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Newsletter May 2021

Primed for discussion on the centre’s future project portfolio – message from the centre leaders

Profile pictures Trygve Brautaset and Kam SripadaLast week we had the pleasure of hosting the centre's first ever meeting with the representatives for our seven DLN 2.0 partners. There's no doubt that involving highly competent junior and senior researchers from our host institutions in our work will strengthen the centre.

One important discussion that was primed during this digital meeting was how to ensure good recruitment of new projects into the centre as the first DLN projects now are coming to an end, with several others scheduled to conclude next year. We see the need for a good dialogue also with the Research Council of Norway in this important discussion on the continuation of the centre's activities and goals.

Planning of our annual conference Digital Life 2021 is underway. We ask you all to save 11 November to meet the whole Digital Life Norway community in Oslo!

Trygve Brautaset, Scientific director
& Kam Sripada, Centre manager


Remember the upcoming deadlines for our calls

Innovation resource grant
Hire an innovation resource to pursue the innovative ideas in your Digital Life Norway project.

Read the call and apply.
Application deadline: 31 May

Support for cross-project activities
For Digital Life Norway projects that want to exchange competence or methods through small pilot projects, workshops, research visits etc.

Read the call and apply.
Application deadline: 1 June

Transdisciplinary grants for young researchers in our research school
Read the call and apply.
The call is open until 30 June 2021. Grants are awarded continuously.

RCN calls: Technology convergence linked to enabling technologies

Remember to check our services webpage for calls from the Research Council of Norway (RCN), the European Research Council, Peder Sather Grant Program and Merck global.
Visit the funding opportunities section of our services webpage.
This month we would like to draw your attention to the RCN calls on technology convergence linked to enabling technologies for research projects and collaborative and knowledge-building projects.
Read the calls (only available in Norwegian yet)
Application deadline: 15 September, 13:00 CEST
Webinar for applicants 2 June at 13–14.



Watch recordings of our basic know-how webinars spring 2021

Illustration know-how webinars

This spring we've launched our know-how webinar series for the research and innovation value chain. The goal is to build basic knowledge about what to do when in matters involving regulation and protection of intellectual property rights (IPR) in digital biotech. The webinars are tailored to the needs of researchers in the centre and might also be used as training material for PhD students in the research projects.
Recordings of the six webinars are available for FEIDE users on our website (login required).

Regional innovation funding for project collaboration

Logo TLSC and DLNThe Life Science Cluster and the Centre for Digital Life Norway have been granted NOK 300 000 from the Regional Innovation Program Oslo 2021 (RIP) to strengthen the work on sustainability, circular economy and internationalisation. The collaboration will contribute to increased innovation and value creation.
Read the news article about the project on (in Norwegian).

Lab-on-a-chip introducing MARC for measurements of biomarkers in blood

Illustration lab-on-a-chip sensorThe Digital Life Norway project Lab-on-a-chip at NTNU and SINTEF is developing an optical sensing device for multiplexed measurements of biomarkers in blood and has applied for a patent. The new sensor design named MARC, which is short for Mach-Zehnder interferometer assisted ring resonator configuration, makes it easier to multiplex and has a larger dynamic range.
Read more about the invention in the blog from Nina Bjørk Arnfinnsdottir.

Centre adviser new member of RDMkit editorial board

Data management circleKorbinian Bösl in the centre's data and models focus area at the University of Bergen has been appointed as member of the ELIXIR Research Data Management Kit (RDMkit) editorial board. As we wrote in the April newsletter, RDMkit is an online guide containing good data management practices applicable to research projects throughout the data’s life cycle.


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.

28 May, 08:30–09:30 AM, Zoom
Digital optimization of the feed-microbiome-host axis
with Phil Pope, NMBU, member of the Digital Life Norway expert task force
Registration deadline: TODAY 27 May

Logo CEDAS1 June, Bergen: Meet the centre at the CEDAS conference

Marta Eide from the centre's data and models focus area at the University of Bergen (UiB) will attend the first day of the conference of CEDAS, the Center for Data Science at UiB.
Please visit her poster about the activities in the centre if you are attending the conference.
See the conference programme.

Data management circle15–16 June, online: Data management planning workshop for life science projects

Learn how to generate a data management plan for a life science research project that will meet the requirements of the Research Council of Norway.
See the programme and sign up by 7 June.

11 + 10 & 12 November, Oslo: Digital Life 2021 – save the dates!
Banner Digital Life 2021
Digital Life is the annual meeting place for the centre management and research projects. This year we invite you to join us in Oslo 11 November for inspiring plenary lectures, know-how workshops and social gathering. We also plan to organise a public event in the evening 10 November and an associated AI workshop with collaborators 12 November. More information will follow in upcoming newsletters and on the conference webpage For now we ask you to save the dates!
CCBIO – Centre for Cancer Biomarkers PROVIZ – developing AI-based software to identify prostate cancer in MR images External events


Marianne Fyhn and Mikkel Lepperød, photo: UiODigiBrain – from genes to brain function in health and disease
Optogenetic pacing of medial septum parvalbumin positive cells disrupts temporal but not spatial firing in grid cells
Mikkel Lepperød to the right on the picture is first author. He has contributed to several data management activities in the centre. Marianne Fyhn to the left is one of the co-authors. She is project leader of DigiBrain and member of the Digital Life Norway expert task force (picture: UiO). Read news articles from the University of Oslo in English or Norwegian about the publication:

PINpOINT – screening of cancer drug sensitivity data to predict cancer therapies

dCod 1.0 – decoding the systems toxicology of Atlantic cod
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