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Newsletter March 2022

Centre for Digital Life Norway – message from the centre leaders

Trygve Brautaset and Kam Sripada

After two years of extensive study and planning, Digital Life Norway is launching a new phase for supporting innovation in digital biotechnology! Working together with partners in multiple sectors, DLN will coordinate with individual projects to test out new ideas “with the aim to help the transition of academic ideas into products, ideas, services, solutions, which make an impact in society," says UiO Professor Arnoldo Frigessi, member of DLN’s Expert Task Force. “This will also help to build new enthusiasm for innovation in academia." In the coming months, the DLN team will be reaching out to specific projects to invite participation in pilot projects to stimulate innovation in digital biotechnology
We are also delighted to announce the winner of DLN’s first-ever FAIR data prize and the winner of DLN's RRI-inspired transdisciplinary side quest call. And there’s still time to apply for the 2022 DLN PhD Industry Internship program, and we have a vacancy for new RRI senior advisor to join our team. More details below!


Trygve Brautaset, Scientific director
& Kam Sripada, Centre manager


Report by Digital Life Norway gives new insight on how to boost innovation from academic research

Norway has an ambition to build a strong industry in the digital life sciences. The report TO BE: Moving the Digital Life Sciences in Norway towards increased innovation - Lessons from international innovation practices is based on 13 case studies from nine countries and examines international practice in supporting research-based innovation and entrepreneurship. The report provides targeted lessons on how to stimulate more innovation from academic research, with particular focus on digital life sciences

Read more here.

Still time to apply for the Digital life industry internship 2022

Are you curious about the world outside academia? Are you interested in practical experience from the industry, but lack the contacts and the know-how? We give you the opportunity to experience the industry from the inside.

Want to apply? Application deadline: 13 March 2022.
Read more about the DLN industry internship programme and apply now.

Would you like to host an intern in your company?

DLN will recruit PhD students from the DLN Research School and select the best candidates through a careful evaluation process. In 2022 there will be 7 positions to fill.
Selected candidates will be given the opportunity to choose among the project proposals received from companies interested in hosting a student.

Does it sound interesting?
Then please send us your project proposal using this template by 15 March 2022

For more information, please contact Alexandra Patriksson.

Read more here.

Winner of DLN FAIR data award 2021

Centre for Digital Life Norway is thrilled to congratulate Ingvild Bjerke from the University of Oslo as winner of the first DLN FAIR data award 2021!  

Read more here

Winner of RRI-inspired transdisciplinary side quest call

Centre for Digital Life Norway (DLN) is excited to congratulate the team behind the project “The autophagic symphony – Unveiling the final rhythm” as winner of DLN’s RRI-inspired transdisciplinary side quest call.

Read more here

Are you our new Senior Advisor for Responsible Research and Innovation?

The Centre for Digital Life Norway has a vacancy for a senior advisor for Responsible research and innovation (RRI). In this position you will contribute to building a national infrastructure for the integration of RRI into biotechnology, transdisciplinary knowledge-sharing, and training of the next generation of life scientists. 

Send in your application by 31. March 2022. 

Read more here


Find more events on our events calendar on the website
  • May 11 - June 8 - Course: Lean Innovation in Life Sciences

    Registration deadline: ASAP
    How do you build Life Science startups that are viable and scalable? This Lean Innovation Course will bring you up to speed thinking more entrepreneurial, how to steer and grow your start up, and how life science-based ideas can become commercialized.

  • April 6-7th - Writing in the first year of your PhD

    Registration deadline: 20 March 2022
    This is a one-day workshop which addresses writing in the 1st year of the doctorate. We have hired an experienced academic writing trainer, who will advice you on how to get started with your writing.

    Time and place: Apr. 6, 2022Apr. 7, 2022, Online
  • May 4-6th - Supervisor workshop for aspiring supervisors

    This course aims to prepare young researchers to be supervisors either at an early supervisor stage or before entering the role, and is tailored for young researchers in biotechnology.
    Time and place: Time and place: May 4, 2022May 6, 2022, Bårdshaug Herregård, Orkanger
            Registration deadline: 2 April 2022
  • June 13th - 6th conference of Digital Life Norway Research School 

    The 6th annual conference of Digital Life Norway Research School will be held at Voksenåsen Culture and Conference Hotel in Oslo, 13-15th June 2022. This is a great opportunity for PhD students and postdocs to build your network, exchange research ideas, share your experiences, and have a lot of fun!


The conference is open to all people interested in the field of nuclear medicine, and active participation from projects under the 180°N umbrella will be requested to participate.

The industry will also be welcome to share their new innovations and future comings. The annual conferences will be a three days conference tailored for different audiences and interest into the scientific field covered by 180°N. We will encourage the participants to submit abstracts to the conference and to present posters.

Check out dScience' weekly lunch seminar held in the dScience lounge area! This event is open to PhD candidates and postdocs.

See more events from dScience here.
The NORA Annual Conference 2022 will take place in Stavanger, 9-10th of June! 

The conference will take place at the Radisson Atlantic Hotel in Stavanger. Registrations are now open! 

Two and a half days of talks, discussions, and workshops covering topics ranging from metagenomics, diagnostic bioinformatics, phylogenetics to biostatistics, machine learning, and molecular modeling. 

Hear from several internationally interesting keynote speakers and get to know the new infrastructure, research, and activities within bioinformatics and computational biology in Norway. The meeting will also serve as a platform for networking between young and senior scientists.


Upcoming calls

More information about funding opportunities on our services webpage.
Illustration DNA analysis

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.



Successful onboarding of two new DLN member projects in Tromsø.

In February the Digital Life Norway-team launched an onboarding kick-off with two new member projects based at UiT - The Arctic University of Norway.
The two projects are:
  • NanoAI - Project lead: Dilip Kumar Prasad
  • SOLIS - Project lead: Florian Ströhl
The onboarding included a workshop, dinner, and video production. Members from the research groups, DLN’s Expert Task Force, Junior Resource Group and Operational Management Team, as well as the two existing member projects NanoRip and DigiBiotics, joined.
Great people and good times!

The OxyMod team presents its view on enzymatic conversion of lignin in a new book

The OxyMod project tries to find, understand and engineer enzyme systems for the conversion of key land-based biomass components, in particular cellulose and lignin. Redox enzymes are crucial here, not only to obtain polymer degradation but also because their actions may link cellulose and lignin conversion. In a recent book chapter, OxyMod researchers at SINTEF have reviewed recent advances in enzymatic conversion of lignin.

Read the article here.


Res Publica project

Metzler, I.; Åm, H. (2022) How the governance of and through digital contact tracing technologies shapes geographies of power. Policy & Politics; 

DrugLogics project

Zobolas, J., Monteiro, P. T., Kuiper, M., & Flobak, Å. (2022). Boolean function metrics can assist modelers to check and choose logical rules. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 538, 111025. 
PROVIZ project

Sørland KI, Sunoqrot MRS, Sandsmark E, Langørgen S, Bertilsson H, Trimble CG,
Lin G, Selnæs KM, Goa PE, Bathen TF, Elschot M. Pseudo-T2 mapping for
normalization of T2-weighted prostate MRI. MAGMA. 2022 Feb 12. doi:
10.1007/s10334-022-01003-9. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35150363.

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