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Newsletter September 2020

We’re ready for 5 new years – message from the centre leader

Trygve BrautasetThis month my message is short and simple. The Research Council of Norway has granted the centre funding for 5 more years! We will start what we call DLN 2.0 in February 2021 with NTNU, UiO, UiB, NMBU, UiT, SINTEF and OUS as partners. We are very much looking forward to work with all of you in the years to come.

Trygve Brautaset

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  • 19 November at 5–9 PM we will meet online for the annual conference for the Centre for Digital Life Norway – Digital Life 2020.
    See the programme and sign up!
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Join matchmaking for mobility grant 

Are you a PhD or postdoc in a research project in the centre or the research school and ready to apply for a mobility grant? The Research Council of Norway has a new call for three-year researcher projects with international mobility. The application deadline is 10 February. The Centre for Digital Life Norway (DLN) has teamed up with the Swedish life science research institution Science for Life Laboratory (SciLifeLab) to help PhDs and postdocs associated to DLN connect with excellent research groups at SciLifeLab to apply for the grant. Show your interest for our matchmaking process by 21 October. Read about the call and the matchmaking process.

Manuel Schweikle and Armend G. Håti, ClexBio

Young entrepreneurs expand to engineer tissue for organ transplantation

Entrepreneurial love at first sight; Norwegian algae; patented tissue engineering technology; funding from the Research Council of Norway; Oslo Innovation Week; biotech investors; organs for transplantation and links to the digital life Norway project 3DLife and the research school. Read the past, present and future story of the startup ClexBio.

Design thinking in health technology education

The Nordic–Baltic GREAT network is developing a design thinking course for students and teachers to promote a culture of innovative thinking in health technology education. Norway is represented in the network by Beate Rygg Johnsen in the Centre for Digital Life Norway as well as the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Oslo (UiO) and the student accelerator Insj UiO. The working groups that are designing and implementing the course, have six student representatives from our research school. Members of the research school will get the opportunity to attend the new course next year.
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Call for course proposals

The Digital Life Norway Research School is continuously updating its course portfolio. If you are carrying an idea for, or currently coordinating, a scientific or generic PhD course, workshop or seminar, you can apply for support from us. The course should be within the scope of contributing to new knowledge and new methods within biotechnology and the life sciences, addressing relevant societal challenges. Course proposals allowing for attendees from several disciplines are particularly welcome.
Application deadline: 1 December 2020. See the call.
Maria Bårdsen Hesjedal

White paper in progress

The aim of the digital life initiative of the Research Council of Norway is «to create economic, societal and environmental value in Norway from biotechnological research and innovation, by encouraging transdisciplinary research». The Centre for Digital Life Norway (DLN) plays an important part in reaching this aim. But what is really transdisciplinarity, and what can, and should, it mean in the centre? How can DLN facilitate transdisciplinarity in biotechnology research and innovation in better ways in the years to come? Maria Bårdsen Hesjedal has been hired by the centre to lead the work on a white paper that will address these issues. The work will be conducted this fall. Persons who are connected to DLN, will be invited to give their input.

Improved data management planning

Norwegian funders require that research groups submit data management plans (DMPs) upon signing the contract for their research projects. ELIXIR Norway, in collaboration with the Centre for Digital Life Norway, has explored methods to support Norwegian researchers in data management planning for several years. The Data Stewardship Wizard (DSW) that brings together data stewards and researchers to compose DMPs, has become a cornerstone in the efforts to facilitate data management for life sciences in Norway.
Read the story.


Listen to the radio

As we mentioned in the last newsletter, Marta Eide in the dCOD 1.0 project has been hired by the centre to work on outreach. At the first day of the National Science Week she visited NRK morning studio digitally to talk about her Instagram account @Marta_forskar where she shares insight into environmental pollution, biotechnology and life in academia.
Listen to the interview at 08:18:29.
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Watch brain researchers

Morning coffee, podcast, laboratory visit and panel discussions. The digital life brain researchers Marianne Fyhn, UiO and Gaute Einevoll, NMBU from DigiBrain and Charalampos Tzoulis, UiB from ParkOme were very active during the National Science Week this year where the topic was the brain.
Watch recordings of events.

Events and courses

"Digital frukost" is back – now also online
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.

  • 23 October: Digital frukost: NTNU Covid-19 Taskforce
    Trondheim, Bergen and online
    Registration deadline: 19 October
  • 16 November in Bergen, Trondheim and online. More information about this breakfast in the next newsletter. Save the date.

Digital Life Norway Research School


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  • 8 October: Project leader Anja Røyne will launch her new book "Varm klode, kaldt hode. Løsninger på klimakrisen". The event is streamed.

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  • Professor Balpreet S. Ahluwalia was invited to an event on Frontier research to fight COVID-19 to talk about his photonic chip and how it has been used for imaging COVID-19. The event was organised by the ERC as part of the European Research and Innovation Days and included 3 other researchers from different fields. Read more about the talk.


External events



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Publication reminder

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

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. 

New! 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.
Application deadline: open-ended.
See the call.

New! Call research data management

We do welcome applications from single projects, but will prioritize collaborative efforts between projects, if needed. 
Application deadline: 1 December 2020.
See the call.
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