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Newsletter February 2021

DLN 2.0 is launched!

1 February we started the second five-year funding period of the Centre for Digital Life Norway – DLN 2.0. DLN 2.0 will be run by a competence hub that is funded by the Research Council of Norway. The hub will have representatives from all seven owner institutions: the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), the University of Oslo (UiO), the University of Bergen (UiB), SINTEF, Oslo University Hospital (OUS), the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) and UiT The Arctic University of Norway.

Young researcher in lab

Call: Digital life industry internships 2021!

Are you a PhD student who is curious about the world outside academia? Now PhD students from the research projects in the centre are again given the chance to try out a professional path outside academia through a three-months internship at a biotech company in or outside Norway. The internship initiative was launched spring 2020, and seven PhD students have conducted their internships in companies in Sweden and Norway. The feedback from both students and host companies has been overwhelmingly positive.

Illustration collaborationCall: Transdisciplinary prize 2020!

Remember to submit nominees for the transdisciplinary publication of the year 2020.

Read more about the prize and the criteria.
Deadline for nominations: 1 March.


Screenshots AI-Mind NRK

Artificial intelligence for dementia prevention:
EU funding for Digital Life Norway researcher

Ira Haraldsen at Oslo University Hospital has been granted funding from Horizon 2020 for the project AI-Mind – an interdisciplinary, international, multicentre study. The project will develop intelligent digital tools for screening of brain connectivity and dementia risk estimation in people affected by mild cognitive impairment. The centre has supported Haraldsen in the application process, and the new project is now a part of the centre's project portfolio.


Illustration basic know-how webinars

The new basic know-how webinar series are tailored to researchers in the centre, but are free and open to other parts of Norwegian academia. The webinars are held in the morning on Thursdays.

Webinars on basic know-how regulatory affairs

For researchers who ever plan to develop a drug or medical device. The two first webinars are focusing on basic principles medical devices.

18 March, 10–11 AM, Zoom – part 1:
Defining and planning key steps

25 March, 10–11 AM, Zoom – part 2:
The paperwork and requirements for documentation

Registration deadline: 11 March

Webinars on basic know-how IPR in digital biotech

Intellectual property rights (IPR) for researchers who are developing digital biotechnology solutions. 

15 April, 9–10:30 AM, Zoom – part 1:
IPR biotech and software – basic laws and regulations 

22 April, 9–10:30 AM, Zoom – part 2:
Patenting and digital biotech – from biological insights to algorithmic solutions

Registration deadline: 8 April

Save the dates for more webinars spring 2021: We are also planning webinars 8 April, 29 April and 6 May. Check our events webpage and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn for updates.
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.

26 February, 08:30–09:30 AM, Zoom
Corals, cucumbers and ctenophores: How eukaryotes manage the plans for their power stations
Iain George Johnston, UiB
Registration deadline: 25 February

26 March 08:30–09:30 AM, Zoom
Intelligent systems for disease risk prediction

Tom Michoel, UiB
Registration deadline: 25 March

Illustration data managment planning circle

Data management workshop

Need to generate a data management plan for a life science research project to meet the requirements of the funding organisations?

9–10 March, Zoom:
Data management planning workshop for life science projects – Ås
Registration before 2 March.
In collaboration with ELIXIR Norway and the NMBU Research Support Office.
CCBIO: Centre for Cancer Biomarkers BioZEment 2.0: Production of environmentally friendly bio-concrete dCod 1.0: Decoding the systems toxicology of Atlantic cod

nanoRIP: Combining optical and mathematical systems to create a better nanoscope

  • 29 January: Ida S. Opstad defended her PhD theses "Bringing optical nanoscopy to life – Super-resolution microscopy of living cells" at UiT The Arctic University of Norway.
    Opstad has explored a new type of optical microscopy that can achieve a resolution beyond conventional limits together with its potential for studying living cells.
    Read a short summary of the work on our website and download the theses
External events
Picture conference research school

Conference and other events from our research school

Visit the webpage of the research school to see the overview of the many courses this spring.

In media and other channels

BioZEment 2.0: Production of environmentally friendly bio-concrete
  • Bacteria-based concrete can provide great climate benefits
    Every year, ten cubic kilometres, equivalent to a Mount Everest, are built in concrete. It produces huge greenhouse gas emissions. But a new, environmentally friendly cement can help reduce the global footprint.
    Read the article on (in Norwegian).


nanoRIP: Combining optical and mathematical systems to create a better nanoscope

BioZEment 2.0: Production of environmentally friendly bio-concrete

dCod 1.0: Decoding the systems toxicology of Atlantic cod

DIAP: Double Intraperitoneal Artificial Pancreas

EcoGene: Biological, ecological and economic implications of gene editing in animal production INBioPharm: New drugs to combat antibiotic resistance

Publication reminder

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

Vacant positions

We're hiring signDeadline today! – The Centre for Digital Life Norway

Druglogics, PRESORT and Oncologics

Services and funding from the centre

Remember to work with the centre advisers 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.

Trygve Brautaset

Centre director new director of NTNU Biotechnology

Centre director Trygve Brautaset has been appointed as new director of NTNU Biotechnology that has been extended to 2023.

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