Digital Life 2020

Digital Life 2020

The annual conference for the Centre for Digital Life Norway 19 November 2020.

Video with overview of the 35 transdisciplinary biotechnology projects in the centre, including videos made by seven projects. You find the links to the recordings of some of the talks in 2020 in the programme below.


In 2020 we invited you to a fully digital event on Zoom.

  • We had scientific talks from top international keynote speakers.

  • Experienced Digital Life Norway projects presented their scientific results as well as lessons learnt with regard to responsible research and innovation (RRI), innovation, data management, career development and cross-project collaboration, which is altogether within the foundation of the DLN centre.

  • We invited you to take part in small social groups



Meet with your digital social group


17:00 Part 1


Centre leader, Professor Trygve Brautaset

Keynote 1: Metagenomic approaches to study human and animal diseases – where are we now, and where do we go from here?

Dr. Karen E. Nelson, President of the J Craig Venter Institute

Digital Life Norway project: Lab-on-a-chip: Biophotonic sensor platform for diagnostics  Professor Astrid Aksnes, NTNU – recording of talk

18:15 Part 2

Digital Life Norway project:Double Intraperitoneal Artificial Pancreas (DIAP): An easier life with diabetes Professor Sven Magnus Carlsen, NTNU

Digital LifeNorway project:INBioPharm: New drugs to combat antibiotic resistance Senior research scientist Alexander Wentzel, SINTEF – recording of talk

Digital Life Norway project: DigiBrain: From genes to brain function in health and disease Professor Marianne Fyhn, UiO – recording of talk

Break with digital mingling in small groups and videos from projects

19:15: Part 3

Digital Life Norway project:
DigiSal: Digital salmon – from a reactive to a pre-emptive research strategy in aquaculture
Postdoctoral fellow Ove Øyås, NMBU – recording of talk

Digital Life Norway project: 
dCod 1.0: Decoding the systems toxicology of Atlantic cod
Postdoctoral fellow Marta Eide, UiB – recording of talk

Keynote 2: FAIR in the times of crises
Professor Dr. Barend Mons, GO FAIR International Support and Coordination Office, President of CODATA – recording of talk

Closing remarks
Centre leader, Professor Trygve Brautaset

The Digital Life 2020 after-party in small digital groups


  • Dr. Karen E. Nelson, President of the J Craig Venter Institute

    Dr. Nelson has worked at JCVI for more than 20 years and is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Nelson led the first human metagenomics study that was published in 2006, and she is in the forefront when it comes to the study of the relationship between the microbiome and various human and animal diseases. It is also worth mentioning that Dr. Nelson has a great commitment to the training of the next generation of scientists.

  • Professor Dr. Barend Mons, GO FAIR International Support and Coordination Office, President of CODATA

    Professor Dr. Mons is a molecular biologist by training and a leading FAIR data specialist. The first decade of his scientific career he spent on fundamental research on malaria parasites and later on translational research for malaria vaccines. Twenty years ago, he switched to advanced data stewardship and (biological) systems analytics.