bioCEED’s competence project PRIME (How implementation of PRactice can IMprove relevance and quality in discipline and professional Educations) investigates how increased level of practical experience influences learning in higher education. PRIME is funded by The Research Council of Norway and is a collaboration between bioCEED, Uni Research Environment and private and public workplaces where biologists work.

A long term goal for PRIME is to evaluate how different teaching methods (with particular focus on practical work) affects the candidates career and work opportunities after completing their degree.


About biologipraksis UiB

The blog biologipraksis UiB (see screenshot on top of page) is written by biology students during internships in local companies. This work experience is part of the courses BIO198 and BIO298 at the Department of Biology, University of Bergen and was initiated by PRIME and bioCEED in 2014.

During the course, students perform relevant practical tasks at a workplace and develop work experience as biologists. Students choose their training host among a list of selected workplaces. The blogs report on:

  • Expectations about internships,
  • Experiences, collaborations and practical activities,
  • How theoretical knowledge is implemented in practical tasks,
  • Acquired knowledge linked to specific practical experiences,
  • Knowledge they would like to explore further at the University,
  • Transferable skills.

The blog biologipraksis UiB is available here.


Project members:


Torstein Nielsen Hole : PhD student

Torstein Nielsen Hole

PhD student

I am a Ph.D student part of the PRIME project and bioCEED. I am responsible for assessing and researching approaches to student learning in practice activities such as the workplace and field-work.
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Anne-Laure Simonelli : Postdoctoral Researcher

Anne-Laure Simonelli

Postdoctoral Researcher

With a background in marine biology (PhD) I am today a PostDoc at bioCEED involved in several projects including PRIME, iSCOPE and bioSKILLS. I am developing and testing novel pedagogies focusing on transferable skills specifically the 4 Cs: collaboration, critical thinking, communication and creativity. I aim to develop and evaluate the interdisciplinary culture, in particular in the interface man-environment/biology, and to increase awareness to stakes in the sciences & society interface.

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Gaute Velle : Professor II, Project Leader PRIME, Course Leader BIO298

Gaute Velle

Professor II, Project Leader PRIME, Course Leader BIO298

I am adjunct professor at the University of Bergen and research professor in the company Uni Research. I have a wide background of teaching at the university, while my job in Uni Research focuses on mitigation of human impact on aquatic ecosystems. This connection between the university sector and a professional practice as biologist is highly relevant for PRIME and for the internship course BIO298.

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