Department of Physics and Technology
The challenges associated with the temporary employees within the education sector are nothing new and not a long time ago Tora Aasland addressed to these issues in P Hżyden stating that the sector had to tidy up. At our faculty, this concerns particularly the temporarily employed researchers who are colloquially referred to as oompah loompers. The challenge has many sides and not the least concerns UoBŐs recruitment strategy. A possible solution to this challenge, which has already been engaged, is to establish collaboration with the border zone and permanently employ researchers there since this cannot be done by UoB. Then the objection is that we simply cannot do that because this is just a way to bypass the regulations.
This, however, is turning the case upside down and turning a great opportunity into a problem. By all means we must not take lightly the challenges associated with temporality. But it will be way more interesting to take a look at the conditions in the region of Bergen from a birdŐs eye view and ask the question: What benefits the region best or what must be done in order to strengthen the terms for research in the region? Also, there are lots of answers here, but one of them that was pointed by many is that we have a weakly developed institute sector in the city. The businesses place their R&D tasks elsewhere in Norway, including the tasks for which we have expertise, but are not rigged for such missions. The institute sector in Bergen receives only about 3% of the billion which goes to basic funding in the sector nationally when one omits the national institutes in the city. In other words, the answer does not lie only with UoB or with UoB and the border zone, but with the region. There are several important actors who are willing to contribute in strengthening the regional terms for R&D and thereby business development. However, UoB, together with the border zone, has the key and consequently the initiative to do something about this issue. To claim that the region does not have a need for a stronger institute sector is risky keeping in mind that this is an important element in the Norwegian research policy.
This is important for us at the institutes as for two reasons our possibility to increase the research volume lies with using permanently employed researchers. Firstly, of all the positions in the sector, these have the most time to do research. Secondly, it is extremely difficult to recruit the best ones to temporary positions. We have many research groups that have the possibility to expand in this way and where this is the only possibility as it is not realistic to assume significant changes in the basic funding from KD.
If this is going to happen, several central actors must discuss this together so that one is able to make assessments from a general and comprehensive perspective, and not only with respect to individual academic areas. For many academic areas, it is also important that Uni Research and Christian Michelsen Research do their part of the job.
Professor Jan Marius Olsen died unexpectedly while he was visiting Cyprus. He was 77 years old. For more than half a century he has had tight bonds with the physical community at the University of Bergen. As a graduate student he taught at the department. I met him for the first time when he led the laboratory sessions in a physics course. He completed his graduate studies in theoretical nuclear physics in 1959 and involved in the development phase of the Department of Physics. When the research group in experimental particle physics was established in 1961, he became one of the four physicists who developed the field in Bergen.
His expertise would be computers and programming. He was employed as a lecturer, and spent most of his time teaching. Teaching was an important part of his efforts throughout his career. Through his research he had close contact with CERN where he was both Corresponding Fellow and Research Associate. Most of his experiments were conducted at CERN, but in the last phases of his research career he collaborated with a group who conducted experiments in Moscow. He climbed up in the position hierarchy, he first became an Associate Professor and later a Professor.
EUA launches European Platform of Universities Engaged in Energy Research
In Brussels 15 November at the Belgian EU Presidency Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-PLAN) Conference, the European University Association (EUA) officially launched its European Platform of Universities Engaged in Energy Research (EPUE). The European Platform comprises almost 150 universities from across Europe with demonstrated research and training capacity in the energy field encompassing the full range of disciplines from science, engineering and technology to bio-sciences, medical/life sciences and economic, social sciences and humanities. EPUE has been developed by EUA as a major part of its contribution to the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) of the EU SET-PLAN.
University of Bergen is one of the three Norwegian universities participating in EERA.
National PhD conference in Medical Imaging/ Annual MedViz conference
The 2nd National PhD conference in Medical Imaging and the Annual MedViz conference take place in Bergen, 17-18 January 2011. See program and registration for more information. The event is targeted both towards PhD candidates in the field of medical imaging, and established researchers. With a multidisciplinary orientation, encompassing the whole range of imaging modalities, we aim to provide a meeting place for scientific exchange and the establishment of new contacts in the field of medical imaging. The program combines an exciting lineup of top international speakers, leading Norwegian researchers, and selected presentations from PhD candidates from all Norwegian Universities.
Oslo Cancer Cluster will be presented in Bergen
Next Thursday Oslo Cancer Cluster will visit UoB. Among several program records, a meeting, in which Oslo Cancer Cluster will present themselves and will have the opportunity to meet cancer researcher at UoB, is arranged.
Thursday 25.11 from 14:30 to 15:30
Auditorium 2, BBB behind Haukeland University Hospital
Workshop on Scientific Paper writing
We would like to invite you all to attend the workshop ŇScientific Paper WritingÓ on December 15th. This one day workshop is aimed at young scientists (Ph.D. students and upwards) with little or no experience in scientific paper writing. The workshop has two main goals. Firstly, to provide the participants with a set of "tools" helping them to present their scientific results in a clear and interesting way and secondly to make them aware of various strategic issues connected to paper writing (which journal to publish in etc.). The workshop is presented in English. The participants are encouraged to bring drafts of own papers, in particular an abstract for at least one paper, but this is not a prerequisite. In addition you are asked to bring a paper which you have read and which you think is very good and another paper which you think is bad.
The workshop will be given by Bodil Holst. There are 12 places available (there must be a minimum of 8 participants for the workshop to be held). To enroll, send an e-mail to Karen-Margrete Hovland before November 28th. Your registration is binding and attendance is mandatory.
Time & place: 09:30-16:00 in room 546 (Department of Physics and Technology).
MSc. Szabolcs Endre Horvat will be giving
a trial lecture with the following title:
"The Nobel Prize in Physics 2010"
Wednesday November 24. 2010, at 10:15 in room 546, IFT
MSc. Yun Cheng will be giving a trial
lecture with the following title:
Thursday November 25. 2010, at 10:15 in room 366, IFT
All are welcome to listen!
MSc. Olav Torheim will be defending his dissertation:
Friday, November 26, at 13:15 in auditorium
Bodil Holst: Become a doctor at work Interview in Teknisk Ukeblad (in Norwegian)
Jan Petter Hansen and Jarl Giske: Splayed Poles Letters to the editor in Aftenposten (in Norwegian)