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Category: 2016 – Week 21

Featured news – Week 21


On Monday May 16th, John Birks was inducted as a Corresponding Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He was introduced by his main proposer, Prof Des Thompson. He signed the book and was presented with his certificate by the President, Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell. He then gave a short speech of thanks. A Corresponding Fellow is equivalent to an Honorary Fellow but does not live in the UK.



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John Birks


On Thursday May 19th, Alistair Seddon delivered the Rick Battarbee lecture at University College London; the Ecological Time Machine. The Rick Battarbee lectures are a named series of distinguished lectures set up to honour Professor Emeritus Rick Battarbee of the Ecological Change Research Centre at UCL. The lecture was enjoyed by the large audience and was followed by a wine reception.


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Alistair Seddon time machine RWB lecture

Election of Candidates for the Institute Council group B and C

Selection of candidates for the Institute Council group B and D   Announcement of candidates Group B: Before the deadline, the following candidates proposed (in alphabetical order): Arangueren, Libe. Egge Støl, Havard Øritsland. Heggland, Erna Irene and Røyseth, Victoria   Announcement of candidates Group D: Before the deadline, the following candidates proposed (in alphabetical order):…

Job opportunity – Week 21

Three years PhD-position  The Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA), in collaboration with CERAD-Centre for Environmental Radioactivity, offer a 3 year PhD position to study the effects and risk of ionising radiation, and multiple stressors in aquatic organisms. The successful candidate will work mainly at NIVA, but collaborate with scientists from other institutions within CERAD…

Upcoming events – Week 21

Why use Linux as BIO research, read more hereLinux Seminar 


Dipstation Bernadette Pree: “Predation in the marine microbial food web – Challenging models with experimental results”

Supervisor: Tron Frede Thingstad, Aud Larsen and Jorun Karin Egge.

Assessment Committee: Professor Dag O. Hessen, Universitetet i Oslo, Professor Agneta Andersson, Umeå University, Sverige, Professor Dag Aksnes, BIO.

Leader of the disputation: Professor Lise Øvreås, Universitetet i Bergen.

Time og place: Thursday, June 2, 10:15, Stort auditorium, Høyteknologisenteret, Thormøhlensgate 55.



Bernadette Pree. Photo taken by Bernadette Höritzauer

Everyone are Welcome!



Guest lecture by Dag Olav Hessen

Dag Olav Hessen is a Norwegian biologist, known for his work in the field of ecology and evolution. He is also renowned for popularizing science through books and media.

Hessen will give a guest lecture on junk DNA: «Is there a role for non-coding DNA, and why do organisms have such a tremendous variability in genome size”

Time and location: Wednesday, June 1, 13:15, HIB (Thormøhlensgate 55), stort auditorium.



Dag Olav Hessen


Lecture by Anne-Will Harzing

In today’s research environment, our performance – as researchers and institutions – is constantly being assessed. Citation counts are at the core of many such assessments.

We are pleased and excited to inform you that Anne-Wil Harzing, Professor of International Management at Middlesex University, United Kingdom, will be visiting Bergen in June.

She will present a lecture, entitled “Citation metrics versus peer review”

Time: Wednesday, 22 June, 12:15

Place: Kantine – Institute of Marine Research, Nordnesgaten 50 5005 Bergen

Information about Anne-Wil can be found on her website:

It will be round-table discussion following her talk. The round-table discussion is intended to give the audience more insight into the use of citation metrics to assess, and possibly guide, scholarly activity at the level

of individual researchers, departments, institutions and countries.

Research – Week 21

Apply for project funding for 2017

Norwegian Agency for Digital Learning in Higher Education announcing project funding for projects starting in 2017, which last for up to two years.

The funds will go to projects in three priority areas:

*   Active learning

*   Digitale learnings forms for employment

*   Digital assessment

For more information click here! (Only in Norwegian)

Until the conference you can get guidance by phone or via web meeting. Take contact with Ida Grepperud by telephone 77 62 31 70 or e-mail



MBD researchers at The Genome Analysis Centre (UK)

Over the course of this week, Kenneth Meland, Francisca Carvalho and Joana Xavier participated in an intensive training course at The Genome Analysis Centre in Norwich (UK). This course focussed on the molecular and analytical aspects of genotype-by-sequencing (GBS) methods, and guided the participants all the way from the study design and strategy through the computational pipelines and results interpretation. The acquired skills will be used in several projects currently ongoing at the Marine Biodiversity Group, which will be conducted using the NGS facilities in the Biodiversity Lab (BDL).



Kenneth Meland, Francisca Carvalho and Joana Xavier



RRI-Matchmaking for Digital Life Norway


On Monday June 20, the working group for Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) at the Centre for Digital Life Norway (DLN) will organise an RRI-matchmaking meeting for researchers who intend to apply for funding at the forthcoming call for proposals under the DLN-umbrella (CfP probably forthcoming in June). This call will be in the region of 100 mill. NOK. Research projects funded over this call will need to have a strong RRI-component, and the earlier RRI is considered in the development of a research idea, the better.

At the match-making meeting, biotechnology researchers planning a proposal can meet researchers from the humanities and social sciences who are interested in working with RRI. Participants can exchange ideas and discuss possible collaborations. Everyone who is interested can participate, also if your research idea still is loosely or if you are not yet sure whether you are going to hand in a proposal for this call.

The meeting will start with a short introduction to RRI and its role in DLN. The RRI working group will also give a short overview of methods and tools for implementing RRI in biotechnology research projects. A major part of meeting will be devoted to a “speed dating” session, where participants get the opportunity to meet the participants from the other disciplines in short conversations.

The meeting takes place in Trondheim and will last from 09.00 to 12.00, followed by lunch.

Similar events will be organised in Trondheim (21.06.) and in Oslo (after the summer). If sufficient interest, there might be matchmaking events also in Stavanger and Tromsø. A more detailed program and location will be announced later. Lunch is included.

For now, researchers who are interested in attending or have questions, can contact:

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Have you registered vacation days?

Are you ready to go?

Summer is soon upon us, and whether you are planning on spending all of it in sunny Bergen or making other arrangements, there is one thing you have to do right away: Register your vacation in PAGA. It is a requirement that everyone registers their holiday, and it is the general rule that all vacation days has to be taken within the year.

Not sure when you’ll be going? Register it anyway (you can change it later), and avoid running the risk of someone else deciding when you’re going on holiday. You will also be relieved from the stress of being followed up through emails and visits from the administration.

The deadline for registering the summer vacation has already passed, so please make it a priority.

Further information on how to register vacation can be found here.

If you have any questions regarding vacation or the registration of vacation I PAGAWEB, please contact your local HR professional at your department.