Anina Sætre Bjørnhaug

Advisor and local project coordinator, Norwegian Institute of Public Health

Anina Sætre Bjørnhaug currently works as an advisor and administrative coordinator at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH). She’s involved with several twin studies, as well as the 7th framework project Biobank Standardisation and Harmonisation for Research Excellence in the European Union (BioSHaRE-EU) and the Biobank Norway initiative, which is a national hub working with the BBMRI-ERIC. Her work mostly concerns strategic integration within the biobank community, and her interest lie with the ethical, social and legal aspects of this field of research. In 2013, Anina was in charge of coordinating the International Biobanking Summit II in Graz, Austria, which congregated more than 200 researchers and policy makers from 35 countries. Her background is from the social sciences; she achieved a combined Bachelor’s degree in social anthropology and organizational psychology from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim in 2010, and went on to study the transformation and use of welfare technology while attending a two-year Master’s program at the University of Oslo (UiO). Inspired by frameworks developed within Science and Technology Studies (STS), her thesis describes cross-sectorial transfer of global positioning device (GPS) technology and the development of a new technical aid within the Norwegian health care sector.