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Post, transport and campus bus – Christmas 2014

campusbussen_2Due to vacation absences, mail delivery will only be conducted once per operating day between 22.12.2014 – 02.01.2015. In the same time period the campus bus will not operate. In addition, Materials and Transport will be away on Christmas break and will therefore be closed. No transport will therefore be done between 22.12.2014 – 02.01.2015. For more information (in Norwegian)

Erasmus+ meetings

Anyone interested in establishing Erasmus agreements with partner universities in USA and Canada (region 13/1) or Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan and Brunei (region 13/2) are invited to a meeting on Friday December 19, at 9:30 in seminar room E at the Student Centre. Anyone interested in establishing Erasmus agreements with partner universities in Region6 DCI Asia (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, DPR Korea, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam) are invited to a meeting on Friday December 19 at 13:00-14:30. Meeting room 7060, Nygårdsgt. 5


Institutes or faculties interested in Erasmus agreements with these countries, but who are unable to attend the meeting, may send an e-mail to Kristin Skogedal

BFS-grant awarded Stian Knappskog

BFS_primær_firkant_CMYKK2 wishes to congratulate Senior Scientist Stian Knappskog for being one of the recipients of the grant from BFS (Bergen Research Foundation).  Stian is researching biological and genetic mechanisms in cancer development, and, in particular, mechanisms which make cancer cells resistant to chemotherapy.  For the last three years, Stian has been working at Mohn Cancer Research Laboratory.  For more information 

New routines for candidate numbering

As of January 1st 2015, the University of Bergen will change its routine for candidate numbering on exams.  This means that the students’ student number will no longer be used as candidate number.  Instead, the candidates will be given a unique candidate number for each individual exam.  With this change in routine, UiB will have the same arrangement as other universities and colleges in Norway.
For more information (in Norwegian)

The teaching records system will be phased out

The Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry has decided to no longer use the teaching records system which has been used in the last few years.  This decision is based on technical challenges with the system, and the fact that it is difficult to ensure sufficient data quality.  Instead of the individual lecturer having to register his/her teaching activities, the faculty will attempt to retrieve data from Felles studentsystem (FS) as a basis for teaching records.  For more information (in Norwegian)

Announcement of Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters Degrees

Erasmus-plus_logoDivision of Student Affairs has announced funding for Erasmus Munduns, Joint Master Degrees (EMJMD), with application deadline March 4, 2015. Institutes interested in applying for funding should apply via the faculty, who will provide a new application to Division of Student Affairs.   Any plans regarding the establishment (or termination) of academic study programmes must also be included in the institute’s education reports. Click here for announcement letter with more information(in Norwegian). Click here for complete program guide.

COST: New research networks – medical and health related research

Cost logo bildeCOST is a European network organization where most European countries participate.  An important task for COST is to promote European research collaboration by initiating scientific networks.  It has now been decided that COST-actions related to COST’s committee “Biomedicine and Molecular Biosciences (BMBS)” will be initiated.  Click here for more information about this actions.  For more information about COST-actions in general, click here.  For application form, click here.  Note: All links are in Norwegian.  For general information about COST in English, see


We wish to invite you all to the next monthly K1/K2 Seminar Series!

Title: “B-cell depletion in chronic fatigue syndrome”

Held by Øystein Fluge, Senior Scientist, Department of Clinical Science

When: Wednesday, December 3rd, 14:15-15:00.

Where: Main Auditorium, 3rd floor, Sentralblokken.

Chair: Roland Jonsson

Abstract: Chief Physician and Senior Scientist Øystein Fluge, together with colleague Olav Mella, study the effects of the cancer medicine Rituximab on ME-patients, also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. This year they have initiated a double blind study in order to test Rituximab on patients. At this seminar Øystein Fluge will talk about his exciting work, about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and the effects of Rituximab.

Announcement of scolarships from Pasteur Legatet 2014

On December 27, 2104, The Pasteur Foundation will award scholarships to Norwegian scientists who intend to study a topic related to infectious agents, chemistry or the fermentation industry. Allocation of funding is preferably awarded young, active and promising researchers, below the doctoral level.
For more information (In norwegian)

Deadline December 15th.

Outstanding award to PhD-Candidate at K2

utstanding award til Ph.D.-kandidatAs part of the annual meeting of American College of Rheumatology (ACR) in Boston, USA, PhD-Candidate/LIS-doctor Maria Boge Lauvsnes was awarded the Sjögren’s Syndrome Foundation’s Outstanding Abstract Award. Through her work – Hippocampal Atrophy Is Associated with Anti-NR2 Antibodies in Patients with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus and Primary Sjögren’s Syndrome – she has shown that a type of anti-NMDA receptor antibodies (anti-NR2 antibodies) cause atrophy of the brain structure hippocampus in humans with the immunological diseases SLE and primary Sjögren’s syndrome. This has been confirmed in animal models, which have revealed that anti-NR2 antibodies cause neuronal death of hippocampus in mice.

Such antibodies are associated with cognitive failure in both SLE and primary Sjögren’s syndrome, and they may constitute a general mechanism for cerebral affection with immunopathies.

Maria Boge Lauvsnes works for the Clinical Immunological Research Group at Stavanger University Hospital

Cecilie Svanes awarded COPD Prize from LHL

cecile_svanes_1Yesterday, Professor Cecilie Svanes (Centre for International Health at Department of Global Health and Primary Care) received the COPD Prize from The National Organization for Heart- and Lung Disease (LHL). Svanes is, among other things, currently researching how the living conditions of grandparents and parents may influence the development of asthma and Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in children. Read more here: (in Norwegian)

Announcment of funds available for research on new methods for teaching and learning at UiB

Funds are available for research on new methods for teaching and learning at the University of Bergen (Shipowner Jacob R. Olsen and wife Johanne Georgine Olsen’s foundation).

All PhD-Candidates and students may apply. More information is available
here (in Norwegian).

Application deadline is December 1. Application database

Credit for teaching at Bergen Summer Research School

Rector’s Office wishes for scientific employees teaching at Bergen Summer Research School to receive credit for this in the teaching records just as with any other teaching. Click here to read the letter from Rector’s Office (in Norwegian). The Faculty wishes for the institutes to provide input on this matter If you have any input please e-mail to
Synnøve Myhre

Academic-Pedagogical Day at UiB

On Friday February 6, 2015, the annual Academic-Pedagogical Day for lecturers will be arranged. Here the latest in research from UiB will be presented, and this is a great arena to promote the work we do here at K2! The contributions could be ordinary lecturers of one to two hours duration, but you may also choose to put together a series of lectures or a mini seminar within an academic field or topic. Contributions should be registered via this link or to   Think widely and creatively; (almost) everything is allowed!