General Information

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The Department of Biomedicine at the University of Bergen has roughly 200 members of staff and runs research at a high international level, primarily in the fields of biochemistry and molecular biology, cell biology and physiology. In addition, the department offers courses in medicine, dentistry, pharmacology and dental hygiene. The department offers a Master’s degree and PhD-programme in human biology, with study programmes in human physiology and medical cell biology.

The department is housed in a new and well-equipped research building, Bygg for Biologiske Basalfag (Basic Biology Building - BBB), connected by a bridge to Haukeland University Hospital. The department’s research is in the field of basal and translational biomedical research relevant to basal biological issues, a number of illnesses and biomedical innovation.

Our key areas of research are: biomedicine, translational research, cancer, neurology, physiology, cell biology, molecular biology, circulation, cell signal transduction, proteomics, electronic imaging, MRI and nano science.

The department’s websites (Public website, Internal website) includes information about the department's management, organisation and activities within its two main areas of responsibility: research and teaching.

Organisation and Contact information

Department management

Head of department: Frode Berven
Deputy chair: Frits Thorsen
Executive manager: Anita H. Garden
Safety officer: Juha Vahokoski

Address to the BBB

Department of Biomedicine
Jonas Lies vei 91
5009 Bergen

Important phone numbers

Department office (IBM) (+47) 555 86300
Information centre (+47) 555 86400
E-mail (IBM)
BBB Building operations (+47) 555 86250
Security, Haukeland (+47) 55 97 20 04

Emergency numbers

FIRE 110

Local emergency plan, IBM

The local emergency plan is an attachment to the central emergency plan for UoB and and UniResarch will be implemented on the occasion of major accidents, fires, explosions or other unexpected events that may have a major impact on the University as an institution.


The police and the fire department are responsible for handling major incidents on campuses and for establishing an emergency management. he University's emergency plans assist the emergency site management in their handling of such accidents aimed at protecting life and property. This will contribute to the provision of effective solutions and provide an overall response to the media. In situations where doubt may arise, the priorities are as follows:

  • Rescue and secure lives
  • Take care of the relatives
  • Internal and external information
  • Guard the environment against pollution
  • Guard material assets

Local responsibility

The Head of the Department is responsible for the local emergency organizational plan, and provides information and support, and acts as a contact person to the central emergency management. The vice head functions as the deputy.

Area Manager (EIA) is the local scene commander, see fire and evacuation plans. Contingency Selection is appointed centrally if needed.

The department is responsible for distributing information about who is responsible and where the various evacuation sites are located in (the fire safety chapter).

Organizational unit Name Telephone work Mobile
Area Manager (Area 4*) Arvid Arnesen 55 58 62 50 915 62 211
Head of the Department Frode Berven 55 58 67 43 991 63 866
Deputy chair Frits Alan Thorsen 55 58 62 72 957 49 681
Executive Manager Anita H. Garden 55 58 96 76
Leader of the Research Committee Ruth Brenk 55 58 60 70
Leader of the PhD committee Rolf Bjerkvig 55 58 63 52 951 18 268
Leader of the education committee Arne Tjølsen 55 58 67 86 928 04 707
HMS-Coordinator Juha Vahokoski 55 58 60 53


Any employee or student, who detects/observes a possible emergency, must alert:

1. Emergency support services! If there is a fire, trigger the fire alarm (push button on the wall).

The fire alarm will notify the Operations-department, the security guard at Haukeland University Hospital, the Fire Department will also be notified automatically. This will also initiate the local fire emergency plan in the building. The area manager is the responsible chief fire-manager.

2. Alert the security at Haukeland 55 58 20 86, if appropriate alert the security at the university 55 58 85 00.


  • If it is necessary to evacuate:
    • Evacuation is carried out according to the local evacuation plan, see the chapter about fire safety
    • People at risk are notified
    • Fire manager and area manager initiate evacuation if it is safe to do so
    • Evacuation of people who need assistance
    • The building is to be protected by closing all windows and doors
  • Meeting place
    • The parking lot at Ulriksbanens station (cable-car station) and the hill down toward the Haukeland University Hospital (Central block) and the Children´s Hospital (Pediatrics).
    • Head of the Department, vice head and executive manager assist in registration and support the evacuees at the place of evacuation
    • Områdeleder eller Instituttleder melder tilbake til UoB’s beredskapsledelse

As soon as possible after the emergency situation is resolved, local fire-officers from the different floors should gather for a status meeting with the central emergency management.

Assigning personnel

The Department is responsible for monitoring the need of assigning personnel to the central emergency management.


For further information please refer to the central emergency plan for UoB (Norwegian only).

Operations area 4, EIA/BBB

Operations area 4 EIA/BBB‎

Mail address:

Department of biomedicine

Postbox 7800

Jonas Lies vei 91

5009 Bergen

Tittel Navn Arbeid Mobil
Area Manager Arvid Arnesen 555 86250 915 62 211
Maintenance Manager Arild Villanger 55 58 62 10 41 41 89 29

All operation tasks, regarding operations area 4, must be ordered through LYDIA.

Acute operation-related problems can be called in to the Area Manager. A map of the university building is available through mazemap.

If there is operation-related issues in the afternoon/night time which include danger or risk for significant damage; contact the security at Haukeland (55 97 20 04)

Description of operation- and maintenance tasks

Operation tasks include
  • Fluorescent (room) lighting or other electrical systems
  • Cleaning
  • Waste handling
  • Questions regarding prices or ordering of
    • Painting work
    • Electrical work (electrical sockets / light switches etc.)
  • Reports regarding HVAC
    • Leaking taps
    • Blocked toilets, sinks, drains
  • Minor structural matters
    • (interior/exterior)
Maintenance tasks include
  • Plumbing
  • Heating
  • Ventilation
  • Cooling systems
  • Lifts
  • Electrical systems
  • Major structural matters
    • (interior/exterior)
  • Nitrogen (Gas)
  • Propane
  • Pressurised air

Ethical rules and external work

10 ethical rules for the University of Bergen Adopted by the University management 26.10.2006

10 rules regarding external work while working at the University of Bergen(Norwegian only) Adopted by the University management 26.10.2006