty. It is about describing goals that we all should / want / to work for, and which make us proud to be part of our Faculty. The idea is that these should be goals for a given period of time, e.g. five years.

Some moments regarding the goals:

  • They should be something to work towards and reach for, but not unrealistic to achieve and not be dependent on improbable appropriations
  • They must be part of the assignment The Faculty of Medicine has as a university and in line with the strategies of K2, the Faculty and UiB
  • They must be able to be integrated with other departments within our Faculty
  • They should be measurable – did we reach the goals?

The process at K2 will go through the research groups which received this information last week. Contact your group to participate in the discussion on proposals for these goals. The deadline for the research groups’ input to the management group at K2 is 26 November.

Good luck with the process and discussions!

Pål Rasmus Njølstad

The 16th Annual Research Presentations by the Research School in Clinical Medicine

Important Dates:

  • Submission opening: November 1, 2021
  • Deadline for submission: December 1, 2021
  • Conference Dates: January 26-28, 2022

Registration Link
Contact email

Dear Researchers of the Department of Clinical Medicine (K1), Department of Clinical Science (K2), and Helse-Vest,

On behalf of the organizing committee, it is our pleasure to invite you to present your work at the 16th Annual Research Presentations arranged by the Research School in Clinical Medicine and would like to remind that the deadline is approaching.

This is an excellent opportunity to share your research and to get a chance to win a cash award worth between 3000 NOK and 10 000 NOK.

The event will be held on January 26-28, 2022, at Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen.

Continue reading

UiBdoc event, November 24th

Dear PhD students, post-docs and other fixed-term researchers at UiB,

Would you like to get to know other researchers at UiB from all kinds of disciplines? Are you interested in learning more about your rights as an employee at UiB? Is there something you would like to change?

The new board of UiBdoc would like to invite you to our first event of the semester on Wednesday the 24th of November at 6pm at Integrerbar.

In our first gathering we would like to get to know each other and share with you the ideas, plans and social events we are brewing for the upcoming year. After a brief presentation we will have a quiz to check how well you know our University and Bergen 😊. We will provide pizza from Hoggorm and the bar will sell drinks. Please sign up with this link before November 22th if you would like to attend.

Link to Facebook event.

UiBdoc is an association of PhD students, post-docs and other fixed-term researchers at UiB that focuses on bringing together the community of researchers at UiB, transform ideas into new realities to improve the system, share knowledge, support each other and have fun together! For more information, visit our website.

Looking forward to meeting you!


The Eitri Medical Incubator had its official inauguration Nov. 1. Lead by Torleif Markussen Lunde and Maija Slaidina, Eitri boasts over 2400 m2 dedicated to innovators, including 3 culture labs, over 100 workspaces with large and small meeting room capacities all housed over 2 floors adjacent to the lab building and the BBB. Prominent UiB and HUS dignitaries, including UiB rector Margareth Hagen and vice-administrative director of Haukeland University Hospital, Clara Gram Gjesdal spoke of the importance of multidisiplinary knowledge building and innovation within the healthcare sector at the event, which also included speeches from investment manager Kristin Odfjell and managing director of VIS, Stine Fiksdal. Entertainment was provided by Fredrik Saoera. Following its grand opening, Eitri, in collaboration with centres of excellence CCBIO and Neuro-SysMed, hosted this years Falch lecture by Dr. Robert S. Langer of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who gave an inspired lecture “Creating and implementing breakthrough technologies in biotechnology and nanotechnology”. Furthermore, Eitri this week hosted the CCBIONEUR912: Health Innovation course.The overall aim of this course was to encourage and enable our PhD students and young researchers to identify and evaluate the innovation potential in their own research projects, and provide them with the knowledge needed to be able to do this. The course provided inspiration and practical knowledge on alternative ways to realize the innovation potential from research projects. Professional expertise from the Medical Faculty, Division of Research and Innovation at UiB, and the local tech transfer office VIS provided a good understanding of the legal and practical framework for research-based innovation, including how to protect and exploit their intellectual property. I think its fair to say that Eitri has had a baptism of fire over the last weeks and it will be exciting to see how projects and innovation from campus Haukeland evolve in this unique ecosystem! Don’t be afraid to reach out to Eitri or myself if your interested in more information on Eitri or how Eitri can help your innovative research.


Registration of vacation

We remind you that all holidays should be registrated in the Self-Service Portal by 1st of October.

According to the law, the main holiday comprises 15 holiday days and is granted in the period 1 June – 30 September. At the end of this period, UiB expects all employees to have completed at least 15 vacation days. Normally, employees will also have taken some time off before the main holiday.

For those who have not registered the holiday will receive a letter from the HR-Dept. to immediately register the holiday in the Self-Service Portal and apply for the remaining holiday in the current year. If there is holiday that is difficult to complete in the current year, or for other reasons want to transfer to next year, you can apply for a transfer of up to 14 holiday days in accordance with the law. When assessing such applications, the employer’s and employee’s responsibilities and obligations under the ‘Ferieloven’ shall be emphasized: «The employer is obliged to ensure that the employee is given holiday time of 25 working days each holiday year. The employee is obliged to complete the holiday time each year ».

If at the end of the year, there still is a lack of registration of holiday in the Self-Service Portal and no agreement on transfer, all earned holiday will be considered terminated in the current year and consequently be deleted in our systems.

Opening of the “anatomical learning lab”

On Monday 15 November, we will open the faculty’s new “anatomical learning lab” at the BB building. It has been established and furnished with the help of funds from the “Vestlandslege” project, but it benefits all the students we teach in anatomy. It features four large touch screens and interactive anatomical atlas software, plus a variety of physical anatomical models. In addition, additional models can be borrowed from the Makroanatomisk avdeling. The room should be a room for activity, preferably in groups – here there should not be a quiet reading room!

Everyone, both employees and students, who want to stop by for a look and a demonstration are welcome between 14 and 16 on Monday 15 November!

Location: Anatomical learning lab, within Anatomisk samling, 2nd floor (entrance floor) in the BB building.

Master Projects in Pharmacy 2022/2023

Pharmacy students at the University of Bergen will in their last year write a master thesis of 45 ECTS and take 15 ECTS of specialisation (courses). 18 February 2022 the University of Bergen will present all relevant master projects available for our pharmacy students for the year 2022/2023. The students must choose a master project within 1 April 2022.

More information.

Application template.


Dear everyone,

Back in the chair again after an exciting and busy process of coordinating an SFF application! I think the product was very good and hope RCN agrees 🙂

I would like to thank Silke Appel who acted for me and the rest of the management team at K2 who naturally got more work assignments.

In 2019, we arranged for all employees at K2 a “K2 Retreat” at Solstrand, which we have received very good feedback on. The plan was therefore to repeat this – every other year due to economic circumstances. However, the corona pandemic meant that we unfortunately could not arrange it in 2021. Since the society has reopened with minor restrictions, there will be a new “K2 Retreat” 24-25. February 2022 as you have received information about previously. We hope that the infection rates will remain at an acceptable level so that no restrictions are introduced again on this type of event.

I would like to remind you of the registration deadline, which is 21 November. You can sign up here: K2 KONFERANSEN 2022 / K2 CONFERENCE 2022 (

I hope to see as many of you as possible at Solstrand, and that you engage in discussions, groups and other activities. The conference does not get better than what the participants make it!

Have a great weekend!

Invitation: CCBIO Junior Scientist Symposium November 11, in the conference room, BBB and in Zoom

Dear all,

We are happy to welcome you all to the last CCBIO Junior Scientist Symposium for this semester, November 11, 2021. Local junior researchers will present topics including drug development in acute myeloid leukemia, the role of AGR2 in breast cancer, single cell profiling in chronic myeloid leukemia, and metabolic coupling between oral cancer cells and fibroblasts. We are also excited that the winner of the prize for the publication of the year at the medical faculty, Elaheh Mahootchi, will present her award-winning research for us about the multifunctional decarboxylase GADL1. Join us for a perfect occasion for professional input and networking! We are looking forward to finally meet you in person this time, but there will also be an alternative to join digitally at Zoom.

Please register within November 8th at 11.00 for those of you who want to attend in person, as LUNCH IS INCLUDED for onsite participation. There is no registration deadline for digital attendance.

When: Thursday November 11, 2021 at 09:15 – 12:40 (Norwegian time)

Where: Conference room, BB-building (opposite the auditoria), and also available in Zoom (logon details will be sent to registered participants)

Program: can be found here.

Registration: At (Also even if you have registered for CCBIO901 in Studentweb.)

General information: More information about the Junior Scientist Symposia can be found here.

ECTS: Part of CCBIO901, with 3 credits (participation in the program through 2 terms.) All are however welcome for non-ECTS drop-in on each individual symposium. Perhaps you spot an interesting topic? Just remember to register!

Any questions can be addressed to chairs Maria and Hanna.

Feel free to forward this invitation as all are welcome! (Not restricted to junior scientists.)

With best regards

Eli Synnøve Vidhammer
Centre for Cancer Biomarkers CCBIO
University of Bergen

HSE-round 2021 – a mapping of the physical working environment

This year’s HSM rounds are scheduled for November 16 and 17.

16.11 from 13.00: KK and Glass blocks
17.11 from12.00: Laboratory building

Please fill out the relevant form and have it ready, especially important if there is anything you would like to change.

Alternatively, the form can be submitted to

Hoping to see you.

Siv Lise

HSE info

This year’s applications for  HSE fundings have now been processed. K2 received grants for these measures:

  • Noise reduction measures by analytical instrument at Flow Core Facility
  • Point extraction with hood and flexible arm in the laboratory,  Glassblokkene
  • Large first aid / emergency bag with additional gels for burns. Will hang in the common area on the 8th floor, Laboratoriebygget

The next application will be sent out well in advance of the deadline.

Siv Lise, HSE Committee.