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The annual meeting goes digital!

This year´s Annual IBA meeting on the 26-27th October goes virtual and all members are welcome!

We can´t meet in person this year, but we will be meeting for local get-together dinners in Oslo, Trondheim, Tromsø and Bergen.

Illustrasjonsfoto: The Trondheim committee has planned an exciting online program.

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.


The yearly social summer meet up in Oslo was this year held in the Botanical Gardens at the 3rd of July.

Prof. Hugo De Boer started the event with an inspiring seminar on the Impostor Syndrome, and we followed up by pizza and drinks.

Hugo de Boer on the imposter syndrome

Although the cold weather sadly sent us indoors, we had fun getting to know each other through great discussion and conversations!

Summer seminar – Trondheim

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.

Photo: Christopher Cornthwaite.

Chris is a PhD in religious studies and founder of the career-building Roostervane community for advanced-degree holders. 

20 people participated and pizza was served!

Information from IBA

Upcoming courses and events for IBA members

IBA annual meeting – October 26-27 – Trondheim. Open to all members. Read more and register here.

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.

Grant applications

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.

Application for financial support for external courses will be reopened October 15th. Read more and find courses here.

Future activities under development

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.

Not an IBA member? Apply for membership here.

IBA webinar: how to plan a grant proposal

Do you want to learn how and when to plan a grant application?

Read more here

 Registration: link

We have invited Jørgen Kirksæther to talk about how to begin and how to improve existing applications.

All members are welcome.

Bilde av Jørgen Kirksæther

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.

Focus Covid 19: webinar of potential interest to IBA members and faculties

Free online MIT seminar entitled “Dealing with Coronavirus: An Industry Perspective”. Wed, April 1, 2020, 10:30 PM – 12:00 PM CET.

Given by Stéphane Bancel, CEO of Moderna. Hosted by the MIT Sloan School of Management (Boston).

Link for info and registration:

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.

Update on the current situation and online course information

To our members:

We hope that you all are well and that you are settling into working at home, social distancing and the new reality created by the coronavirus situation.

As the Universities and laboratories are temporarily closed, we need to explore alternative means to effectuating IBA goals and services. In that context, we want to take this opportunity to remind you of the online course on Effective Collaboration in Research from Nature Masterclass.

Check out this YouTube video for more information:

In this highly-rated on-line course, you can learn how to join, set up and lead collaborative research projects at your own pace.

We look forward to working with you on this and other alternative learning and career developing activities in these “interesting” times.

To get access to the online course contact

Happy holidays from IBA

It is December and we want to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


We have several events in the planning for 2020 including:

  • One week intensive international course on Antimicrobial Resistance
  • Nature MasterClass writing course
  • Lyme disease symposium 
  • Workshops on molecular and clinical aspects of infection biology, antimicrobials, inflammation and immunity
  • Regional networking and career development events 

In addition, we offer financial support for participation in international courses and research travel.

So stay tuned.

Reminder: Applications for IBA travel grants for research stays in Norway and abroad are open with the deadline October 15th.

A new round of applications for the IBA travel grants for research stays in Norway and abroad is open with the deadline October 15th.


The grants are for research stays at a lab/research group and does not include conference- and course-related expenses.

Send in your application here!

We need:

–  an outline of the planned work at the host institute

–  a tentative budget explaining how you will use the funds you are asking for

– a signed invitation letter from the host/hosting institution

– a signed recommendation letter from your main supervisor

The grants are open for PhD students and medical research (“forskerlinje”) members

For more information about applying and maximum funding levels see here.

Last year we funded students to go to Belgium, USA and Spain, this year it might be your turn.

Read more about previous research stays in our archives, and please get in touch with Tina if you have any additional questions!