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Newsletter December 2020
Season's greetings from the centre leader
Trygve BrautasetAnother year has passed, and the first period of the Centre for Digital Life Norway (DLN) is coming to an end, but as we are wrapping up, we are full of energy to start our next funding period DLN 2.0 starting 1 February 2021. We are looking forward to onboard new employees in our operational management team, including new centre manager for which you find the advertisement in this newsletter, as well as new representatives from all seven partner institutions in our expert task force and new projects. 

On behalf of the centre, I wish you all happy holidays and a happy new year!
Trygve Brautaset
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We're hiring!

Centre manager, NTNU
Leader of the operational management team consisting of special advisors at NTNU, UiO and UiB.
Application deadline: 15 January 2021
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Senior advisor, University of Bergen
Senior advisor (administrative coordinator) data and models.
Application deadline: 4 January 2021
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On the way towards a roadmap for research-intensive innovation

The last year the centre's working group for innovation and industry collaboration has worked on describing the current status of the innovation system for digital life sciences in Norway. They have identified six domains to follow up. In the coming months they will develop a 4-year action plan.
Read the latest news from the project.

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Five percent of funding to data management?

Professor Barend Mons in GO FAIR argued in Nature in February and at our Digital Life conference in November that researchers should set aside five percent of research funds to ensure that research data are reusable. Based on the centre's experience with assisting projects with data management, we believe researchers should consider this already in the application process. Read our article on (in Norwegian).

Contact us before you apply for a new project

If you want to join the centre with a new project, take a look at the call Collaborative Project to meet Societal and Industry-related Challenges from the Research Council of Norway. Note that the coordinators in the centre are available for interpretation of application criteria and advising you on the digital life focus areas – responsible research and innovation (RRI); data management; and innovation and industry collaboration – for you to get the most out of your project should you choose to join the centre. Read more about the call and the opportunity to join the centre.

Cross-project collaboration: call and projects' experience

dCod 1.0, DigiSal and AurOmega research groups
Quote signBeing part of DLN, we have been introduced to projects with similar interests, which enable a contact and collaboration that is otherwise difficult. Our projects, dCod 1.0 and DigiSal, have experienced first-hand the positive and synergistic effects that can arise from cross-project collaboration. We encourage other projects to also use this chance.


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Nobel week and CRISPR in the centre

Researchers in the EcoGene project at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) are studying the biological, ecological and economic implications of CRISPR gene editing in animal production. To celebrate this year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the discovery of the CRISPR/Cas9 genetic scissors they made a Nobel edition of the project video originally made for Digital Life 2020. Watch their video.

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Neuronifiy app made browser friendly

The educational neural network app Neuronify from the DigiBrain project allows you to explore neural simulations without prior computational experience. Now the web-version of the app has been improved so there is no longer a need to download it.


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"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.

29 January, 08:30–09:30, Zoom 
Engineering aspects of mucus and the effects of bacteria
Catherine Taylor Nordgård, NTNU
Registration deadline: 28 January

Logo Software CarpentryCentre for Digital Life Norway and ELIXIR Norway

Symbol CCBIOCentre for Cancer Biomarkers (CCBIO)

External events

In media

Symbol BEDPANBEDPAN: Bio-engineered palladium nanoparticles

  • Project leader, professor Dirk Linke at UiO, has been interviewed by TV2 in a news article about face masks made of copper oxide from a Norwegian producer. The masks are supposed to kill the corona virus. Read the story on (in Norwegian).


Symbols AurOmega and DigiSalJoint publication from AurOmega and DigiSal
Both DLN projects need high resolution lipid profiling of DHA producing thraustochytrids and salmon, respectively. The project partner at Department of Biotechnology and Food Science, NTNU therefore developed a method based on supercritical fluid chromatography combined with high resolution MS/MS detection that provide both semi-quantification of lipid class composition and identification of individual lipid species.

High throughput semi-quantitative UHPSFC-MS/MS lipid profiling and lipid class determination. Bartosova, Z, S. Villas-Gonzales, A. Voigt and Per Bruheim
Journal of Chromatographic Science, doi:10.1093/chromsci/bmaa121 in progress.

Symbol DigiBrainDigiBrain: From genes to brain function in health and disease
A unified computational model for cortical post-synaptic plasticity
Tuomo Mäki-Marttunen, Nicolangelo Iannella, Andrew G Edwards, Gaute T Einevoll, and Kim T Blackwell

Symbols DIAP and Listening to the patientsVacant position

Double Intraperitoneal Artificial Pancreas (DIAP) and
Listening to the patients in Artificial Pancreas Trondheim (APT)

Publication reminder

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

Logo Data for Life podcastPodcast: Data for Life by ELIXIR Europe

Data. Is it all about technology, engineering or coding? We often don't see the immediate impact on other fields. But life sciences require data to advance. Join pioneers, entrepreneurs, investors and academics to discover the power and influence of data in medicine, genomics, biodiversity, marine sciences… 
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Services and funding from the centre

Remember to work with the centre coordinators to develop your project on research data management, cross-disciplinary and cross-projects activities, innovation, industry collaboration, responsible research and innovation (RRI) and career development.
Read more about our services, including funding opportunities.

Happy holidays and a happy new year!
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