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Newsletter November 2021

Welcome to Digital Life 2021 – message from the centre leaders

Trygve Brautaset and Kam Sripada

We can’t wait to meet in person in Oslo next week for the 2021 Digital Life conference! If you haven’t registered yet, please do so to take advantage of cross-project meetings, excellent sessions on biotechnology and IPR, and more. Digital Life will feature a panel discussion of our latest white paper, “Transdisciplinarity in Digital Life Norway,” which includes perspectives from interviews with Digital Life Norway researchers.

The centre also recently opened a call for new projects to join DLN. If you have any questions about applying, please reach out to our team.

Trygve Brautaset, Scientific director
& Kam Sripada, Centre manager

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New white paper on transdisciplinarity in
Digital Life Norway

Maria B. Hesjedal and Roger Strand have written the white paper on transdisciplinarity in Digital Life Norway. The white paper will be launched at the plenary event of the Digital Life 2021 conference 11 November. Check out the conference programme below.

Sign up for Digital Life 2021 today!

We hope to see you all 11 November at our annual conference in Oslo Science Park or online.

10 AM–4 PM: Cross-project meetings to discuss collaboration to apply for funding from the centre
Reach out to other projects now to schedule meetings. Ask us if you want us to help you get in touch with the right projects. Schedule your meetings before lunch if you want to attend the know-how workshop after lunch.

1 PM–4 PM: Know-how workshop on intellectual property rights (IPR) in digital biotech
Get the tools to get started on taking ownership of your processes and values.

In collaboration with the Norwegian Industrial Property Office and Onsagers.

5 PM–8:30 PM: Plenary event on how we can strengthen Norwegian biotechnology
Inspiring talks on omics and gender equality from international digital keynote speakers and launch of white paper on transdisciplinarity followed by discussion and social gathering.

Check the entire conference programme, and sign up for one or more parts and food and beverage throughout the day!
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Sign up for pre-event with young researchers

At the public Digital Life 2021 pre-event "Data analyses that save lives – science not fiction", seven young researchers affiliated with the centre – Solveig Engebretsen, Ove Øyås, Snorre Sulheim, Marte Julie Sætra, Åsmund Flobak, Håvard G. Frøysa and Helle Tessand Baalsrud – will talk about their work.

Screenshot video with Hanne Haslene Hox

Conference video from 3DLife

Member of the Digital Life Norway expert task force Hanne Haslene-Hox and colleagues in the 3DLife project at NTNU and SINTEF work on new methods to study diseases and develop new kinds of medicine.


Digital Life Norway public debate meeting series at Litteraturhuset i Trondheim (in Norwegian)

Sign up now to make sure you get a free ticket at Litteraturhuset! The meetings are streamed and will be announced in social media a couple of days before the events.

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  • 3. november: Bør Norge satse på egen legemiddelproduksjon?
    Panel med Bengt Erik Haug, forsker UiB; Monica Larsen, seniorrådgiver Legemiddelindustrien; Mari Holm Lønseth, Stortingsrepresentant Høyre; og Bjørn Waagsbø, overlege og leder for antibiotikateamet ved St. Olavs hospital.
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Also check out Litteraturhuset in Oslo 29 November when the PINpOINT project and the Biotechnology Advisory Board organise a debate meeting on precision medicine (in Norwegian): Hvor presis er egentlig presisjonsmedisin?

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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. Also save the date for the seminar 17 December with member of the DLN expert task force Hanne Haslene-Hox, SINTEF.
External events


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Open call for Digital Life Norway project membership

Digital biotechnology projects in health, aquaculture, agriculture, and industrial biotechnology are invited to apply to join DLN 2.0! Selected projects will have access to support from the dedicated DLN team and will contribute to synergies, innovation, and knowledge-sharing with other research projects in the centre and the research school. Applications will be evaluated on a continuous basis.

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Call: Cross-project activities

We are pleased to announce that all DLN projects again have the opportunity to apply for support for cross-project activities. This time we encourage you to meet at the Digital Life conference in Oslo 11 November to discuss potential collaboration, and apply.

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Call: RRI-inspired transdisciplinary side quest

How does your research influence society and how does society influence your research? We are interested to see how YOU, an early career DLN researcher, see YOUR role as a scientist in society. For PhD students and postdocs affiliated with DLN through the research school.

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Call: Join matchmaking process for mobility grant

Are you a PhD or postdoc in a DLN research project, a member of our research school, or part of NTNU Health/Biotechnology and ready to apply for a three-year researcher project with international mobility? Use this opportunity to apply with research groups at SciLifeLab in Sweden.

Other upcoming calls

More information about funding opportunities on our services webpage.



Bjørn Tore Gjertsen – a true translationist
Bjørn Tore Gjertsen
On October 20, Centre for Cancer Biomarkers CCBIO hosted a Celebration Seminar to celebrate the awarding of the King Olav V’s Prize for Cancer Research 2021 to Professor Bjørn Tore Gjertsen.
Digital Life Norway researchers featured in UiO's science magazine Apollon special issue on dementia (in Norwegian)
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Welcome to Arctic Optica Student Chapter – submit image by 5 December!
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Invitation from the nanoRIP project at UiT to Optica, an international society highly relevant for microscopists and bioimaging scientists. UiT is proud to host currently the only Optica Student Chapter in Norway, and welcomes free participation/ membership from all over Norway. The deadline for submitting an image to the first quarterly Scientific Image contest is 5 December.
BEDPAN – developing an environmentally friendly, low-cost method for making palladium (Pd) nanoparticles – with success on International 2021 IEEE conference
  • We are celebrating great performance on the International IEEE conference Nanomaterials: Applications and Properties 2021. Against all odds, our PhD student Ana Lucía Campaña received (second time in a row!) prize for the Best Oral Presentation confirming her title of Rising Star in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology!
    Read the blog from the project.


nanoRIP – combining optical and mathematical systems to create a better nanoscope
  • Super-resolution with lattice illumination
    Microscopy is fundamentally limited in terms how small the details we can observe in a sample are. However, scientist have not stayed sit and much effort has been done into pushing this limit. This means fighting the very same properties of the light that both allow imaging as well as limit the smallest detail observable. Therefore, new microscopy techniques have been developed exploiting different tricks.
    Read the blog from the project.
  • Dataset publication: fluorescence imaging of salmon skin cells illuminated by multimodal waveguide chip
    This dataset is published as the replication data for a recent publication in the journal Optics Express by Opstad et al.: Fluorescence fluctuation-based super-resolution microscopy using multimodal waveguided illumination.
    Read the blog from the project.
Wastewater-AMR – spread of antimicrobial resistance in wastewater treatment plants

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