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Servant leadership

Servant leadership is a management philosophy formulated by Robert K. Greenleaf in the 70s. The main idea is that the manager should serve the employees and the organisation, and differs from traditional leadership where the manager’s role is to promote the organisation’s interests.

A servant leader shares power, puts the needs of employees first and helps people develop and perform at their best. Instead of the people working to serve the leader, the leader exists to serve the people. Greenleaf put it this way: A servant leader must ask himself the question: “Are my employees growing as people? As they serve, do they become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous, more likely to become servants themselves?”

Do we have a serving leadership at UiB and for that matter the hospital we are an integral part of? As a scientific employee, many others and I experience that tasks that others previously did for us, now have to be done by us. We spend more and more time on documentation, filling in forms, organizing teaching and other administrative tasks. It feels like there are various administrative groups around us who are more concerned with leading us instead of serving us. This means that we have less time to do the university’s core tasks, namely research, teaching and communication.

We need a debate about this. I did not have Fredrik Solvang available, so as an introduction I asked ChapGPT if we had serving leadership at UiB. It answered, among other things: “There is a growing interest in servant leadership in higher education institutions around the world. Many universities have introduced servant leadership principles into their management structures and have seen positive results.

UiB has also taken initiatives to promote servant leadership. For example, they have organized seminars and workshops on the subject and have also included this as one of their core values. Furthermore, in its vision for 2022, UiB emphasizes that it wants to promote responsible management, including servant leadership.

We now need to discuss how this vision can be implemented in practical terms?

With warm wishes for a good the coming weekend

Eystein Husebye
Deputy leader K2

The 24th Broegelmann Lecture- Peder Olofsson

Peder S Olofsson is the Head of Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Departmentof Medicine, Solna, Karolinska Institutetand the Scientific Director of the StockholmCenter for Biolectronic Medicine will give the talk Reaching beyond innervation to map mechanisms of neural regulation of inflammation.

Speaker: Peder S Olofsson, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Departmentof Medicine, Solna, Karolinska Institutet
Title: Reaching beyond innervation to map mechanisms of neural regulation of inflammation
Chair: Helena Harris
When: May 15th, 2023 at 3:00-4:00. Snacks and coffee will be provided prior to the lecture, remember to register!.
Registration: at this link  Deadline is May 8th at 12 AM
Place: Auditorium B302, Sentralblokken 3rd floor, Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen

Short bio: Peder S. Olofsson, MD, PhD, trained in anesthesiology and intensive care medicine at the Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm, Sweden, and is a Diplomate of the European Academy of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine with more than 10 years of clinical experience. Dr. Olofsson also holds a PhD in experimental medicine from the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden.

Research: Dr. Olofssons group focuses on the field of Bioelectronic medicine — the convergence of molecular medicine; neuroscience and biology; and electronics and computing to develop cures. It is hoped this field of study may change the future of therapies for a wide variety of diseases. This groundbreaking discipline is aimed at interfacing electronics with nerves to specifically target the biological processes underlying disease.

Studying neurophysiological and molecular mechanisms in the neural control of inflammation outside of the central nervous system, his lab uses genetic experimental animal models and pharmacological and neurophysiological interventions, and human studies, to map the homeostatic reflex control of inflammation physiology.

Dr. Olofsson’s work has been instrumental in the discovery that T cells relay neural signals in the inflammatory reflex, and that acetylcholine-producing T cells play key roles in regulation of blood pressure and anti-microbial defense through regulation of blood vessel physiology.

More information about Dr. Olofssons work can be found on his group page: Neural regulation of inflammation and metabolism | Karolinska Institutet ( and at the following link Bioelectronic Medicine – YouTube with a short video focusing on being able to monitor and stimulate the vital vagus nerve with short electrical pulses in order to treat inflammatory diseases in a targeted manner.

This seminar has been arranged by the Broegelmann Research Laboratory, NSI Bergen and the Bergen Research School in Inflammation

Call for Research Unit Proposals

The University of Bergen established the Norwegian Citizen Panel (NCP) 10 years ago, in 2013. Since the inception, the Digital Social Science Core Facility, DIGSSCORE, has supported 4-6 thematic research units who have organized most of the data collection in the NCP. These units have been central to the research infrastructure in many ways. They have ensured sustained attention to certain areas of research and have served as engines for new research projects. They have also helped incorporate new initiatives originating outside the units, advised early career researchers, and collaborated with national and international research partners.

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Disease X: The 100 Days Mission to End Pandemics

Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) is a huge Norwegian-initiated and largely Norwegian-funded funding mechanism (HQ in Oslo) which has been and is funding the development of new vaccines, including several of the corona-vaccines.

Kate Kelland, Chief Scientific Writer in CEPI, will visit Bergen and give an exciting lecture presenting the book “Disease X: The 100 Days Mission to End Pandemics” Tuesday 23 May at 11.15

Don’t miss the opportunity to get involved in the next Horizon Europe 2024 Health proposals!

The 2024 calls are already open for submission; this will be the second round of calls of the CL1 Work Programme 2023-2024.

The European action HNN3.0 together with the European Commission, Enterprise Europe Network and NCP WideraNet is organizing the next Horizon Europe Brokerage Event on the 2024 Cluster 1 Health calls for proposals.

The Brokerage Event is organized consecutively to the Cluster 1 Health INFODAY that will take place on June 1st.

This international partnering event will help you to build your consortium for the upcoming 2024 calls of the 2023-2024 Health Work Programme.

The event is free of charge but registration by 29 May and profile activation are mandatory to attend the brokerage event.

Social media for researchers

This workshop will show you how to use social media to extend your own impact, network with your peers, and get access to opportunities in both academia and industry.

25.05.2023 – 09.00–12.00

Seminar room A+B, basement of Muséplass 1. Use entrance from Professor Keysersgate.

Signe Knappskog

Registration deadline

19.05.2023 – 12.00

Register here

Healthy Working Habits: Time Management and Writing Motivation

This course will cover topics that deeply affect all researchers in and outside academia, and also transfer to other careers: time management and writing motivation. All disciplines and career stages are welcome. The course will be delivered by Zoom – you will get the link the day before.

27.04.2023 – 09.00–11.30


Ellen Hagen

Registration deadline

25.04.2023 – 23.55


How to write a competitive CV for the Industry?

The Industry is everything that is not academia. The course will teach you how to develop customized resumes and how to tailor the cv for a position.

05.05.2023 – 09.00–11.00

UiB Ferd Career Center for early-stage Researchers, Museplass 2, 2. etg

Registration deadline

03.05.2023 – 23.55


The 24th Broegelmann Lecture 15th of May

The 24th Broegelmann Lecture is taking place on the 15th of May at 3pm with speaker Dr Peder Olofsson from the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Department of Medicine, Solna, Karolinska Institutet.

The talk focuses on Dr Olofssons’ work in the exciting field of Bioelectronic medicine: the convergence of molecular medicine; neuroscience and biology; and electronics and computing to develop cures — which may change the future of therapies for a wide variety of diseases. This groundbreaking discipline is aimed at interfacing electronics with nerves to specifically target the biological processes underlying disease.

Everyone is welcome!

More information and a link to register can be found at The 24th Broegelmann Lecture- Peder Olofsson | The Research Group of Immunology and Rheumatology | UiB .

This seminar has been arranged by the Broegelmann Research Laboratory, NSI Bergen and the Bergen Research School in Inflammation.

How to write competitive proposals for the ERC Starting and Consolidator Grants

The competition for ERC Grants can be daunting, but UiB has many examples of researchers who have won and enjoy the academic freedom of an ERC grant. Find out how to best prepare your application with this digital workshop. The Starting Grant is for early stage researchers (up to 7 years after their PhD has been defended). The next deadline is expected to be 23.10.23 (date tbc in June 2023). Consolidator Grant stipend is for mid-career researchers (7-12 years after their PhD is defended) who would like to propose a groundbreaking and risky project that they could not finance anywhere else.

Digital workshop 12-13 June 2023

Transforming health and care systems (THCS)

The Research Council of Norway is announcing 2 000 000 euro to Norwegian researchers who want to participate in a European research collaboration for the healthcare of the future

The call aims to provide the necessary knowledge to build the health and care of the future. By providing this knowledge, the call aims to support the development of new and innovative solutions that can address the current and future challenges facing health and care systems. Furthermore, the call aims to support the implementation of innovative solutions on a larger scale. With research and innovation supporting the implementation of existing solutions, the call aims to accelerate the pace of change and make a positive impact on health and care systems in a more efficient way.

Amount participating by the Research Council: 2 000 000 euro (approx. NOK 22 500 000)

Deadline 13 June

PhD grant writing workshop

The Faculty of Medicine invites all PhD candidates to a workshop on «How to write a successful grant proposal».

The workshop will enable PhD candidates in medicine and sciences to start early with their future research project. Participants will gain insight into the international funding landscape and develop hands-on knowledge by working on their own project proposal.

Target audience: PhD candidates enrolled at the Faculty of Medicine who want to kick-start their academic career in the nearest future.


  • The literary genre of a project proposal
  • Evaluation criteria: excellence, impact, implementation
  • Curriculum vitae and track record
  • The funding landscape in Norway and Europe

Speakers: Research advisors at the Faculty of Medicine

Time: The workshop will go over to half-days, with obligatory homework to be submitted on the second day.

Monday 22 May, 10-12
Wednesday 24 May, 10-13

Place: Eitri Medical Incubator, Haukelandsbakken 31, Bergen

Course fee: free

The Bergen International Conference on Hansen’s Disease

150 Years Since the Discovery of the Leprosy Bacillus

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the discovery of the leprosy-causing bacteria, Mycobacterium leprae, by Dr. Gerhard Armauer Hansen. To mark this historic anniversary, Sasakawa Leprosy (Hansen’s Disease) Initiative and the University of Bergen in Norway are organizing The Bergen International Conference on Hansen’s Disease:150 Years Since the Discovery of the Leprosy Bacillus on June 21-22, 2023.

Although leprosy can now be treated with multidrug therapy, delayed treatment can lead to lifelong disability and discrimination against those affected. The World Health Organization and other international organizations aim to eliminate leprosy by 2030, and the Bergen International Conference on Hansen’s Disease will bring together stakeholders from around the world to discuss medical, social, and historical aspects of leprosy. This conference is part of the “Don’t Forget Leprosy” campaign.

Good deals on accommodation in Bergen can be found in the registration form.

We look forward to seeing you!

Date: June 21-22, 2023
Place: Grieg Hall (Address: Edvard Griegs Plass 1, 5015 Bergen, Norway)
Organizers: Sasakawa Leprosy (Hansen’s Disease) Initiative & The University of Bergen
Language: English (Simultaneous interpretation is being coordinated)

For more information and program overview, please visit the conference website.:



Vacation 2023

I hope everyone had a nice Easter holiday with friends and family. The weather and snow conditions were some of the best I can remember for the season.

Not everyone takes a holiday at Easter but finds quiet days to be an opportunity to get professional work done or there is a deadline that makes working at Easter necessary. I would like to single out Eystein Husebye and Helge Ræder who sent a comprehensive EU application yesterday and therefore had the impetus for the application during Easter. They received invaluable administrative help from, among others, Corina Guder, Susanna Pakkasmaa, Andreas Westermoen and Håkon Solheim, even on several of the “red days”. I would like to thank everyone in the team for their efforts, and we are crossing our fingers for a good process with a positive outcome!

Finally, I would like to remind you of the vacation accounts for 2023. By 1 May, everyone must register in the Self-Service Portal ( which days they plan to take vacation. It is possible to change days afterwards. The most important thing is that the number of days planned is entered. This is not only important for K2 to know when K2’s employees are present or absent, but it has an impact on the budget. Vacation that is not registered or taken will be marked as liabilities in our accounts for 2023 and worsen the financial balance. So, register your planned vacation as soon as possible and by 1 May!

Have a great weekend!

Kreftforeningens hovedutlysning, Forskerprosjekt 2023 -Frist 26. mai

Open Call, Rosa sløyfe, Krefttak mot Kreft og geografisk spredning

The Cancer Society works to fight and prevent cancer, and to ensure the best possible life for cancer patients and their relatives. The Norwegian Cancer Society announces funding for research projects in these thematic areas:

  • Free cancer research (Open Call, NOK 132 million).
  • Breast cancer (Pink ribbon, NOK 29 million).
  • Cancer with spread (Efforts against cancer, NOK 35 million).
  • Cancer research at institutions outside the big cities (NOK 24 million).

For more information on this call:

Are you planning to apply to the Norwegian Cancer Society in 2022? Then you must fill in the form below:

Jeg planlegger å søke Kreftforeningen med frist 31. mai