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Newsletter June 2021

The Digital Life Norway projects of tomorrow – message from the centre leaders

Trygve Brautaset and Kam SripadaAs we mentioned in the last newsletter, we have started the important discussion on how to secure recruitment of new projects into the centre as the first Digital Life Norway (DLN) projects now are gradually coming to an end.

The calls from the Research Council of Norway (RCN) on researcher project and collaborative project for technology convergence related to enabling technologies should be highly relevant for researchers in DLN and thus represent one way to recruit the DLN projects of tomorrow. The aim of the technological convergence initiative of RCN where biotechnology meets other enabling technologies like ICT and nanotechnology is “to develop groundbreaking technology and radical innovations related to sustainability and societal challenges”.

We encourage you to take a look at the calls and consider to apply and check our support for grant writing.
Also remember to save the dates for Digital Life 2021.

Have a nice summer!

butterflyTrygve Brautaset, Scientific director
& Kam Sripada, Centre manager


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New call: Support for grant writing

We invite projects already connected to the centre and others who are open to joining the centre, to apply for support for the application process for the RCN calls on technology convergence related to enabling technologies.

Research school: Open call for course proposals

If you are coordinating a PhD course or carrying an idea for a PhD course or workshop within biotechnology/life sciences, you can apply for financial support from the research school. Course proposals allowing for attendees from several disciplines are particularly welcome.

Reminder upcoming calls



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Summer science story: Cod researchers with ambitious plans for developing a biosensor for environmental monitoring

dCod 1.0 – decoding the systems toxicology of Atlantic cod – at the University of Bergen is one of the first-generation Digital Life Norway projects. The project is coming to an end, but the activity is still high. With recent funding from the Research Council of Norway for the qualification project dCod Pollution Sensing Kit, project leader Anders Goksøyr will explore one of the innovative ideas emerging from the research project combining knowledge on how environmental pollution affects the cod and lab-on-a-chip technology.

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Screenshot article Khrono

Advice on how to secure sharing of research data

Marta Eide and Korbinian Bösl in the centre's operational management team have suggested three measures for RCN to secure good sharing of research data: 1. make data management plan as part of the application process; 2. set aside at least five percent of research funds for data management; and 3. coordinate and strengthen infrastructures for data management nationally and internationally.  

Screenshot Khrono article

Centre internship programme featured in Khrono

Three of the PhD students who got a chance to work in a biotech company through the first round of the centre's internship programme, praise the initiative in an interview with Khrono.

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Members of research school ready for summer school 

Our research school covers all costs for three members who will attend the Bioinnovation Institute (BII) summer school in Copenhagen in August. Melina Mühlenpfordt from NTNU, Renate Hvidtsten Skoge from UiB and Eric Juskewitz from UiT are the lucky ones who will learn more about commercialisation assessments and planning of biotechnological innovations.

New Digital Life Norway board members

We welcome Øyvind Weiby Gregersen, dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences at NTNU, and Tom Pike, who is a life science industry professional, as new members of our board.

Illustration podcast UiO

Podcast on the brain and artificial intelligence

What are the similarities between the brain and artificial intelligence? Project leader of the Digital Life Norway project DigiBrain and member of the centre's expert task force Marianne Fyhn visited the UiO podcast Universitetsplassen recently.

Statistics award to Arnoldo Frigessi

Congratulations to project leader of the Digital Life Norway projects BigInsight and PERCATHE and member of the centre’s expert task force Arnoldo Frigessi who has been granted the Sverdrup Award from The Norwegian Statistical Association (NSF). Frigessi has been central in estimating the R number during the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Digital Life 10–12 November 2021

Join us in Oslo 11 November for the annual conference for the Centre for Digital Life Norway with inspiring plenary talks, know-how workshops, cross-project meetings and social gathering. You are also welcome to join our public event in the evening 10 November with young researchers affiliated with the centre on the stage as well as our AI workshop with collaborators in the morning 12 November. Detailed programmes and registration forms will open end of August.

Digital international keynote talks at plenary event 11 November
  • Statistical omics: Sach Mukherjee, PhD, Director of Research in Machine Learning for Biomedicine at the MRC Biostatistics Unit, University of Cambridge and Head of Statistics and Machine Learning at the DZNE, one of Germany's major biomedical institutions.
  • Microbiome therapeutics: Julia Oh, PhD, Associate Professor, The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine.
  • The EC Gender Equality strategy: June Lowery-Kingston, Head of Unit for Accessibility, Multilingualism, Safer Internet at DG CNECT in the European Commission
National speakers on site will be announced in August.

Give us your input on topics for know-how workshops 11 November

At the conference we will follow-up our know-how webinar series on regulatory affairs and intellectual property rights (IPR) in digital biotech from this spring. We ask for your input to make sure we tailor the workshops to your needs.

Contribute with project video

We invite all Digital Life Norway projects to contribute with a 1-minute video to be shown before and at the conference.

Illustration 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.
Digital Life Norway Research School CCBIO – Centre for Cancer Biomarkers
Fall term courses CCBIO and Neuro-SysMed: Registration for all courses opens 1 July with registration deadline 1 September. If you're not enrolled as a student at UiB, you apply for UiB guest student status when you register.

External events


Illustration AurOmega project
AurOmega – microbial production of omega-3 fatty acids – a model based approach
Researchers at NTNU have developed quantitative metabolite profiling methods combined with 13C-label experimentation, which are the ultimate tools to explore central carbon and energy metabolism in any biological cell. Part of this work has been associated with the Digital Life Norway projects AurOmega, INBioPharm and DigiSal.

BEDPAN – developing an environmentally friendly, low-cost method for making palladium (Pd) nanoparticles
James Benedict Claxton recently defended his master's thesis which the examiners found extremely extensive and innovative. His main result is quasi-3D magnetic imaging of bacteria surrounded by ferromagnetic palladium nanoparticles.

DigiSal – Digital Salmon – from a reactive to a pre-emptive research strategy in aquaculture

DIAP – Double Intraperitoneal Artificial Pancreas – an easier life with diabetes

Centre management

New employee in the centre's operational management team

Rosalie Zwiggelaar has been hired as adviser for training and career development at NTNU for one year. Her background is in life sciences, and she has broad experience in diagnostics and research. She recently finished her PhD in medicine at NTNU. During her PhD she has taken courses at research schools, and she is looking forward to organise courses and expand the Digital Life Norway Research School portfolio.

Vacant positions

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The Centre for Digital Life Norway, UiO

DigiBrain partner NORMENT

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