The Centre for Digital Life Norway is a

national centre for biotechnology education, research, and innovation. It is run

as a collaborative project by the University of Oslo, University of Bergen, and

the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, supported by the Norwegian

Research Council. The activities at the centre is organised in a governance and

networking project, which includes a graduate school, and several research

projects. The centre facilitates transdisciplinary cooperation across

institutions and fields of research, and between projects. The host institutions

of the research projects at the centre constitute the hub- and node-structure

of the network.

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  • Organisation
  • DLN Board
  • Networking project
  • Advisory bodies


The interactions at the centre occur between the different research projects, and between research projects and the governance and networking project. In order to safeguard inclusiveness and exchange, the centre has been organised in a manner that comprises all levels in its structure.

Research – The research projects deliver knowledge and innovation, and are represented by the project leader in the Project Leader Forum. The institutions hosting the research projects form the hub- and node-structure, and all of them are represented in the Partner forum.

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Centre governance and day-to-day operation – The networking project are in charge of the day-to-day operations at the centre. The networking project is divided into six work groups (focus areas): Governance, Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI), Innovation and industry involvement, Training and recruitment (including the DLN Research School), Competence and infrastructure network, and Communication.

Governing bodies – The board of the centre has permanent seats for the three Hub-partners, two seats that alternates between the node-partners, and two seats for external members. The centre governance reports to the board.

Advisory bodies - In order to ensure inclusiveness and scientific excellence, the centre has established a Scientific Advisory Board, a Partner forum, and a Project leader forum.

DLN Board

The Centre for Digital Life Norway has a small and efficient board that make sure that the institutional strategies and development of DLN is followed up. The board represents an elevated perspective on the centre, and is geared towards making the work groups function well together. The DLN Board consists of one representative from each of the hub-partners, two representatives from the node-partners, and two representatives from industrial partners.

  • Finn-Eirik Johansen

    Chairman of the board

  • Tor Grande

    Board member

  • Eyvind Rødahl

    Board member

  • Eli Aamot

    Board member

  • Gerd Nilsen

    Board member

  • Arne Smalås

    Board Member

  • Emilie Lasson

    Board Member

Networking project

The governance and networking project is run by the three hub-partners, and is in charge of the day-to-day operations. The centre leader and centre coordinator manages the centre in close collaboration with the other group leaders and group coordinators in the different work groups. Together, the work groups constitute the networking project. The work groups corresponds to six different focus areas: governance; responsible research and innovation (RRI); innovation and industry involvement; training and recruitment (including the DLN Research School); competence and infrastructure network; and communication.


The main task for the work group for governance is to administer the hub-node network, and to facilitate the integration of the activities in the networking project and the various research projects.


All activities at the DLN are underpinned by the principle and practice of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI). The work group for RRI works to build and maintain a national RRI infrastructure for biotechnological research and contributes to advance the integration of RRI in the research projects.

Innovation and industry involvement

The work group for innovation assists in the transferring of research activities and results into innovation and value creation. The research projects receive support in developing and maintaining a culture for innovation in their research. Pairing life sciences and digital tools has great potential, and the work group strives to involve stakeholders from digital biotechnology in Norway (SMEs, research institutions, Technology Transfer offices, and industry start-ups and clusters) in order to facilitate more cooperation and innovation in this emerging field.

Training and recruitment

Recruiting talented young researchers to transdisciplinary biotechnology research, creating an environment for excellent PhD education, and contributing to career development at a post graduate level are three important aims for DLN. In order to reach all three goals, there will be a strong emphasis on recruitment and education of and career development for female researchers. One principal task for the work group for education and career is to run the Digital Life Norway Research School.

Competence and infrastructure network

This work group contributes to the effort of keeping DLN at the forefront of data management and analysis, both for the experimental and the computational aspects of the research. It is a stated ambition that the expertise and infrastructures that are being developed in the research projects is utilised in the best possible manner. In order for this to happen, we will establish dedicated competence and infrastructure networks, consisting of national and international research milieus. We will also organise meetings and workshops so that fruitful exchange of knowledge and experience can happen between the research projects and relevant environments of competence. The work group will assist the research projects in establishing and using knowledge databases, so that the generated data is made available and thus is being exploited in the best possible manner.


The work group for communication facilitates outreach and provides access to the activities of the centre. DLN’s activities unfolds in interaction with society. Furthermore, the work group contributes to establish and maintain the centre’s brand and identity, and its national and international profile. The work group’s activities are thus closely integrated with the rest of the networking project and the research projects.

Advisory bodies

Project leader forum

To ensure involvement in the Center's strategy and management project leaders and centre management meet in the project leader forum. The forum will contribute to the overall development of the center, identify challenges and opportunities for synergies, and stimulating cooperation across the projects.

Partner forum

Partners are organizations with an active role in the centre as a hub or node. The forum will provide input on the center's work and progress.

Scientific Advisory Board

The Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) consists of internationally renowned experts in fields of high relevance to the DLN mission, with a proven track record in managing large and complex academic structures. The SAB will support DLN by providing independent, credible and impartial recommendations on academic matters, and matters concerning the internal operation of DLN as well as DLN’s national network function responsibility.

  • Anne-Claude Gavin

    Scientific Advisory Board

  • Vera van Noort

    Scientific Advisory Board

  • Dominique Chu

    Scientific Advisory Board

  • Rudi Balling

    Scientific Advisory Board

  • Ulrike Felt

    Scientific Advisory Board

Join the centre

Open call for new members with deadline 14. June, 2019.

  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • University of  Bergen
  • University of Oslo
  • Norwegian University of Life Sciences
  • Oslo University Hospital
  • Universitety of Tromsø - The Arctic University of Norway