bioCEED news

Developing evidence-based mentoring for better STEM work placements (DEVELOP)

This week we had some great news. Our proposal for the HKdir call Økt arbeidsrelevans i høyere utdanning (Increased work relevance in higher education) was funded! We are excited to get started on developing evidence-based mentoring for better STEM work placement along with an excellent team of partners in 2022! DEVELOP is a three-year program,…

First Student Poster Symposium in Person in 2 Years!

At last came the opportunity to hold the Student Poster Symposium at BIO in person. We had to wait two years, but it was definitely worth it! No less than 170 students, teaching assistants and teachers contributed to the symposium with 31 posters and 11 extended oral presentations resulting from the intensive work of either individuals…

“From Practice to Publication” workshop in Oslo, March 2022.

The editors of the Nordic Journal of STEM Education, in an effort to revive the journal, will host a two-day in-person workshop (March 7 and 8, 2022, in downtown Oslo) to guide authors in developing a manuscript for NJSTEME. Through a generous grant from Universities Norway, we can cover reasonable transportation costs, food, and lodging…

Celebrating Ten Years of the SFU Scheme

Ten years of promoting excellence in education is worthy of celebration. Thus, HKDir invited the SFUs to a Network meeting and 10 year anniversary celebration in Oslo 10 and 11 November.  Seven bioCEED representatives joined members of each of the other SFUs and HKdir to mark the occasion and look back at what SFUs have…

New publication on the role of motivation for academic functioning.

A new study has been published by several bioCEED members. The study is based on a national representative survey conducted among biology students in Norway in 2018. A total of 406 students across all higher education institutions that offers a general biology education responded on this survey. The researchers were interested in whether students´ goals…

Today’s breakfast: Macro zooplankton and solar protons on waffles

In the morning of 9th of November, 49 UNIS students gathered in Møysalen to participate in this autumn’s unisBREAKFAST. Provided with sandwiches, waffles, and fruits, we were given two engaging talks from PhD students of the Arctic Biology and Arctic Geoscience department. Robynne Nowicki took us with her into the Arctic ocean on a mission…

Leading Educational Change… through SoTL

With the 2021/2022 academic year, we are trying a new type of collegial teaching course. This new offering, Leading Educational Change…Through SoTL is innovative along multiple dimensions. The course involves academic-change leaders from several institutions, representing a collaboration between bioCEED and iEarth, and is led by bioCEED and iEarth faculty from UiB and Lund University…

We miss our UNIS colleagues already!

Is there a better way to celebrate the loosening of covid restrictions than an impromptu visit to Svalbard? The answer is NO. Several of the UiB-based crew (along with the new iEarth coordinator, Thea Krossøy) joined our northernmost colleagues for the UNIS Learning Forum the 5th and 6th of October. This, the 8th offering of…

About assessment and the development of teaching – Learning Forum 2021

From Tuesday, October 5th to Thursday, October 7th, the eighth UNIS Learning Forum took place with 95 participants (80 on-site and 15 online) from all departments as well as a group of 10 students. bioCEED was well represented during the Learning Forum with several staff and students travelling from Bergen to attend the forum and…

First published contribution to Bikuben student journal

We are happy to finally share the first published contribution to Bikuben student journal

“Let’s talk about sex: Exploring evolutionary explanations for the persistence of sexual reproduction in eukaryotes”

In this text from his studies, Mads. S Michalsen summarizes some of the leading explanations of why sexual reproduction has persisted through evolutionary time, despite the apparently high costs (compared to asexual reproduction).

A Presentation of Cooperative Learning Principles and Structures

On Thursday 7th of October, Ståle Ellingsen and I were invited to talk about our work with cooperative learning in the weekly seminar at the Department of Chemistry, UiB. The Department of Chemistry has recently formulated some common general guidelines for laboratory reports at the bachelor level. The different laboratory courses have been assigned different…

New faces in the bioCEED UNIS family!

Marlena Wegner and Samira Terzenbach are the new bioCEED student representatives at UNIS during the fall semester. Marlena Abril Wegner is currently a bachelor’s degree student in Biology. Her home university is the Freie Universität in Berlin. Since July, she is studying at UNIS where she follows two courses, AB 201 – Terrestrial Arctic Biology…

SCOPE coming to UNIS on the 15th of October 2021!

What started off as a vague idea during a coffee chat between two Master students of Arctic Biology, is now becoming a great event for all students at UNIS. SCOPE – the first-ever student-led conference on Polar Environment finally takes place on the 15th of October at the University Centre in Svalbard. It was quite…

Our Students Are Impressive!

Every semester since 2016, the Student Poster Symposium at BIO has invited students enrolled in one of seven courses (see Box) to present and discuss their scientific work in an interactive poster session. These poster sessions are open to all. For its 9th edition, 140 students in BIO241, BIO299, MOL231, SDG214 and SDG215 were listed…

bioCEED welcomes new Deputy and farewell to outgoing!

We are delighted to welcome our new Deputy Steve Coulson to bioCEED! Even though many employees at UNIS know Steve from before as he used to work at the Arctic Biology (AB) Department at UNIS for 10 years (2005-2015) with research focus on the invertebrate communities of the Arctic, he is new within the bioCEED…