Monthly Archives: January 2022

This weeks editorial

Dear all of you!

Do you/your research group/teaching group know someone who has excelled in 2021, either on the research front (publication, research/innovation environment, PhD work, dissemination) or in terms of teaching? The Faculty of Medicine has announced several awards for 2021, so now you have the chance to nominate colleagues/environment (or yourself!). The categories are


  • Publication of the Year
  • Research group/innovation of the year
  • PhD work of the year
  • Award for outstanding research dissemination
  • Teaching award (There are no specific price categories, but a main price of NOK 150,000 and up to two more awards of NOK 50,000 each are awarded! )

We from K2 can put forward a candidate in each category, so do not hesitate to submit proposals (with justification) by Monday 7 February. More detailed information can be found here  

Proposal for Publication/PhD/Group/Dissemination

Proposal for Teaching awards

Invitation SDG Conference Bergen



To all employees.

We are approaching the fifth annual SDG Conference Bergen – hosted by UiB on the 9th to the 11th of February.

Like last year, the conference will be digital and free to attend. In 2021 the conference had over 2600 participants from more than 100 countries!

We will also repeat the success of arranging Day Zero to kick off the SDG Conference Bergen on the 9th of February.

On Day Zero, you can attend a number of very interesting seminars and workshops, all with different approaches to sustainability. If you teach students, many of the events could also be relevant to attend with your students. Perhaps the day’s lecture could be to attend one or several workshops?

There are more than 30 events to choose from, and the topics are varied. Take a look at the programme for Day Zero here:

This year’s fully digital conference also provides us with new opportunities to present emerging and important research by motivated PhD candidates and postdoctoral fellows addressing the conference themes. We invite all those interested – from any disciplinary field – to send in digital posters on your research, relevant to the theme of the conference, before February 1st.  Read more here.

I hope you will enjoy the SDG Conference Bergen.


With best regards

Rector Margareth Hagen

Call for Applications Åsgard programme 2022




This programme is composed of four different calls:
Deadline 31st of January 2022.

  • Åsgard-Research is designed for researchers willing to develop collaborations between France and Norway. It funds a one-week stay in France, allowing the researcher to meet counterparts in universities and research institutions.
  • Åsgard-Innovation is designed for professionals working in technology transfer structures, clusters etc. and aims at exchanging best practices as well as creating new collaborations. It funds a one-week stay in France to meet relevant counterparts.
  • Åsgard-Staff is designed for professionals working in research administration in universities, research centers and funding agencies, in particular EU advisers. It aims at exchanging best practices as well as creating new collaborations. It funds a one-week stay in France to meet relevant counterparts.
  • Åsgard-Research+ is designated for researchers and professionnals from the innovation sector who have been laureate of the Åsgard-Research programme, the PHC Aurora, wishing to carry out a research project with a French partner. It funds a one-week stay in France for a team.

Please note: Considering the current situation of the COVID-19 pandemic, it will be possible to complete your mobility in virtual format.

Feel free to contact us for more information regarding this programme and to share this call!

Information and application

Best regards,

The Institut français in Norway – Science Department

T +47 23 20 30 05


A new financial everyday life

We are unfortunately heading into a time of a new financial everyday life. There will be permanent cuts in the basic allocation to our faculty. The framework for the basic allocation for 2021 was 718 MNOK. The reduction in the framework for the faculty from and including 2022 is as much as 50 MNOK.

The reasons for this significant cut are many. A main cause is the reorganization of the pension calculation, which is determined by KUD. In addition, KUD has reduced the allocation to the universities as part of the reorganization of the financial systems and the expectation of streamlining. In addition, there will be increased expenses for UiB due to increased room rent and expected savings due to more use of open access. The faculty takes a large part of the 50 MNOK, but the departments still get a significant cut. This is calculated on the basis of the size of the basic grant, and for some of the amounts this includes BOA. Since K2 is the largest department, we get the biggest cut, twice as much as the other departments. The amount is stipulated to be 6.3 MNOK per year.

Political efforts are being made through various channels to reduce the cuts from KUD. We can hope that this reverses a part of it, but it will still be a new economic everyday life for all universities in Norway.

What to do with this? We must increase revenues and reduce costs by a similar amount. Is this possible? Yes, I think so, but it will be demanding, and everyone must contribute. A main goal is that we should not revoke positions. We will nevertheless increase research, education, innovation and dissemination.

To increase revenue, we must increase the BOA. This is one of K2’s strongest cards. We can do this! But, we must be even better at making good applications and directing them where there is the greatest opportunity for grants. I think there is a great potential in EU funds, and this will be discussed at the 2nd K2 Retreat at Solstrand February 24-25. We can create courses for continuing education of various professions and make money on these courses. We must help students complete their studies and not drop out. If UiB gets a breakthrough for Vestlandslegen, this will give a boost to our funding.

But we must also cut costs. How can we work better for less money? Area efficiency is a great opportunity. Here we have to think innovatively. My office at the old Department of Pediatrics had approx. 20 shelf meters with binders. All this had to be shrunk to 1 shelf meter when moving to Glasblokkene. It was a demanding exercise, but it worked. The most interesting thing, however, is that after 5 years I have not yet used the papers even in this meter. Some may have a greater need, but most can manage with a PC and an monitor. The laboratories are very important for translation research, but here too we must think new. Much of the research is done on platforms and on a computer today, and it is possible to share bench space with others. In the administration, we must reduce personnel costs. Specialist teams have been introduced. And the introduction of new personnel and finance systems must eventually pay off.

These were some thoughts on how we can cope with the challenging measures and hopefully come out stronger, but I also need good suggestions from you. The first opportunity will be at the 2nd K2 Retreat. We will have a separate session on the economy there.

Have a great weekend!


Public defence – Libin Shi , February 3rd. 2022

Foto/ill.: Nan Wang



Prøveforelesning:    03 – februar 2022 kl. 10.15

Sted:                                Auditorium B-301, Haukeland Universitetssykehus, Jonas Liesvei 65.

Oppgitt emne:                 «Sudden cardiac death, causes and prevention»

Disputas:                  03 – februar 2022 kl. 12.15

Sted:                                Auditorium B-301, Haukeland Universitetssykehus, Jonas Liesvei 65.

Avhandlingens tittel:       “Pulmonary vein isolation in treatment of atrial fibrillation using radiofrequency or cryoballoon ablation: factors associated with better clinical outcomes”

  1. opponent: Professor Mats Jensen-Urstad, Karolinska Institute, Sweden
  2. opponent: Professor Jan Pål Loennechen, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  3. medlem av komiteen: Førsteamanuensis Dana Cramariuc, Universitetet i Bergen

Disputasen blir ledet av professor Valeriya Lyssenko.

Åpent for alle interesserte


Lenke til digital disputas

Disputas – Ronja Bjørnstad, 4. februar 2022

Prøveforelesning:    04. – februar 2022 kl. 09.15

Sted:                                Prøveforelesningen blir heldigital, lenke kunngjøres i pressemeldingen

Oppgitt emne:                 “The evolving relevance of chemotherapy, immunotherapy and targeted therapy in cancer management and their on and off target cellular effects.”

Disputas:                  04. – februar 2022 kl. 11.15

Sted:                             Disputasen blir heldigital, lenke kunngjøres i pressemeldingen

Avhandlingens tittel:       “Towards improved cancer therapy using new molecules and drug carriers”

  1. opponent: Professor Ole-Morten Seternes, Norge arktiske universitet
  2. opponent: Forsker Sigrid Skånland, Oslo Universitetssykehus
  3. medlem av komiteen: Professor Anette Susanne Bøe Wolff, Universitetet i Bergen

Disputasen blir ledet av professor Svein Haavik.


Link til digital disputas.

Interested in innovation? Get up to NOK 500 000 and help to develop your idea




Good ideas occur everywhere at the University of Bergen, and with UiB idé students and researchers  can test and develop their innovation ideas. Students can get up to NOK 100 000, and researchers NOK 500 000. You will also get advice from professional advisers.

The application deadline is March 15th.

Read more about the program at and join the information webinar on February 7th. Students can also register for the UiB idé vors on February 14th. This year you can also apply for a maximum of NOK 25 000 through UiB tidleg idé, and applications are received all year.

INVITATION: Three CCBIO courses this spring (note registration deadline February 1)

We are happy to be inviting you to three great courses at CCBIO for the spring term! Note the registration deadline February 1.  The courses are primarily intended for PhD candidates and other students and young researchers, but are open to all. We aim for hybrid solutions, where those who want, can join in the auditorium (pandemic permitting), and the rest through online attendance.

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Small research funds 2022 (deadline 13.2.22)

It is time for the allocation of small research funds (SMÅFORSK). The funds are a joint effort between NFR and UiB. The intention is that the funds should be given to research groups that have not received large grants so that they can start new projects. It can be applied to cover expenses for travel, seminars, courses, materials, technical-administrative assistance and other operating costs.

Requirements for application and criteria for allocation:

– The funds go to researchers who do not have large operating assets already.
– The size of the individual grants is between 15 000-150 000 NOK.
– The funds must be used by 2022 and cannot be transferred.
– Recipients must be active researchers in a permanent scientific position at K2, Prof. II or II.
– Recipients must have applied for external funds in recent years.

All permanent scientific employees (including scientific employees in 10-50% position) at K2 can apply. It is done via this link ( Deadline is 13.2.2022.

Webinar ved Senter for forskning på hjertesykdom hos kvinner.

«Podkast og undervisning: ny teknologi og nye muligheter». Mandag 24.01.22 kl.12.00-13.00

PhD stipendiat Åse Bjorvatn Sævik er lege og driver Endopodden som er rettet inn mot medisinstudenter.  Digitale undervisningsløsninger blir stadig mer etterspurt. Har du lurt på hvordan du kan forbedre undervisningen din ved hjelp av ny teknologi? Er du nysgjerrig på hva en podkast er, hvordan dette kan brukes som undervisningsverktøy eller hvordan man kommer i gang med podkast? Da er dette et webinar for deg.


Welcome to the Opening Seminar for Mohn Research Centre for Regenerative Medicine




We are pleased to announce the Opening Seminar for the Mohn Research Centre for Regenerative Medicine on January 31, from 14:15-15:45. The seminar includes an official opening with speeches, announcement of the research projects recruited through grants from the Trond Mohn Foundation, followed by scientific presentations given by the new project leaders affiliated with the Centre.

Date: January 31, from 14:15-15:45

Venue: Auditorium, Armauer Hansen’s house

Registration for on-site attendance: Opening Seminar for Mohn Research Centre for Regenerative Medicine ( (there is a limited number of “on-site” participants)

Streaming link:

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




We are happy to announce that we are a few days away from the 16th Annual Research Presentations organized by the Research School in Clinical Medicine.

Due to the COVID19 restrictions, all sessions will be held online. Please, follow the hyperlink to join the meeting: Research School Presentations 2022.

The conference program will be as follows:

  • Wednesday 26th of January 2022, 08:30 – 15:30 – Poster Presentations
  • Thursday 27th of January 2022, 09:00 – 13:00 – Oral Presentations
  • Friday 28th of January 2022, 12:00 – Award Ceremony

You can find more details about the presentations from the InfoPoster .

We are looking forward to seeing you at the Annual Research Presentations 2022.

Yours Sincerely,

Irit, Nils, and Niga


Who deserves K2’s Teaching Award?

Teaching is one of our core activites and we want to stimulate GOOD teaching at K2!

Our institute wishes to honour a teacher or teaching environment who has demonstrated an extraordinary effort within the field of teaching or development of innovative teaching and learning programs, by forwarding the K2 Teaching Award (NOK 50’000). Think of a nominee an e-mail the name of your candidate and a brief explanation to by March 15th. The K2 Teaching Award is awarded at the Teaching day in the spring.

“Norway is re-opened, and we are back in the auditoriums!” I yelled into the microphone in September as the students burst into applause in a crowded auditorium at AHH. Restrictions returned after that, but we are going to return to “live” teaching on campus – a decision will be made sometime this month. We will bring along some innovative solutions:

“Videonotat”: The faculty as well as the students want us to provide hybrid solutions, or sufficient information for the students so that they may acquire similar knowledge, in order to accommodate those students who should stay at home due to infection. Hybrid teaching can (most often) be simpler than you might think! In MittUiB there is a link to “Videonotat”. For information on how to use it, see Contact information for technical assistance may be found in the auditorium/room. For other questions, contact UiB læringslab or the study administration

Interested in a small side-job as Editorial Assistant in Clinical Dysmorphology?

Hi all

I started a year ago as senior consultant in Medical Genetics at the Department of Medical Genetics in Bergen after approx. 10 years as a Senior Consultant at the Department of Genomic Medicine in Manchester. My specific field of interest is genomic syndromology and I have also worked previously in similar positions at the major pediatric hospitals of Rome, Italy and Athens, Greece.

I was just appointed Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Dysmorphology, a task I gladly take on since dysmorphology is the part of genetics that is closest to my heart. The journal was started in the early 90s by i.a. Michael Baraitser and I am now taking over as editor-in-chief from Dame Dian Donnai, see

The editor can appoint an Editorial Assistant who gets some money for the job from the journal. I, and others with me, thought this might be an educational side-job for someone who is neat and structured in their work, and who is interested in learning more about how a clinical-genetic journal works. The job is administrative, but you have access to all the manuscripts and can read what you want. The tasks are greatly facilitated by using Editorial Manager, a user-friendly computer program, and the workload is estimated at 2-3 hours per week.

The journal comes out with four issues a year, and the job is paid ($ 1,750 per calendar year).

Do contact me if you are interested or if you have more questions at

You can find me at the 6th Floor in Laboratoriebygget, Room 649


Faculty of Medicine’s  second common HSE-day is held digitally Wednesday 23rd of February at 12:00. Save the time! (the day was scheduled 3rd of November, but was moved to spring 2022)

Program for the day will come later.

Kindly regards,

Dekan Per Bakke, fakultetsdirektør Heidi A. Espedal, verneombud Lise Skålvik og HMS-koordinator Gjert Bakkevold, og fakultetets HMS-utvalg:

  • Emil Hausvik, HMS-koordinator ved Institutt for biomedisin
  • Siv Lise Bedringaas, HMS-koordinator ved Klinisk institutt 2
  • Kirsti Nordstrand, HMS-koordinator ved Institutt for global helse og samfunnsmedisin
  • May Britt Kalvenes, HMS-koordinator ved Klinisk institutt 1
  • Signe Solberg, administrasjonssjef Institutt for klinisk odontologi
  • Mathias Ziegler, Instituttleder Institutt for biomedisin

EDM Case Reports – Editor-in-Chief vacancy

We are inviting applications for the role of co-Editor-in-Chief for Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism Case Reports, an open access journal endorsed by the European Society of Endocrinology.

For full details please visit
Applications are due by Friday 18th February 2022.

Many thanks and best wishes,
Laura Martin
Publisher, EDM Case Reports

Midway evaluation

To all PhD-Candidates planning to complete their midway evaluation spring 2022

The following dates have been selected for midway evaluations:
10th, 11th, 12th of May

Date and time for each individual evaluation is based on the first-come-first-serve principle.  Thus, we encourage you to notify us as soon as possible about what date and time slot you desire

Please remember to inform your main supervisor about your choice of date. Main supervisor shall also suggest 2 members to the evaluation committee.

Enclosed you will find guidelines for the midway evaluations, with documents and templates.  – Midway Evaluation | Faculty of Medicine | University of Bergen (

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Best regards,
Irene Hjelmaas
PhD coordinator


Happy New Year!

Christmas and the holiday season is over. I hope most people have had an experience of holiday and the opportunity for reflection, and gathering with those they love. It gives motivation and strength to embark on a new year with new opportunities.

2022 starts with increasing coronary infection wave due to omicron variant. It presents several challenges for our activity, but my impression is that it is going pretty well anyway. We have become accustomed to this situation. Fortunately, we work at an institution that comes out relatively well since most people have permanent jobs and the activity has not stopped with bankruptcy that threatens the way other enterprises experience. The ones I think come out the worst are children, young people and the elderly due to isolation for groups that have a great social need. Let us hope that the vaccination coverage will soon reach a level that reduces the waves of infection and allows normal activity to resume.

With a new year, there are many exciting opportunities. I will remind you of the application deadlines for RCN 2/2 and 9/2. It is difficult, but not impossible, to get funded, and he/she who dares nothing, wins nothing. The feedback is better than before, and it provides a good basis for improving the application for a next round. I will otherwise draw attention to the new programs in Horizon Europe. We should apply for more EU funding!

Enjoy the new year!