About the research school

The Digital Life Norway Research School (DLNRS) is part of the Centre for Digital Life Norway, a national centre for biotechnology, research, and innovation. The Centre and the Research School are results of the Research Council of Norway’s strategic priority: "Digital life - convergence of innovation".

Main objective

The main objective of Digital Life Norway is to develop new knowledge and new methods within digital biotechnology, addressing relevant societal challenges.

Digital biotechnology is the use of digital tools on biological datasets in order to extract and process information, with a diverse range of application areas such as systems biology, mathematical modelling and prediction of biological systems, bioinformatics on high throughput ‘omics’ data, physiological data from medical imaging technologies, sensor technologies, screening and bioprospecting, use of patient- or health-register data, and production data from e.g. biological pharmaceuticals, food, or fish farming. Developing digital biotechnology will be achieved through a transdisciplinary approach, including contributions from humanities and social sciences. DLN will incorporate responsible research and innovation (RRI) in its activity.

Membership in the DLN Research School is open to any PhD student or postdoc at a Norwegian institution who feels that their project relates to digital biotechnology and life sciences. 

Excellent researcher training and networking in the DLNRS will be a main success factor for the entire Digital Life mission and the DLN Centre. Science based on convergence in line with the Digital Life mission is challenging, intellectually as well as culturally. It requires that talented PhD students and postdocs are given opportunities to explore new horizons and embark on challenging scientific and societal problems. The PhD students and postdocs will meet the intellectual challenge of scientific work in true transdisciplinary research groups, integrating knowledge across boundaries.

Offers for our members

The DLN Research School will have many offers for our members that will help create opportunities for promoting transdisciplinary integration, building a culture for innovation, and creating a new collective team spirit among all younger scientists who are connected to the Digital Life initiative.

This includes

  • different types of economic support
  • a national PhD course curriculum within the Digital Life mission
  • a wide range of workshops, seminars, summer schools etc.
  • an annual two day seminar for networking and mingling between all the members

The research school will also have offers for PhD supervisors, course organizers and group leaders.


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Rosalie Zwiggelaar

Adviser training and career development, employed at NTNU


Phone: +47 451 51 264

Profile on ntnu.edu

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Olav Haraldseth

Projecte leader research school, member of expert task force DLN, Professor at NTNU

Phone: + 47 984 68 940

Profile on ntnu.edu


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Inge Jonassen

Member of expert task force DLN, Professor at UiB


Profile on uib.no

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Gaute Einevoll

Professor at NMBU

Profile on nmbu.no

Hedvig Nordeng

Hedvig Nordeng

Professor at UiO


Profile on uio.no

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Kristian Thorsen

Associate professor at UiS


Profile on uis.no

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Bjørn Olav Brandsdal

Professor at UiT


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Tone Frost Bathen

Professor at NTNU


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Junior resource group

The junior resource group of the Centre for Digital Life Norway with PhD students and postdoctoral fellows from the centre's host institutions is a resource for the centre's competence hub and the research school. The members will vary over time. 

Maria Hesjedal

Maria Hesjedal 

PhD student NTNU


+47 93825643
Profile on ntnu.edu

Simona Kavaliauskiene 

Simona Kavaliauskiene 

Postdoctoral fellow OUS


Profile on uio.no

Eric Juskewitz

Eric Juskewitz

PhD student UiT


Profile on uit.no

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Emil Karlsen

PhD candidate


Profile on ntnu.edu

Marte Jenssen

PhD student UiT


Profile on uit.no


The Digital Life Norway Research School is a consortium in which the following institutions are partners:

Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
University of Bergen (UiB)
University of Oslo (UiO)
UiT The Arctic University of Norway (UiT
Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)
University of Stavanger (UiS)

It is hosted by the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, NTNU, and funded by The Research Council of Norway.