Department of Biological Sciences (BIO)

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The administration at the Department of Biological Sciences consists of reception and management support, the study section and research support, all of which have their workplace on Marineholmen. The Department also has resources from the Finance Section and the HR section at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, and divide their office time between the Faculty Secretariat and the Department.

Contact Information

Visiting address
Institutt for biovitenskap, Biologen
Thormøhlens gate 53A, 2. et.
5006 Bergen

Postal address
University of Bergen
Department of Biological Sciences
Postbox 7803
N-5020 Bergen


Info regarding events or other news can be sent directly to our newsletter: bionytt.bio@uib.no

+47 55 58 44 00

Department Management

Head of Department: Ørjan Totland

Assisting Head of Department: Jon Vidar Helvik

Head of Administration: Julie Stavnes

Head of Education: Anne Elisabeth Bjune

Academic Groups

Below you will find a list of the department's academic divisions, along with contact information for the divison leaders. The divisions' main task is to administer teaching within their respective subject areas. The division leader can also connect you to relevant researchers and research environments within their field.


Study Section

Contact us: studie.bio@uib.no

Beate Ulrikke Rensvik +47 55 58 22 41

Tommy Strand +47 55 58 44 09

  • Coordinator for the ph.d. programme in Biology

Ingvil Roosendaal Sahr +47 55 58 44 81

Linda Veka Hjørnevik +47 55 58 43 75

Hilde Rief Armo +47 55 58 44 39

Tone Stokka +47 55 58 30 31

  • Coordinator of KUSK (professional development programme for study advisors)
  • Coordinator for the BSc programme in Biology

Kjerstin Nilsen Nøkling +47 55 58 33 45

Grethe Aarbakke +47 55 58 42 36

  • Coordinator for exams and teaching schedules for Molecular Biology courses (courses with MOL code)

Kristin Holtermann +47 55 58 26 84

Reception and Admin

Sverre Jarle Borch

  • General inquiries (internal and external, both by phone, e-mail and in person)
  • Collection and distribution of mail
  • Receipt of parcels, sending of mail/parcels
  • Access control (key card, office keys, reading room keys)
  • Information work (including information on screens and in the calendar)
  • Room bookings
  • Orders for the administration
  • Practical arrangements in connection with anniversaries, disputation, meetings and the like for the entire administration at BIO

Nina Hølland

  • Management support - including reception of new staff, scheduling of meetings/booking of rooms, secretarial tasks (for the HSE and electoral boards), archiving (ePhorte), routine development, organization of events, management of IT accounts 
  • Management of indoor areas - including distribution of offices and keeping track of allication of areas, tenants and agreements 
  • Main contact towards the Estate management divison regarding indoor cleaning and maintenance
  • Overseeing registration of scientific publications in the CRISTIN database
  • Responsible for internal informational channels, databases and e-mail lists
  • Back-up function for reception services

Knut Olav Daasvatn

  • Application support and information for projects focussed on education (INTPART, Erasmus+ and more) and networking
  • Main editor for the department's website and internal newsletter (BIO-nytt)
  • User support for publishing on www.uib.no
  • Management support tasks


Research Administration

Sjoukje Kuipers

  • Support and advice on research proposals to the Norwegian Research Council, EU and other national and international research programmes
  • Administrativ follow up of externally financed projects related to contracts, reporting and more
  • Management support in relation to research in areas such as reporting, hearings, evaluations
  • Tasks related to the follow-up of the department's research strategy in cooperation with the department management

Rannveig Nina Myklebust

  • Administrative manager for the Sea Lice Research Centre
  • Administrative coordinator for EMBRC Norway
  • Support and advice on research proposals focussed on innovation and commersialization

Knut Olav Daasvatn (see above)

  • Application support and information for projects focussed on education (INTPART, Erasmus+ and more) and networking

Maja K.R. Brix

  • The Department's contact person at the Division of Research and Innovation

Human Resources (HR)

The HR staff are formally affiliated with the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, and divide their office time between the Faculty Secretariat and the Department, and have tasks related both to the Faculty and the Department.

Mathilde Høgalmen (On leave)

  • Case management and supervision related to staff recruitment
  • General HR case management

Therese Myhre Odfjell

  • Case management and supervision related to staff recruitment
  • General HR case management


The finance staff are employed at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences and will have tasks for both the Faculty and the Department. The economists who have the most tasks at the department share office hours between the Faculty Secretariat and the Department.

The Faculty's finance section has used the UiBhjelp service portal as a system for receiving, distributing and answering questions and other inquiries from employees and students at the faculty. By reporting cases via this channel rather than e-mail to individuals, it is ensured that the inquiries will always be handled within a reasonable time, regardless of holidays and other absences with individuals.

The Faculty's financial tasks are divided between

  • Business economists with responsibility for invoice processing, reimbursement of travel expenses (travel invoice) and other expenses, variable salary (hourly wage, fee) and control of bookings
  • Project economists who provide support to project managers related to external projects in various phases: application, contract, operation and termination phase. This means, among other things. financial reporting, help with application budget and invoicing.
  • Controllers responsible for the department's total finances, budget, forecast and accounting follow-up.


HSE - Safety areas and delegates and HSE-coordinator

HSE - Laboratory operations, security and chemicals

    Ethanol requester / purchaser at BIO

    • Solveig Thorkildsen
    • Hilde Marie Kristiansen Stabell

    Ethanol responsible persons at Bioblokken, TM55

    • Rita Karlsen
    • Ann Kristin Frøyset

    Gas responsible person at BIO

    • Ann Kristin Frøyset
    • Substitute: Birte Töpper


    • Person in charge: Frank Midtøy

    Radiation safety responsible

    • Birte Töpper

    Coordinator for hazardous waste

    • TM53 A/B-block: Hilde Stabell
    • TM55 Bioblokken: Lindsey Moore and Erwan Lagadec

    HSE - Laboratory animal management

    Person in charge responsible for the department's appliance to the requirements given by the laboratory animal regulations are fulfilled:

    Head of department Ørjan Totland

    Person(ell) with special control responsibility:

    • Frank Midtøy
    • Heikki Savolainen
    • Sian Phillips
    • Lars Are Hamre
    • Arild Folkvord
    • Frank Nilsen

    The animal welfare unit

    • Frank Nilsen (head)
    • Arild Folkvord (deputy)
    • Frank Midtøy
    • Heikki Savolainen
    • Sîan Phillips
    • Lars Are Hamre.

    Laboratory animal facilities

    • Levendelaboratoriene: Manager Frank Midtøy
    • Levendeavdeling, TM53A: N.N.
    • Zebra fish lab, TM55: Room manager Sîan Kristin Phillips
    • Sea lice lab, TM55: Room manager Lars Are Hamre
    • Laboratory animal department, TM55: Room manager Heikki Savolainen
    • Marine biological field station, Espelandsveien 232: Room manager Mette Hordnes

    HSE - Genetically modified organisms. GMO-contacts

    • Ann-Elise Olderbakk Jordal
    • Øyvind Halskau
    • Ruth-Anne Sandaa

    HSE - Contact persons in relation to field work and research cruises

    Travel coordinators at BIO

    • Fish health: Christiane Trösse
    • Environmental Biology and Aquaculture: Rita Karlsen og Cindy Pinto Pedrosa
    • Ecology and Evolution: Dagmar Egelkraut
    • Fisheries- and Marine Biology: Frank Midtøy og Heikki Savolainen
    • Microbiology: Hilde Stabell og Hilde Rief Armo
    • Molecular Biology: Linda Veka Hjørnevik
    • Students: Beate Ulrikke Rensvik, Jonathan Soule

    HSE - user representatives for fire safety at BIO


    Elzbieta Petelenz, 55 58 46 12


    Rita Karlsen, 55 58 46 25

    Fire instructions for user representatives


    HSE - site managers for fire safety at BIO

    TM53A (Biologen, block A)

    1st floor Diep Ellertsen, animal facility / Tommy Strand, teaching area

    2nd floor south Solveig Thorkildsen / administration Tone Stokka

    3rd floor south Jonathan Soule / north Kenneth Meland

    4th floor south Linn Cecilie Krüger / north Silje Östmann

    TM53B (Biologen, block B)

    1st floor Heikki Savolainen

    2nd floor south Julie Skadal / north Bjørg Flatekvål

    3rd floor south Anders Frugård Opdal / north Fekadu Yadetie

    4th North Hilde Marie Kristiansen Stabell

    5th floor south Ruth-Anne Sandaa / north Anita-Elin Fedøy

    TM55 (Bioblokken)

    1st floor sea lice lab Lars Hamre / animal facility Heikki Savolainen

    3rd floor south Elsa Denker / north Heidi Kongshaug

    4th floor Grethe Aarbakke 

    5th floor Ann Kristin Frøyset / Sandra Ninzima

    Fire instructions for site managers


    Head Fire and Safety Engineer for UiB is Arild Shandiz Nessen, telefon 92 65 33 79