2020 has been a special, strange and challenging year! We would like to first thank all the participants of our courses and events (creating scientific illustrations, Covid-19 online seminar series, annual meeting, mindfulness and stress management and Nature Masterclass on scientific writing to name a few). Like so many other research schools, IBA had to postpone several courses and events in 2020. The upside is that we gained experience in hosting online events and webinars which will benefit all of us in the future!
In 2020, many research schools (including IBA) were mid-term evaluated by the Research Council. We are happy to announce that IBA was approved for three more years, and that in the process, we have received valuable feedback and guidance. The fruits of this process are an updated course portfolio that will be more thoroughly introduced later. We would briefly note that IBA will hold a core summer course in early June where will offer a thorough introduction to the Principles of Infection Biology. We are also planning courses on zoonotic infectious diseases, host-pathogen interactions, vaccines, microbial symbiosis/host microbiota and antimicrobial resistance (all in summer/autumn 2021). In addition, we will continue to offer workshops and courses on transferable skills (Scientific Illustrations (early March and autumn), Scientific Writing, Career opportunities after completing your PhD ++).
Lastly, we would like to take this opportunity to introduce the three new regional directors of studies! Welcome to Özgün Candan Onarman Umu, Kurt Hanevik and Synnøve Brandt Ræder who will be in charge of organising IBA courses and events at NMBU, UiB and NTNU, respectively. They will also serve as the local IBA contact people. Johanna Ericson Sollid and Mike Koomey will continue to fill these roles at UiT and UiO.
With that, we wish you a peaceful Christmas and a safe new year!
A big thanks to Catarina Moura for allowing us to share her Christmas stem cell tree with all of you! Read more about the making of it here
We can´t meet in person this year, but we will be meeting for local get-together dinners in Oslo, Trondheim, Tromsø and Bergen.
The committee in Trondheim has come up with an exciting program of plenary speakers.
Marc Dionne, Imperial College London. He has extensive experience in the use of the fruit-fly Drosophila melanogasteras a model organism studying how host genotype affects the biology of bacterial infection. In this session we will also have presentations on other animal models, including Zebrafish and mouse, and a panel discussion about animal models.
Dr Fatima AlZaharaa Alatraktchi. She was awarded the PhD thesis of the year award at Denmark Technical University in 2018 for her thesis ‘Micro- and nano-sensors for early diagnosis of bacterial infections’. Forbes business magazine has listed her as one of the 30 most influential people under 30 in Europe within science and health 2019.
Mona Johannessen is professor at Department of medical biology at the UIT Arctic University of Norway. Her research interests are on the interaction between host and microbe, and how microorganisms manage to escape human immune defenses. She has also an interest in extracellular vesicles. She will give a talk on host-pathogen interactions.
IBA PhD students, postdocs and research medical students will also be presenting their research.
17th of June 2020 the local IBA committee in Trondheim arranged a meeting informing about the IBA National Graduate School and its upcoming activities, and held a session on how to turn PhD degrees into meaningful careers. For the latter, Dr. Christopher Cornthwaite gave an inspiring online talk on the importance of owning your own career path and how to get the most out of your degree.
Chris is a PhD in religious studies and founder of the career-building Roostervane community for advanced-degree holders.
Nature Masterclass – Scientific Writing course. November 5-6th – Oslo. This course is organised in collaboration with the journal Nature! Learn how to get the most out of the writing process and how to get published in top-ranked journals. Read more here.
IBA course – Mol8009 – Molecular Mechanisms of Inflammation – NTNU – November 9-13. The course will give an overview of mechanisms and signaling pathways involved in inflammatory processes related to infections, but also sterile inflammation. Read more here.
Effective Collaboration in Research – Nature Masterclass. The course is online and you can start at any time you´d like. More information.
Start planning your application for travel grants for research stays in Norway and abroad. This is an offer for PhD-student members (and medical research students). You can apply from September 15th. Find out what you need for your application here.
Antibiotics and Antibiotic Resistance Course 2021. The course was planned for autumn 2020, but is now being postponed until spring/early summer 2021. The coursed was offered in 2018. Take a look at the program here.
We have invited Jørgen Kirksæther to talk about how to begin and how to improve existing applications.
All members are welcome.
Jørgen Kirksæther works as a senior adviser in the Section for Research at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at UiO. His fields of expertise is project administration and development, as well as application guidance.
Background: After just 42 days, Moderna produced a batch of vaccines ready for clinical trials- from sequence identification through vaccine design, manufacturing, and shipment.
Co-hosted by MIT’s Laboratory for Financial Engineering and Golub Center for Finance and Policy, join a conversation with Stéphane Bancel, CEO of Moderna, as he describes the science, business, and policy issues surrounding the first and currently only company with a vaccine for coronavirus in clinical trials at the National Institute of Health (NIH).
The project is also funded by The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), headquartered in Oslo.