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Long-term strategy and career building

Good research requires strategy, not only academically, but also to have an infrastructure and finances to put the research plans into practice. This means that we must have both short-term and long-term goals. You don’t have to run after every “ball” and research opportunity, but you must focus on your “ball” and work strategically with research funding and competence building.

Application writing is a long process. The longer you spend, the better. Of course, larger projects and applications need more time. Positioning begins several years before the actual application: what do you need on your CV to be a competitive applicant. Concept development: about a year before the deadline; and ideally use 6 months for the refinement and the actual writing

The research group leaders must help the younger ones forward. Those who will eventually become group leaders must obtain senior authorship and “co-PI” positions in applications. They can apply for smaller funds that are easier to get, join networks and practice critical senses by being a reviewers or help their group leader to review. Future group leaders must be helped into career programs and build up their teaching portifolio, and UiB has many career building opportunities for younger researchers (for example UiB Ferd, use them!

New calls in Horizon Europe have been published and several of the calls in the work program 2023-24 will suit K2’s groups well. Contact Susanna Pakkasmaa if you plan to apply – that way you can get started early and write a competitive grant application.

Next week is the EU Research & Innovation Days ( If you want to become wiser about what is happening in Europe, follow this digital conference.

Have a great weekend when the time comes
Eystein and Susanna

Digital frukost@Forskningsdagene: Can we find the solution to the antibiotic resistance crisis in the ocean?

The World Health Organization (WHO) states that antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to global health, food security, and development today. A growing number of infections are becoming harder to treat as the antibiotics used to treat them become less effective. In addition to reducing the overuse of antibiotics, we need to discover and bring new antibiotics to market. This is a formidable challenge, but perhaps part of the solution can be found in the ocean?

In conjunction with Forskningsdagene, the Norwegian annual research festival, this Digital frukost will have a special focus on this year’s theme – the Ocean. Join us for a digital one-hour breakfast where we will explore if the solution to the antibiotic resistance crisis can be found in the ocean.

Spectral flow cytometry

We have got a new machine at the Flow Cytometry core facility, the Sony ID7000 that will expand our flow cytometer capabilities.

I would like to invite you all to an introduction to the spectral flow cytometry technology and the capabilities we will now have available. The introduction will be held at HUS – Sentralblokka Undervisningsrom D305 at 09.00-12.00 on Tuesday the 27th of September.

This is a five laser machine (including a UV laser) with the ability to analyze up to 40+ markers at the same time.

Everyone is welcome

How to write competitive proposals for the ERC Consolidator and Advanced 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 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. Researchers with more than 12 years of experience are eligible to apply for the Advanced Grant.

This course explains how to convey your research concept in a way that convinces both the ERC panel and your expert evaluators, and maximises your chance of success.

8-9 November, Zoom

Lecture: Mast cells – versatile effector cells in inflammatory conditions

The Bergen Research School in Inflammation has the pleasure to invite you to a lecture by

Prof. Gunnar Pejler
Department of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology
Uppsala University

Mast cells – versatile effector cells in inflammatory conditions

12th October 2022
BBB, Auditorium 4, 10:15

More information here

UiB Ferd – career center for early stage researchers

UiB Ferd Career Centre supports doctoral candidates, postdoctoral fellows, researchers and associate professors by offering career guidance and various courses. Please note the coming courses on Data Management Plan and on Academic Writing and Presentation Skills. The course on academic writing and presentation skills is in particular targeting researchers from the Faculty of Medicine.

UiB Opp – courses for researchers and administrative staff

UiB Opp is UiB’s programme offering courses to increase competence on external financing and research support. The target group are researchers at all levels in addition to the administrative support staff. The programme offers introductory and advanced courses. This page provides an overview of course that are scheduled for this autumn.

Horizon Europe Success Factors

Welcome to the third event on Horizon Europe for UiB researchers, on Friday 7 October.

This time the focus is on factors for succeeding with your proposals for project funding – strategic networking, proposal writing and  the evaluation process – but also on how we link a research project to the big, global challenges.

Time: 07.10.2022 – 09.00–15.00

Venue: Scandic Bergen City, Håkonsgaten 2-7

For more information and link to registration please visit the website.


Personal development interviews
There is still time for the annual personal development interviews. These are part of targeted management and employee development. Therefore, they are annual, systematic and mutually prepared personal conversations between an employee and their immediate superior. All employees who have a main position at UiB must have staff meetings. This also includes fellows. For employees with 20% positions, the manager can agree with the employee that it is not necessary.

New from last year is that it is not enough that the personal development interviews are offered – they must also be carried out. These interviews are an important arena for clarifying expectations for performance, giving mutual feedback and insight into each other’s working situation and addressing the working environment and conditions at the workplace. The conversation must be linked to K2’s strategic plans and be a real and results-oriented management tool to achieve set goals.

Elements related to life phase can be taken up as a theme. The conversation will also be used to uncover skills needs, change and development. The content of the employee interview must be focused on conditions that the manager and employee can do something about.

It is important to communicate what you want to achieve in the personal development interview and arrange for the confidentiality needed for the interview to have added value for both parties. This can be a gradual process that can take some time.

For foreign employees, it is important to pay attention to their need to understand overall strategies and goals for the organization, the importance of a good and inclusive working environment and the individual’s opportunities to contribute to the community. Current topics can also be their social network, trust vis-a-vis manager and colleagues, experience of belonging and in some cases facilitation and integration also outside the workplace.

As a natural part of the performance assessment and the clarification of expectations, the contractual conversation about pay matters is included as part of the personal development interview. It is therefore important to remember that we have established systems for salary negotiations. As you know, salary negotiations are ongoing this autumn.

As Head of Department, I am responsible for ensuring that all employees carry out annual personal development interviews and am responsible for the results of the interviews being included in K2’s plans and budget. It is not possible to carry out this for all K2’s employees, so carrying out the conversations is delegated. I have staff meetings with the research group leaders, while they in turn have responsibility for their group members. When it comes to administrative staff, head of administration Maria Holmaas is responsible.

Most of the time, I think time goes terribly fast in the autumn, and suddenly it’s Christmas. It is therefore advisable to start the employee interviews as soon as possible. Good luck!

More research for the students!

Many of our students want to learn more about research and an academic career path but find it difficult to get in touch with the faculty’s researchers. These are not necessarily students who are looking for, for example, a summer job/scholarship or PhD scholarship, but simply students who would like to learn more about research and academia.

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(Norsk) Meld deg på OPP!

Meld deg på OPP!
19.-25.september arrangeres Innovasjonsuken OPP. Over 40 arrangementer er tilgjengelig i arrangementskalenderen. En glimrende arena for studenter, gründere, investorer og næringslivet for møtes for nettverksbygging, kompetansedeling og framsnakking.

Ta en titt på programmet og meld deg allerede nå:

Her er en liten smakebit på noe av det du kan OPPleve:

Gratis OPP-fest i Marinehallen – Åpningsfesten til Innovasjonsuken OPP
Helseinkubatoren, Eitri arrangerer Datathon og seminar verdien av norsk helsedata
Innovasjon Norge, Connect Vest og PwC arrangerer åpningsarrangementene «OPPnå innovasjonskraft – innovasjon som verktøy for å bli bærekraftig» og «Oppnå suksess med Corporate/startup partnerskap»
NF&TA og Bergen offentlige bibliotek arrangerer «Tech og tekstil – hvordan ser bærekraftig tekstilindustri ut?»
Sopra Steria og NHH arrangerer: «Slik lykkes etablerte selskaper med å lansere nye løsninger»
AFF arrangerer «Start Smart – om hvordan team jobber godt mot felles mål»
Kunnskapsparken Vestland og Innovasjon Norge arrangerer: Kapitaldagen i Førde
Buzzfond, Brak, Bergen kommune, Design Region Bergen og Simonsen Vogt Wiig arrangerer: «Musikk fra Vestland til verden»
SRF arrangerer Byråbayer med årets høydepunkt fra Cannes Lions
VIS, NCE Finance Innovation og Connect Vest arrangerer Demo Day Vestland
Social Impact Lab lanserer Dypdykk for innovasjonsprogrammet, Impact Challenge
Netlife og TRY har seminar om «Hva er godt design og god kommunikasjon?»
GC Rieber arrangerer «Innovation Challenge – innovasjonskultur på tvers av selskaper»
DNB NXT arrangeres med tema: Redefinding Growth
StormGeo, Knowit og Sjømat Norge arrangerer “Hav, tech og hOPP – Fire havnære digitale innovasjonsprosjekter”
Sogn Næring og Kunnskapsparken Vestland arrangerer Innovasjonsdagen i Sogn
Start Bergen arrangerer, hackethon – Bergen Brainstorm

Deadline for registration of rest holidays 2022 is 1st of October

All employees at UiB must register holidays in the self-service-portal.

The holidays must be registered in the portal for approval, marked in the comment field that is has been approved by nearest leader.

If you are uncertain of the dates, register anyway and eventually change afterwards.

It is very important that everybody register their holidays for the whole year. This is because you should plan and take the holidays you have earned within the year, and because it is important that the holiday account for UiB shows correct figures.

The institute is followed up and must report this monthly to the Faculty.

Link and guidance to the self-service-portal: Selvbetjeningsportalen | Ansattsider | UiB

Note that you must select the buttom ‘Fraværssøknader’ and ‘Opprett søknad’

If you need further guidance, please contact me.

Mia Holmaas
Head of Administration

Scientific Computing Training events in autumn 2022


The scientific computing group at UiB IT department is collaborating nationally and internationally to provide training on practical scientific computing related topics.

These are free online courses and target students, researchers, and employees of any background who are eager to learn basic scientific computing skills or improve their existing knowledge on the topic.

This autumn we are collaborating three courses:

  1. CodeRefinerey Online Workshop: September 20-22 and 27-29. Please see the course page for more details
  2. NRIS HPC On-boarding: October 18-20. Please see the course page for more details
  3. NRIS Best Practices on HPC : November 1-2. Please see the course page for more details

Please advertise these courses at your department to people who are interested in attending these courses. If you have any question kindly reply to this email.

Thank you!

Best Regards,
Dhanya Pushpadas 

Course: Improve Your Academic Writing and Presentation Skills in English

Mastering academic English can be as important as mastering your discipline itself. This is a course for PhD candidates and Postdoctoral fellows at the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Psychology who wants to improve their academic writing and presentation skills in English. There will be courses targeting other Faculties later this autumn.

Target group

PhD candidates and Postdoctoral fellows who want to improve their academic writing and presentation skills in English.
This course is especially targeting the Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Psychology.

Application deadline

Application deadline is at 3 pm the 3rd of October 2022.

More information and Registration Improve Your Academic Writing and Presentation Skills in English | UiB Ferd karrieresenter for yngre forskere | UiB

Nordic AI Meet and Research School Annual Conference

For PhD candidates across Norway working on AI linked topics, Norwegian Artificial Intelligence Research Consortium (NORA) is planning two important activities in November.

  1. Nordic AI Meet, 14-15 November : to bring a wide range of expertise in form of keynotes, select presentations & posters from PhD students across Nordics apart from Industry engagement and other fun activities.
  2. Research School Annual Conference, 16 November : The research school conference is more like an unconference as it will have components that foster tighter collaboration among PhD students and also enable them to meet each other face to face. There will be a mingling welcome dinner for the conference on 15thNovember in Kristiania University College Campus in Oslo Center. Seats are limited for the 16 November event. Registration is free but it will be on first come first serve basis.

Course in data protection and -security

UiB handles large amounts of personal data and information, both in research and administration. You as an employee need to know how personal data is handled and how you can maintain data security, both for yourself as a person and for UiB.

All our employees complete a basic course in data protection and data security. The course consists of short modules, each of which takes a few minutes to complete.

This e-mail is being sent to you because you have not completed the course. We hope you will find the time to do this!

The link below will take you to the course on Mitt UiB:
Click here to start the course


New opportunities in Horizon Europe

While we wait for feedback from the Research Council on the applications sent this spring, it might be an idea to study the draft of the calls under the area ​​Health in Horizon Europe. There are many calls that are relevant to K2’s researchers. The various so-called destinations in the program are:

Destination 1 – Staying healthy in a rapidly changing society

Destination 2. Living and working in a health-promoting environment

Destination 3. Tackling diseases and reducing disease burden

Destination 4. Ensuring access to innovative, sustainable and high-quality health care

Destination 5. Unlocking the full potential of new tools, technologies and digital solutions for a healthy society and reducing disease burden

You will find calls that suit your area of ​​research. Several announcements under Destination 1 are aimed at personalized medicine. Under destination 5, it is possible to apply for projects that integrate artificial intelligence and health, including the development of new tools both for healthcare personnel and patients for the prevention and treatment of diseases.

The call has not yet been published, but you can access the draft by contacting our research advisor Susanna Pakkasmaa. She and the Research Department can be helpful with advice and guidance for those who are interested. Susanne is otherwise interested in meeting the institute’s research group leaders to get acquainted with the ongoing research.

Consider applying for EU funds both as a partner and coordinator

Good luck with your future applications

Eystein Husebye
Vice head of institute