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Annual IBA meeting in Tromsø!


We are pleased to welcome you to the IBA annual meeting 2018 taking place October 29-30 in Tromsø! We are looking forward to meeting everyone over exciting talks and discussions. 

We have three key-notes speekers that will attend our IBA meeting: Sebastian Bonhoeffer (ETH Zürich), who studies population dynamics of virus infections within infected individuals, Fredrik Almqvist (Umeå University) who targets virulence, and Linus Sandegren (Uppsala antibiotikacentrum) that studies fundamental aspects of how resistance plasmids are maintained and disseminated between pathogenic bacteria and how they serve as platforms for evolution of antibiotic resistance.  

The meeting will be held at the Scandic Ishavhotel, Tromsø​ and all IBA members are welcome to apply. The deadline for application is September the 7th. To apply, please click here

Please find attached the tentative IBA høstmøte 29-30 okt for the meeting.

See you all at the meeting!



A unique intensive course on “Antibiotics and Antibiotic Resistance” is jointly organised by IBA and the National Doctoral Programme in Infections and Antibiotics (NDPIA) 26-30 November, 2018, at Hjortviken Konferens outside Gothenburg. The course features lectures by internationally leading scientists, opportunities for participants to present research in poster walks and ample time for networking. Scientific lectures describing antibiotic resistance from other perspectives focusing on ethics, public awareness and media are also included. The preliminary program is available here Preliminary Programme Antibiotics and Antibiotic Resistance NDPIA IBA

Registration deadline: 17 September 2018

For more details and information on how to apply see the course page.

1st Annual CryoNet Symposium


Time and place: October 8-9 2018, Copenhagen, Denmark

The 1st Annual CryoNet Symposium will gather Scandinavian researchers, students and technical staff to discuss the latest advances in Cryo-electron microscopy with some of the world leading researchers in the field.

International participants are also welcome to register! The maximum number of attendees are 150.

Abstract deadline: Abstracts will be selected for short talks and/or poster presentation. Send your abstract (max 300 words) to no later than August 31 2018.

For more information please visit this link.

Note: IBA cannot at this point support attendance of the symposium.

TTA Bioinformatics course Level 2


Venue: University of Oslo, Domus Medica, PC-stua (R211) 

Application deadline: August 27th 2018

Please sign up for the course here.

This course is a continuation of TTA bioinformatics course level 1 and requires some basic knowledge of whole genome assembly, including quality assessment of raw data, trimming and contig assembly. Although not a strict requirement, we do recommend participants to attend in level 1 before signing up for this advanced course.

Participants of the hands-on session must bring their own laptops. A list of required preparations including instructions on how to install Geneious trial version will be provided end of August.


Part I: Seminars 11:00 – 12:30:

Theoretical introduction to the course and short repetition of required level 1 content.

11:00 – 11:30  Timo Lutter (TTA) – SNP calling, phylogenetic tree building and whole genome alignment

                        Nermin Zecic (TTA) – RNAseq and differential gene expression

11:30 – 12:00  Henrik Hasman – (Statens Serum Institut, DK) – Identification of acquired antibiotic resistance genes with ResFinder

12:00 – 12:30  Jon Bolin (FHI) – Mechanisms of foreign DNA acquisition and their detection in microbial genomes

12:30 – 13:00  Lunch


Part II: Hands-on exercises 13:00 – approx. 17:00:

  • Map to reference assembly and building SNP trees in Geneious with RAxML(using Ebola virus isolates as an example)

  • Basic alignments of bacterial genomes and draft genomes to detect large-scale evolutionary events (rearrangements/inversions) with Mauve

  • RNAseq and differential gene expression in Geneious

  • Introduction to Center for Genomic Epidemiology and ResFinder for identification of antimicrobial resistance genes

NDPIA workshop on English writing and grant proposal writing


The National Doctoral Programme in Infections and Antibiotics (NDPIA)and the Swedish Society for Microbiology (SFM) are organizing a workshop on English writing and grant proposal writing followed by a one-day scientific meeting.

For additional information please see the events website.

These networking activities will be held outside Gothenburg and 5 IBA members (who have registered to NDPIA via by the time of registering to the activities) are very welcome to participate. Please note that abstract submission, poster presentation and participation in all activities 1-2 October is mandatory.

Interested IBA members are very welcome to contact Anna Holmström (
by 25 June at the latest, but preferentially before that, and she will guide the first five to the proper registration link. Free participation and accommodation for 1 October (in shared double rooms) will automatically be booked via the registration link – there is a possibility to have a single room for SEK 625. IBA will cover travel costs.



We have the pleasure to invite you to the Genome Maintenance and Turning the Tide of Antimicrobial Resistance Conference supported by IBA, Oslo:LifeScience, the Research Council of Norway, and OUS.

This joint conference will highlight recent progress in the understanding of genome maintenance systems in the development of AMR and how AMR represent a global threat demanding global joint action. 

Date: 9-12 October 2018
Venue: Holmen fjordhotell, Asker, Norway

For more information please visit the event's webiste.