NFIF annual conference 2019

NFIF is welcoming PhD students, postdoctoral fellows and supervisors to the conference that will take place at Holmen Fjordhotell in Asker.

Program 27 and 28 May, breakfast and check-out from the hotel 29 May.  

Photo: Holmen Fjordhotell


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Registration deadline was 15 April 2019.

For questions about registration please contact

Cancellation or changes in reservation 

Participants should inform of changes regarding their stay by email to no later than Monday 15 April 2019. NFIF will not cover the travel expences for members who cancel after 15 April.

Travel and hotel

You must book your own travel, and you will be reimbursed after the conference. Rooms at Holmen Fjordhotell are booked by NFIF. 

Address: Slemmestadveien 64, 1394 Nesbru. 

How to get there from Oslo Airport: Take the Airport Express Train to Lysaker. From Lysaker, take the bus to Grønlia (Asker). Buses run frequently and stop close to the hotel. The trip takes approximately 20 minutes, depending on the traffic. For bus schedule check
How to get there from Oslo: Take the bus to Grønlia (Asker). Buses run frequently and stop close to the hotel. The trip takes approximately 45 minutes, depending on the traffic. For bus schedule check

Parking: There is free parking on the 2 top parking lots and along the way down to the hotel. The hotel garage is charging NOK 8 per hour / NOK 150 for 2 days. In the garage there are 2 drawers (type2 charger) for electric cars. Charges are included in the parking fee.

Spa and gym: Not included in the price. For more info visit


Please send abstract of talks and poster to                            by 14 April. 

For research groups: Guidelines for abstracts of poster of research groups can be found here. 

For own research: Abstracts of talks and poster presentation of own research should include title, name and institution. If multiple authors contributed to the work, denote the presenter with an asterisk (*). Follow a standard pattern with subheadings for your abstract, e.g. background, goals, material and methods, results and conclusions.


Information about poster dimensions and presentations tips



Sveinung Stensland

Sveinung Stensland is Second Vice Chair, The Standing Committee on Health and Care Services at Stortinget. He has a master in pharmacology from the University of Oslo and has been working as an pharmacist. He has also been a manager and regional manager at Apotek 1. 

Read more about Sveinung Stensland here.


Daniel S. Quintana

Daniel Quintana is a researcher in biological psychiatry at the Norwegian Centre for Mental Disorders Research (NORMENT) at the University of Oslo. His primary research interests encompass how hormones and cardiovascular function impact mental health. Daniel is additionally interested in the emerging discipline of meta-research, whose goal is to evaluate and improve research practices. He also co-hosts ‘Everything Hertz’, a podcast on methodology and scientific life as an early career researcher.

Read about Daniel S. Quintana`s topic at the NFIF conference:              Open Access Publishing


Inger Sandlie

Inger Sandlie is Professor in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Department of Biosciences, University of Oslo and also Research group leader at Oslo University Hospital, Rikshospitalet. She has a PhD degree from the University of Bergen (1981) in the field of nucleotide and DNA synthesis, and then did postdoctoral training at Johns Hopkins University (1982-1985) and the Radiumhospital in Oslo (1985-1988). Here she started her studies of antibody structure and function. She was appointed Assistant Professor at the University of Oslo in 1988 and in 1995, full Professor. From 2007-2017, she was deputy director of the Centre for Immune Regulation. 

Inger Sandlie has extensive experience in studies of protein interactions, has received awards for scientific innovation, and is co-inventor on numerous patents on ”Vaccibodies”, ”Phagemers” and the ”Veltis®” technology.  She is co-founder of two biotechnology companies: Vaccibody A/S and Nextera A/S, and has consulted for Syntimmune A/S in Boston and Albumedix A/S in Nottingham. She serves on the board of the technology transfer office of Oslo University Hospital and the University of Oslo (Inven2 A/S), Oslo Cancer Cluster and the Investment Company Radforsk. 

The Sandlie group studies the structure and function of antibodies and T-cell receptors, the specific detection molecules of the adaptive immune system. The purpose of the work is to engineer antibodies and other molecules for use in therapy and as research reagents. Furthermore, studies of serum half-life and biodistribution of antibodies and albumin have been a focus of the group. 


Ilan Dehli Villanger

Ilan Dehli Villanger work as Senior Advisor at the MN-faculty at UiO. He is responsible for students (and colleagues) wellbeing, through counselling and tailor-made seminars. Ilan has developed a counselling method, where those who are counselled are being Met, Seen, Heard, Respected and Liked (MSHRL). Ilan thinks love/caring is essential being a human – thus being the faculty’s “love”-alibi. Ilans educational background is in the fields of psychology, sociology, business and marketing. He is a former Head-hunter and Entrepreneur and has worked at NTNU and UiO since 2005 and where he has guided more than 4500 students/employees.

Read about Ilan`s topic at the NFIF conference Mental health and coping with stress


Bjarte Reve

Bjarte Reve is an experienced executive in the life science industry and has worked in leadership positions in private and public healthcare. He’s today a partner in Considium Consulting Group and also the CEO of Nansen Neuroscience Network. 



Bjørgulv Vinje Borgundvaag

Bjørgulv Vinje Borgundvaag  is Chief Communications Officer and Political Advisor, Norsk Lektorlag.





How to integrate RRI in your project early and meaningfully

Moderator: Raffael Himmelsbach

Raffael Himmelsbach is coordinator for responsible research and innovation at the Centre for Digital Life Norway and senior adviser at NTNU. He earned his PhD in political science from the University of Lausanne in 2014, followed by postdoc appointments at Linköping University and Aarhus University. His academic expertise focuses on scientific governance, the role of expert advice in public policy, and participatory management of natural resources. He has worked in Switzerland, Mongolia, USA, Sweden, Denmark and Norway.

Link to abstract 


Increasing visibility and impact by social media 

Moderator: Elina Melteig (Communication Advicer, UiO) 

Elina Melteig work as a communications adviser and web editor at the Department of Chemistry at the University of Oslo. She has loved the natural sciences since she was a little girl, and this is why she wants to spread this enthusiasm for knowledge to the general audience. She took a masters and bachelor in bionanotechnology, but she also has a bachelor in arabic including media sciences as a part of that degree.

All differnet kinds of communication, from public speeches and events, to text, images and social media, is something she considers as a valid tool for sharing information.

Link to abstract


Writing press releases 

Moderator: Elina Melteig (Communication Advicer, UiO) 

Link to abstract


Writing up your PhD thesis - structure, level of detail, and enthusiasm! 

Moderator: Anne Gerd Granås (Professor, UiO) 

Link to abstract


Increasing your impact through innovation 

Moderators: Nils A. Labba (Doctoral Research Fellow, UiO)

Bjarte Reve (Head, Helseinnovatørskolen)

Link to abstract


Nordic POP - Network meeting for supervisors

Moderator: Ingun Tho, Professor, UiO



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Norwegian PhD School of Pharmacy (NFIF)

Published Jan. 8, 2019 5:48 PM - Last modified May 25, 2020 2:42 PM