Research Integrity in Norway (RINO)
RINO project

Organisation and partners

RINO was a collaboration between the University of Bergen (UiB), The Norwegian National Research Ethics Committees (FEK) and the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL).

Main content

The project was organised around a working group, a steering group and a reference group:

Working group


Professor Matthias Kaiser (UiB) (PI = Principal investigator)

Professor Ole Bjørn Rekdal (HVL)

Director NENT Helene Ingierd (FEK)

Professor Johs Hjellbrekke (UiB)

Communication Officer Ingrid S. Torp (FEK)

Project researcher Laura Drivdal (UiB, replacing Lise Augustson, 2016-2017)

Secretary: Senior adviser Heidi Skramstad (HVL)


The working group will be in charge of progress in the planning, execution, and dissemination of the project.


The PI will guide the work of the employed researcher (Laura Drivdal, replacing Lise Augustson), and all the group members will actively participate in developing the questionnaire for the quantitative study, and later the research protocol for qualitative studies, as well as carry out the analyses and interpretations of the data. The working group will further collectively participate in writing reports and papers for publication. All outreach and publications will follow standards of authorship, and mutual agreements in this regard will be sought in an early phase of the project development. 

The working group reports to the steering group through the PI.

Steering group


Pro-Rector Margareth Hagen (UiB)

Pro-Rector Gro Anita Fonnes Flaten (HVL)

Senior Adviser Torunn Ellefsen (FEK)

Observer: Principal investigator Matthias Kaiser (UiB)

Secretary: Senior Adviser Heidi Skramstad (HVL)


The steering group will oversee the project and assure

  • that the agreed project goals and plans are properly administrated
  • that the budgets are held and managed according to the project outlines 
  • that the project is properly funded
  • a broad and adequate dissemination of the project results
  • consider the need for changes in the composition of the reference group and the working group.

Reference group


Jan Helge Solbakk (Medicine, UiO)

Aslaug Nyrnes (SEKKK, HVL)

Torkild Vinther (FEK)

Vidar Enebakk (FEK)

Anne Marit Blokhus (Chemistry, UiB)

Kristin Hinna (The Norwegian Association of Researchers, HVL)

Ingrid Ballo (PhD Candidate, UiB)

Svein Nordenson (SINTEF, NENT, FFA)

Ole Andreas Rognstad, (Law, UiO)

Observer: Principal investigator Matthias Kaiser (UiB)

Observer: Laura Drivdal (UiB)

Secretary: Senior Adviser Heidi Skramstad (HVL)


The reference group will act as advisor for the working group, and

  • contribute in developing study design, analysis, interpretations, and the dissemination
  • discuss the theoretical framework for research ethics
  • suggest strategies to the institutions on how to promote research integrity
  • promote the study within their own networks.


The reference group will advise the working group throughout the project. The work within the group will be based on dialogue and it will not be required for the group to reach consensus or common views. The group will not have authority in decision-making, but its voice will be heard in all relevant matters. Members are free to individually suggest topics for consideration.  The group will meet once or twice annually, and communication via email or phone may be the rule (due to financial limits). Members could also be contacted individually if their field of competence is needed.

The reference group decided not to elect a chair or speaker, but act as a collective.