Category Archives: K2Nytt Uke 48


Dear all,

2022 has been a particularly busy year for our PhD coordinator Irene Hjelmaas and Christina Flornes with a total of 41 PhDs originating from K2, which must be possibly record-breaking. In order to be able to carry out so many disputations, we are dependent on all associate professors and professors taking on the task as custos from time to time, and it is very nice to get help from our professors emeritus / emerita for it – it is almost impossible to beat the number of disputations Birgitta Åsjö has been custos for this year, thank you!

But back to the task as custos: Custos means guardian or orderly man in Latin, and as custos you are stand in for Dean Per Bakke and act on behalf of the faculty. You lead the way when the committee and the candidate march in and out of the auditorium in the prescribed order of trial lecture and public defence, that is, there is something very solemn about this task, especially when you are wearing your cloak for the defence. But it is a very nice task to lead the next generation of researchers through trial lecture and public defence and learn about what kind of research is taking place at K2.

It is of course also exciting to just listen to, and here everyone is welcome to join. We try to advertise all trial lectures and disputations from K2 in K2nytt, and a full overview from UiB can be found on the website (

Have a great weekend!

(Norsk) Mohn Research Center for Regenerative Medicine (MRCRM) minisymposium

Mohn Research Center for Regenerative Medicine (MRCRM) welcomes all students, faculty and staff to the Mini symposium on Wednesday 7th of December.

The afternoon starts at 11 am with a lunch, and then there are talks from 11.30 am to 2 pm. Both PIs and junior scientists present very interesting work, within the wide range of regenerative medicine.

At 2 pm there will also be an official opening ceremony of the Ex-vivo Facility, the clean room facility where stem cell and advanced cell therapy products for Helse Vest will be produced.

The full program, time, place and abstracts can be found here: MRCRM Mini Symposium – Helse Bergen (


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European Innovation Council online Info Day – Work Programme 2023 – 13 December 2022

The European Innovation Council Work Programme 2023 will be presented in this full-day online event on 13 December 2022 dedicated to potential applicants, together with an overview of what has already been achieved under the previous work programmes.

Emeriti-lunch 2022

Finally time for emeriti lunch for the first time in three years. Due to the pandemic we have not been able to arrange this the last years.

A very fine happening for everybody. Eystein Husebye welcomed and Nina Langeland held a lecture about pandemic.  Arne Skarstein held a fine speech and we all want to meet like this once a year.

Thank you so much to a committed and active emeriti-group!

2023-2024 Call for Proposals from the Peder Sather Center for Advanced Study at UC Berkeley

Dear Colleagues:

The Peder Sather Center for Advanced Study supports projects carried out by researchers at UC Berkeley in collaboration with researchers from eight Norwegian universities. The Center offers grants between $10K and $25K. Funds are made available for two academic years.

Grants can support activities such as workshops, mini-conferences, virtual intellectual exchanges, the undertaking of exploratory and pilot studies, activities such as PhD student exchanges, longer-term stays for Principal Investigators, the collection and analysis of data, and other core research activities.

Interested applicants should visit the Proposal Application Guidelines on the Peder Sather Center Website. All application materials must be submitted by the deadline of April 3, 2023.

Eligible collaborating applicants from both UC Berkeley and Norwegian consortium institutions must be in contact with one another prior to applying for funds, and have a letter of collaboration commitment signed by both parties. There must be at least one Principal Investigator from UC Berkeley and one from a Norwegian consortium institution.

Principal Investigators from UC Berkeley must be ladder-rank faculty (i.e. hold Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor titles); no substitutions may be made. Principal Investigators from Norwegian consortium institutions must hold the position of either postdoktor (on the condition that the individual is able to document consistent employment at the consortium institution for the duration of the project), førsteamanuensis or professor (i.e. hold positions equivalent to Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor titles in the US).

Members of research teams who are not Principal Investigators themselves can hold other positions such as lecturer, visiting scholar, postdoctoral fellow, or graduate student. In order to receive indirect funding, however, research team members must be affiliated in some way with the participating institutions. Non-affiliated team members are not eligible to receive direct or indirect support from the Center.

Best regards,
The Peder Sather Center for Advanced Study

Dissertation – Ester Anne Kringeland

Trial Lecture:      Tuesday 06. – desember 2022 kl. 10.15
Location:                              Auditorium, Kvinneklinikken, Jonas Liesvei 72
Subject:                «Impact of gender on cardiovascular risk factors and blood pressure -related heart disease»

Ester Anne Kringelands bilde

Dissertation:                     Tuesday 06. – desember 2022 kl. 12.15
Location:                              Auditorium, Kvinneklinikken, Jonas Liesvei 72
Thesis title:      «Sex differences in blood pressure in midlife: associations with risk factors and acute coronary syndromes in the Hordaland Health Studies»

  1. opponent: Professor Annika Rosengren University of Gothenburg, Sweden
  2. opponent: Professor Gianfranco Parati University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy
  3. medlem av komiteen: Professor Rune Oskar Bjørneklett, Universitetet i Bergen

Dissertation will be lead by professor Francisco Gomez Real.

Open for everyone