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Are you willing to take one for the team?

Foto: Ingvild Festervoll Melien

Summer is just around the corner and in this last editorial before the holidays, I want to make some observations about economy and culture.

At the start of the year, K2’s finances could resemble an airplane plunging towards the ground, but with persistent efforts we have succeeded in levelling the plane. We are no longer losing altitude and are now set to land on the budgeted deficit. Many have worked diligently to make this happen, not least Maria Holmaas and Beate Bernes. In addition, we have received good help from the faculty.

Going forward, the job will be to gain altitude and get rid of the deficit with the actions I have previously outlined; more research on less space, more teaching with fewer people, more EU and NFR projects and a relatively of 0-overhead grants, restructuring, possible closure of core facilities.

If we are to achieve this, everyone must be willing to “take one for the team”. This means that the tasks and burdens must be distributed more evenly than is the case today. It is not up to the individual employee to decide all his or her work tasks. As a teacher at the university, you can’t say that, no, I don’t want to be UGLE, or I just want to teach my narrow area of specialization – my colleagues have to do the other work. Everyone in an area must share the UGLE task, you may have to devote a little more time and effort to renew your teaching and taking on teaching tasks that you are not entirely familiar with and sit on a committee not entirely relevant for you – then the work will be more evenly distributed.

Since I also work at the Department of Medicine, I get the opportunity to experience another organization. Every morning, the department gathers for a morning meeting with a report from the team on call and the individual units. One might think that a lot of time is wasted on such a joint meeting, but this meeting point creates a unity and a team spirit that translates into offering help when someone is short on staff or hands to solve a task – you grow into thinking more of us than me. Now, K2 is a different type of organization and I am not suggesting that we should have morning meetings, but the team spirit at Department of Medicine is something we need to acquire in order to perform and thrive better at K2.

Use the summer to think about how you can contribute to a better team spirit;  don’t ask what the department can do for you – ask what you can do for the department.

Finally, Professor Silke Appel will be the new Head of Department and will take office as soon as it is practically possible. We congratulate her and wish her the best of luck at K2’s helm.

Have a lovely summer,

Eystein Husebye

Norwegian Cancer Society’s Qualification Projects – Accelerating Research Outcome and Patient Impact

The Norwegian Cancer Society’s (NCS) aim is to prevent and fight cancer, and to ensure the best quality of life for patients and their families. Through research, prevention, information, support, advice, and lobbying, we fight cancer locally, nationally and globally. The NCS provides a considerable amount of all direct funding for cancer research in Norway, thus contributing to promoting a research environment of top international standard in the country. Furthermore, nurturing innovation and promoting novel ideas play a crucial role in advancing cancer research and enhancing patient outcomes.

Research findings frequently serve as the foundation for multiple potential commercial applications. In a qualification project, the primary objective is to thoroughly explore and pinpoint the most promising commercial application prospects, including service innovation. This initial investigation lays the groundwork for subsequent technology verification and development. Promising research and innovative solutions often take too long to reach patients. The NCS aims to accelerate this process, particularly for those applications with high patient benefit. This call focus on increasing the innovation potential of projects funded by the NCS (from 2016-2023).

Project duration:  3 months to 12 months – First/last possible start date 01.01.2025/01.07.2025
Funding scale: 200 000 to 1 000 000 NOK
Total amount of call: 8 MNOK
Application deadline: 15 October 2024 at 13:00

ISIDORe services

ISIDORe project is going under its third and last year of implementation (ending January 2025) and EATRIS is offering the last set of REGULATORY & IMMUNOMONITORING TNA (trans-national access) services at NO COST!

IDORe project: services for infectious disease outbreak research

We advance pandemic preparedness with free services for researchers.

How to get these services?

  1. Select a call that matches your research line:
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UiB Innovation Festival: From research to changing lives

UiB Innovation Festival is a meeting place for researchers, students, innovators, and businesses from the region to explore how research can be transformed into real societal changes.

20.09.2024 – 09.00–14.30

Læringsarena, Nygårdsgaten 5, Bergen

Registration to UiB Innovation Festival 2024 for employees and students

The festival will bring insights into the breadth of innovation coming from the university, exploring current issues around innovation, such as how to balance publishing with protecting intellectual property and what the role of UiB is in Vestland’s green transition.

As a part of InnovasjonsukenOPP and the National Science Week, the UiB Innovation Festival promotes collaboration between academia, industry, and the public sector to create groundbreaking solutions.

Disputation – Karen Rosnes Gissum | June 28th 2024

Trial Lecture: Friday, June 28, 2024, at 09:15

  • Location: Auditorium, Armauer Hansens Hus, Haukelandsveien 28
  • Topic: “Shared decision making: What is it, how can it be practiced, and what is the latest research in this field?”

Photo/ill.: Katrine Sunde

Disputation: Friday, June 28, 2024, at 11:15

  • Location: Auditorium, Armauer Hansens Hus, Haukelandsveien 28
  • Thesis Title: “Unveiling the Complexities: Patients’ and Healthcare Providers’ Perspectives on Understanding and Managing Ovarian Cancer”
  • Opponents:
    • Professor Karina Dahl Steffensen, Syddansk Universitet
    • Professor Simen A. Steindal, VID vitenskapelige høgskole
  • Committee Member: Professor Tone Merete Norekvål, Universitetet i Bergen

The disputation will be chaired by Professor Anagha Joshi and is open to all interested parties

Press release (only norwegian)

Disputation – Christiane Helgestad Gjerde | 24. juni 2024

Trial Lecture: Monday, June 24, 2024, at 09:15 AM

Location: Auditorium, Armauer Hansens Hus, Haukelandsveien 28 Topic: “Extracellular Matrix (ECM) Remodeling in Tissue Homeostasis and Disease – Modeling and Measuring Dynamic ECM Changes and Implications for Development of New Therapeutic Approaches”

Photo/ill.: Ingvild Constance Festervoll Melien

Copyright: Ingvild Constance Festervoll Melien

Doctoral Defense: Monday, June 24, 2024, at 11:15 AM

Location: Auditorium, Armauer Hansens Hus, Haukelandsveien 28 Thesis Title: “Development of Advanced 3D Ovarian Carcinoma Models – Using a Decellularized Peritoneal Scaffold to Model the Extracellular Matrix”

  1. Opponent: PhD Oliver Pearce, Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom
  2. Opponent: PhD Heini Lassus, Helsinki University Hospital, Finland
  3. Committee Member: Researcher Agnethe Engelsen, University of Bergen

The defense will be chaired by Associate Professor Åse Raddum.

Open to all interested parties.

Press release (Only Norwegian)