Digital Life 2021: Plenary event

How can we strengthen Norwegian biotechnology? Join us for inspiring talks on omics, gender equality and transdisciplinarity; and social gathering in Oslo Science Park. 


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Watch streaming of event on YouTube.


4 PM–5 PM Food is served outside Forum auditorium

5 PM–8:30 PM Programme in Forum auditorium

Chair Kam Sripada, Centre manager, Centre for Digital Life Norway

Kam Sripada

The power of statistical omics in biomedicine (tentative title)
Sach Mukherjee, PhD, Director of Research in Machine Learning for Biomedicine at the MRC Biostatistics Unit, University of Cambridge and Head of Statistics and Machine Learning at the DZNE, one of Germany's major biomedical institutions. 

Mukherjee’s work has clearly shown the power of machine learning and statistics to solve fundamental challenges in biomedicine. At Digital Life 2021 he will talk about the state-of-the-art statistical approaches and how he combines this with biological insights and efficient computations to make better biomedical models and predictions. He will give concrete examples from his work on neurodegenerative diseases. 


The European Commission Gender Equality strategy 
June Lowery-Kingston, Head of Unit for Accessibility, Multilingualism, Safer Internet at DG CNECT in the European Commission 

The EC Gender Equality Strategy 2020–2025 presents policy objectives and actions to make significant progress by 2025 towards a gender-equal Europe. The goal is a Union where women and men, girls and boys, in all their diversity, are free to pursue their chosen path in life, have equal opportunities to thrive, and can equally participate in and lead our European society.  In academia, as for many other fields, women are overrepresented in lower positions, but underrepresented in higher positions. Lowery-Kingston will address how governments, research institutions and funding agencies can work to improve this. What does it take?


From metagenomes to therapeutics: the human microbiome
Julia Oh, PhD, Associate Professor, The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine.

Oh's lab seeks to use diverse technologies like genomics, synthetic biology, and genome engineering to target and manipulate the microbiota for therapeutic purposes. She will talk about the latest development in her field with regard to omics methods, results from her research and how she foresees that patients will benefit from the research. The focuses of her lab are skin disease and aging, but they also have an extensive program with areas in skin cancer, COVID-19, ME/CFS, immunotherapy response, and others.  In her talk she will focus on the first two areas, but she is open to questions about the other areas as well. 


Digital Life: Trans or Straight? – launch of white paper on transdisciplinarity with panel debate
Maria Hesjedal and Roger Strand, DLN

The Centre for Digital Life Norway (DLN) was formed by the Research Council of Norway in 2016 to transform Norwegian biotechnology into "transdisciplinarity". What does this mean, what has been achieved and what has been learnt so far? In this session, Maria Hesjedal and Roger strand present the findings from the recent DLN white paper on transdisciplinarity and discuss them with a panel with representatives from DLN partner institutions. You may read the white paper on our webpage or download a PDF file.

Maria Hesjedal and Roger Strand





Cover white paper

  • Anne Kjersti Fahlvik, Executive Director - Business development and innovation, the Research Council of Norway (RCN)
  • Jostein Dalland, former chair of the board of the RCN BIOTEK2021 programme*
  • Professor Trygve Brautaset, NTNU, scientific director DLN
  • Professor Marianne Fyhn, UiO, project leader of the DLN project DigiBrain and member of the DLN expert task force
  • PhD student, Maria Hesjedal, NTNU, member of the DLN junior resource group
  • Professor Roger Strand, UiB, member of the DLN expert task force for NTNU
    *The RCN BIOTEK2021 – Biotechnology for Innovation – programme launched the strategic initiative “Digital Life – Convergence for Innovation” to promote transdisciplinary collaboration and technological convergence as a tool for increased innovation.




Closing remarks 


8:30–9:30 PM Social gathering with food and beverage in Toppsenteret


NOTE COVID-19: Please follow national recommendation and stay at home if you have any symptoms of respiratory tract infections. Then you may rather watch the streaming of the talks.


The event is a part of the Digital Life 2021 conference.
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Published Aug. 31, 2021 2:00 PM - Last modified Nov. 10, 2021 8:58 PM