Category Archives: Seminars and conferences

NBS Science and Social of April 2022

Join us for the NBS Science and Social of April 2022! The NBS S&S series is bimonthly event that combines a lecture held by researchers from Bergen, with a social event for NBS members. This month the Science part will be an online lecture by Prof. Charalampos Tzoulis, Dep. of Neurology, UiB, and the social part will be a game night (everyone is invited!) at Gimmikk in skostredet in Bergen. See below for more information. Hope to see you there!

NBS Science (Zoom webinar):

Title: NAD replenishment therapy for Parkinson’s disease: from the bench to the bedside

Speaker: Charalampos Tzoulis, Department of Neurology, UiB

Tuesday April 26th at 14.30 (Open for all!)

Zoom Meeting ID: 662 5637 2254

Passcode: 39692239

A link to the zoom meeting will also be posted on out web page at the day of the event:

NBS Social (Open for all – bring a friend!):

Get to know us! Game night, 19:00 @ Gimmikk Bar & Arkade (Østre Skostredet 12, Bergen)

Join us at Gimmikk to socialize with other NBS-members! You don’t have to be a NBS member to join this event, bring a friend for some drinks, games and fun! For more information about the event, visit the NBS Bergen facebook page or group, or our webpage:


Do you want to contribute during the research days in Bergen?

UIB is the largest contributor to the festival i Bergen, and we hope more professional communities will join i making research visible to the city`s population. The research days is an annual, national festival and this year take place from 21th of September to 2nd Oktober.

 We are applaying for contributions to:

  • 23. og 24. september in a big tent in Festplassen, filled with 25-30 stations from the city`s research and educational institutions.

for more information:

Open guest lecture at the Faculty of Law UiB.

On May 16, the Faculty of Law will host an open guest lecture with Professor Stephen J. Morse of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the Department of Psychiatry, in collaboration with the DIMENSIONS research project. The title of the lecture is “Neurolaw: Perils and Promises” (see the invitation for a more detailed description of the topic), and the topic may be of interest across different disciplines. Invitation here!

MRCRM seminar series «the Ex vivo facility – why, how and when”, with Einar K. Kristoffersen

Time: April 27, from 14:30 – 15:30

Venue: Auditorium 4, 3rd floor, BBB, Jonas Lies vei 91

Register for tapas:

Streaming link will appear here:


Welcome to the first seminar in the Mohn Research Center for Regenerative Medicine (MRCRM)’s seminar series, where Einar K. Kristoffersen will present “the Ex vivo facility” – the new cleanroom laboratory at the Laboratory Building. Do not miss this excellent opportunity to learn


CCBIO Annual Symposium May 10-11 at Solstrand Hotel

CCBIO has the pleasure of inviting you to the 10th CCBIO Annual Symposium May 10-11 at Solstrand Hotel close to Bergen.


The symposium is open for all, so please feel free to circulate this invitation.

The 2021 symposium was a success with more than 300 participants, and we expect the 2022 symposium to be even better. This year you can choose between attending online for scientific updates, or in-person at Hotel Solstrand in order to also enjoy the company of all the other researchers, and the informal and mutually fertilizing scientific crosstalk in the breaks and the evening.  We expect the symposium to become fully subscribed, and strongly recommend you to register early. Deadline is April 13.

Read more here!

We have secured a range of international speakers, among them Marta Bertolaso, Go van Dam, Christine Desmedt, Silvio Gutkind, Olli Kallioniemi, Srinivas Malladi, and Malin Sund. We will also have some local speakers.

Younger researchers will be offered slots for 3 -minute speed-talks as well as two extended poster sessions with ample time for interaction between the participants.

The heavily subsidized registration fee is 2500 NOK/260 Euro per person. 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 deadline, April 13:

Practical information:

Center seminar on hypertension in women

Center for research on heart disease in women:

Center seminar on hypertension in women

Program: Monday 28.03.22 @ 12-13 Professor Eva Gerdts: Hypertension in women. Consultant PhD Grethe Åstrøm Ueland: Autonomous cortisol secretion – a new cause of treatment resistant hypertension in women? Plenary discussion. The seminar will be held in Norwegian


Kurs til brukere ved MatNat og DMF- Workshops:

CodeRefinery workshop

What: CodeRefinery workshop
When: 22-24 & 29-31 March

In this online course, you will become familiar with tools and best practices for version control and reproducibility in modern research software development. The main focus is on using Git for efficiently writing and maintaining research software.

This is an informal and interactive online event with type-along type of presentations, live coding, and demos. Short tutorials alternate with practical exercises.

More information and registration:


GPU Programming with OpenACC

What: GPU Programming 
When: 29 March @ 10.00 – 15.30

Registration is open for a 1-day hands-on physical course for Introductory GPU Programming with OpenACC. The course is designed for beginners in GPU-programming who want to get familiar with available directives programming models with a special focus on the OpenACC offloading.

The training is conducted by UiBs Scientific Computing group, in collaboration with NRIS.

More information and registration:


NRIS HPC On-boarding User Course

What: NRIS HPC On-boarding User Course 
When: 4 – 5 May 2022

Are you planning to use our e-infrastructure services soon? Have you been using these services already, but would like to make sure you are getting the most out of them? Then this NRIS High Performance Computing On-boarding course is intended for you!

Who can join? 
The course is aimed at students, researchers, and employees of any background. We assume no prior knowledge of what HPC is or how to use it.

For those who have little experience with UNIX-like operating systems such as Linux, or who have never worked on the command line of a terminal, we will offer a hands-on pre-course about UNIX a day before the HPC course.

Please find detailed information on how to register here.
Registration will close 25 April.

Opportunities for collaborating with universities in the USA

Are you interested in research and education collaborations at UC Berkeley or other American universities? The University of Bergen hosts a special seminar to present opportunities for collaboration with world leading universities in the US.


The “metabolically healthy obese” and “metabolically-unhealthy normal-weight” phenotypes: opposite sides of the same coin?

Faidon Magkos is Associate Professor at the Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports at the University of Copenhagen.

It has become apparent in recent years that excess total body weight and fat do not necessarily impair metabolic function and increase risk for cardiometabolic disease; and vice versa, absence of excess weight and fat do not necessarily entail low risk. A subset (~30%) of people with obesity do not present with metabolic abnormalities such as hyperglycemia, hyperinsulinemia, and dyslipidemia, or hypertension (“metabolically healthy obese”); whereas a subset (~20%) of people with normal body weight do present with these metabolic abnormalities (“metabolically-unhealthy normal-weight”). Compared with BMI-matched control groups, metabolically healthy obese subjects have lower accumulation of fat in the liver, better physical fitness, and a tight coordination between the pancreas (insulin secretion) and skeletal muscle (insulin sensitivity) to maintain glucose homeostasis; whereas conversely, metabolically-unhealthy normal-weight subjects have more liver fat, inferior fitness, and dysregulated glucose homeostasis.

Foreleser: Faidon Magkos, the Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, University of Copenhagen
Moderator: Simon Dankel
Tid: Torsdag 24. mars 2022 kl. 14.30-15.30
Sted: Aud. Glasblokkene, blokk 1  / Zoom

Arrangementet streames også via Zoom:

Det blir lett servering.


Program and registration to The Jacobæus award for 2021- Symposium in Bergen

The Jacobæus award for 2021 will be awarded at a symposium in Bergen at Opus XVI on Thursday 21st April. The symposium is open for everyone and free. It will also be live streamed.

The recipient of the Jacobæus prize for 2021 is professor Stafford Lightman from the University of Bristol. Stafford Lightman has made fundamental advances – at both conceptual and practical levels – to our understanding of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, a key hormonal system to tackle stress. Lightman showed that the well-know circadian cortisol rhythm was made up of hourly pulses subject to alteration by a number of external factors. Stafford also pioneered the development of methods to capture these rhythms in humans by ambulatory sampling of tissue fluid, techniques that are now used in the clinic.

The Jacobæus Prize is the oldest prize of the Novo Nordisk Foundation. It was established in 1939 to commemorate the Swedish professor Hans Christian Jacobæus. The purpose of the Prize is to promote medical research and is awarded annually to a distinguished international researcher, who is invited to give a lecture on his or her research on a topic within physiology or endocrinology. The accompanying award of DKK 1,500,000 (€200,000) is distributed as a personal award of DKK 250,000 and an award for research or development work of DKK 1,250,000.

Program and registration: (Registration is also mandatory for live stream).


1200-1300:          Registration and lunch

1300-1310:          Introduction of the prize and prizewinner Stafford Lightman

Eystein Husebye, University of Bergen

1310-1400:         Jacobæus award lecture: The HPA-axis in health and disease
                            Stafford Lightmann, University of Bristol

1410-1445           Mathematical modelling of hormone dynamics                              
John Terry, University of Birmingham

1450-1520           Coffee break

1520-1555           Sex reversal and autoimmunity

Olle Kämpe, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm

1600-1635           Primary hyperaldosteronism, novel diagnostics and treatment
                            Martin Reincke, Ludwig-Maxmillians-Universität, München

1640-1715           The adrenal stem cell, therapeutic options

Gary Hammer, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

1720-1745           General discussion (panel with the speakers)

1745-1750           Closing remarks

Benedicte Lie    

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Red and processed meat intake and risk of common conditions: UK Biobank and beyond…

Dr Keren Papier is a Senior Nutritional Epidemiologist working in the Cancer Epidemiology Unit (CEU), based in the Oxford Department of Population Health, at the University of Oxford. Her research at the CEU includes investigating diet and disease associations using large-scale cohort data (including the Million Women Study, EPIC-Oxford and the UK Biobank). She is also the principal investigator for the Feeding the Future Study (or FEED).

This talk will cover recent research on associations between red and processed meat consumption and risk of several common conditions, mostly focusing on UK Biobank data.

Keren Papier, Cancer Epidemiology Unit (CEU), University of Oxford
Moderator: Vegard Lysne
Tid: Torsdag 17. mars 2022 kl. 14.30-15.30
Sted: Aud. Glasblokkene, blokk 1 / Zoom

Arrangementet streames også via Zoom:

Det blir lett servering.


Invitation to seminar: UiB AI #1 How AI helped solve Protein Folding – and why it matters

The UiB AI Steering Group welcomes you to a seminar on February 24th at 10am in the University Aula.  The seminar lasts until 11:30 and there will be lunch and discussions 11:30-12:00.

This is the first in a series of seminars on artificial intelligence at UiB. The seminars will be a meeting point across departments and fields of research, where different examples on the use of AI in research will be presented.

On February 24th, Inge Jonassen (Department of informatics) and Nathalie Reuter (Department of Chemistry) will speak to us on how AI helped solve Protein Folding – and why it matters.

Since participation is physical and we will order food, we ask all participants to register via the link on the seminar web page. You will find more information about the seminar and registration link here:

How AI helped solve Protein Folding – and why it matters | UiB AI | UiB


Invitation SDG Conference Bergen



To all employees.

We are approaching the fifth annual SDG Conference Bergen – hosted by UiB on the 9th to the 11th of February.

Like last year, the conference will be digital and free to attend. In 2021 the conference had over 2600 participants from more than 100 countries!

We will also repeat the success of arranging Day Zero to kick off the SDG Conference Bergen on the 9th of February.

On Day Zero, you can attend a number of very interesting seminars and workshops, all with different approaches to sustainability. If you teach students, many of the events could also be relevant to attend with your students. Perhaps the day’s lecture could be to attend one or several workshops?

There are more than 30 events to choose from, and the topics are varied. Take a look at the programme for Day Zero here:

This year’s fully digital conference also provides us with new opportunities to present emerging and important research by motivated PhD candidates and postdoctoral fellows addressing the conference themes. We invite all those interested – from any disciplinary field – to send in digital posters on your research, relevant to the theme of the conference, before February 1st.  Read more here.

I hope you will enjoy the SDG Conference Bergen.


With best regards

Rector Margareth Hagen

Call for Applications Åsgard programme 2022




This programme is composed of four different calls:
Deadline 31st of January 2022.

  • Åsgard-Research is designed for researchers willing to develop collaborations between France and Norway. It funds a one-week stay in France, allowing the researcher to meet counterparts in universities and research institutions.
  • Åsgard-Innovation is designed for professionals working in technology transfer structures, clusters etc. and aims at exchanging best practices as well as creating new collaborations. It funds a one-week stay in France to meet relevant counterparts.
  • Åsgard-Staff is designed for professionals working in research administration in universities, research centers and funding agencies, in particular EU advisers. It aims at exchanging best practices as well as creating new collaborations. It funds a one-week stay in France to meet relevant counterparts.
  • Åsgard-Research+ is designated for researchers and professionnals from the innovation sector who have been laureate of the Åsgard-Research programme, the PHC Aurora, wishing to carry out a research project with a French partner. It funds a one-week stay in France for a team.

Please note: Considering the current situation of the COVID-19 pandemic, it will be possible to complete your mobility in virtual format.

Feel free to contact us for more information regarding this programme and to share this call!

Information and application

Best regards,

The Institut français in Norway – Science Department

T +47 23 20 30 05