Tag Archives: 51/2015

2015 – Looking back at the K2 activities

Per BakkeIn this last editorial of the year it is time to look back at the K2 activities in 2015. With regards to education the main focus has been on the new curriculum in medicine. Although much work remains, the planning is well underway. Digital tools in teaching and examinations are coming. Although the vision of new, fully funded study places in pharmacy has not yet been realized, the Center for Pharmacy has made a great effort of raising the parliamentarians’ awareness of this issue. A new course in galenic pharmacy has been started.

The research activity and the outcome of grant applications have been very good. K2 researchers obtained seven new NFR projects this year, including a part in an infrastructure application that is coordinated from Oslo. K2 received about 60% of the new multi-year grants from Samarbeidsorganet as well as four new EU projects. The total funding received in various applications by K2 employees, will amount to approximately 93 million NOK which is 7 million more than we received from the government. There is however still a large potential for improved external funding.

The technical staff at the department makes important contributions to the successful research. I wish to give credit to Ersilia Bifulco, Jenny Zhang and Tove Folkestad who have reestablished the Forum for Technicians.

HSE is important to all of us. All the staff at K2 has received, or will be offered appraisal interviews annually.

A very tight department economy has left its mark on the activities this year. Although several research groups have received large grants, there are also groups that have not obtained external funding, and the department has had little to offer. I am grateful that people have shown understanding for the limitations linked to the tight budgets. On the bright side, the debt K2 gained by the reorganization of the faculty is now nearly liquidated. This means that in the coming years, there will be some money to promote the K2 activities.

Keywords for next year are the new curriculum in medicine, Ferdighetssenteret, The research unit for health surveys, a new strategy for K2, a structured process for grant applications, and the Forum for Technicians.

Finally, I would like to thank you all for a great effort in 2015, and I wish you all a Merry Christmas!


K2 Administration Christmas Holidays


From week 52 until Monday 4 January most of the K2 administration is out of office due to Christmas Holidays. The reception will be unmanned from Christmas Eve and until Monday 4 January.

For emergencies or urgent matters that can not wait until 4 January, the Chief of Administration will be available on private mobile phone. We wish  you all a joyful and peaceful Season and happy holidays.

Forum for Technicians has started up again

TFForum for Technicians has started up again, with a committee consisting of Jenny, Ersilia and Tove. In the last forum, that was held in December, one could propose topics for future Forum for Technicians meetings.Gingerbread, tangerines and mulled wine was served. The next meeting in the forum is planned for February 2016. Thanks to the committee for planning and organizing! The picture shows Tove, Beryl and Aud.

2016 Peder Sather Grant Call for Proposals

The Peder Sather Center for Advanced Study supports projects carried out by researchers at UC Berkeley in collaboration with researchers from eight Norwegian universities. The Center offers grants of between $10K and $25K. Funds are made available for one academic year.  Grants can support activities such as workshops, mini-conferences, virtual intellectual exchanges, the undertaking of exploratory and pilot studies, activities such as PhD student exchanges, longer-term stays for Principal Investigators, the collection and analysis of data, and other core research activities.

More information and application form can be found here.
Letter with call for proposals in Norwegian here.
Application deadline: 1 March 2016

Novo Nordisk Foundations Excellence for Young Researchers within Endocrinology

Attached please find an announcement regarding The Novo Nordisk Foundations Excellence Project for Young Researchers within Endocrinology.

Please do not hesitate to contact me, if you have any questions.

Kind regards,
Susanne E. Hede, Ph.D
Scientific Officer
Novo Nordisk Fonden
+45 3527 6629 (direct)
+45 306 74829 (mobile)
CVR no 10 58 29 89