Category Archives: 2023


The Department’s Day 2023

I would like to remind you about the Department’s day 290323. It is a merger of the previous strategy seminar and the Health, Environment and Security Day (HMS). We aim to be at Solstrand with accommodation every two years. We were there in 2022, and therefore this year the seminar is local. We will be at the Eitri innovation building. We think that will be inspiring and exciting.

The program includes an article on clinical trials by newly appointed Professor of pediatrics, Camilla Tøndel. Clinical trials will receive a much greater focus in healthcare companies in the future, and here the university can be an important player.

Professor Camilla Krakstad from the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics has recently had a research term at Harvard Medical School and will talk about how she proceeds when it comes to collaboration on large-scale genetics analyses, something that is relevant now with the restrictions of the GDPR.

An absolute highlight will be that Dean Per Bakke will come to talk about the new economic everyday life and what it means for the faculty and department.

Then we will hear about an exciting study on the effect of a metabolite on delirium and the risk of hip fracture in elderly patients by newly appointed Associate Professor of Geriatric Lasse Gil.

The day ends with a presentation from the IT department regarding IT security. This is a very important topic that we must take very seriously.

It is still possible to register for the seminar! We can also tempt you with lunch, coffee and probably something unhealthy, but definitely good, with the coffee 😉

Have a great weekend!

Horizon Europe Health (Cluster 1) Consortia Building Event

This webinar will focus on pitching of project ideas and brokering partnerships for European Research and Innovation collaborations and networking. Open to participants from the UK and beyond.

30 March 10.30-13.30 CET

Work programme 2023-2024

Pandemifrokost #3

Join us for the third “Pandemifrokost” and listen to interesting research about emotional eating and consumption during the pandemic as well as a presentation of a tool with pandemic data from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (FHI).

This time we will be joined by Elaheh Javadi Arjmandm, guest-researcher from the Department of Public Health and Primary Care. Elaheh will present a research-project entitled “Emotional Eating and Changes in High-Sugar Food and Drink Consumption Linked to Psychological Distress and Worries: A Cohort Study from Norway”.

23.03.2023 – 08.30–09.15

Alrek Helseklynge 1. etg

Esperanza Diaz

Register here

Norwegian Cancer Society Researcher projects: «Questions and answers» for applicants

On Tuesday 25th of April at 9.30–11.00 we’ll be taking a quick look at the parts of the application form we receive the most questions about, as well as answering submitted questions from you, in a digital seminar.

The details of eligibility for «Young Aspiring Cancer Researchers» will be presented. The application guidelines and the application form will become available at the latest on the 14th of April.

Please sign up for the seminar and ask your questions through the form within the 19th of April.


11th CCBIO Annual Symposium May 8-10

Dear all,

CCBIO has the pleasure of inviting you to the 11th CCBIO Annual Symposium May 8-10 at Hotel Solstrand close to Bergen. The symposium is open for all, so please feel free to circulate this invitation.

The 2022 symposium was a success with more than 240 participants, and we expect the enlarged 2023 symposium to be even better with its generous time frame and two overnight stays. You can choose between attending online for scientific updates, or in-person at Hotel Solstrand in order to also enjoy the company of colleagues and the informal and mutually fertilizing scientific crosstalk in the breaks and the evenings.  We expect the symposium to become fully subscribed, it is already well booked, and we strongly recommend you to register early and within the deadline of March 31 (closes earlier if fully booked earlier). We have secured a range of international speakers, among them Alexander Swabrick, Amy Leblanc, Anniina Färkkilä, Benno Schwikowski, Douglas Lauffenburger, Frederic Amant, Iain McNeish, Ian Mills, Ingrid Hedenfalk, Klaus Pantel, Michael Rogers, Rameen Beroukhim, Robert D’Amato and Stephane Terry. Younger researchers will be offered slots for 3-minute speed-talks as well as extended poster sessions with ample time for interaction between the participants.

The heavily subsidized registration fee is 3000 NOK/300 Euro per person for the three days and two overnight stays with full board. In order to enable us to accommodate 200+ participants in the 138 rooms available, we are dependent upon as many as possible sharing rooms (up to four).  So, please indicate if, and with whom, you are willing to share your room when you register online.

For an overview of speakers, registration and the practical information sheet (obligatory reading before asking questions), please consult the links below:

Symposium website:

Registration: please use this link

Practical information: on this link

Further information about

We look forward to seeing you at our symposium!

Best regards,

CCBIO special seminar: learning from tumor to treat stroke

Dear all

We are happy to invite you to a CCBIO Special Seminar, Thursday 30.03.2023, in Aud. B301, Sentralblokken, from 11.30-12.45.

Edward R. Smith will give the talk Learning from tumor to treat stroke – showing how the cross-pollination between benchtop scientists and full-time clinicians led to a unique insight that a shared biological mechanism might be pathologic in one disease process – and helpful in another, seemingly unrelated, disease.
Speaker: Edward R. Smith, Harvard Medical School and the Vascular Biology Program, Boston Children’s Hospital
Time: Thursday, March 30, 2023 at 11:30-12:45.
Where: Auditorium B301, Sentralblokken 3rd floor
Title: “Learning from tumor to treat stroke”
Chair: Agnete Engelsen, CCBIO

Abstract: Is available here

Registration: at this link (deadline is January 24 at 11 AM). A light lunch is included when registered within the deadline.

Best regards,

CCBIO course with talks from Harvard Medical School Faculty

Dear all

In relation to the CCBIO907 course that will be running on Campus March 20th to 31st there will also be a lot of great talks by Harvard Medical School Faculty that are open to all and extra relevant for early-stage career researchers:
Some of the highlights are:

  • Monday March 20th 1pm: How to craft a presentation (Watnick/ Zetter), HUS Aud B301
  • Tuesday March 21st 1pm: Crafting your Pitch (Bielenberg), HUS Aud B301
  • Monday March 27th 1pm: Bridging the Gap between science and medicine by disease Focused research (Smith), HUS Aud B301
  • Tuesday March 28th 1pm: Mentoring (Panigrahy), HUS Birkhaugsalen
  • Wednesday March 29th 1pm: Fundamentals of Proposal Writing (Watnick), HUS Birkhaugsalen

Registration link:  (Now only non-ECTS registration possible, but then you can go to the lectures you please and skip assignments and exam.)
Read more about the course here. Early-afternoon coffee/ tea and pastries will be served!

Best regards,


CCBIO Special Seminar, Thursday 23.03.2023 – 14.30–15.45, Aud. 4, BBB, with Michael Rogers

We are happy to invite you to a CCBIO Special Seminar, Thursday 23.03.2023, in Aud. 4 BBB, from 14.30-15.45.

Michael Rogers will give a talk on Neuro-immune communication in endometriosis, a novel therapeutic target?

Join us also for our informal pizza get-together following the talk!

Speaker: Michael Rogers, Harvard Medical School and the Vascular Biology Program, Boston Children’s Hospital
Time: Thursday, 23.03.2023 – 14.30–15.45
Where: Aud. 4, BBB
Title: Neuro-immune communication in endometriosis, a novel therapeutic target?
Chair: Agnete Engelsen, CCBIO
Abstract: Is available here

Onsite event in the auditorium. The CCBIO seminars are open to all, so feel free to forward this invitation.

Hope to see as many as possible there!

Best wishes,

Camilla Tvedt Ekanger
Seminar coordinator/PhD student
Centre for Cancer Biomarkers CCBIO
The University of Bergen
Mobile +47 465 29 280

Getting funded with good grant writing: webinar 21 March

At scientifyRESEARCH, we are on a mission to empower researchers with funding information and enable the best research funding decisions.

To fulfill this mission, we have partnered with PD. Dr. Daniel Mertens from Schiller & Mertens: Scientists Need More! on our latest research funding webinar, where we will cover:

  1. How to find research funding faster – with a focus on grants for Europe-based early-career researchers.
  2. How to write a successful grant application – part 1 – “marketing” your ideas.
  3. How to write a successful grant application – part 2 – how to project manage: budgeting for time and money.


Dear all!

It is time for the allocation of small research funds (SMÅFORSK). The funds are a joint effort between NFR and UiB. The intention is that the funds should be given to research groups that have not received large grants so that they can start new projects. It can be applied to cover expenses for travel, seminars, courses, materials, technical-administrative assistance and other operating costs.

Requirements for application and criteria for allocation:

– The funds go to researchers who do not have large operating assets already.
– The size of the individual grants is between 15 000-150 000 NOK.
– The funds must be used by 2023 and cannot be transferred to 2024.
– Recipients must be active researchers in a permanent scientific position at K2, Prof. II or II.
– Recipients must have applied for external funds in recent years.

All permanent scientific employees (including scientific employees in 10-50% position) at K2 can apply. It is done via this link. Deadline is 27.3.2023.

Then there will also be an infrastructure announcement from NFR this year, the guidelines are still unresolved. However, the faculty wants a survey of the applications with a deadline of 17 April on this form.

Have a nice weekend!

Silke Appel

PINT OF SCIENCE – Call for speakers

The science festival Pint of Science provide the opportunity for local researchers to introduce their research to the public in an engaging, understandable and fun way, usually in the relaxed atmosphere of a bar (over a pint of beer).

This year’s festival will take place on May 22nd-24th at Stereo bar. If you are indeed interested in sharing your research with our audience, please fill out this form.

Don’t miss this chance to spotlight your research! If you would like to find out more, please visit the website

PhD grant writing workshop

The Faculty of Medicine invites all PhD-candidates to a workshop on “How to write a successful grant proposal”.

Target audience: PhD-candidates enrolled at the Faculty of Medicine who want to kick-start their academic career in the nearest future.

Registration: will open 10 April. Deadline 10 May.

Tuition fee for international students

As is already known, international students will start paying tuition in Norway starting in August 2023. This meeting’s focus will be on how UiB intends to approach this problem.

Time: 08.15–09.45 on March 15, 2023

Location: Egget, Studentsenteret

English will be used for the meeting.


Information about the situation at UiB,  Rector Margareth Hagen

Short comments from: Per Bakke, Dean, Faculty of Medicine Jan Erik Askildsen, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences Martin Paulsen, Head of department, Faculty of Humanities Tore Walderhaug Sætersdal, Global challenges (GSU) Andrea Nesvik Voss, The student parliament at the University of Bergen Representatives from  –    Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design –    Faculty of Law –    Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences –    Faculty of Psychology


The meeting will be chaired by Marit Bakke and Bente E. Moen

Studieavgift for internasjonale studenter: er Universitet i Bergen klar for dette? | Globale samfunnsutfordringer | UiB

Studieavgift for internasjonale studenter: er Universitet i Bergen

Studieavgift for internasjonale studenter vil bli innført fra august 2023. Målsettingen med dette møtet er å fokusere på hvordan UiB planlegger å håndtere denne utfordringen.

Drug discovery get together

We would like to gather the Drug Discovery Community in Bergen to foster connections and learn from each other. This event is free of charge, but we would like you to register so that we can plan better.

Anything from target discovery to drug development will fit for the meeting. The target audience is master’s students and up-wards to principle investigators as well as decision makers.

Date: Wednesday 22.03.2023
Time: 09:00-12:00
Place: Auditorium4, BBB

Sign up form:

Please sign up before 13.03.2023.

K2 Junior Retreat

To our PhD candidates, postdocs and researchers: The next K2 Junior Retreat will be a full-day seminar at Alrek Helseklynge on April 27, save the date! The seminar provides a unique opportunity for networking with others in a similar situation at our department, and this time we will focus on scientific writing and handling expectations/challenges in the candidate-supervisor relationship, among other relevant topics. A registration form will be sent out shortly. The Organizing Committee

Survey to support the assessment of EU Missions

The survey is a key element of the study commissioned by the European Commission Directorate General for Research and Innovation. It aims to support the assessment of EU Missions, the review of mission areas and the analysis of EU Missions’ portfolio of instruments and actions

The study endeavours to collect insights regarding the missions’ selection process, their governance, budget, instruments and actions as well as their focus and progress to date. The study seeks to identify what has worked well and less well, draw lessons and make suggestions for improvement in the short and longer-term of EU Missions’ implementation.