A new level in the Academic Council for Biology
Last week the Academic Council for Biology (Biofagrådet) was assembled in the Tårnbygningen at Ås. NMBU were the hosts for the meeting, which includes representatives of biology from most universities in Norway, under the umbrella of the Norwegian Association of Higher Education Institutions (UHR). Both NTNU, NMBU, and UiB are represented by two departments. From Bergen, the Department of Molecular Biology (MBI), and BIO are represented. In addition, UiO (Oslo), UiS (Stavanger), UiT (Tromsø) and Nord University (Bodø) are members of Biofagrådet. The meetings of the Council is an important opportunity to exchange experiences and discuss strategic issues in biology with colleagues from the other Norwegian universities. This is also the forum where each year we discuss which scientific journals should be lifted to level 2 of the Biology list of the Norwegian publication system. This discussion takes place in the fall.
This time the whole Academic Council was lifted to a new level, through the establishment of an Educational Forum, on initiative from bioCEED, under the Council (see photo). The Educational Forum will be a forum where educational leaders in biology can meet with the objective to drive development of biology education and exchange experiences between universities. Øystein Varpe from UNIS (and bioCEED) presented the idea to the Council. Øyvind Fiksen from BIO (and bioCEED) and Tom Andersen from Department of Biosciences (UiO) presented their experiences as educational leaders at their resepective departments. The Educational Forum is obviously a good and timely initiative, and we will most certainly here more from this in the future.
Next week we organize our own Strategy seminar in the Aula with interesting presentations and important discussions. Save Thursday April 14, and register here, if you didn’t do so already.