Daily Archives: Friday January 21st, 2022

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 uib.no/ide 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 1.am. 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 (https://skjemaker.app.uib.no/view.php?id=12027613). 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 (deltager.no) (there is a limited number of “on-site” participants)

Streaming link: https://vimeo.com/event/1739168

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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