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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.

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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.


Time and place: October 4-7 (Week 40 ). Participants physically present in Bergen depending on COVID restrictions – otherwise online.

The course is intended for PhD-students and post-docs working in immunology or vaccine related projects. It will provide an introduction to the history of vaccines, vaccine development, immunological mechanisms of protection, clinical trials, adjuvants and mode of action of different types of vaccines. It will be held as a combination of lectures and student assignments. Course is built on the HUVIR320 course previously held at UiB. 

Click here for more information on the course and instructions on how to register. Please note that the course will be limited to 20 participants. Please register before 2nd September.

Course on infection and cancer

Our sister organisation in Sweden, NDPIA, in collaboration with Umeå Centre for Microbial Research (UCMR) is offering a course that combines introductory lectures and student learning activities with an international symposium on infection and cancer. International experts will present basic concepts on principles by which viruses and bacteria subvert the cellular micro-environment to cause cancer.

Participants will have an opportunity to:

  • Design experimental models to address knowledge gaps in infection and cancer
  • Discuss their research with colleagues and international researchers in the field
  • Build their national and international scientific network
  • Discuss with experts working within infection and cancer research

The course will be online from 23rd – 27th August. Registration deadline: August 4th, 2021.

Click here for more information and instructions on how to register. Contact IBA coordinator for any questions.

IBA annual meeting 2021

Date/Time: Nov 01, 2021 – Nov 02, 2021, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Meeting location: Thon Conference Universitetsgaten (TCU), Oslo

We are happy to invite all IBA members to the IBA Annual Meeting 2021 at the Thon Conference Universitetsgaten in Oslo! 

You can register herethe registration deadline is August 30th

The meeting fee, accommodation, and travel expenses (economy class only) will be covered for all members and associates.

For attendees who need accommodation, the Hotel Bristol will be booked for the night of November 1st and all meals are included. The hotel is located 100 meters away from the meeting location. 

All IBA PhD students, postdocs and research track students attending the annual IBA meeting are expected to present their research projects in oral or poster presentation sessions. Please submit your abstract here by September 15th. There will be prizes for the best poster and best oral presentation!

The topics that will be covered in the meeting include antimicrobial resistance and One Health, novel antimicrobials and probiotics, host-pathogen interactions and microbial genomics and metagenomics. Updates on the tentative program, keynote speakers and more practical information will follow later.

Click here for more information

Contact information:

For question regarding the meeting hosted by NMBU in Oslo (agenda, hotel and other practicalities): Özgün C. Onarman Umu

For IBA-related questions: Chris Hadjineophytou


Time and place: 29th of November 2021 – 3rd of December 2021 (Week 48), 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. During one-week course, there will be practical sessions where the students will get a practical approach on the microbial genomics and metagenomics data analysis with no bioinformatical skills are expected.

Please visit our courses and events page for more information.

IBA offers support for travel and accomodation for our PhD and research track members.


Monday October 18 – Friday October 22 – 2021 at UiT – The Arctic University of Norway.

The course will provide detailed insight and knowledge of antimicrobial resistance in bacteria. The objectives will include understanding of principles regarding antibiotic resistance, methods for detection of resistance, clinical breakpoints, resistance epidemiology, mechanisms for resistance development/evolution and spread, drivers behind development of antimicrobial resistance, clinically important resistance mechanisms in bacteria, molecular methods for typing of resistance bacterial clones and concepts in drug discovery.

Please visit our courses and events page for more information. The application deadline for students not registered at UiT is on June 1st.

*course programme updated on May 21st

IBA offers support for travel and accomodation for our PhD and research track members.

Disputation – IBA member Marta Gómez Muñoz

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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:  

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:

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