Greetings from the Department

Instituttleder Ørjan Totland. Foto: Eivind Senneset, UiB

Dear all,

At the time of writing, many of us are at a teachers’ meeting at Voss. The main themes are guidance and the way forward with the development of teaching quality after bioCEED is no longer an SFU. Both are important topics these days; quality of supervision is important for both supervisors, students and the department, and I am very happy to experience that we have a great experience-sharing culture at BIO. The way forward with quality development after bioCEED is definitely also important. Especially now that funding in our sector is being turned even more towards credit production and implementation. One of the most important things for us at BIO in the coming years will be to reduce the dropout rate. How do we get even more of our students to complete their studies with us? The vast majority of students who start with us certainly have an ambition to finish, but too many drop out, early in the course of their studies. It is by no means unique to BIO, but it must be corrected anyway, both for us and the students.

Many thanks to bioCEED who are now organizing their last teachers’ gathering for BIO. These gatherings have definitely contributed significantly to developing our teaching towards more student-active forms of learning, which has been documented to contribute positively to the student’s learning and motivation. It is clearly an ambition for BIO to continue with teacher meetings, so that we develop even more.

I look forward to meeting many of you at the HSE seminar and subsequent Christmas party next week.

I wish you all a very good weekend.

Hilsen Ørjan

HSE-meeting and Christmas gathering

Dear all

Welcome to HSE-meeting and Christmas gathering. Here is the tentative agenda for the meeting. It will start at 12:00 with mingling and coffee at VilVite big auditorium.

The Christmas gathering will take place at the cantina at HIB 17:00. We will be served tapas and non-alcoholic drinks. It is possible to buy alcohol (beer and wine)


If anyone who is not registered wants to join,please contact

Nominate candiates for UiB’s working environment award

[Text and illustration are cut from På Høyden and translated by us]

In its revised strategic plan “Knowledge that shapes society”, the University of Bergen has clear objectives for the development of the working environment. As part of this work, an annual working environment award was established in 2020 in the form of a diploma and a cash prize for one or more award winners.

The prize can be awarded to individuals, faculties, departments, sections, professional environment, groups or units that have made an extra effort to safeguard the working environment or have introduced other good HSE measures.

The deadline for nominating candidates is set for 21 January 2024. Via this digital nomination form you can propose candidates for the working environment award [Norwegian language]

URGENT: Please help us spread information about SEAS Call 4 in relevant networks (application deadline: January 15th)

Photo: SEAS graphics

Dear SEAS fellows and others

This will be the final SEAS call. If we don’t fill the three positions, we will not reach the goal of 37 SEAS fellows. We really need help to spread the information. Any relevant networks, mailing groups, social media etc you might be part of, please use.

As you know, an application process takes time, so if you plan to help with this, don’t wait too long.

Call 4 – Three MSCA SEAS postdoctoral research fellow positions | Shaping European Research Leaders for Marine Sustainability (SEAS) | UiB

Norwegian Centres of Excellence scheme – reporting of initiatives

In order to plan the institutional application support and the formal process around applications for Centers of Excellence in the next round of applications, UiB wants an overview of all planned initiatives. The departments at MatNat have until 10 January to register planned initiatives for applications in which the department’s researchers are involved.

See the attached letter from the dean for more details [Norwegian language].

We therefore ask that anyone who plans to participate in an application for an SFF report this to the department by Sjoukje Kuipers ( no later than Friday 8 January.

Report from input meeting for Stortingsmelding on climate and natural diversity in Bergen 27.11.2023 – led by Andreas Bjelland Eriksen, Ministry of Climate and Environment

[Norwegian language]

Regjeringen skal i løpet av 2024 legge fram en stortingsmelding om naturmangfold for å følge opp den nye internasjonale naturavtalen, og en stortingsmelding om klima for perioden fram mot 2035 på veien mot lavutslippssamfunnet i 2050. Inger Måren ved BIO stilte på vegne av CeSAM og UiB på dette innspillsmøtet og ga muntlig innspill. Dette vil følges opp med et skriftlig innspill sendt fra UiB sentralt mandag 4. desember der flere fakulteter har spilt inn.

News from the Plastic Network: Taking the temperature on the research front within plastics and microplastics

[Our translation]

With a total of 115 registered participants physically and digitally, the Plastics Network at UiB, in collaboration with the Norwegian Society for Toxicology and Pharmacology, the Norwegian Institute for Water Research and the Institute of Marine Research, invited to an autumn meeting on both the current status and future research on microplastics.

Read the whole article on the Plastic Network’s website [Norwegian language]

PHOTOSYNTECH is looking for new members!

BIO is part of a research school started in the autumn of 2022. It is called PHOTOSYNTECH – Photosynthetic Eukaryotes: From Fundamentals to Applications in Biology, Bioproduction and Biotechnology. It is lead by Kirsten Krause at University of Tromsø, and all Universities, University Colleges and research institutions working on related topics are partners.