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K2 Retreat Refreshed

K2 recently hosted its annual retreat on Tuesday, April 30th. In a departure from tradition, this year’s gathering took place at UiB’s newly renovated premises on Nygårdsgaten 5, rather than the usual Solstrand location, prompted by the institute’s current financial situation.

The retreat proved to be highly informative, offering valuable insights for all participants. After a warm welcome from outgoing head of department Pål Njølstad, we delved into the “healthy economy” project, presented by Dean Per Bakke. While K2’s financial health currently faces challenges, there’s optimism for improvement in the near future. On the bright side, K2 continues to excel in research, benefiting from a robust influx of external funding. Importantly, no staff members will face termination. However, the deficit and hiring freeze pose challenges, particularly affecting administrative roles. As of June, the administration team will operate with only 1.5 positions, necessitating teamwork and creativity. Boundaries between subject areas are fluid, and PhD students’ responsibilities extend beyond teaching to include administrative tasks. Stepping out of comfort zones will be essential.

In the pursuit of creativity, artificial intelligence (AI) emerges as a powerful tool. Robert Hetlelid, from the IT department, provided an insightful overview of UiB-chat and Copilot—tools exclusively available to UiB employees. These tools surpass Chat-GPT in functionality, prompting me to cancel my Chat-GPT subscription in favor of Copilot. For Helse Bergen PC users, remember to log in to Edge using your UiB account.

Perhaps consider leveraging Copilot for crafting better applications? Research advisor Susanna Pakkasmaa highlighted various application possibilities during the retreat. While K2 performs well, there’s room for improvement, especially in securing EU funding. Success stories further motivated us: Research student Jonas Hodneland Sundfjord shared insights from longitudinal GWAS analyses on the Mother-Child cohort, while Professor Simona Chera outlined the KG Jebsen Center for Myeloid Blood Cancer’s mission. Chemicals play a crucial role in research, and proper disposal is essential. Consult with Bente-Lise P. Lillebø, senior adviser at the Occupational Health Service, to navigate chemical handling—an area where UiB has a good agreement with BIR.

The retreat concluded with an update from Professor Simon Dankel on Vestlandslegen, followed by anniversary celebrations. Notably, Pål Njølstad received an AI-generated artwork crafted by researcher Marc Vaudel as a token of appreciation.

For those who missed out, fear not—next year promises a fresh retreat. Perhaps our collective success will allow us to reconvene at Solstrand?

Wishing you a wonderful weekend,

Eystein Husebye
Acting Head of Department

IHI future calls for proposals

We publish draft information on future call topics a few months ahead of the official call launch. We do this to give you additional time to find or build a consortium and prepare a strong proposal. Note that as draft topics are still under development, the texts may change considerably between the versions published here and the call launch, and you should always check the final, approved topic texts once the calls are launched.

Just published – draft topics for IHI call 8

The following topics are under consideration for inclusion in IHI call 8, a two-stage call which will be launched in the coming months:

Meet the European Research Council (ERC): Frontier Research in Norway

Join us for an exclusive event dedicated to excellent research!
26 June, 09.45–13.45 in the University Aula, Bergen

The University of Bergen (UiB) is proud to welcome the President and Scientific Council of the European Research Council (ERC) to Bergen.

We extend an open invitation to the entire research community to participate in this open event in the University Aula, where you will have the opportunity to:

  • Explore the significant role of excellent research in Norway and Europe through a panel dialogue featuring the ERC President, the President of the Norwegian Research Council and UiB’s Rector.
  • Gain insight into the ERC’s perspectives, including trends, future developments, and principles guiding the work of the ERC Vice Presidents, across different research domains.
  • Hear firsthand from ERC-funded researchers about their pioneering accomplishments and get invaluable insights into their journeys.  Learn how ERC grants can elevate your career and research with substantial funding opportunities for different career stages.

You are welcome to engage with ERC representatives, speakers and colleagues in plenary sessions and in the networking breaks and during lunch.

Please find the programme and practical information here:

Meet the ERC: Frontier Research in Norway

Please register here – both for on-site and online participation. There is a limited number of seats.

Join the FRIPRO workshops!

The University of Bergen (UiB) has launched “FRIPRO-løftet” this spring, which consists of two workshops and an FRIPRO application reading day. The aim is to equip UiB researchers with the necessary tools to enhance their chances of securing funding through FRIPRO from The Research Council of Norway.

These workshops cater to researchers at all career stages who are considering applying for support from FRIPRO. Through interactive sessions, case studies, and practical training, the Division of Research and Innovation, along with local advisors, will provide insights into the concepts of “impact” and “implementation” within the context of FRIPRO.

The FRIPRO-løftet comprises three parts: