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Historical event coming up in Oslo, Monday November 5th: Harris Lewin, head of The Earth BioGenome Project, meet the Norwegian science, business & innovation communities at Oslo Science Park organized by the Life Science Cluster and the Biotechnology Council, launching the giant bio project in Scandinavia.

For the first time in history, it is possible to efficiently sequence the genomes of all known eukaryot species. The Earth BioGenome Project (EBP) aims to sequence all the millions of species so far hidden from science.


This project is a moonshot for biology, and has the potential to transform our understanding of life on Earth, and to bring innovative solutions to all the big challenges of our time. 

How can Norway contribute to and benefit from this major opportunity?

Learn more on the 5th of November when Harris Lewin, professor and chair of EBP, is coming to Oslo!




Click here to see the program as PDF


MODERATOR: Kristin Halvorsen, Head of The Norwegian Biotechnology Advisory Board

14.30: Registration, coffee & tea

15.00: Welcome & Introductions – Marius Øgaard, Managing Director, The Life Science Cluster & Øystein Lie, Professor Emeritus & Founder of GenoMar

15.10: The Earth BioGenome Project – Sequencing Life for the Future of Life, Harris Lewin, Professor & Chair of EBP

15.50: From Linné to Lovelock (Gaia); the microbiome as a toll for understanding the major players in ecosystems, Dag O. Hessen, Professor University of Oslo

16.00: Norwegian Initiative for Biodiversity Genomics, Kjetill S. Jakobsen, Professor University of Oslo

16.15: Research Panel Discussion

  • Harris Lewin, Professor & Chair of EBP
  • Trond Ø. Jørgensen, Professor Emeritus UiT Arctic University of Norway
  • Kjetil Taskén, Head and Director of Institute of Cancer Research at Oslo University Hospital and Professor at University of Oslo
  • Simen Rød Sandve, Associate Professor Norwegian University of Life Sciences
  • Trygve Brautaset, Professor & Director for Centre for Digital Life Norway

16.40: Industry Panel Discussion

  • Harris Lewin, Professor & Chair of EBP
  • Frank Larsen, Managing Director, Klosser Innovation
  • Nicolas E. Vaugelade-Baust, Country Medical Manager (gen.med) Norway, Novartis
  • Sverre Bjørnstad, CEO Geno SA
  • Francis D´Silva, Vice President – Smart Care, Acando

17.05: Networking w/ food & drinks

Partners: The Life Science Cluster, TempoGene, Bioteknologirådet & Forskningsrådet