DLN 2.0 is launched!
Today 1 February 2021 we have reached a huge milestone in the lifespan of the Centre for Digital Life Norway (DLN). We are starting the second five-year funding period DLN 2.0. In collaboration with the 35 transdisciplinary research projects in the centre and public and private life science actors in Norway and abroad, we will transform Norwegian biotechnology research to increase innovation and value creation for society.
The Centre for Digital Life Norway (DLN) is a national centre for biotechnology research, education and innovation. The centre facilitates transdisciplinary collaboration across institutions, fields of research and research projects.
Competence hub with seven owner institutions in the making
In DLN 2.0 the centre will be run by a competence hub that is funded by the Research Council of Norway. The hub will have representatives from the three owner institutions from the first funding period, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), the University of Oslo (UiO) and the University of Bergen (UiB), and the four new owner institutions, the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU), Oslo University Hospital (OUS), SINTEF and UiT The Arctic University of Norway.
– The overall goal of the centre remains unchanged, but we are upgrading and strengthening our organisation scientifically to further develop and implement our working methods. The upgraded organisation is in the making, says scientific director Trygve Brautaset who is professor at NTNU.
The competence hub consists of the scientific director; the operational management team with senior advisers from the three former owner institutions; and the expert task force with professors/senior researchers from all seven owner institutions.
The expert task force is in the making, as is the junior resource group and the international advisory committee that will be a resource for the whole competence hub.
The expert task force will further develop the whole centre and will continue the important work of anchoring the activities of the centre in the host institutions.
The centre also includes a research school and 35 transdisciplinary research projects all over the country. The research projects combine biotechnology with digital technology in health, aquaculture, agriculture, and industrial biotechnology. The interactions in the centre occur between the research projects, and between the research projects and the competence hub. The projects receive guidance and support from the advisers in the operational management team with regard to data and models; collaboration across disciplines and projects; commercialisation, innovation and industry collaboration; responsible research and innovation (RRI) and career development.
Objectives DLN 2.0
The overall goal of the centre initiative is to transform research, innovation and training in Norwegian biotechnology to foster transdisciplinary collaboration and so contribute to responsible and sustainable creation of value for Norwegian society. DLN shall support open science and enable convergence of biotechnology and life sciences with computer science, engineering, mathematics, physics and statistics as well as with social sciences and the humanities in order to develop anticipatory, reflexive and communicative competences and agencies regarding the societal impact of its activities and outcomes. Through these ambitions DLN aims to become a national lighthouse for transdisciplinary biotechnology, also recognised and visible internationally. This necessitates developing a strong anchoring at the host institutions, and as described above DLN has made major progress towards this overall goal already. The primary objective of the DLN 2.0 competence hub is to strengthen and extend our efforts to enable, support and guide research projects, in order to drive the transformation of Norwegian biotechnology in tight interplay with the host institutions and other relevant actors including the RCN and industry.
To realise DLN 2.0’s transformative ambitions defined above, the centre will fulfil the following six secondary objectives, which are all in line with the conclusions from the DLN self-assessment process that was undertaken in November 2019 as a preparation for this call:
#1: Make transdisciplinary convergence the norm for biotechnology projects by educating, training and guiding scientists from different disciplines and fields, including the next generation of project leaders, in collaborations that address the same research questions and thereby go beyond state-of-the-art disciplinary methods and approaches.
#2: Ensure innovation and value creation from transdisciplinary biotechnology by establishing a culture of RRI within the DLN2.0 community.
#3 Make FAIR sharing of data the norm for biotechnology projects by driving the further strengthening of national capacity for data handling, interpretation, management and sharing of research data.
#4: Ensure that the experiences from DLN are anchored in host institutions and other research and innovation organisations in Norway by promoting and catalysing processes of learning within and across the DLN host organisations.
#5 Maximise the creation of societal value and future commercial successes by introducing basic knowledge and making educated strategic decisions of innovation and commercialisation processes.
#6 Increase visibility and impact of DLN2.0 as a lighthouse in transdisciplinary biotechnology by communication and collaboration with relevant organisations both nationally and internationally.