Annual Conference

3rd annual conference of Digital Life Norway Research School

A conference for and by members of the research school.


4-6 June, 2019


Bekkjarvik Gjestgiveri
(outside Bergen)


Registration is closed
Contact the coordinator, Liv Falkenberg, if you have questions regarding the registration.


  • Personal development: Branding yourself, work on your own CV
  • Stress management and interpersonal communication
  • Essentials of innovation and intellectual property
  • Meet new friends and future colleagues!


Tuesday 4 June: Self-made (wo)man

10:30 Boat departure Bergen centre (Zachariasbryggen/Torget)
11:00 Shuttle bus from Bergen airport
11:15 Boat departure to Bekkjarvik
15:00- 15:15 Welcome - Olav Haraldseth & The organizing committee
15:15-16:00 Pluvia: A spin-off company that is developing specific therapies resulting from long-term basic research-  Aurora Martinez (UiB/Pluvia)
16:15-17:00 Research-based innovation: how to navigate through the innovation ecosystem in Norway - Anne-Sophie Schillinger (VIS Innovation)
Ice-breaker and dinner

Wednesday 5 June: Personal development

09:30-10:30 How to get the job you want - Sverre Haugen (MeyerHaugen)
10:30-12:00 CV-workshop (Sverre Haugen) / Innovation workshop: Cultivating an innovation mindset (VIS Innovation)
12:00-13:00 Lunch
13:00-14:30 CV-workshop (Sverre Haugen) / Innovation workshop: Cultivating an innovation mindset (VIS Innovation)
14:45-15:30 Be of influence or be influenced? How can we use social platforms in communication of research? - Hilde Zwaig Kolstad (DLN/UiO)
15:45-16:15 About Centre for Digital Life Norway – activities and opportunities - Rune Kleppe (DLN/UiB)
Social activities and dinner

Thursday 6 June: Lost in translation

09:30-10:30 Mental health - what is it, and how to take care of it - Jan-Martin Berge (PsykologBerge) 
10:45-11:45 Mastering stress and pressure, and seeking a good work-life balance - Jan-Martin Berge (PsykologBerge)
11:45-13:00 Lunch
13:00-13:45 Kahoot
13:45-14:00 Wrap-up
14:30 Boat transport back to Bergen airport (arrival 15:45) and Bergen centre (arrival 16:00)


Aurora Martinez
Sverre Haugen
Jan-Martin Berge
VIS innovation: Anne-Sophie Schillinger and Maja Mujic Elgsaas
Hilde Zwaig Kolstad
Rune Kleppe

Scientific image exhibition and competition

All participants at the conference are encouraged to join the scientific image exhibition and competition. The image competition gives you a unique opportunity to present your work in a new format, as it is only your own creativity setting the limits. Your contribution can be artsy or realistic, colourful or black-and-white, at system- or nano-level. We encourage participants from all corners of biotechnology to contribute, as the diversity will only make it more interesting. The images will be exhibited throughout the conference, and the winner is selected through a vote among all participants.

The prize for best scientific image is NOK 5000. The submission deadline was 13 May.

More information and instructions for the image competition

Practical matters

The conference is organized for and by members of the research school. If you are not a member yet, you need to apply for membership in advance. The research school is open to PhD students and postdoctors who feels that their project is related to digital biotechnology and life sciences.


The research school covers all costs (travel, accommodation, food) for all participants, and you will be reimbursed after the event.The research school takes care of boat and bus transportation for all, but you will need to book your own flight/train tickets. Bekkjarvik is on an island, and the only way to get here is by boat. Please make sure you book flights/trains arriving well before the boat departures:

Boat transport Tuesday 4 June

Bergen centre (Zachariasbryggen/Torget): 
Departure: 10:30
Contact person: Rune Kleppe, tel: 926 81 273

Bergen airport:
Departure shuttle bus: 11:00
Boat departure around 11:15
Contact person: Hilde Zwaig Kolstad, tel: 480 85 843

Boat transport Thursday 6 June

Boat departure around 14:30
Arrival airport around 15:30  (absolutely no later than 16:00)
Arrival Bergen centre around 16:00

Suggested flights

From Oslo:
OSL 08:55 – BGO 09:50 (Norwegian)
OSL 09:10 – BGO 10:00 (SAS)

From Trondheim:
TRD 08:25 – BGO 09:25 (Norwegian)
TRD 08:30 – BGO 09:30 (SAS)

From Tromsø:
TOS 06:50 – BGO 09:45 (Widerøe)
TOS 06:35 – OSL 08:30/09:10 – BGO 10:00 (SAS)

From Stavanger:
SVG 09:20 – BGO 09:55 (SAS)


We have the entire Bekkjarvik Gjestgiveri at our disposal. You will be accommodated mainly in double rooms or apartments, you can indicate any preferred room/apartment-mates in the registration form. The hotel is located in the middle of Bekkjarvik centre, close to the harbor, beaches, and shops. It is also worth mentioning that the hotel chefs are winners of the Bocuse d'Or in 2015 and the Norwegian Chef of the Year 2014.

Scientific committee

Eric Juskewitz, PhD candidate, UiT - The Arctic University of Norway
Kanhaiya Kumar, postdctor, NTNU
Marte Jenssen, PhD candidate, UiT- The Arctic University of Norway
Shahin Sarowar, PhD candidate, UiB
Zeeshan Muhammad, postdoctor, UiB


Please contact the coordinator, Liv E. Falkenberg: 

  • 2018
  • 2017


The 2nd annual conference of Digital Life Norway Research School


30 May - 1 June, 2018


Stiklestad, Trøndelag

Read the blog about the conference


Scientific communication: How to present your research

Focus on transdisciplinary and visual scientific communication.
Oral presentations by all participants!

The future: Will your research make an impact?

The societal consequences of your research, innovation, and trends in biotech.
Combined with the Biotech industry career day!


Ellen Jorgensen (Biotech Without Borders, US)
Ryan Bailey (University of Michigan, US)
Trygve Brautaset (NTNU; Centre for Digital Life Norway)
Srikant Sarangi (Centre for Academic and Professional Communication, NTNU; Aalborg University, DK)
Ole Andreas Alsos (NTNU) & Sofie Snipstad (NTNU)
Mildri Ryan (Professional actress, teacher, and director)
Raffael Himmelsbach (NTNU; Centre for Digital Life Norway)

Full program 2018

Scientific Committee 

Nina Bjørk Arnfinnsdottir
Maria Bårdsen Hesjedal
Agnieszka Gawin


The 1st annual conference of Digital Life Norway Research School

Young Researchers Day


19 March 2017


Blindern campus, University of Oslo

The 1st annual conference of Digital Life Norway Research School was held in connection with DigitalLife 2017, the annual conference of Centre for Digital Life Norway. The main aim this day was for the first members to get to know each other and each other’s projects. The program included blitz presentations from all the participants on their projects, in addition to reflections on career development and responsible research and innovation. There was also information about the research school and offers available to the members.


During DigitalLife 2017, all participants at the Young Researchers Day presented their latest results or projects with posters or oral presentations.


Bli en del av senteret

Åpen utlysning om medlemskap i senteret med frist 14. juni, 2019.

  • Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet
  • Universitetet i Bergen
  • Universitetet i Oslo
  • Norges miljø- og biovitenskapelige universitet
  • Oslo Universitetssykehus
  • Universitetet i Tromsø - Norges Arktiske Universitet