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Why teach and supervise (if you don’t have to)?

Many individuals who are employed or indirectly connected to K2 through research contribute to teaching at the bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD levels, and towards the professional studies at the Faculty of Medicine. Yet, there is a need for more hands (or rather, brains) and a more adequate distribution of tasks. But why teach or supervise students if it is not a formal requirement in the position or role you hold?

Many discover the rewarding aspects of teaching and supervision when they reach a point where they “have to” get involved in such tasks, while some realize a bit too late that teaching experience would provide a more complete CV, in terms of both real-life and formal competence.

Teaching can force one to delve into areas slightly outside one’s core competence. Through the preparation for teaching and, for example, supervising students who work on various assignments, this can contribute to a broader professional impact. Evaluation (“sensor”) assignments can serve a similar function, while also providing an insight into other environments and their activities – which can come in handy when in need for an evaluator for one’s own students.

Through such processes, one often needs to look afresh at one’s own passive knowledge concerning definitions and basic concepts that might be taken for granted in everyday work activities – can you really explain them to a less experienced person? Sometimes, more experienced individuals may have moments of discovery when going back to concepts they think they have understood and can explain outright. Students ask questions one as never considered.

Everyone probably clearly recalls one or several teachers or mentors from their own time as a student. Some for the ‘wrong’ reasons, but some as important role models and academic mentors. In an era with a growing focus on digitalization in teaching, I believe it is very important that students meet dedicated professionals and scientists, and I believe these meetings can be motivating for both parties.

Regarding formal competence: various forms of teaching are credited in the training part of the UiB PhD education, and supervisors can encourage the emphasis on such activities in the training component. Specific requirements apply for promotions/appointments in academic positions, but teaching will always complement an academic CV.

Be reminded that teaching is not just lectures but can take many forms. If you want to contribute to teaching or supervision, you can communicate this to the leader of your research group, to teaching group leaders in your field, or to colleagues who teach a relevant subject.

Silje – Fungerende undervisningsleder.

CCBIO Junior Scientist Symposium

June 6th, 2024 

(Møterom, HBE, Glasblokkene, Blokk 8, U1etg, U364, Auditorium)– register( or

We are happy to welcome you all to the upcoming CCBIO Junior Scientist Symposium, June 6th, 2024. This seminar series is a perfect place to meet and interact with other young scientists. We anticipate lively and interesting discussion as always. It is a pleasure to present Geir Olav Løken, Administrative Leader of CCBIO, as the keynote speaker. He will use his decades long experience in mediating between researchers and the administration to elaborate on how to best interact with “the other side” and point out pitfalls and coping strategies. Anna Gorbunova, a new post doc in Carina Strell’s group will present the prognostic impact of mitochondrial proteins in lung cancer. You will also learn more about how to target homology repair deficiency in breast cancer, tissue engineering of bone marrow and precision medicine in children’s cancer. Please register within June 3rd at 11.00.

Program: Continue reading

Webinar about ERC Synergy Grant

7 June 10:00–11:45

Do you have an extraordinary exciting and groundbreaking idea for a research project, but need one or more other PIs to solve the puzzle? ERC Synergy Grants can be the solution for you.

ERC Synergy Grants (SyG) allow two to four outstanding “principal investigators” (PIs) to come together on a problem for a project and provide the opportunity for collaboration for up to six years.

2024 UiB Læringskonferanse

The UiB Læringskonferanse is open to all members of the UiB community and is an opportunity to learn, discuss and celebrate research-based practices that embody Connection, Community, and/or Inclusion in university teaching and learning.

The conference will take place on Thursday, 17. October in NG5 and the day will include keynote speakers and workshops, paper panels and poster presentations. We invite everyone involved in teaching, supervision, assessment, and other teaching related activities at UiB and other local institutions to contribute to and attend the conference.

Submissions/presentations can be in Norwegian or English and the deadline for submissions is 30. June.

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Apply for membership in the Young Academy of Norway

Applications are now open for membership in the Young Academy of Norway (AYF). AYF aims to include members from all types of institutions and fields of study. It is equally important to have researchers from a wide range of job categories, from PhD candidates to professors.

Criteria for Admission:

  • Demonstrates significant and independent scientific or artistic work and has made a notable active and professional impact within their field.
  • Has an interest in and the opportunity to actively participate in AYF’s activities.
  • Does not turn 41 in the calendar year the admission takes place. Age reductions due to parental leave, military service, and sick leave follow the guidelines of the Research Council of Norway.

The application deadline is June 9th. After the deadline, a selection committee will review all applications. About 20 candidates will be called for an interview, of which 10 will be offered membership.

Link to the announcement:

Indo-Norwegian Cooperation Programme in Higher Education and Research

Call for applications 2024

The Norwegian Directorate for Higher Education and Skills (HK-dir) and the University Grants Commission (UGC) India, announce up to NOK 32 000 000, – ≈ INR 262 080 000, – in joint grants (50/50 from each side) to project partnerships between Norwegian and Indian higher education institutions.

The aim of the call is to establish partnerships for internationalisation and quality enhancement in higher education, through academic collaboration and mobility, in close connections to work life, industry and business in India and Norway.

The cooperation shall complement and expand existing Indian and Norwegian research cooperation.

Application deadline 13 August 2024

Basic Fire Safety Training UiB 2024

Reminder about the mandatory fire safety course for all employees, UiB offers a digital course



Understanding the correct use of fire extinguishers and implementing thorough safety practices is essential to protect yourself and others in case of emergencies.

Through practical training and guidance, we will instruct you on the proper use of fire extinguishers, evacuation techniques, and other important fire safety procedures. Our goal is to provide you with the confidence and competence to handle fire situations in a safe and effective manner.


  • Basic theory about different types of extinguishing equipment (outdoors).
  • Extinguishing with fire extinguishers (outdoors).
  • Alternative ways to extinguish small fires (outdoors).
  • Smoke development in a smoke wagon (outdoors).

Link to the registration form (the course is available in both Norwegian and English):

Horizon Europe info day 28 May

This short information session aims to inform potential applicants about 3 new topics that have been added to the Cluster 1 ‘Health’ work programme of 2024.

Under the pillar 2 of Horizon Europe, Cluster 1 focuses on Health and aims to deliver on the following six destinations matching the Strategic Plan:

  • Staying healthy in a rapidly changing society
  • Living and working in a health-promoting environment
  • Tackling diseases and reducing disease burden
  • Ensuring access to innovative, sustainable and high-quality health care
  • Unlocking the full potential of new tools, technologies and digital solutions for a healthy society
  • Maintaining an innovative, sustainable and globally competitive health-related industry

“FRIPRO-løftet”, part 3: Proposal Reading Day

Are you considering applying for FRIPRO funding from the Research Council? This is the third workshop in the “FRIPRO-løftet” series.

27.05.2024 – 09.00–15.00

Workshop for researchers at all career levels, who are considering applying for funding for FRIPRO projects from the Research Council of Norway

Marie Sklodowska-Curie – Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions lie under the Excellent Science pillar of Horizon Europe. The goal of MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships  is to enhance the creative and innovative potential of researchers holding a PhD degree who wish to acquire new skills through advanced training, international, interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral mobility. The scheme supports academic projects but does strongly encourage researchers to include project work in the non-academic sector.

Webinar by the Reserach Council of Norway for MSCA-PF applicants to Norwegian host institutions:

MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships – Webinar (

Online writing class 29.-30. May 2024:

Agenda 2024 MSCA-PF writing class.

Sign up by 28. May via the registration form.

Data café at the Faculty of Medicine 27 June

We are pleased to invite you to the next Data café at the Faculty of 
Medicine on the 27th of June from 12:00 to 15:00 in the conference room 
at the 9th floor of the BBB 
( We will enjoy a 
mingling lunch followed by two workshops:

1- David will give a new iteration of his workshop building large 
language models (LLMs) for text generation. This time we will try to 
make it more interactive and let you play with the code during the 
sessions, so it might be interested for some of you to take the workshop 

2- Jakub will give an introductory workshop on data visualization with 
python. If you are tired of spending hours on Excel/GraphPad, want to 
learn how to create publication-grade plots automatically using free 
software, and at the same time learn some good practices on data 
visualization, this is for you.

The workshops are entry-level, there is no prior requirement and all are 
welcome independently of their seniority or expertise.

To help us plan the food and workshops, please register at the link below:

Endokrin Medicine receives a significant grant from the Novo Nordisk Foundation.

Postdoctoral fellow Grethe Ueland has been awarded an Excellence Emerging Investigator Grant for the project “Autonomous cortisol secretion, a frequent cause of metabolic syndrome?” in strong Nordic competition. Those of us who know Grethe’s achievements over the past few years are not surprised by this recognition. The funding (10 million DKK) provides Grethe with the opportunity to integrate research and clinical endocrinology over the next 5 years.

Researcher Anette Bøe Wolff has also been awarded an Excellence Ascending Investigator Grant to study antibodies against cytokines, as a mechanism for autoimmunity, and thereby establish her own research group. The award is a result of Anette’s skill, perseverance, and enthusiasm in the study of autoimmunity and the role of the protein AIRE (autoimmune regulator), which led to a publication in Nature last fall on dental defects in APS-1 and celiac disease. This grant, too, amounts to 10 million DKK.

Less than a week until application deadline for Researcher projects

Up to 202,5 MNOK in total is available through five different themes in our main call for proposals. This includes 16 MNOK to institutions outside Oslo and Young Aspiring Cancer Researchers, as well as 24 MNOK to Genomic testing.

Remember to finish your application and send it before Tuesday 28th of May at 13.00. We look forward to receiving your application!

Developing Competitive ERC Starting and Consolidator Grant Proposals

The competition can be daunting, but to date, 50 ERC grants have been won by researchers at UiB. Find out how to prepare a competitive application with this digital workshop for Starting and Consolidator applicants.

04.06.2024 – 09.00–15.00

This course explains how to convey your research concept in a way that convinces both the ERC panel and your expert evaluators, and maximises your chances of success.

Session 1:  9:00-11:30pm

  • ERC instrument basics
  • Pitching for your ERC panel
  • Selecting your evaluators
  • Presenting your research clearly and convincingly

Session 2: 12:30 – 15:00

  • Designing and implementing your research
  • Writing a competitive B1: extended summary
  • How to write a competitive B2: full proposal

Webinar ERC Synergy Grant

Suitable for: Researchers and EU advisors
Registration deadline: June 7, 2024, at 07:00 AM
Digital: The event will be streamed
When: June 7, at 10:00–11:45 AM

The meeting will be conducted in English.

Do you have an incredibly exciting research idea that is truly groundbreaking, but also need the expertise of one or more other PIs to address the challenge? ERC Synergy Grants could be the solution. Join our webinar on the scheme!

2nd Research Day at the Faculty of Medicine

For the second time, the Research Day shall be an arena where researchers from the Faculty’s five institutes showcase their research, build good collaborations and new alliances. We want to get to know both the established groups and new and young researchers. This years event theme is knowledge valorization at the intersection of climate, environment, and health.

Preliminary program: Here

Participants: this is an internal event, open to all employees at the Faculty of Medicine as well as affiliated PhD candidates and postdocs.

Registration: Påmelding til forskningsdag ved Det medisinske fakultet / Registration for the Research Day at the Faculty of Medicine 2024 ( Deadline 28 May 2024.