Greetings from the Department

Foto: Eivind Senneset, UiB

Dear all,

It is appropriate to start with something that I believe to be good news. Although the accounts for 2022 have not been officially closed yet, it seems that we have almost managed to maintain a financial balance in 2022. We started 2022 with a forecast that said we would have a deficit of approx. 53 million. The accounting figures now indicate that at the end of 2022 we had a deficit of 46.8 million. It is a bit strange to say that this is good news, but at the same time it shows that we are on the right track in reducing our large deficit. It is very gratifying. If we were to be completely balanced in 2022, we should have been at 44.5, so we still spent more money than we received, but much better than expected.

2023 is well under way with new opportunities and challenges. For my part, I will pay particular attention to the following issues this year:
– We must mobilize even more towards bringing in extra funding for our research activity and we must ensure that BIO’s expenses are fully covered.
– We must intensify our work to reduce costs (both time and money) towards our educational activities, without the quality being reduced to a level we cannot vouch for. I belive we still have a lot to go on here.
– We still have to deal with the fact that we have job freeze at BIO, and a very limited financial room for action. This will affect us, but I definitely believe that we should be able to handle it. We have so much power, quality and courage in us that we will manage this.
– We have a fresh strategic plan and action plan, with many important points. We will use these plans actively going forward in the development of BIO.

Earlier in the week we submitted our own-evaluation of BIO to the large national “Biofag” evaluation. I believe that we have identified both strengths, weaknesses and challenges in our research activity. The next step is interviews with the expert panel. I’m looking forward to those. Many thanks to everyone who has contributed towards the submission deadline, especially Jon Vidar who has made a huge effort.

I wish you all a nice weekend.

Hilsen Ørjan



Economy update 20.01.2023

Foto/ill: Colourbox

Course budgeting

After the pilot study last autumn, we are now planning to carry out budgeting for all our courses. It is Anne Bjune, Beate who is studying and Anne Marit Blokhus who will carry out this work which is planned to take place in the spring semester 2023.

Time off for seniors 2023

Public sector employers shall enable individual employees to remain in their position after the usual retirement age. One of the initiatives is that senior employees are given extra days off. From the calendar year in which the employee reach the age of 62 years, he/she is entitled to 10 days off per year with salary. Part-time employees have the right to a proportionate number of days off.

PhD fellow Ragnhild Gya in NRK’s TV-series “Klimavenn”


PhD fellow Ragnhild Gya and her research project is the theme for episode 3 of the NRK TV-series “Klimavenn”.

NRKs omtale av episoden:

Hva skjer med vegetasjonen når klimaet endrer seg og temperaturen stiger? Kommer lavlandsplantene til å krype helt opp til fjells, og hva skjer i så fall med plantene og dyra som lever på fjellet?

Elever ved landbrukslinja på Voss videregående skole blir med i et forskningsprosjekt for å se hvordan klimaendringene kan påvirke dem.

Erasmus+ Cooperation Partnerships – information and application writing seminars

The application deadline for Erasmus+ Cooperation Partneships is 22. March 2023, see HK-dir’s webpages for more info (Norwegian language)

Leading up to the deadline, HK-dir offer the following webinars:

  • Information webinar on Erasmus+ Cooperation Partnerships 26. January, and
  • Appliation writing seminar 16. February

see Informasjonswebinar: Erasmus+ samarbeidspartnerskap ( [Norwegian language]


The Utrecht Netwoork’s Young Reserachers grant for 2023-24. Deadline 6. Feb.

Please find below information about the Utrecht Network’s Young Researchers grant for 2023-24. The network is awarding 20 grants of €1,000 to MA or PhD students who want a research stay at one of the UN partner universities for a minimum of 4 weeks in the period 1 May 2023 and 31 March 2024. This is a grant for students who cannot get Erasmus+ scholarship. Full information and application form can be found here: Young Researchers Grants – Utrecht Network (

Invitation to the course PhD seminars on writing, searching and data management Spring 2023 – 1 ECTS

Photo: Ingunn Rødland / Caroline Armitage

This course for PhD candidates at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences provides candidates with the tools to efficiently manage their research projects and publish the results. Completed course including participation and activities can be credited with 1 ECTS credit (25-30 working hours) in the dissemination part of the training component.

Research Data Management and Scholarly Communication – UiB Library seminars V2023

The UiB University Library continues its popular Open Science seminar series in spring 2023 with a number of webinars on Research Data Management and Scholarly Communication.
Both the Research Council of Norway and Horizon Europe assess Open Science in research proposals and experts at the library can support you with navigating the Open Science landscape and adopting practices.