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Upcoming events – Week 44

Master exam- Ida Vee:  Towards improved management of deep-sea sponge grounds in Norwegian waters

Ida Vee will on Friday 4th of November give the final presentation of her master thesis in Biology – marine biology

Supervisors: Hans Tore Rapp, Joana Xavier.  External examiner:  Jussi Evertsen, Frøya videregående skole. Internal examiner:  Bjørn Arild Hatteland

Time and location: Friday 4th of November at 10:15, Lille auditorium, HIB

All are welcome to the presentation


Ph.d. Trial lecture Jon Thomassen Hestetun:  ” Evolutionary and ecological adaptations to life in the deep-sea”.

Evaluating committee:  Associate Professor Ida Helene Steen, Forsker Anne Helene Solberg Tandberg,  Postdoc Joana R Xavier

Time and place: Wednesday 9th of November at 10:15.  Seminar room K3, Blokk B, Biologen

All are welcome to the presentation


Ph.d. Trial lecture Oliver Vocking:  “Circadian rhythms and evolution”.

Evaluating committee: Researcher Elsa Denker, Associate Professor Odd Andre Karlsen, Associate Professor Ståle Ellingsen

Time and place: Friday 11th of November Group room 209N1, 2. etasje, datablokken, HIB

All are welcome to the presentation


Have we forgotten the biology in all the technology?

Debate on Wednesday, November 2nd, (19:30-21:30) in Boksalongen in Østre Skostredet.

Read more on Facebook.


Fish swimming course – Summer 2017

Read more here: Fish swimming AD 2017.

Using Insects for Feed Purposes

NICE seminar Bergen

New publications – Week 44

Eggestol HO, Wegeland HI, Ronneseth A, Tollefsen KE, Haugland GT (2016) Distribution of the potential DC-markers DEC205, Langerin, DC-LAMP and DC-SIGN within tissues of Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar L.) and their response upon challenge with microbes. European Journal of Immunology 46: 943-944

Harvey AC, Juleff G, Carvalho GR, Taylor MI, Solberg MF, Creer S, Dyrhovden L, Matre IH, Glover KA (2016a) Does density influence relative growth performance of farm, wild and F-1 hybrid Atlantic salmon in semi-natural and hatchery common garden conditions? Royal Society Open Science 3

Harvey AC, Solberg MF, Glover KA, Taylor MI, Creer S, Carvalho GR (2016b) Plasticity in response to feed availability: Does feeding regime influence the relative growth performance of domesticated, wild and hybrid Atlantic salmon Salmo salar parr? Journal of Fish Biology 89: 1754-1768

Jansson E, Taggart JB, Wehner S, Dahle G, Quintela M, Mortensen S, Kvamme BO, Glover KA (2016) Development of SNP and microsatellite markers for goldsinny wrasse (Ctenolabrus rupestris) from ddRAD sequencing data. Conservation Genetics Resources 8: 201-206 10.1007/s12686-016-0532-0

Rojas-Garcia CR, Applebaum SL, Morais S, Ronnestad I (2016) Trans-intestinal absorption rates differ between free amino acids during larval development in Atlantic herring (Clupea harengus). Aquaculture 464: 222-228

Skarpaas O, Meineri E, Bargmann T, Potsch C, Topper J, Vandvik V (2016) Biomass partitioning in grassland plants along independent gradients in temperature and precipitation. Perspectives in Plant Ecology Evolution and Systematics 19: 1-11

Smage SB, Frisch K, Brevik OJ, Watanabe K, Nylund A (2016) First isolation, identification and characterisation of Tenacibaculum maritimumin Norway, isolated fromdiseased farmed sea lice cleaner fish Cyclopterus lumpus L. Aquaculture 464: 178-184

Steinum TM, Karatas S, Martinussen NT, Meirelles PM, Thompson FL, Colquhoun DJ (2016) Multilocus Sequence Analysis of Close Relatives Vibrio anguillarum and Vibrio ordalii. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 82: 5496-5504


Professor T. Frede Thingstad, Institute of Biology, University of Bergen turns 70 on December 21st, 2016 and will soon retire. On that occasion, the research environment in Bergen will honor Frede for his pioneering research by arranging an open scientific seminar on December 2nd from 10:00-15:00 at VilVite.

Frede is one of the world’s leading researchers in marine microbial ecology, and his work on the design of conceptual and mathematical models of the microbial food webhas had great impact on the research field. In 1983, he was central in shaping the concept “The Microbial Loop” which led to a paradigm shift in the field, and in 1997 he launched “Killing- the-Winner” as a key concept for analyzing the relationship between processes and participants in the marine microbial food chain .

To honor Frede, we have invited four internationally renowned scientists and challenged them to elucidate Frede’s work from different perspectives. These researchers are:

  • Farooq Azam (Scripps Institution of Oceanography): Marine microbiology
  • Forest Rohwer (San Diego State University): Molecular ecology and “omics”
  • Christiane Lancelot (Université Libre de Bruxelles): Ecosystem models and theory
  • Dag O Hessen (University of Oslo): General biology and evolution

Frede Thingstad

Welfare, HR and HSE – Week 44

New employees

Siri Vatsø Haugum

Siri Vatsø Haugum: hired 12th of September 2016 as a PhD candidate in plant community ecology.

Karina Dale

Karina Dale: hired 17th of October 2016 as a PhD candidate in environmental toxicology.

Lindsey Moore Camilla Osberg

Lindsey Moore and Camilla Osberg were hired in permanent positions from 1st of October 2016 as senior engineers connected to the research groups in fish health and the teaching of fish health students.


Renate Hvidsten Skoge: hired 16th of August 2016 as a researcher in reverse genetics.


New assembly point in case of fire

The assembly point is next to the Propella between Data-block and VilVite sentre.


New doctorate

Perpetra Akite was awarded her doctorate under a cotutelle agreement between UiB and the University of Makerere, Uganda. She was a PhD student on the Matrix project and her thesis was on the spatial and matrix influences on the biogeography of insect taxa in forest fragments in central Uganda, supervised by Richard Telford (EECRG) and Anne Akol and Hugh Rowell (Makerere University). Her defence presentation on the 20 October 2016 was rated as excellent.

Congratulations to Dr Perpetra Akite.


Here is a photo of her at her defence, demonstrating using a sling! Photo by Amy Eycott.

New publications – Week 41

Angotzi AR, Stefansson SO, Nilsen TO, Ovrebo JI, Andersson E, Taranger GL, Ronnestad I (2016) Identification of a novel leptin receptor duplicate in Atlantic salmon: Expression analyses in different life stages and in response to feeding status. General and Comparative Endocrinology 235: 108-119

Imsland AK, Pettersen K, Stefansson SO(2016) Growth and Smoltification of Three Norwegian Strains of Atlantic Salmon Salmo salar Reared under Different Thermal Regimes. River Research and Applications 32:1800-1807

Gocke C, Hestetun JT, Uhlir C, Freiwald A, Beuck L, Janussen D (2016) Cladorhiza corallophila sp nov., a new carnivorous sponge (Cladorhizidae, Demospongiae) living in close association with Lophelia pertusa and Madrepora oculata (Scleractinia). Zootaxa 4168: 512-524

Klepaker T, Ostbye K, Spence R, Warren M, Przybylski M, Smith C (2016) Selective agents in the adaptive radiation of Hebridean sticklebacks. Evolutionary Ecology Research 17: 243-262

Omar AM, Skjelvan I, Erga SR, Olsen A (2016) Aragonite saturation states and pH in western Norwegian fjords: seasonal cycles and controlling factors, 2005-2009. Ocean Science 12: 937-951

Research – Week 38

New guidelines for the UIB Open Access Publication Fund

The University Board has adopted new guidelines for the publication fund which will take effect from October 1st, 2016. The principal changes are:

Only article processing charges (APC) to articles in Open Access journals will be fully covered. To be eligible the journal must be registered in the Directory of Open Access Journals,

Author fees to publish Open Access books are also fully covered.

Corresponding authors to Open Access articles in subscription journals on level 2 in the Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers, may apply for reimbursement of 50% of the APC. The application must be submitted before publishing, and the refund will be paid based on documented APC expenses.

Open Access articles in subscription journals on level 1 are no longer covered by the publication fund.

Applications will be granted based on the complete guidelines.

A new application form will be available from October 1st. Funding is only guaranteed when an application has been submitted and granted before publishing.

Board documents can be found here (Norwegian only). If you have questions, please contact

A seminar to be held by the University library on October 25th will focus on open access research and include among other topics, a briefing of these new guidelines.


See the updated call calendar for upcoming calls and information seminars i.e.:

25.09.16 Media Training for Researchers – Bergen

27-28.09.16 Norgesuniversitetet Autumn Conference 2016Trømsø

13-14.10.16 H2020 Project Management and Financial Reporting – Lysaker

20-21.10.16 Centre for Digital Life Norway (DLN) meeting on «Technologies for Digital Life» – Bergen

25.10.16 Open access to research nationally and globally  – Bergen

15.11.16 How to write a competitive ERC Consolidator grant – Oslo

Horizon 2020 – Project Development Course


26.10.16 – Trondheim



Welfare, HR and HSE – Week 38

New employees

Egil KarlsbakIMG_0259

Egil Karlsbakk is permanently employed as a professor of fish pathology from September 1st, 2016.

Kristin Holrermann

Kristin Holtermann is permanently employed as a student officer from October 1st, 2016.

Get in shape with BIO!

If you want a “Get in shape with BIO”-t-shirt you may order and pay for one (249 NOK) in the BIO-reception. The deadline is October 6th, and delivery will be around week 48. Women’s sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL, Men’s sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL, 3XL. A variety of sizes may be tried on in the reception.




NEW IN PAGAWEB: You can now add attachments electronically into PAGAWEB for your travel claims and variable allowances.

You can now scan your supporting documents and upload them as electronic attachments directly into PAGAWEB instead of delivering the documents on paper. This new option appears as “Add attachment” at the bottom of the last page of the form. Click the green “x” to upload attachments electronically.
If you are a project manager or team leader, you no longer need to print the first page and sign and return it to the economy section. Note, all others must still print the first page and get it signed by the project manager or team leader.

Job opportunities – Week 38

Vacancies for researcher positions in Tromsø

One employment will be by the Insitute of Marine Research (IMR) and deals with population studies of seals. Read more about the position here.

Another employment will be by the Norwegian Polar Institute under the section for environmental toxins. Read more about the position here.

Vacancy in Bangor, UK

There is an employment as a lecturer in Molecular Ecology and Genomics in Bangor, UK available. Read more here.