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Newsletter October 2020

A new opportunity to join the centre – message from the centre leader

Trygve BrautasetThe call Collaborative Project to meet Societal and Industry-related Challenges from the Research Council of Norway (RCN), with application deadline 17 February 2021, represents a new opportunity for researchers all over the country to join the Centre for Digital Life Norway (DLN).

Enabling technologies is one of the relevant thematic areas for the call with NOK 120 million to fund large, innovative, transdisciplinary biotechnology projects. The projects should respond to societal challenges in the health, agriculture, marine or industrial sectors and strive for responsible research and innovation (RRI).

The RCN encourages projects that receive support, and that are relevant to DLN, to join the centre. As centre leader I highly encourage successful applicants to join DLN and become part of our fruitful community. New members will gain access to the guidance and support provided by the centre as described at the bottom of this newsletter.

Trygve Brautaset

Sign up for Digital Life 2020!

19 November at 5–9 PM we will meet online for the annual conference for the Centre for Digital Life Norway – Digital Life 2020. We invite you to a fully digital event on Zoom. You may also join small digital social groups.

International keynote speakers

Karen E. Nelson

Dr. Karen E. Nelson

President of the J Craig Venter Institute

Metagenomic approaches to study human and animal diseases – where are we now, and where do we go from here?

Dr. Nelson has worked at JCVI for more than 20 years and is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences. She led the first human metagenomics study that was published in 2006, and she is in the forefront when it comes to the study of the relationship between the microbiome and various human and animal diseases. Dr. Nelson has a great commitment to the training of the next generation of scientists.
Barend Mons

Dr. Barend Mons 

GO FAIR International Support and Coordination Office, President of CODATA

FAIR in the times of crises

Professor Dr. Mons is a molecular biologist by training and a leading FAIR data specialist. The first decade of his scientific career he spent on fundamental research on malaria parasites and later on translational research for malaria vaccines. Twenty years ago, he switched to advanced data stewardship and biological systems analytics.

Speakers from Digital Life Norway projects

Speakers from Digital Life Norway projects

The first generation of Digital Life Norway projects will present their scientific results as well as lessons learnt with regard to responsible research and innovation (RRI), innovation, data management, career development and cross-project collaboration, which is altogether within the foundation of the DLN centre. 
  • Lab-on-a-chip: Biophotonic sensor platform for diagnostics
    Professor Astrid Aksnes, NTNU
  • Double Intraperitoneal Artificial Pancreas (DIAP): An easier life with diabetes
    Professor Sven Magnus Carlsen, NTNU
  • INBioPharm: New drugs to combat antibiotic resistance
    Senior research scientist Alexander Wentzel, SINTEF
  • DigiBrain: From genes to brain function in health and disease
    Professor Marianne Fyhn, University of Oslo
  • DigiSal: Digital salmon – from a reactive to a pre-emptive research strategy in aquaculture
    Postdoctoral fellow Ove Øyås, NMBU
  • dCod 1.0: Decoding the systems toxicology of Atlantic cod
    Postdoctoral fellow Marta Eide, University of Bergen

Watch conference video

Screenshot from video



Symbol Digital frukost

"Digital frukost" is an open breakfast seminar series focusing on research activities at the interface between the biological sciences and that of mathematics, computer science, physics, engineering or social sciences.

16 November 08:30–09:30 online: 
Measuring organelle surface tension in living cells 
Registration deadline: 15 November

Symbol PROVIZPROVIZ: Developing AI-based software to identify prostate cancer in MR images


Symbol dCOD 1.0dCod 1.0: Decoding the systems toxicology of Atlantic cod

  • 30 October: Xiaokang Zhang will defend his thesis "Biomarker Discovery Using Statistical and Machine Learning Approaches on Gene Expression Data" at the University of Bergen on Zoom.
    See more information on


Symbol DIAPDouble Intraperitoneal Artificial Pancreas (DIAP): An easier life with diabetes
  • Marte K. Åm defended her theses "The intraperitoneal artificial pancreas; glucose sensing and glucagon delivery" at NTNU electronically 23 October.
    The trial lecture “A discussion on animal studies in human medical research: major breakthroughs and breakdowns – insights in hindsight” was held in April.
    Information about committee and supervisors on our web page


Symbol CCBIOCentre for Cancer Biomarkers (CCBIO)


External events
Overview involved Oncologics consortium

European funding

The researchers in the Druglogics & PRESORT projects have been granted funding for their ONCOLOGICS consortium – computational modelling and functional validation platform for personalised colorectal cancer clinical therapy decision support.
Read more about the consortium.


Druglogics & PRESORT: Using computer modelling to find the best drug combination for each cancer patient


Symbol dCOD

dCod 1.0: Decoding the systems toxicology of Atlantic cod

Vacant position

BEDPAN symbol Bio-engineered palladium nanoparticles (BEDPAN)

Publication reminder

Remember to acknowledge the Centre for Digital Life Norway in papers based on your digital life projects.

Support for Digital Life Norway projects

Coordinators in the centre

As member of the Centre for Digital Life Norway, remember to work with the centre coordinators to develop your projects with regard to data management, cross-disciplinary and cross-projects activities, innovation, industry collaboration and responsible research and innovation (RRI). You may also apply for financial support from the centre for cross-project activities, data management, events and innovation, and we have an overview of relevant funding from the Research Council of Norway and other sources. 

Call research data management

Use this opportunity to get support and advice on how to improve your data management. Collaborative efforts between projects will be prioritised.
See the call.
Application deadline: 1 December

Call cross-project activities

The possibility of harvesting synergies between projects and exchange of competence is one of the benefits of being part of the centre.
See the call.
Open-ended deadline.

Innovation funding

Apply for support for activities necessary to make progress in the innovation process related to for example business idea, market validation, customer exploration or partner search. 
See the call.
Open-ended deadline.

Event support

If you are planning a conference, a course, an event with invited speakers etc., you may apply for event support from the centre.

See the call.
Open-ended deadline.
Logo Digital Life Norway Research School

Call course proposals

Do you have an idea for, or are currently coordinating, a scientific or generic PhD course, workshop or seminar that will contribute to new knowledge and new methods within biotechnology and the life sciences, addressing relevant societal challenges? Check out the call from our research school.
Application deadline: 1 December.
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