Greetings from the department 3.3.2023

Most of you are now aware that BIO’s research strategy for the next 10 years (?) is to focus on scientific topics through retirements, i.e., the individual researcher who is not retired will have the opportunity to focus on far more topics than before. In addition, he will have the opportunity to teach a wider range of topics than today. But it does not end there, as they will also have the opportunity to write far more applications for research funding at BIO in order to bring the Department’s budget into balance. This is a job for those who like challenges since, as we known, less funds are allocated to NRC. What is also certain is that the intake of new students to BIO’s teaching programmes should not be reduced, as that would reduce the department’s income while at the same time the remaining researchers would have fewer students to teach and supervise.

Among the programs that benefit from these new challenges are fisheries biology and fish health. The “blue university” likes to challenge the academic staff in important areas of focus. In fish health, we will lack three positions in fish pharmacology, fish bacteriology and fish virology in 2025, but we can solve this by, for example, having the person who teaches histopathology take over virology, and then the person who teaches parasitology takes over histopathology, and the person who teaches immunology takes over parasitology… … and this is how the matter can be resolved. If we switch topics often enough, we will always have someone who can teach a given topic. The fact that the individual will cover several teaching topics also opens the possibility for them to apply for projects within a far wider



Are Nylund

Head of the Fish health group (Faggruppe fiskehelse)

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