Research infrastructure

Research Infrastructure Network

The network is open, informal and is primarily tuned to invite administrative and technical staff. We organize at least one gathering – virtual or in real life – each semester.

Eivind Senneset

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A fast-growing body of research shows that characteristics of social relationships and the networks they constitute influence the efficacy and efficiency by which individuals and collectives create knowledge by affecting their ability to access, transfer, absorb, and apply knowledge, referred to as “knowledge networks”.

We have taken the initiative to create a “knowledge network” for research infrastructure management at University of Bergen. The network will be an arena for knowledge exchange and support of new infrastructures according to the university’s Research Infrastructure Action plan. Moreover, the Network will work to establish links to other arenas, both at national level and European levels, such as The Research Council of Norway, relevant European Research Infrastructure Consortiums (ERIC) and Nordic RI manager forum.

The first seminar took place on 19 May 2020 and gathered over 75 participants from University of Bergen, The Research Council of Norway and European Marine Biological Resource Centre (EMBRC-ERIC). The overwhelming response from the first seminar highlighted the need and urgency for this knowledge network.

Bio: Hiwa Målen

Hiwa Målen is Center manager at Digital Social Science Core Facility (DIGSSCORE), which is a research infrastructure for advanced social science data collection and multi-disciplinary research at the University of Bergen. Furthermore, he is the research koordinator at Centre for the Science of Learning and Technology (SLATE) at the University of Bergen.

Målen holds a PhD and a master's degree in molecular biology from the University of Bergen, Norway. The scientific works of Hiwa Målen have contributed to the global effort to combat the disease, and are cited frequently in top scientific journals such as Nature communications and PNANS, with a current h-index of 10.

In addition to his researcher background, Hiwa Målen has extensive project management expertise with several years' experience as a project manager in the private sector, with responsibility for project portfolios covering maintenance & modification on the North Sea energy extraction installations. As Improvement Coordinator at the corporate level, experiences, and knowledge he gained from project completions were applied to educate next-generation project managers and streamline corporate processes towards increased efficiency and value creation. 

I 2015, Leadership Foundation in Norway selected Målen as one of the Top10 role models in Norway, for outstanding contribution to the Norwegian business and society. His Majesty Crown Prince Haakon handed over the award.

Hiwa Målen
Hiwa Målen

Bio: Even Birkeland

My name Even Birkeland and I work as a Chief Engineer at the Proteomics Unit at the University of Bergen (PROBE). At PROBE we mainly serve the University of Bergen, but also other Norwegian Universities, the Institute of Marine Research, SINTEF and a few international partners. Working at a proteomics core facility includes project management, experimental design, maintaining and operating mass spectrometers and HPLC’s, bioinformatics, statistical analysis, and research.

My research spans over several topics, however a common tread is quantitative proteomics in cancer biology. Although, at a core facility we become involved in a vast range of research projects and topics. Now, other projects span from sleep deprivation in humans to halibut egg quality.

Even Birkeland

Bio: Susanna Pakkasmaa

Susanna Pakkasmaa works in the Norwegian node of European Marine Resource Centre (EMBRC). EMBRC-Norway is a distributed research infrastructure with seven partners along the Norwegian coastline, from Oslo in the south to Tromsø in the north. The facilities include, among others, field stations, laboratory facilities, and specific strains of model organisms.

Susanna is a biologist and scientist by training (PhD from University of Helsinki), and science and environmental bureaucrat by profession. She has worked in the academia, research institutes and governmental agencies before starting as research advisor at University of Bergen in 2019.

Susanna Pakkasmaa
Susanna Pakkasmaa