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Newsletter April 2021

Welcome to new employees and new representatives from our host institutions – message from the centre leader

Trygve BrautasetWhen we started the second funding period of the Centre for Digital Life Norway – DLN 2.0 – 1 February, we also expanded from three to seven host institutions and made changes to our organisation. This month I'm happy to present to you a lot of new faces that will contribute with their time and competence to further develop the centre and the Norwegian biotechnology research, education and innovation ecosystem. Next month all of us will meet digitally to start on all the exciting tasks that we have promised to deliver in DLN 2.0 2021–2026.

Take a look at all the new faces at the bottom of this newsletter after you have read about new calls and events from the centre management and activities in our research projects.

Trygve Brautaset
Scientific director

New 1-minute centre animation

Screenshot animation

Watch the animation on YouTube.


Work in office

Call: New innovation resource grant

Many researchers have good thoughts and ideas on how their research can benefit society, be it ideas for products, services or methods, but lack the time to pursue the ideas that don’t fit into the everyday work schedule. Therefore, we are happy to announce a new grant that gives a project in the Centre for Digital Life Norway the opportunity to hire an innovation resource to pursue the ideas.

See the call and apply.
Application deadline: 31 May

3DLife group

Call: Support for cross-project activities

We are pleased to announce that all Digital Life Norway projects now have the opportunity to apply for support for cross-project activities.

See the call and apply.
Application deadline: 1 June

Read the blog Successful use of 3DLife methodology across species from the 3DLife project about the collaboration between 3DLife and dCod 1.0.

Work in laboratory

Call: New transdisciplinary grants for young researchers

For PhD students and postdocs affiliated with the centre through the research school.

See the call and apply.
The call is open until 30 June 2021.
Grants are awarded continuously.

Remember to check our services webpage for calls from the Research Council of Norway, the European Research Council, Peder Sather Grant Program and Merck global.



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Digital Life Norway meets dScience: How can Norwegian biotechnology benefit from cross-centre collaboration?
We invite researchers in the Centre for Digital Life Norway and digital life science and biotechnology researchers at UiO to meet the management of both centres to discuss the needs and explore the possibilities for collaboration.

29 April, 9–10 AM, Zoom
See the programme and sign up.
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.

30 April, 08:30–09:30 AM, Zoom
Genome-scale models of microbial communities and their application to biotechnology
with Daniel Machado, NTNU
Registration deadline: 29 April

28 May, 08:30–09:30 AM, Zoom
Digital optimization of the feed-microbiome-host axis
with Phil Pope, NMBU
Registration deadline: 27 May

Illustration webinars

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

6 May, 9–10 AM, Zoom
Know-how webinar on open innovation in bioinformatics – from biological insights to algorithmic solutions
with Katharina Lauer, Senior Industry Officer, ELIXIR Hub

Watch recordings of past know-how webinars
If you have a FEIDE account, you may access recordings of all the know-how webinars on regulatory affairs medical devices and intellectual property rights in digital biotech spring 2021 on our website.

Logo research school and scenic picture Malangen

5th conference of Digital Life Norway Research School
Topics: innovative toolbox, communication skills, mental health, and career perspectives.

New dates! 6–8 September, Malangen (Tromsø)
See the exciting programme and sign up.
Registration deadline: 13 June

Visit the webpage of the research school to see the overview of other events and courses.

3DLife – emulating life in 3D with digital and experimental tissue models BEDPAN – bio-engineered environmentally friendly, low-cost palladium nanoparticles CCBIO – Centre for Cancer Biomarkers PROVIZ – developing AI-based software to identify prostate cancer in MR images External events


RDMkit: New research data management tools

  • Data management cycleThe ELIXIR Research Data Management Kit (RDMkit) is an online guide containing good data management practices applicable to research projects throughout the data’s life cycle. RDMkit supports FAIR data (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable). Senior engineer in the Centre for Digital Life Norway, Korbinian Bösl, is involved in the development of the tools.
    Read more and access the tools on

Centre representative new member of The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters

  • Member of the centre's expert task force, professor Inge Jonassen at UiB, has been appointed member of the Natural Science Division of The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. Congratulations!
    Read the news on (in Norwegian).
BEDPAN – bio-engineered environmentally friendly, low-cost palladium nanoparticles AI-Mind – artificial intelligence for dementia prevention
  • After the launch in March, the AI-Mind project has been active in several channels and is partnering with The Human Brain Project after winning an EBRAINS’ Voucher Call. Now the project is hiring PhD students.
    Read their news article on all the activities, and see the vacant positions at the bottom of the newsletter.
nanoRIP – combining optical and mathematical systems to create a better nanoscope


nanoRIP – combining optical and mathematical systems to create a better nanoscope

DIAP – Double Intraperitoneal Artificial Pancreas – an easier life with diabetes
dCod 1.0 – decoding the systems toxicology of Atlantic cod

New employees in the centre's operational management team

New centre manager at NTNU

Kam SripadaKam Sripada has joined the operational management team as centre manager, based at NTNU. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Centre for Global Health Inequalities Research and has served as a research fellow at UNICEF. Kam received a PhD in neuroscience from NTNU, focusing on neuroimaging of child brain development. She has also worked in both university and government administration and looks forward to being part of DLN 2.0.

New adviser data and models at UiB

Marta EideMarta Eide has been hired as coordinator for the work group “Data and models” at the University of Bergen (UiB). She has a PhD in environmental toxicology from UiB. Recently, Marta worked as postdoc and project coordinator for one of the first Digital Life Norway projects, dCod 1.0 – decoding the systems toxicology of Atlantic cod.

The centre's expert task force

Pictures members of expert task force
The competence hub that manages the Centre for Digital Life Norway consists of an operational management team of senior advisers employed by the centre and an expert task force with scientific representatives who contribute to the centre's work as part of their job at the host institutions. See the organisation chart on our website.
Members of the expert task force: NTNU: Scientific director Trygve Brautaset, centre manager Kam Sripada, Olav Haraldseth and Roger Strand; SINTEF: Hanne Haslene-Hox; University of Oslo (UiO): Kjetill S. Jakobsen, Marianne Fyhn and Janna Saarela; Oslo University Hospital (OUS): Vessela N. Kristensen and Arnoldo Frigessi; University of Bergen (UiB): Inge Jonassen, Camilla Krakstad and Susanna Röblitz; Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU): Phillip Pope; and UiT The Arctic University of Norway: Jeanette H. Andersen.
An important task of the expert task force is to anchor the activities of the centre in the host institutions.

The centre's junior resource group

Pictures members of junior resource group

The new junior resource group consists of PhD students and postdoctoral fellows from the host institutions. The members will vary over time. Current members: Maria Hesjedal, PhD student NTNU; Simona Kavaliauskiene, postdoctoral fellow OUS; Eric Juskewitz, PhD student UiT; Emil Karlsen, PhD student NTNU; and Marte Jenssen, PhD student UiT.
The group will be a resource for the centre's competence hub.

Vacant positions

We're hiring signThe Centre for Digital Life Norway

AI-Mind – artificial intelligence for dementia prevention

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