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Public defence Week8

Nginamau, ElisabethElisabeth Sivy Nginamau will have his public defence on Friday February 20, 2015
Trial lecture: Thursday January 20, 2015, 14.15
Topic: ”The pathogenic role of autoantigens and their posttranslational modifications in the Development of autoimmune disease”
Place: Audtorium B-301, Haukeland Universitetssykehus
Public defence: Friday February 20, 2015, 10.15
Place: Audtorium B-301, Haukeland Universitetssykehus
Title of dissertation: ”Expression and possible mechanisms of autoantigenic selection of Ro52, Ro60 and La48 in Sjøgren’s syndrome”
1st  Opponent: Ph.d. Peter Szodoray, Rikshospitalet, Oslo
2nd. Opponent : Assitant Professor Tomasz Kantyka, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Polen


Public defence week 8

Photo_TheofylaktopoulouDespoina Theofylaktopoulou will have her public defence on Friday February 20, 2015
Trial lecture: Friday February 20, 2015, 09.15
Topic: ”Stress and tryptophan metabolism”
Place: Auditorium 2, Bygg for biologiske basalfag
Public defence: Friday Fabruary 20, 2015, 12.30
Place: Auditorium 2, Bygg for biologiske basalfag
Title of dissertation: ”Determinants of circulating kynurenines and related markers of inflammation. A cross-sectional study using data from the Hordaland Health study”
1st opponent Professor Dietmar Fuchs, Universitetet i Innsbruck, Østerrike
2nd opponent Ph.d. Aye-Mu Myint, Ludwig-Maximillians Universitet, Munchen, Tyskland



New procedures for forgotten and expired passwords

As of Friday this week (January 30.), there will be some changes in procedures and rules for passwords to the UiB systems. The changes are made to simplify and facilitate self-service while still maintaining security.

 1) All users must still change their password regularly, at least every 13 months. You will get a warning by e-mail when the passwords is near its expiry date.

2) The rules for how passwords should be made, are simplified. Click here to read the new rules.The new rules are available on

3) If you should forget your password, or did not change it before expiry, you may now log in using ID-porten and set a new password. ID-porten is a common log in solution to public services in Norway. You may use MinID, Bank-ID or a few other means of identification. You will find this logon by going to Sebra and choosing “PASSWORD – Change password”.  Click here for a guide in how to use the new function (in Norwegian) 

 4) If you are not able to log on using ID-porten (this is true for some foreign citizens in particular), you may contact the SEBRA approver in your department, give your mobile number and have the approver order you a one-time log on code to be sent by SMS. A list of approvers can be found here:

5) After having changed your password, you will be asked to submit your mobile phone number. If you do this, you can order a one-time log on code yourself if you should happen to forget your password later. We therefore recommend that you submit your mobile number!

Any questions about these changes or about passwords and security in general, can be directed to the IT Department service desk BRITA on phone 55 58 47 00 or BRITA




From the HSE-Section: Exposure register

 UiB has a duty to keep a register of all employees and students who are, or could be, exposed to hazardous materials which may cause illness over time.  Based on a module from the material register “EcoOnline”, “EcoExposure” is a person register where one may register singular exposure as well as repeating exposure.  Information course in the exposure register will be arranged March 25 at HIB and March 26 in the BB-Building.  As many as possible are encouraged to participate, both technical staff, scientific staff, PhD-Candidates and students working in a lab.  Deadline for signing up is February 5.
Click here to sign up (in Norwegian):
Glove Safety Course in the BB-Building on February 18.  Click here for information and to sign up (in Norwegian):
We encourage everyone to keep checking the HSE-gateway.  This website is constantly updated with a lot of useful information:



Public defence Week 4

de_bortoliAlessandro De Bortroli
 will have his public defence on Friday January 30, 2015
Trial lecture: Thursday January 29, 2015, 14.15
Topic: ”Atrial fibrillation after Cardiac sugery; mechanisms,prevention,treament and outcome”
Place: Aud 2, BB-bygget, Jonas Lies Vei 91

Public defence: Friday January 30, 2015, 08.15
Place: Aud 4, BB-Bygget, Jonas Lies Vei 91
Title of dissertation: ”Improving the procedural saftey and effcacy of radiofreqency catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation”
1st  Opponent: Professor Gûnter Breithardt, Westfalischen  Wilhelms-Universitet
2nd. Opponent : Professor Pekka Raatikainen, University of Eastern Finland

Press release (in Norwegian)




Both UiB centrally and the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry (MOF) have a strong focus on the use of digital methods in teaching

Eva GerdtsBoth UiB centrally and the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry (MOF) have a strong focus on the use of digital methods in teaching. We are going to implement e-learning methods and digital exams.  At K2’s Exam and Teaching Seminar autumn 2014 the production of video segments and digital lectures was discussed.  Subsequent to the seminar, many of us have discovered that our MOF work place is equipped with PC’s without camera, microphone or loudspeakers.  In order to improve on this, MOF has now equipped the guidance office in Armauer Hansen’s Hus with a suitable PC containing the software Teachsmith/Camtasia Relay which may be used for screen recordings.  This is available for all lecturers.  Please contact Eirik Dalheim at MOF if you wish to use the equipment to make files for your teaching.

UiB has, together with UiO and UiA, decided to obtain the exam system “Inspera Assessment”, which will be used to carry out digital exams. In addition to traditional essay writing, this system also supports multiple choice and other types of questions.  The program may also be used for automatic grading of such questions.  At the program council seminar in February, digital exams will be one of the topics discussed, and courses will be offered lecturers in charge of courses who wish to implement digital exams.  If you are responsible for a course and wish to implement digital exams in spring 2015, please notify your contact person in the Academic Administration by 20.01.15.



Information meeting on organization development project

The purpose of the organization development project at UiB is to develop the central administrative services so that they in the best possible  way support the university’s tasks within research, teaching and dissemination.

 All employees are hereby invited to an information meeting about the first reports from the work groups in the organization development project.

The meeting will take place in Egget at Studentsenteret on Monday January 26 at 13.00 – 16.00.

At the meeting the leaders of the six first sub-projects will present the work groups’ recommendations, and there will be an opportunity to ask questions.

A more detailed program will be uploaded to the project website prior to the meeting.

 We will serve a simple lunch at the entrance to the auditorium.  Thus, we kindly ask employees who wish to participate to register by January 22. 

Use this link to sign up.

Information about the project and the work group reports can be found at the project website:






Open breakfast meeting February 4 – Clinical Studies and Cancer Treatment Trials

Oslo Cancer Cluster and LMI hereby invite anyone interested to an open breakfast meeting in a political meeting series.

The meeting series focuses on how Norway will ensure that its cancer patients are treated at the best possible international level – today and in the future.

For more information (in Norwegian)


Guest lecture – Professor Hilde Nilsen

Professor Hilde NilsenProfessor Hilde Nilsen from the University of Oslo is presenting a guest lecture at the department. The lecture is entitled “Causes and consequences – the role of base excision repair in aging and age-related diseases”. Time and place: Wednesday January 21, at 13:00 in the seminar room, 9th floor, Laboratory building. Everyone is welcome to attend.
For more information

Public defence week 4

SalminenPirjo-Riitta Salminen
will have her public defence on Friday January 23, 2015
Trial lecture: Friday January 23, 2015, 11.30
Topic: ” Translating the cardiac conditioning paradigm from animal models to patient care”
Place: Stort Auditorium, Haukeland Univeritetssykehus

Public defence: Friday January 23, 2015, 13.30
Place: Stort Auditorium, Haukeland Universitetssykehus
Title of dissertation: ” Myocardial protection and antiapoptotic intervention at reperfusion. Experimental studies in translational porcine models of myocardial ischemia and reperfusion”
1st opponent Professor Gary F. Baxter, Cardiff University, U.K.
2nd opponent Professor Kristian Bartnes, Norges arktiske universitet, Tromsø

Press release (in Norwegian)





The evolution and revolution in academic publishing

Roland JonssonPublishing in scientific journals has for long used to be pretty straightforward. The researcher submitted manuscripts with their latest work, which was evaluated by experts in the field, type-set, printed and sold to libraries, universities and interested individuals – and this was quite profitable for some publishers.

This is not the case any longer. The ways scientific data and information is shared has changed dramatically in the digital age. Increasingly, publishers are competing by offering additional services that help the authors and readers through media organizations and science blogs. However, journals charge exorbitant fees to subscribe or download papers, restricting this to those who can afford them.

To partly solve this, free electronic scientific publishing also called “Open Access Publishing” has emerged. This grants full access to anyone, for any purpose, but transfers the publication costs to the authors or their organization. Nothing is free! However, currently UiB offers support to cover “Open Access Article Processing Charges”

A side-effect of the open access model is a malignant proliferation in junk publishers with the sole objective of making money without any regards for scientific quality. In year 2011 there were 18 identified predatory publishers, which increased to 693 in 2015. The list is updated through the year on the blog Scholarly Open Access, Take a look at this list when your mailbox is swamped by the numerous offers for publishing!

Happy New Year!

Roland Jonsson

PS. Do not forget to verify that all your works from 2014 have been added to Cristin. Check this via Log in by choosing institution “University of Bergen”, and then use your regular user name and password.

Public defence week 2

Svein Joar Auglænd Johnsen Foto: Svein Lunde, Helse StavangerSvein Joar Auglænd Johnsen will have her public defence on Friday January 9, 2015
Trial lecture: Friday January 9, 2015, 09:15
Topic: ” Environmetal and host-dependent risk factors of lymphomagenesis in human”

Place: Aula 2. et., Sydbygg, Stavanger Universitetssykehus
Public defence: Friday January 9, 2015, 10.30
Place: Aula 2. et., Sydbygg, Stavanger Universitetssykehus
Title of dissertation: ” Malignant Lymhoma in primary Sjøgren’s syndromes”
1st opponent Ph.d. Førsteamanuensis Klaus Beiske, Universitetet i Oslo
2nd opponent Førsteamanuensis Anne Marie Lynge Pedersen, Universitetet i Cobenhagen, Denmark

Poster   press release

Educational training for group leaders autumn 2014

Every semester the University of Bergen organizes a educational course for group leaders (seminar leaders) who will work with teaching during the semester. The course is organized by the Program for university education at the Faculty of Psychology. Location and time: VilVite, Bergen, week 33/35. Registration by e-mail to Kåre Helleve.
For more information (in Norwegian)


Eystein HusebyeIt is always exciting and nerve racking to wait for the results of the various grant applications every fall. This year we first learned that 2 groups received funding from the NovoNordisk Foundation. Shortly afterward a ERA-Net (Mellgren) and Marie Curie project (Johansson) was awarded to K2-researchers. Thereafter K2-researchers received large grants from The Norwegian Cancer Society. The Stian Knappskog was awarded one of the prestigious BFS-grants. This week K2-researchers have received large grants from The regional Health Authorities and NFR. The latter was divided amon 2 FRIPRO projects (Gjertsen, Njølstad), a mobility grant (Reksten), and a Young Investigator Grant (Bryceson). Altogether the NFR grants are worth 27 million NOK over 3 years. Finally, K2 captured 2 of the 3 PHD-grants announced from UiB.


Congratulations to all of you who have received grants. I also wantt to take the opportunity to thank all those who have helped writing these Grants. Thanks to Corina Guder and Sumathi Subramaniam for helping with grant applications, to Siv Eggereide and her team for putting together budgets and to Synnøve Myhre who has organized and overseen the work

To those of you that did not receive grants – send an improved application next year. To those of you who did not apply – do so next time!

Remember that NFR and EU grants come with overhead and are obtained in fierce competition on national and international competitors. This is very important for the K2’s economy – it now looks somewhat less bleas than last week. Next week we can worry about the budget, but this week I prefer to have a content smile

Have a peaceful weekend


Head of Institute