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Newsletter October 2021

New opportunities at DLN 2.0 – message from the centre leaders

Trygve Brautaset and Kam Sripada

As the leaves change colour and Norway begins to reopen, we at the Centre for Digital Life Norway (DLN) are happy to announce several new opportunities.

A new call for existing research and innovation projects to join DLN is now available. As many of you know, in the first DLN project period 2016–2021, the Research Council of Norway (RCN) had a total of three research project calls dedicated to the DLN portfolio, to establish transdisciplinary biotechnology project partnerships in connection with the centre’s mandate. With this portfolio now up and running, the RCN has decided not to offer further research projects calls under DLN.

Moving forward, researchers are now encouraged to seek grants for transdisciplinary biotechnology projects from various RCN calls and other funding sources nationally and internationally. Funded projects can then apply to join DLN, just as partner projects have joined the centre in previous years. We hope that projects all over Norway will use this opportunity, and we look forward to welcoming the next generation of projects and researchers into DLN 2.0!

Our team is also resuming more in-person activities including on-site innovation meetings with DLN projects. The recent DLN Research School annual conference was a success with over 90 attendees last month outside Tromsø. We hope to see many of you at our seminar series at Litteraturhuset i Trondheim, our ongoing digital training events, and the annual conference Digital Life 2021 in Oslo 11 November.

Trygve Brautaset, Scientific director
& Kam Sripada, Centre manager

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Open call for Digital Life Norway project membership

Digital biotechnology projects in health, aquaculture, agriculture, and industrial biotechnology are now 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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Join us for the Digital Life conference 11 November …

We hope to see you all at our annual conference in Oslo Science Park for:

Plenary event on how we can strengthen Norwegian biotechnology with inspiring talks on omics and gender equality from international digital keynote speakers and a discussion on transdisciplinarity followed by social gathering:
  • The power of statistical omics in biomedicine
    Sach Mukherjee, PhD, Director of Research in Machine Learning for Biomedicine at the MRC Biostatistics Unit, University of Cambridge and Head of Statistics and Machine Learning at the DZNE, one of Germany's major biomedical institutions
  • From metagenomes to therapeutics: the human microbiome
    Julia Oh, PhD, Associate Professor, The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine
  • The European Commission Gender Equality strategy
    June Lowery-Kingston, Head of Unit for Accessibility, Multilingualism, Safer Internet at DG CNECT in the European Commission
  • Digital Life: Trans or Straight? – launch of white paper on transdisciplinarity with panel debate
    Maria Hesjedal and Roger Strand, DLN and panel with Mari Sundli Tveit, Jostein Dalland, Marianne Fyhn and Trygve Brautaset
  • See the detailed programme for the plenary event and sign up.
Know-how workshop on intellectual property rights (IPR) in digital biotech where you get the tools to get started on taking ownership of your processes and values. In collaboration with the Norwegian Industrial Property Office (NIPO) and Onsagers. Cross-project meetings to discuss collaboration to apply for funding from the centre.
Check the entire conference programme and sign up for one or more parts.
Registration deadline: 28 October.
All the talks will be streamed and you may also sign up to join digitally.
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… and sign up for public pre-event 10 November!

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.

OTHER EVENTS

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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  • 20. oktober: Helsedata som gullgruve? 
    Panel med Arnoldo Frigessi, UiO, medlem av DLNs expert task force for OUS; Håvard Kolle Riis direktør for Avdeling helsedata i Direktoratet for e-helse; og Camilla Stoltenberg, direktør FHI. Flere navn kommer.
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  • Om du gikk glipp av møtet Er vi klare for en bioteknologisk laks? 15. september, kan du høre det på Debatt i P2 fra 1. oktober (57 min.).
    Panel med Tommy Reinås, MDG; Terje Finstad, førsteamanuensis Institutt for tverrfaglige kulturstudier ved NTNU; Tone-Kari K. Østbye forsker fra NOFIMA; og Olga Mikhailova NMBU fra DLN-prosjektet EcoGene.
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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 October: Critical reflection on open life science – then, now, future
    with member of the DLN expert task force professor Inge Jonassen, data management adviser in DLN Korbinian Bösl and librarian Jenny Ostrop, all UiB and RRI adviser in DLN Anders Braarud Hanssen, NTNU
    Open Access Week special in collaboration with Norwegian AI Research Consortium (NORA)
    Registration deadline: 27 October to join physically at UiB, 28 October for joining digitally.
Also save the dates for the seminars 26 November with member of the DLN expert task force Susanna Röblitz, UiB and 17 December with member of the DLN expert task force Hanne Haslene-Hox, SINTEF.
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Norwegian Bioinformatics Days in planning for fall 2022

This new initiative is a collaboration between the Centre for Digital Life Norway (DLN), Elixir Norway, NORBIS, RSG Norway and Nordic Computational Biology coordinated by DLN. Information about the conference and dates will be announced in our upcoming newsletters.
External events

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

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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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New 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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Join matchmaking process mobility grant

A successful matchmaking process facilitated by DLN and Swedish SciLifeLab last year resulted in a three-year researcher project with international mobility from RCN for a candidate from our research school involving researchers from both DLN and SciLifeLab. Now the 2022 call is out, and we will soon open registration for a new round of matchmaking. Contact alexandra.patriksson@medisin.uio.no if you want to be a part of the matchmaking process.

Other upcoming calls

More information about funding opportunities on our services webpage.

COMMON GROUND

News

Digital Life Norway researcher featured in "Coffee with a researcher" programme
Ove Øyås
Postdoctor Ove Øyås at NMBU was interviewed about his work in the DLN project DigiSal – Digital Salmon – from a reactive to a pre-emptive research strategy in aquaculture in the National Science Week social media programme "Kaffe med en forsker" 2 October. Øyås simulates how fish feed affects the growth of the salmon – knowledge that is useful to develop a more sustainable aquaculture. Watch interview on Instagram or Facebook (16 min., in Norwegian) .
Information on ELIXIR Norway helpdesk
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Our cooperation partner for data management ELIXIR Norway operates a helpdesk for questions on life science data management, bioinformatics, statistical analysis, experimental design and use of storage and computational infrastructure. The service is enabled with funding from the Research Council of Norway with up to 2 days of support free of charge. Beyond this you may enter a collaboration agreement with hourly charges. Read more about the helpdesk on elixir.no.
Two new Masters of Science from the dCod 1.0 project – decoding the systems toxicology of Atlantic cod
Ingrid Beate Øpstad Fredriksen and Anders Vandeskog Borge
Read blog from the project about the work of Ingrid Beate Øpstad Fredriksen and her thesis “Using ligand-activated receptors from Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua) and zebrafish (Danio rerio) to assess biological effects of pharmaceuticals in wastewater in Bergen, Norway” and Anders Vandeskog Borge and his thesis “Identification and characterization of retinoid X receptors (RXR) in Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua) and their response to organic tin exposure”.
News from the AI Mind project – artificial intelligence for dementia prevention
  • The AI-Mind project joins forces with the Human Brain Project and EBRAINS. The Norwegian Brain Council made a project video for the National Science Week, and the project has hosted public webinars which have been recorded and had its general assembly. Read blog from the project about the activities and watch videos.
PROVIZ – developing AI-based software to identify prostate cancer in MR images

Publications

DigiBiotics – digital discovery of antimicrobial molecules from marine Artic resources with reduced risk of triggering resistance PROVIZ – developing AI-based software to identify prostate cancer in MR images

New Digital Life Norway board member

We welcome Sigrid Gåseidnes, Dean at the Faculty of Chemistry, Biotechnology and Food Science at NMBU, as new member of our board.
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