All posts by Tina2 Svingerud

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(NB – the address stated in the registration form is no longer valid)

IBA Annual Meeting 2021

The IBA annual meeting took place  November 1st  and November 2nd 2021 at Thon Conference Universitetsgaten (TCU), Oslo and assembled more than 100 participants.

IBA Annual Meeting participants 2021

IBA congratulates Amanda Singleton & Olaug Bergum (NTNU) and Ragnhild S. R. Sætra (NTNU) for best poster and oral presentation prize, respectively.

Best poster prize: Olaug Elisabeth Torheim Bergum and Amanda Holstad Singleton for the poster on “Determining the Experimental Setup for Multi-Omics analysis of Bacterial Stress Responses”
Best oral presentation prize: Ragnhild Sofie Ragnhildstveit Sætra with the talk “Molecular mechanisms in Mycobacterium tuberculosis-infected
macrophages

More information on the programme, keynote speakers and abstracts can be found in the meeting booklet under.


Organising committee: Özgün C. Onarman Umu (NMBU), Yngvild Wasteson (NMBU), Marina Elisabeth Aspholm (NMBU), Camilla Sekse (NVI), Alejandro Jimènez Melèndez (NMBU), Ephrem Debebe Zegeye (NMBU), Kirill Ovchinnikov (NMBU) and Marita Torrissen Mårli (NMBU).

AUTUMN NEWSLETTER FROM IBA 🍁

News 💫

New contact info for IBA: iba-coordinator@ibv.uio.no


Grant for external courses (extended). For IBA PhD and research track students. Have you found a relevant external course at EMBL ,the Wellcome Genome Campus or Cold Spring Harbor (or elsewhere)? Please, apply here for IBA funding. New deadline for application: November 15th. This call is for courses taking place from October 2021 – April 2022. A new call will be opened in early 2022. 

Upcoming courses and events 

October

Academic Presentations. Nature Academy. October 25th – 26th. Virtual workshop where you learn how to make effective slides and posters, and to develop your verbal and non-verbal presentation skills. October 25th from 09-11 and 12-14. October 26th from 09-11. Please read more and register here: https://forms.gle/YgCiEbgkRvvJdCxc8. Open to all IBA members and associates!

November

IBA annual meeting – November 1-2. Oslo. We are looking forward to seeing you all in Oslo! This year´s annual meeting is arranged by IBA participants from NMBU. The deadline for registration has passed.

IBA/TTA Bioinformatics course – Level 2. November 3rd. This 3.5 h course is a continuation of IBA/TTA bioinformatics course level 1. Read more and sign up here. The course is open to all IBA members. Please note that due to the short length, IBA does not cover travel and accommodation. NB! Postponed

Communicating your Science to the Public. Nature Academy – November 8th and 9thThis virtual workshop provides attendees with practical strategies on how to communicate complex findings in an understandable manner for non-specialists. November 8th: 9-11 and 12- 14. November 9th: 9-11. Read more and register here: https://forms.gle/hckgW7Pi7rYiC3wj8. Open to all IBA members and associates!

IBA/TTA Bioinformatics course – Level 2. November 10th. This 3.5 h course is a continuation of IBA/TTA bioinformatics course level 1. The course is open to all IBA members.Keep the date, more information and registration link will follow later. Check the IBA course page for updated information. Please note that due to the short length, IBA does not cover travel and accommodation.

Pathogenic Immune Evasion Strategies – November 15th -16thTrondheim. This course will give an overview of the different ways of pathogens to evade the host immune system and more focused talks about specific pathogens and their evasion strategies. Read more and sign up here. Travel and accommodation are supported for IBA PhD students and research track students only. Registration deadline: October 15th.

Applying for Research Positions. Nature Academy – November 22nd – 23rdFinding the most appropriate research position for graduating students and post-docs completing their contract can be a formidable task. This workshop aims to give you the necessary skills to find and secure the right position for the next step in your career. November 22: 09-11 and 12-14. November 23: 9-11. Read more and register:https://forms.gle/NhVQJuSd6aqsCsXQ6. Open to all IBA members and associates!

IBA/TTA Bioinformatics course – Level 3. November 23rd. This is a half-day course at UiO on prediction of 3D molecular structure using PyMol and other tools. Keep the date, more information and link for registration will follow later. Check the IBA course page for updated information. The course is open to all IBA members. Please note that due to the short length, IBA does not cover travel and accommodation for this course.

One Health Approach to Zoonotic Infectious Diseases. November 29th – December 3rd. NMBU Ås Campus. This course will review the microbiology, epidemiology and pathogenicity of some of the most common bacterial zoonotic pathogens in Norway. In addition, the course will introduce the use of modern genetic methods in surveillance, outbreak investigations and research relevant to public health, food safety and veterinary medicine. Read more and sign up here. Travel and accommodation are supported for IBA PhD students and research track students only. Suggested credits: 2 ECTS.

December

Course on Creating Scientific Illustrations. December 6th – 10th. Virtual. 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 one week course. Suggested credits: 2 ECTS. Read more and sign up here: https://www.ibaschool.no/events/creating-scientific-illustrations-3/. If the course is full, places will be distributed to IBA PhD students/research track students > IBA postdocs > other IBA members. Deadline: November 15th. 

IBA/TTA Bioinformatics course – Level 3. December 15th. This is a half-day course at UiO on prediction of 3D molecular structure using PyMol and other tools. Keep the date, more information and link for registration will follow later. Check the IBA course page for updated information. The course is open to all IBA members. Please note that due to the short length, IBA does not cover travel and accommodation for this course.

Grant applications for IBA PhD / research track students

✈️ Travel Grants for Research Stays in Norway and abroad. IBA will take in rolling application from IBA PhD students (and research track students) through all the rest of 2021. Please read more and apply here.   

Course and Workshop Proposals Are you working in the field of infection biology and/or antimicrobials and carry an idea for a short course/workshop/event for this autumn that would fit for IBA members? Or maybe you would like to arrange a workshop for IBA members on transferrable skills? You can now apply for financial and administrative support from IBA! Please follow this link. New deadline for application: November 15th

Future activities under development

Antibiotics and Antibiotic Resistance Course 2022. Second offering of a high impact 5-day course that was first undertaken with the National Doctoral Program in Infection and Antibiotics of Sweden in 2018. The course is planned for spring/early summer 2022 (the precise dates are still under consideration). You can find the program from 2018 course here: http://www.ibaschool.no/2018/08/13/iba-ndpia-course-on-antibiotics-and-antibiotic-resistance/  

IBA course: Pathogenic Immune Evasion Strategies

IBA Trondheim is running a 2-day course on Pathogenic Immune Evasion Strategies from November 15-16th 2021 at Scandic Lerkendal. The course will most probably be a hybrid meeting where you can join also virtually.


Image: Colourbox.

Deadline for registration is October 15th

This course will give a general overview of the different ways of pathogens to evade the host immune system in addition to more focused talks about specific pathogens and their evasion strategies. This will include different bacteria like mycobacteria, N. gonorrhoeae, and S. aureus in addition to viruses and parasites. 

Prelimenary program: PDF

The course is aimed at IBA Ph.D. students/ medical or veterinary research track students, but also others are welcome to join.  Travel and accommodation expenses are included for IBA Ph.D. and research track student members only.

Course and travel grants and call for IBA course proposals

IBA has an opening in our 2021 budget and we therefore open a last-minute call for: 


a) Support for IBA PhD members to attend external courses. Are you an IBA PhD student (or research track student) and would like to attend a course another institution in 2021? Have you found a course at EMBL , the Wellcome Genome Campus or Cold Spring Harbor for example? Please apply here for IBA funding.


b) Course and workshop proposals. Are you working in the field of infection biology and/or antimicrobials and carry an idea for a short course/workshop/event for this autumn that would fit for IBA members? Or maybe you would like to arrange a workshop for IBA members on transferrable skills? You can now apply for financial and administrative support from IBA! Please follow this link.


Please note: application deadline for both calls:  October 15th. The call is for events taking place this year (2021). 

 c) In addition, we have also opened up applications for our regular “Travel Grants for research stays in Norway and abroad». We will take in rolling application through all the rest of 2021. Please read more and apply here.  

Questions? Please contact IBA.

Disputation – IBA member Marta Gómez Muñoz

Image may contain: Person, Forehead, Nose, Face, Cheek.
Photo: Amalie Huth Hovland, UiO

MSc Marta Gómez Muñoz from the Institute of Clinical Medicine at the University of Oslo will be defending the thesis Global responses to genotoxic stress and culture supplements in Mycobacterium tuberculosis for the degree of PhD (Philosophiae Doctor). 

She will have a digital Public Defence March 4 at 12:15 pm

Find link and information here:https://www.med.uio.no/klinmed/english/research/news-and-events/events/disputations/2021/munoz-marta-gomez.html  

She will also give a digital trial lecture on March 4 at 10:15 am on the given topic: Regulation of gene expression in response to stress in bacteria

Find link and information here:https://www.med.uio.no/klinmed/english/research/news-and-events/events/trial-lectures/2021/munoz-marta-gomez.html

1-week online workshop on scientific writing

IBA welcomes IBA members to a 1-week online workshop on scientific writing with Mathew Stiller-Reeve  12th-16th April.

This course is meant to provide a virtual space to meet up, learn, get motivated, write and talk about your writing. This course will be online to widen participation and interaction across the IBA network.

Read more and see the schedule on our course page

Happy people at the last IBA online retreat with Mathew in 2020


IBA member Christina Bleis is back from a research stay at Pennsylvania State University

Christina Bleis at Penn State

Christina Bleis: From March 11th to December 1st 2020, I had the pleasure to work on my PhD at the Center for Disease Dynamics (CIDD) at the Pennsylvania State University in US. Penn State is a top 25 research university with over 100,000 students.

Unfortunately, due to covid many attractions were closed and there were restrictions on social gatherings. Despite this, my research stay was a very exciting experience and highly productive in terms of PhD project progress.

Read more here.

TTA/IBA Bioinformatics course Level 1

In collaboration with Turning the Tide of Antimicrobial Resistance  (TTA), IBA ​invites IBA members to the second TTA/IBA Bioinformatics course Level 1 this year.

Wednesday, February 24th 2021 – Oslo, UiO, Domus Medica, L-257

This course will give you basic knowledge on whole genome assembly, including quality assessment of raw data (FastQC), adapter / quality trimming and contig assembly. You will also learn about the differences between De novo assembly and mapping to an annotated reference genome.