DigitalLife 2018

DigitalLife is the annual conference for Centre for Digital Life Norway. In 2018 the conference will take place in the centre of Bergen at Grand Hotel Terminus.




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Invited speakers:

Maria Barbosa, Director of AlgaePARC, Wageningen, Netherlands. AlgaePARC is a large multidisciplinary research program which integrates the entire microalgae and cyanobacteria process chain - Aiming to develop a sustainable production of food, feed, chemicals, materials and fuels.



Jeffrey Boucher, Ginkgo Bioworks, Boston, US

Ginkgo Bioworks - the organism company - design custom microbes for customers across multiple markets. Organism engineers at Ginkgo learn from nature to develop new organisms that replace technology with biology.



John A. Gerlt, School of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Illinois, USA. Professor Gerlt's research is on the mechanisms of enzyme-catalyzed reactions, and the utilization of functional genomics to understand them, but also to identify and discover new enzymes as powerful genetic sequencing technology reveals proteins and potential enzyme activities in more and more species. 



Philip Pope, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Ås

Research associate Phillip Pope applies interdisciplinary approaches to study and compare natural and engineered digestive ecosystems in the gut microbiomes that are linked together via overlapping phylogenetic structure and functional traits (i.e. biomass degradation, fermentation, methane production).


Anna Wargelius, Institute of Marie Research, Bergen

The Atlantic salmon has been and unprecedented success in the aqua culture industry. Dr Anna Wargelius and her team focus on the functional genomics of this species. They currently use CRISPR-Cas9 to knockout (KO) genes in Atlantic salmon to explore molecular mechanisms related to the reproductive system, in particular germ cell specification and early sexual development. 


Ida Helene Steen, University of Bergen, Bergen

Life at its extreme - in her research Professor Ida Helene Steen investigate the physiology of microorganisms living in such deep-sea hydrothermal vent systems.This explorative research is combined with efforts to discover and characterize novel enzyme activities with biotechnological applications.


Jacob Wang, Research Council of Norway, Oslo

The Research Council of Norway is the major funder of Centre for Digital Life Norway and its research project portfolio. Coordinator Jacob E. Wang of the BIOTEK2021 programme will present the RCN perspectives on the initiative.


Carole Goble, University of Manchester, UK

Professor Goble apply knowledge technologies, distributed computing, workflows and social computing to solve information management for Life Scientists, in Systems Biology, but also Biodiversity, Chemistry, and Health informatics.


Cameron Neylon, Curtin University, AU

Cameron Neylon is Professor of Research Communication at the Centre for Culture and Technology at Curtin University. He is interested in how to make the internet more effective as a tool for scholarship. He writes and speaks regularly on scholarly communication, the design of web based tools for research, and the need for policy and cultural change within and around the research community.


Donald Hilvert, ETH Zürich, CH

Professor Donald Hilvert heads a diverse group of chemists, biologists, biophysicists, and pharmacists. Using tools of chemical biology, they are trying to understand how enzymes work, and engineer proteins for various applications. Part of the effort is to create new and improved enzymes for novel applications.


Pieter van Boheemen, Rathenau Institute, NL

Pieter van Boheemen specializes in collaboration between science and technology for society. In his previous engagement at Waag Society he led the teams of the Open Wetlab, Open Design Lab and FabLab Amsterdam. He is an expert in biological technologies, Biohacking and DIYBio.    


Janine Copp, UBC, CA

Dr Janine Copp is interested in the hidden connection between sequence, structure, and function, and she is addressing this by trying to understand how enzyme function evolves. Recently, she conducted a comprehensive computational investigation of the FMN dependent nitroreductase (NTR) superfamily.


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DigitalLife 2017


Tags: Digital Life, Konferanse / Workshop
Published Oct. 8, 2020 1:38 PM - Last modified Mar. 30, 2021 10:15 AM