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Registration of vacation

To those of you who have not yet registered all of your holiday for 2015 in Pagaweb: Please make sure that you register your remaining holiday this year. Deadline: October 31st, 2015.
If you have not registered and / or applied for transference of your holiday by the 31th of October we will consider your holiday as spent and register this in PAGA.

Transfer of vacation:
As a rule all vacation should be completed before the end of the year. You can still apply to have as many as 14 vacation days transferred to the next year via PAGA.  In the application you must explain your plan for these days in 2016 / or why
you have not been able to take all the vacation in 2015 (only sic leave and leave of absence will be consideed as valid reasons). Continue reading

Public PhD Defense, Week 35

Hege ClemmHege Synnøve Havstad Clemm will defend her PhD thesis on Friday August 28, 2015
Trial lecture: Friday, August 28, 2015, 09.15
Topic: “Barn med astma bronkiale – utfordringer i idrett og kroppsøving”
Place: Aud. 1, Bygg for biologiske basalfag, Jonas Lies vei 91
Public defense: Friday, August  28, 2015, 11:15
Place: Auditorium 1, BB-bygget, Jonas Lies vei 91
Title of dissertation: “Exercise capacity after extremely preterm birth. Development from childhood to adulthood”
1st opponent: Professor Kai-Håkon Carlsen, Universitetet i Oslo
2nd opponent: Professor Sigurd Loe Steinshamn, NTNU, Trondheim

Press release

Public PhD Defense, Week 35

OterhalsKjersti Oterhals will defend her PhD thesis on Thursday August 27, 2015
Trial lecture: Thursday, August 27, 2015, 09.15
Topic: “Brukermedvirkning som strategi for å bedre utkommet ved hjertekirurgi”
Place: Stort auditorium, Haukeland Universitetssykehus
Public defense: Thursdag, August  27, 2015, 12.30
Place: Auditorium 1, BB-bygget, Jonas Lies vei 91
Title of dissertation: “Patient-reported outcomes in patients with aortic stenosis with and without aortic valve replacement”
1st opponent: Professor Eva Brink, Institutionen för omvårdnad, hålsa och kultur, Högskolan Väst, Sverige
2nd opponent: Professor Rolf Busund, Norges arktiske universitet, Tromsø

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Public PhD Defense, Week 26

Catalin KoroCatalin Koro will defend her PhD thesis on Thursday June 25, 2015
Trial lecture: Thursday, June 25, 2015, 14.15
Topic: ”Autoimmune diseases and novel immunotherapy”
Place: Auditorium 2, BB-bygget, Jonas Lies vei 91
Public defense: Friday, June  26, 2015, 09:15
Place: Auditorium 1, BB-bygget, Jonas Lies vei 91
Title of dissertation: “Carbamylation as a modulator of the immune response”
1st opponent: Associate professor Tulay Lindberg, Karolinska Universitetet, Huddinge, Sverige
2nd opponent: Postdoctor Tomasz Kantyka, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Polen

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Teaching day

Per Bakke

This year “the teaching day” (undervisningsdagen) will be held in cooperation with K1. It will be arranged over two half days instead of one. The first session is planned before lunch October 1st and the second October 14th (same time). The reason for the two-day-seminar is that we have to coordinate it both in K1 and K2’s schedule. On October 14th participators from the other medical schools in Norway will hold lectures about E-learning experiences. Digital exam is about to be introduced and it will be interesting to learn about how other institutions have tackled this. Another Teaching day focus is the new Medical school curriculum and how it will affect all the lecturers at the institute. One of several key topics in the new plan is students’ skill requirements and how to enforce them. This means several important areas need to be discussed and agreed upon. A big Thanks to the K2 teaching day committee Harald Wiker and Torbjørn Jonung. They have planned an interesting and relevant program.


Participation is mandatory for teachers and lecturers. Please put the two dates in your calendar right away!



Workshop: Building the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Grant Proposal

Dr Robert Parker, from the University of Tennessee will be holding a workshop, titled “Building the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Grant Proposal”, at University of Bergen (BBB) on Wednesday, 17th June, 2015.

The workshop will focus on writing the best possible NIH grant application. DrPorter’s extensive experience will offer participants a lot of useful information.

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Public PhD Defense, Week 25

lauvsnesMaria Boge Lauvsnes will defend her PhD thesis on Thursday June 18, 2015
Trial lecture: Thursday, June 18, 2015, 09:15
Topic: ”The role of auto-antibodies as disease markes and pathogenic factors in diseases of the central nervous system”
Place: Aula 2 etg. Sydbygg, Stavanger University Hospital
Public defense: Thursday, June  18, 2015, 10:30
Place: Aula 2 etg. Sydbygg, Stavanger University Hospital
Title of dissertation: “Cognitive dysfunction in autoimmune diseases”
1st opponent: Prof Ingrid Agartz, University of Oslo
2nd opponent: Prof Trygve Holmøy, University of Oslo

Press release


Public defence Week 22

Bente FriskBente Frisk will have her public defence on Tuesday May 26, 2015
Trial lecture: Tuesday may 26, 2015, kl.09.15
Topic: ”The current status of rehabilitation of chronic obstructive  pulmonary disease”
Place: Auditorium 1, Bygg for biologiske basalfag, Jonas Lies vei 91
Public defence: Tuesday may  26, 2015, kl.11.15
Place: Auditorium 1, Bygg for biologiske basalfag, Jonas Lies vei 91
Title of dissertation: “Exercise capacity and breathing pattern in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Predictors and longitudinal changes”
1st opponent  Professor Rik Gosselink, Studentenbeleid-Rectoraat, Leuven, Belgium
2nd opponent Professor Pierantonio Laveneziana, Sorbonne Universités, Paris, France

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Dutyhours for UiB fellows

Per BakkeAs you know PhD candidates financed by the University of Bergen has a fourth year in which duty work for the university can be required. This work is currently managed by the institute and not by the individual supervisor. Information about the required duty work is sent to all candidates and supervisors before the PhD period starts. Candidates can be given tasks like K2Nytt editing, web editing, and teaching. The institute has received questions like “what if the department does not have any available work?” In that case it is accepted that the student and supervisor come to agreement about suitable tasks. A survey made by Kristian Jensen shows that many UiB fellows use part of their duty work time to teach. This is particularly true when it comes to medical PhD fellows. This is certainly accepted.



Public defence Week 20

MM_D610_7747Solbjørg Markalani Myrtveit will have her public defence on Wednesday May 13, 2015
Trial lecture: Wednesday may 13, 2015, kl.09.15
Topic: ”Chronic whiplash – an update on possible pathophysiological and psychological mechanisms”
Place: Auditorium 1, Bygg for biologiske basalfag, Jonas Lies vei 91
Public defence: Wednesday may  13, 2015, kl.11.15
Place: Auditorium 1, Bygg for biologiske basalfag, Jonas Lies vei 91
Title of dissertation: “Risk factors for development and maintenance of chronic whiplash”
1st opponent  Professor Trudie Chalder, King’s College, London
2nd opponent Seniorforsker Ragnhild Elise Ørstavik, Nasjonalt folkehelseinstitutt

 Press release

Better organization of UiB’s activities?

Roland JonssonThe Organization Development Project at UiB aims to develop the administrative services so that they support the university’s tasks within research, research education, general education and scientific communication in an optimal manner.  The project emerges from the electoral platform of the rectorate: “UiB should have a culture where all employee groups identify with the same social mission and identify with the university’s core activities”.  See for more information. There have been several open information meetings for employees where the project’s status has been presented. Here are some proposals that will be initiated: Better framework for interdisciplinary collaboration, incentives which stimulate to increased external funding and the establishment of an interdisciplinary BOA-team will be followed up. Recruitment of strong international candidates will be achieved through new recruitment programs. Digital services will ensure easier access and simplified services for students. Common demands for service level and good accessibility to the central administrative services will be developed, and the employee websites will be improved.


The last 4 reports are now on hearing in the organization before the steering group  will evaluate the groups’ recommendations.  One of the most discussed reports have been the report on research education at UiB.  As part of this discussion, a debate contribution was submitted this week: (in Norwegian)




Information from The Norwegian Cancer Society regarding main announcement for 2015

The Norwegian Cancer Society’s main announcement of research funding for positions and operations has now been announced.  You may apply for funding for researcher initiated cancer research projects within all research fields where the short-term or long-term goal is to help cancer patients.  Application deadline is 01.06.2015.  For more information (in Norwegian)

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Communications breakfast: Researchers in social media

Are social media more than selfies and cat videos?  Can research be communicated in 140 signs?

The Communications division is pleased to invite all employees to a breakfast meeting on May 13, with social media on the menu.  Listen to other researchers talk about their own experiences and get good tips and advice in the process.  The event is free of charge!

Time: Wednesday May 13 at 08:00 – 10:00

Place: Egget, Student Center

Registration deadline: Friday May 8.

Click here for more information and registration form (in Norwegian)

Writing course for researchers

The Communication division at UiB will host a writing course on Thursday June 4 for researchers who wish to spread their word outside the university.  The course is suitable for researchers who wish to write on-the-spot newspaper chronicles, blogs, newspaper reader comments and other texts aimed at an ordinary audience.  Deadline for signing up: Wednesday May 13. 
For more information and registration form (in Norwegian)

Conference – «Applied Bioinformatics in Diabetes and Obesity»

The conference will be arranged by KG Jebsen Center for Diabetes Research.  Time and place: 05.05.2015 at 8:00 – 16:00, Bikuben new Helse Bergen conference facility next to Haukeland Hotel).  Participation fee is 500 kroner and includes coffee breaks and light lunch.  There is a limited number of seats available, so pre-registration is mandatory.  You sign up for the conference by sending an e-mail to Elin Horntvedt by 28.04.2015.  Please include information on name, title and affiliation. 
For more information


Who deserves the K2s teaching prize 2015?

Eva GerdtsPlanning of the micro-details in the new medicine curriculum has now begun. A big thanks to everyone who participate in semester boards, the planning of OSCE exam, elective courses and other study program committees!  Good interaction between the semester boards and the various course responsible lecturers with teaching skills relevant for the current study plan and the students’ evaluation of this plan is absolutely necessary in order to obtain a good result: We must be able to revise what is not working in the current curriculum, and at the same time keep the best elements from our current teaching.  It is also important to view the study plan both cross-sectionally and longitudinally, and the semester boards for 9th – 12th semester will now commence their work.

In order to meet the future need for more student activating teaching methods, it is necessary that we all learn new methods.  MOF now offers 20 slots at the course Team Based Learning which will take place at NLA Høgskolen in Sandviken on June 16 2015.  More information and registration can be done here

This teaching form will, in particular, be suitable for integrated and case-based teaching.

K2 would like to stimulate outstanding teaching work. The K2’s teaching prize for 2015 is NOK 50.000.  Criteria for receiving the prize can be found here (in Norwegian).  Last year’s winner was Associate Professor Atle Brun.  Suggestions for this year’s prize winner may be sent to within 20.05.15.