IBA-PhD seminar and social activities – 26th of October in Oslo

This year, IBA-Phd organized a short seminar for all IBA-Phd members focusing on mental well-being the day before IBA annual meeting (arranged by UiO in Oslo). The seminar covered a lecture about “mindfulness and imposter syndrome” and a YOGA session followed by team-building activity and dinner plan, where IBA-PhD’s interact and get to know each other more. The central theme of the seminar was to learn how to cope with situations where we struggle within academia and battle with imposter syndrome, anxiety, and stress. The speakers were reflecting upon their stories of failure and struggles and a strategy that they used to overcome these issues

We had Helga Eggebø, a researcher at Nordlandsforskning, talk openly about the issues that are recognizable for many of us but are still difficult to articulate. Also another speaker was Stian Grastveit, a professional cross-country skier until this year. He gave lectures on mental health and used his own experiences to show the public how we can create more inclusive and understanding environments that invite better performance. We also had a YOGA workshop and mindfulness session by Glød Yoga. The yoga session taught us how to relax and focus during working time, and all of the sessions were very engaging and inspiring.


During the PhD journey, sooner or later, the stressful phase comes where it’s easy to get a breakdown. Thus, this seminar aims to benefit PhD students concerning their mental health and peacefulness so that they learn how to handle struggling situations and create a friendly working environment. We had 21 physical participants of IBA-PhD members from UiB, UiT, NMBU, UiO, OsloMet and NTNU at the Nationaltheatret Conference centre in Oslo.

IBA local meeting Trondheim

The IBA committee in Trondheim organized a great local meeting on the 28th of September 2022. We came together for a workshop on how to find our voice in science communication presented by Julius Wesche (researcher and founder of “Science Communication Accelerator”).

Working in small groups, the attendees developed strategies and topics on how to communicate their science. The workshop and the following dinner offered a great opportunity for us to get to know new and senior members of IBA Trondheim.

News from IBA

UPCOMING IBA COURSES

Nov 7-11: Course on Molecular Mechanisms of Inflammation (NTNU)

Nov 14-15: IBA course on Pathogenic Immune Evasion Strategies (NTNU)

Nov 14-18: NDPIA course on Microbiota and Health (Sweden)

Nov 30 – Des 2: Advanced course on Scientific Illustrations (Online)                     

Des 12 -16: Scientific writing with Mathew Stiller Reeve PART 2 (Online)

IBA annual meeting 2022 is taking place in Oslo (October 27-28). Click here for more information!

IBA GRANTS FOR RESEARCH STAYS

The IBA graduate school runs into its last year in 2023

If you are planning to apply for a travel grant, please be aware that you need to complete your travel before November 2023 latest (so your travel claim can be processed in time)

NB! We have utilized all budgeted funding for travel grants in 2022. There are still openings available for activity in 2023. Read more and apply here.

The second IBA Principles in Infection Biology course finished last week!

This year`s Principle of Infection Biology course was arranged in Tromsø at UiT The Arctic University of Norway from May 30 to June 3, 2022.

The course provided lectures on basic concepts of infection biology spanning the disciplines of host-parasite interaction and infections caused by bacteria, eukaryotic microbes and viruses. Lecturers included researchers of renown from the University of Virginia, University of Cambridge, Imperial College London, the University of Helsinki and many more (full schedule can be accessed here).

During the 5-day course the 22 students from IBA and the Swedish National Doctoral Programme in Infection and Antibiotics research school (NDPIA) presented their projects through poster presentations.

STUDENT REPORT from the EMBL-EBI course ‘Introduction to RNA-seq and functional interpretation’

April 2022. Author: Ataur Rahman

My PhD project aims to establish a novel basic knowledge of antimicrobial and antibiofilm compounds from rich marine sources in Arctic and sub-Arctic regions. This project applies a dual approach using marine bacteria for bioactive secondary metabolites and synthesized marine natural product mimics. Our aim is to find and evaluate exciting candidate molecules and document their potential for future drug development.

The discovery and characterization of such compounds may have the potential for clinical or industrial use. The work in this project involves a broad spectrum of experimental activities, from multi-omics to animal infection studies, and requires a good understanding of data analysis. I plan to conduct an RNA-seq experiment on bacterial biofilm, with and without novel antibiofilm compounds present, to determine the mechanism(s) of antibiofilm activity by observing the up- and down-regulation of genes. However, I did not have enough knowledge about the RNA-seq and how the RNA-seq data could be analyzed. When I saw that EMBL-EBI is offering a course on RNA-seq and IBA is funding the course, I applied and was lucky to get the funding for this course.

Picture 1: Participants in the course

It was a five-day course starting from 21st  February to 25th February this year. I was a bit anxious, as I did not have that much programming knowledge. The course was well designed with theoretical and practical sessions and was delivered by expert scientists from different parts of the world. The course participants were also from different countries. Although the course was held online, it was nice to meet new researchers who are also interested in learning about RNA-seq.

Picture 2: Busy with solving exercise

Previously, I planned to take service for the RNA-seq data analysis. However, now I am more confident in doing some coding and knowing different programs that I can use to analyze the RNA-seq data from my experiment. The author is grateful to IBA for funding, which helped to learn new techniques and meet knowledgeable scientists and future colleagues in RNA-seq. This course will help me assist with the functional analysis and interpretation of transcriptomic data that I plan to do in my PhD.

NDPIA course: Mosquito-borne pathogens and their vectors 

The National Doctoral Programme in Infections and Antibiotics (NDPIA) in Sweden invites IBA PhD and postdoc members to the PhD-level course on Mosquito-borne pathogens and their vectors 

When: 7 – 10 June, 2022
Where: Minor Groove, Umeå University, Sweden

Click here to see the preliminary programme

What:
The aim of this NDPIA course is to provide an in depth understanding of pathogen-vector interaction and transmission dynamics of mosquito-borne pathogen. It will provide better understanding of mosquitoes as vectors of arboviruses and parasites most of which are zoonotic in nature and affect both humans and animals.
The course will include various aspects of the mosquito vector including; ecology, biology, population genetics, competence, capacity and how these factors influence transmission to the susceptible host. The course will also cover vector surveillance, identification, diagnostics, prevention and control, as well as application of high-throughput sequencing platforms in virus discovery.

Suggested ECTS:
1.5 ECTS. This must be discussed with your University. You will receive a certificate stating the suggested ECTS, your attendance and the workload.

Register by April 30th!

IBA will cover travel (up to 3500 NOK) and accommodation for IBA PhD, research track and postdoc members according to our guidelines.

The course size is limited to 20 students and NDPIA students have first priority. Your place in the course is not confirmed until you get a confirmation from us.

Read more and register on the NDPIA homepage.

Course: Creating Scientific Illustrations in Tromsø

April 25th – April 29th

Image: Colourbox

The course will cover:

  • Principles of design and visual communication
  • How to apply these principles to illustration and graphic design, which in turn will inform all visual material you might want to create, including; graphical abstracts, presentation slides, poster presentations, journal articles, graphs, data visualization, project logos, and outreach material.
  • Best practices for poster and slide presentation design
  • Step by step method on how to draw your own research
  • Introduction to sketching by hand
  • Crash course in digital illustration with Adobe Illustrator or Gravit

By the end of the course, you will have practiced the theory and methods discussed in class by creating an illustration of your own research. Taking your ideas from conceptualization to final digital artwork.

Lecturer. Pina Kingman is a biomedical illustrator and animator. She holds a BSc in Cell Biology and Genetics from the University of British Columbia and an MSc in Biomedical Communication from the University of Toronto.

Open for. All IBA members. Travel and accommodation will be funded for IBA PhD/research track students and postdocs only.
 

Deadline for application:
March 21st

Antibiotics and Antibiotic Resistance course

This five-day intensive course introduces antibiotic resistance from a microbial perspective and from a clinical – One Health perspective.

April 4-8th 2022 – Hjortviken Konferens, Sweden

The course gives an in-depth overview on

  • the modes of action of different antibiotics and how microbes resist the effects of the antibiotics,
  • diagnostic methods to detect known and novel resistance genes,
  • the origins of resistance genes and the biological cost of resistance for the microbe, and
  • modern methodology for new antibiotic development and alternative therapeutics for infectious disease

The course is available to all IBA and NDPIA members.

Registration deadline: February 9th
Abstract submission deadline: February 20th

Get the chance to discuss your research with colleagues and build your national and international scientific network!

Workshops on Creating Scientific Illustrations and Scientific Writing

March 14-18 2022: Creating Scientific Illustrations course

Do you want to use illustration as an effective communication tool?

Learn the essentials of graphic design and visual communication theory, drawing by hand and drawing digitally during this 5-day virtual course.

The course tuition is free for all IBA members. Course teacher: Pina Kingman


Registration deadline: 14 February

March 28-30 2022: Scientific Writing Workshop

In collaboration with Digital Life Norway Research School, IBA invites its members to join for a three-day workshop on scientific writing, tailor-made for PhD candidates and postdocs in biotechnology.

All expenses (travel, hotel, diet, and course fee) are covered for IBA PhD students/research track students and postdocs. Only five places are available for IBA members.

The course is held at Kirkebyfjellet in Meråker.

Registration deadline: 15 February.

NCMG meeting – December 9-10

The Norwegian Consortium for Microbial Genomics (NCMG) is a national network bringing together scientists with complementary expertise to exchange knowledge about transmission of infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance. 

The next NCMG meeting will take place December 9-10, 2021 at 13:00-16:30 at Lovisenberg diakonale høgskole (and online). 

Due to the evolution of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic these last weeks and the further social restrictions that are expected from the government this evening (Des 7), it has been decided to have the 5th NCMG meeting virtual. This means that the reception that was planned for Thursday evening is also cancelled.

IBA collaborates with NCMG, and several IBA members are presenting their work at the meeting. Please see link for detailed programme: PDF.

There is no participation fee. However, please note that IBA cannot cover any expenses for those who attend in person.

Please register using the following link: Registration NCMG.

For questions contact: Jorun Hill at NIPH.

Meeting place: Lovisenberg diakonale høgskole, Lovisenberggata 15B, 0456 Oslo, Room 201

Map and directions

More information: www.ncmg.no

(NB – the address stated in the registration form is no longer valid)