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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):…

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.


Hiking/Walking tour – Week 16


Our next hiking tour to the top of Ulriken is on Wednesday 20. April. We walk from Montana to Ulriken  3:15 pm (from May 15th 2:15 pm).

We will be accompanied by colleagues from BIO.  There will be one group walking around the lake (Store Lungegårdsvann) every week, and another group which will hike up Ulriken every second week (ie to

Ulriken even numbered weeks), starting from tomorrow April 20.

The walk around the lake starts from the main entrance at 2:45 pm (from May 15th 2:30 pm).



Stolzekleiven Opp 2016!

Join BIO-registration to Stolzekleiven Up.

The year Stoltz Weekend start Friday September 23.

Cost is 375 NOK.

For registration kontakt as soon as possible:)

For more information click her! (Only in Norwegian)


Frå toppen – Week 9: Excellence in teaching

Thursday I had the pleasure to attend the Olav Thon Foundation Award Ceremony for 2016 in the University Aula in Oslo. It was of course especially nice to witness the national awards for excellence in education both to Karin Pittman and Christian Jørgensen from BIO, in company with four other colleagues from different Norwegian universities. The awards amount to 500.000 NOK each. In addition, Anne Gro Vea Salvanes was awarded 1,2 million NOK to her national tuition-related research project «Ecosystem, climate, and variation in a maritime mini-ecosystem: a fjord in Western Norway». Very nice, and well deserved! Congratulations to all three!

Christian is also displayed on the front page of Forskerforum, the magazine of Forskerforbundet, where you can find a longer piece on our excellent Center for excellence in biology education, bioCEED. – The problem is not to have teaching with a high halleluja factor, the question is what the students actually learn, says center leader Vigdis Vandvik in an interview. Both politicians and rectors have started to talk about the importance of raising the status of teaching, both as a criterium when recruiting new employees, and as an expectation to our faculty. bioCEED has put the focus on systematic quality assessments and developing a teacher culture with focus on quality in teaching.

Based on inspiration from Lund, bioCEED also has taken the initiative to establish a system for meriting excellence in teaching at UiB. The system proposed will be based on application from each candidate and build on portfolio assessment. Criteria like focus on what the students learn, development over time, and a scientific approach to teaching, will form the basis of status as excellent teacher, with accompanying salary rise. A similar proposal is presented in the fresh report Innsats for kvalitet from a committee appointed by UiT and NTNU.

What are we waiting for?

Hilsen Anders


Fra toppen: Research fraud – Week 8

The Nordic countries is once again hit by a research scandal. Norway had the Sudbø case in 2005. Denmark has just been through the Penkowa story. This time it is Sweden’s turn to attract negative attention. None less than the Karolinska Institute, highest ranked among Nordic universities over many years, and known to have many members in the Nobel assembly, is in the focus for having had Paolo Macchiarini as a guest professor over the last few years. Macchiarini is now accused of fraud with both research results and his own CV. His stem cell based throat operations ended with two out of three dead patients, something the famous scientist never communicated, according to Universitetsavisa. A planned wedding with an Italian journalist and with the Pope, Obama and Putin on the alleged guest list, is also part of this story.

As if this wasn’t enough, apparently the Karolinska Institute has tried to sweep the scandal under the carpet. This has led to both the rector and four members of the Nobel assembly having stepped aside.

Nobel Laureate Arvid Carlsson, himself from KI, believes that the whole scandal is caused by the Centres of Excellence initiative of the former conservative government who, with research minister Lars Leijonberg in the front in 2008 devoted megasums to very specific initiatives, amongst them on stem cell research.

So there is no need to go to the coloured press to find scandals and intrigues. Hopefully our own rather modest Center of Excellence initiative will amount to less scandalous postings, but rather with excellent research in the focus. By the end of March we will know who is allowed to participate in the final round. We cross our fingers for our own candidates.

If we were to use level 2 publications as a measure of our own excellence in research, it has been a couple of quiet weeks. Jessica Ray and collaborators at Uni Environment, including Paolo Simonelli from BIO, have an article this week in Marine Ecology Progress Series on Calanus grazing. Last week Håkon Dahle was coauthoring a paper in Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems on microbial communities in hydrothermal chimneys. Congratulations to both and all coauthors!

Congratulations also to Vigdis Vandvik, who this week was elected as member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.

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