Young talents – career opportunities beyond academia

At this seminar PhD students, postdocs and Master´s students in life sciences at UiO and NMBU had the opportunity to create networks outside academia.  Watch videos and see pictures from the event.

Pictures and videos from the event

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Young talents, UiO and NMBU Oslo Life Science 2019

The event was organized for the first time in 2018. The response was overwhelming and the 100 places were fully booked in a short time both in 2018 and 2019. 

The seminar consists of three parts

  • 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM: An inspirational talk and short introductions from people working outside of academia who will tell how they are working and how they got there, see list of speakers below.
  • 3:00 PM– 4:30 PM: A speed networking event where students have the opportunity to sit down and talk to companies, see list of companies below.
  • 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM: A social event with refreshments where students and companies can mingle


1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

An inspirational talk and short introductions from people working outside of academia on how they are working and how they got there.


Professor Gro Bjørnerud Mo, Pro-Rector, UiO

Professor Solve Sæbø, Pro-Rector, NMBU


Inspirational talk: My life in AstraZeneca – from reluctance and arrogance to passion and purpose
Matti Ahlqvist                                                           
AstraZeneca, Site director Mölndal Global Medicines Development

AstraZeneca is a multinational pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical company. Cambridge, UK, is the headquarter. Mölndal near Gothenburg is one of three R&D sites. The focus for this site is research on traditional chemical drugs.

Heidi Yvonne Grønnevik, Tine
Leader of product and technology development

Tine is Norway's largest producer, distributor and exporter of dairy products.

Sigrid Fossheim, GE Healthcare
Product leader for Omnipaque one of GE Healthcare's most widely used contrast agents used during imaging procedures for diagnostics.

GE Healthcare is a manufacturer and distributor of diagnostic imaging agents and radiopharmaceuticals for imaging modalities that are used in medical imaging procedures.

Anders Karlsson-Drangsholt, Bellona
Senior adviser, aquaculture

The Bellona Foundation is an independent non-profit organisation that aims to meet and fight the climate challenges, by identifying and implementing sustainable environmental solutions. 

Hanna Storlien, Geno
Breeding researcher, the research and development group

Geno is the breeding organization of Norwegian Red, the main dairy breed in Norway. Geno distributes genetic material to more than 30 countries worldwide.

Ana Lobato Pascual and Krister Andersson, 

IVF Fit has developed personalised hormone dosage for IVF treatment. Ana and Krister met at the School of Heath Innovation at the Faculty of Medicine at UiO. Their team is one of the projects in UiO:Life Science’s innovation programme SPARK Norway.

Christine Spiten, Blueye robotics


Blueye robotics makes underwater drones. They want to make the beauty of the oceans, and the dangers they face, visible for everyone – everywhere.

Chair: Julie Sørli Paus-Knudsen 
Phd at Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis, UiO
and former board member of UiO:Life Science.

3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Speed networking where you  have the opportunity to sit down and talk to companies.

You can meet representatives from: 

AbbVie, Astra Zeneca, Bayer, Bellona, Cancer Registry of Norway, GE Healthcare, Geno, Innovation Norway, Institute for Energy and Technology (Ife), Link Medical, Norwegian Agricultural Extension Service, Norwegian Veterinary Institute, Novartis, PCI Biotec, Pfizer, PubGene, REdu, ShareLab AS, Simula, The Life Science Consulting Group, The Norwegian Food Safety Authority, The Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA), The Research Council of Norway, Thermo Fisher Scientific and Tine.

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Refreshments and mingling

The University of Oslo and the City of Oslo invite all participants of the Oslo Life Science Conference to attend a reception in Oslo City Hall at 17.30 after the main event of the Oslo Life Science Conference 11 February. 

The seminar has been developed in close collaboration between UiO:Life Science; NMBU; the PhD organizations at UiO and NMBU, UiODoc and SoDoc; the career centres at UiO and NMBU; as well as a student representative from the UiO:Life Science board.


Career Centre at NMBU

Published Jan. 7, 2019 3:05 PM - Last modified Feb. 7, 2020 5:12 PM