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Encouraging publication statistics for 2017

Publication statistics for 2017 has been released by the library (Universitetsbiblioteket i Bergen, 2018, Publiseringsstatistikk for UiB), and the results are quite encouraging for our department. While keeping the San Fransisco declaration in mind, one is allowed to point out that we are bouncing back to one-third of our publications appearing in level-II journals, which is also the faculty average. This means breaking a three-year slide that reached a low 16% last year. The same can be said for the number of scientific papers published and also the publication points earned (62, 55 and 72 for 2015-2017). We still have a way to go, though, with 1.2 publication points per employee engaged in research (aka UFF), compared to the faculty average of 1.7 pp/UFF.

Reminder about Dean’s Blog

Our Dean is frequently using his blog to put local events into a wider and longer perspective — you can easily access the blog by means of the menu at the top of this page. In the most recent entry, you can read the Dean’s address to professor Leiv Sydnes, given on the occasion of the recent symposium.

The LKS Symposium – A great success

After two days filled with modern chemistry, fond memories and about 80 participants paying tribute to professor Leiv Kr. Sydnes and his many contributions to chemistry, university and society, it is easy to conclude that the symposium has been a great success. Pro-Rector Margareth Hagen set the stage in the beautiful University Aula with her inspired opening words on Tuesday, nicely followed the highly acclaimed Audun Kayser reciting four pieces of Grieg. Leiv’s first PhD graduate, professor John Sigurd Svendsen, UiT, took the audience along for a most impressive and capturing journey that combined chemistry and entrepreneurship, and from there on one inspired lecture followed after the other, until professor Magne O. Sydnes, UiS, gave the last one today, titled Chemistry in the Sydnes LaboratoriesSomewhere in the middle there was a very nice evening dinner, with speeches held and presents given, by profs. Yngve Stenstrøm, Trond Vidar Hansen, the fore-mentioned pro-rector, our dean, and quite a few others. The event was very well initiated and organised, thanks due to Hans-René Bjørsvik, Bengt Erik Haug, Bjarte Holmelid, Ole Heine Kvernenes, Marit Kristin Leiren and Stig Valdernes.

Det gode arbeidsmiljø – Frokostseminar 31. mai

Ansatte og ledere ved UiB ønskes velkommen til frokostseminar 31. mai.

Vernetjenesten ved UiB ønsker å skape en arena ved UiB der vi kan ta opp  betydningen av arbeidsmiljø. Vi vil invitere til frokostseminarer for å snakke om arbeidsliv og arbeidsmiljø under endring og omstilling.  Målgruppen er alle ansatte og ledere.

Det første frokostseminaret arrangeres torsdag 31. mai kl. 0830-1000 i nytt odontologibygg, Årstadveien 19, 1. og 2. molar.  Temaet er *Fleksibel – digital – fremtidsrettet * – Hvordan tar vi vare på arbeidsmiljøet i et mer effektivt, fleksibelt og  digitalt arbeidsliv? Et godt arbeidsmiljø kjennetegnes av god ledelse,  medvirkning fra ansatte og tydelige organisatoriske rammer. Kompetanse,  mestring og anerkjennelse gir både trygghet og trivsel. Dørene åpner kl. 0800 og frokost serveres fra kl. 0815.

Påmelding innen 23. mai her https://skjemaker.app.uib.no/view.php?id=5006704

Sterk Bergen-kontingent på NKS rådsmøte

Norsk Kjemisk Selskap – NKS- har som formål «å virke for kjemiens fremme i samfunn, vitenskap, teknikk og undervisning, samt å representere norske kjemikere og ivareta deres faglige interesser». Verksemda blir leia av Hovudstyret, men det er Rådet som har øvste mynde.  Det årlege rådsmøtet er dermed den avgjerande instansen i NKS, og for 2018 fann dette stad sist fredag. Bergen og UiB var godt representert ved Camilla Løhre samt firkløveret på biletet: Audun, Bengt Erik, Olav og Leiv Kr.

NKS var ei drivande kraft i markeringa av det internasjonale kjemiåret i 2011, og vi ser fram til ei tilsvarande synleggjering av kjemifaget i samband med feiringa av det internasjonale året for periodesystemet, 2019, 150 år etter at Dmitrij Mendelejev konstruerte det første periodesystemet. Vi siterer IUPACIn proclaiming an International Year focusing on the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements and its applications, the United Nations has recognized the importance of raising global awareness of how chemistry promotes sustainable development and provides solutions to global challenges in energy, education, agriculture and health. Dette er ein lissepasning til NKS i deira arbeid for kjemiens fremme i samfunn, vitenskap, teknikk og undervisning.

infoBTO: Workshop and Makerspace

BTO and the NCE Seafood Innovation Cluster are hosting a workshop on “Blue sea – green business opportunitieson May 22. How can companies in the blue sector strengthen the sustainability in their business model through digitalization, recycling, reparation and reuse? How can researchers contribute to added value in the private sector’s RND and innovation efforts through project collaboration? We welcome companies and researchers to join us on May 22 to discuss these important subjects!

Marineholmen Makerspace is a nonprofit place at BTO where everyone can create – everything.

This is the place to learn new stuff, fix old stuff, build, prototype, test, share ideas and to have fun. In short, learning by doing. 450 m2located at BTO with machines as CNC-router, laser cutter, 3D-printers, vinyl cutter, sewing machines, overlock sewing machine and tools as dremel, drill press and handheld tools, oscilloscope, reworking station, multi meter, power supply, soldering stations, function generator, electronic load. A well-equipped wood shop and electronic reworking station, and more… 

Curious and want to learn more about the makerspace or want help with funding, patenting considerations, contracts and collaboration with the industry? Contact BTO by phone/mail or meet Elisabeth on May 24 at the institute (the office next to the reception).

Velkommen Cecilie!

Cecilie Evjen har nylig blitt ansatt som forskningskoordinator/rådgiver, og skal dele dagene sine mellom Kjemisk Institutt og IFT. Hennes bakgrunn er en uvanlig kombinasjon av human toksikologi, prosjektledelse og entreprenørskap. Hennes forskningsinteresser har tatt henne fra laboratorieforskning innen nanoteknologi til studier på forurenset drikkevann i Nord-Tanzania – og mange ting i mellom!

I Det Norske Videnskaps-Akademi koordinerte Cecilie et grunnforskningsprogram som er et samarbeid mellom industri og akademi. De siste par årene overtok riktignok eventyrlysten, og hun seilte i en tradisjonell norsk seilskute rundt hele Amerikas kontinent. Isen og havet fascinerte henne, og hun dro derfor til Antarktis for å jobbe på større båter og i felt med pingviner og hvaler som en del av arbeidsdagen.

Tilbake i Norge, bestemte Cecilie seg for å flytte til Bergen og bli kjent med forskningen og menneskene på UiB. Her vil hun bistå forskere på Kjemisk Institutt som søker finansiering fra for eksempel Forskningsrådet eller Horisont 2020. Snakk med henne dersom du planlegger en søknad om ekstern finansiering!

, april 27, 2018. Category: Person.

Doctoral degree award ceremony

This week we have taken part in two dissertation ceremonies at our department, for Kjersti and Coralie. Those of you hanging in to the very end of these events, heard professor Francis state that the evaluation committee had accepted both the presentation and the defence and that the University Board would be notified accordingly. Some may wonder what happens next? The answer to this is the Doctoral degree award ceremony, in which the newly appointed Doctores receive their Latin diploma (with an English translation attached) in a formal ceremony in the University Aula, along with an official transcript that constitutes the authoritative documentation of the PhD degree to be presented when requested later in the career.

Today, there was Doctoral degree award ceremony taking place in the Aula, and three graduates from the Chemistry department received their diplomas: Annette, Festo and Andrey. Present to savor the moment and share in the victories, were their former supervisors (Doctor parents) and Hege ((c) photos)!

Congrats dr. Coralie!

Today Coralie Celine Quadri successfully and with stamina defended her PhD thesis, titled N-Heterocyclic Carbene Complexes of Titanium as a Novel Class of Catalysts for the Copolymerization of Cyclohexene oxide with CO2. She has spent a couple of years away from the department writing up her thesis, which made for nice reunions on this joyous event.

Congrats dr. Kjersti!

Kjersti Hasle Enerstvedt successfully and confidently defended her thesis on home turf (Tripletten) today. Her PhD project and now, thesis, Analysis of polyphenolic content in marine and aquatic angiosperms from Norwegian coastal waters, is an important step in furthering chemistry with a marine focus at the Chemistry department. 

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