Conferences Digital Life Norway Research School 2017–2020


The 4th annual conference of Digital Life Norway Research School

A conference for and by members of the research school.


31 August, 2020


Zoom (link will be provided)
Dinners in Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim, and Tromsø


Registration is closed

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Due to Covid-19, the physical conference is cancelled. A digital conference will be conducted via Zoom, and all participants are invited to local dinners. Program and dinner venues will be updated within a few days.

Main topics

  • Getting the most out of your PhD/postdoc
  • What is your next step? Science, industry, or both?
  • How to be a responsible researcher


See full program here

  • How to get the most out of your PhD/postdoc
  • The next step: Opportunities in research and entrepreneurship, or entering industry?
  • Popular science writing
  • Scientific speed dating
  • Responsible research and innovation
  • Social activities!

Image competition

All participants at the conference are encouraged to join the scientific image exhibition and competition. The image competition gives you a unique opportunity to present your work in a new format, as it is only your own creativity setting the limits. Your contribution can be artsy or realistic, colourful or black-and-white, at system- or nano-level. We encourage participants from all corners of biotechnology to contribute, as the diversity will only make it more interesting. The images will be exhibited throughout the conference, and the winner is selected through a vote among all participants.

The prize for best scientific image is NOK 5000.
Submission deadline: 13 June.

More information on the image competition.

Practical matters

The conference is organized for and by members of the research school. If you are not a member yet, you need to apply for membership in advance. The research school is open to PhD students and postdoctors who feel that their project is related to digital biotechnology and life sciences.


The research school takes care of room bookings and payment at Malangen Resort. All participants will be accommodated in cabins and sea houses (rorbu), with private bedrooms and shared kitchen- and bathroom facilities. In the registration form, you can indicate your preferred housemates (if any).


The research school covers all travel costs for all participants. We will inform you when to book your own flights (due to Covid-19). We will organize common transport by bus from Tromsø airport to Malangen.

Scientific committee 2020

Emil Karlsen, PhD candidate, NTNU
Florian Weber, PhD candidate, UiO
Jacqueline Weidner, PhD candidate, UiB
John Zobolas, PhD candidate, NTNU
Mohammed Sunoqrot, PhD candidate, NTNU
Simona Kavaliauskiene, Postdoc, OUH
Vivien Klein, PhD candidate, NTNU


Please contact the senior adviser, Liv E. Falkenberg: 


The 3rd annual conference of Digital Life Norway Research School


4-6 June, 2019


Bekkjarvik (outside Bergen)

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Many people smiling outside a white house


  • Personal development: Branding yourself, work on your own CV
  • Stress management and mental health as a young researcher
  • Essentials of innovation and intellectual property


Aurora Martinez (UiB/Pluvia)
Sverre Haugen (MeyerHaugen)
Jan-Martin Berge (PsykologBerge)
Anne-Sophie Schillinger and Maja Mujic Elgsaas (VIS innovation)
Hilde Zwaig Kolstad (DLN/UiO)
Rune Kleppe (DLN/UiB)


Full program 2019


Scientific image competition winner

Ahmed Mohammed, NTNU

Scientific Committee 

Marte Jenssen, PhD candidate, UiT- The Arctic University of Norway
Eric Juskewitz, PhD candidate, UiT - The Arctic University of Norway
Kanhaiya Kumar, postdctor, NTNU
Shahin Sarowar, PhD candidate, UiB
Zeeshan Muhammad, postdoctor, UiB


The 2nd annual conference of Digital Life Norway Research School


30 May - 1 June, 2018


Stiklestad (outside Trondheim)

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Scientific communication: How to present your research

Focus on transdisciplinary and visual scientific communication.
Oral presentations by all participants!

The future: Will your research make an impact?

The societal consequences of your research, innovation, and trends in biotech.
Combined with the Biotech industry career day!


Ellen Jorgensen (Biotech Without Borders, US)
Ryan Bailey (University of Michigan, US)
Trygve Brautaset (NTNU; Centre for Digital Life Norway)
Srikant Sarangi (Centre for Academic and Professional Communication, NTNU; Aalborg University, DK)
Ole Andreas Alsos (NTNU) & Sofie Snipstad (NTNU)
Mildri Ryan (Professional actress, teacher, and director)
Raffael Himmelsbach (NTNU; Centre for Digital Life Norway)

Full program 2018

Scientific image competition winner

Tia Tidwell, UiS

Scientific Committee 

Nina Bjørk Arnfinnsdottir
Maria Bårdsen Hesjedal
Agnieszka Gawin


The 1st annual conference of Digital Life Norway Research School

Young Researchers Day


19 March 2017


Blindern campus, University of Oslo

People studying inside a classroom

The 1st annual conference of Digital Life Norway Research School was held in connection with DigitalLife 2017, the annual conference of Centre for Digital Life Norway. The main aim this day was for the first members to get to know each other and each other’s projects. The program included blitz presentations from all the participants on their projects, in addition to reflections on career development and responsible research and innovation. There was also information about the research school and offers available to the members.

A woman talking at the annual conference

 three ladies discussing sitting in chairsMany people dining together in a restaurant

During DigitalLife 2017, all participants at the Young Researchers Day presented their latest results or projects with posters or oral presentations.

Two men  talkingA woman explaining information on a poster to an audiencePoster for Digital Norway Research School 2017 annual conference