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Registration now open for our 4th annual conference – October 17-19

29. June, 2018

We are excited to invite you to join this year’s annual conference of NORBIS, the national research school in bioinformatics, biostatistics and systems biology. Our fourth conference takes place in alpine surroundings at Voss, along the train track between Oslo and Bergen, on October 17-19. Join us there for great talks by international experts and PhD candidates, poster sessions, team building activities and an opportunity to build your network and hang out with a great gang of people sharing many of your interests.

The conference is open for everyone. We cover travel and accommodation costs for all PhD students, and master students and post docs can apply for support. We also want to encourage supervisors and other researchers to join our conference, both to facilitate discussion across several levels of experience, to inspire our students, and to increase your own national network.

Read more and register here by September 10!

Want to organise a course or a workshop with support from NORBIS?

18. June, 2018

Do you carry an idea for a course or a workshop within the fields of bioinformatics, biostatistics or systems biology? Want to invite international experts to give lectures at this event? Once again it is time for NORBIS to ask you to propose a course or a workshop to be organised with financial and administrative support from us. We welcome brand new ideas, as well as adaptations of already existing courses and workshops.

Our financial support will cover travel related expenses for invited and internal lecturers as well as participating student members, for both courses and workshops. For courses, we will in addition give a flat sum of 60 000 NOK per course to the responsible department, to compensate time spent preparing and teaching the course. Our administrative support may help during both planning and execution of the course or the workshop, and will ease the process of making a course available across institutions.

Please visit this page to get an overview of the activities that we already offer, and to read our guidelines.

Our members currently have the following topics on their wish list (among many other!):

– proteomics analysis (statistics and bioinformatics)
– basic and advanced statistics on molecular data (in high demand!)
– high dimensional data analysis
– evolutionary genomics
– network biology
– machine learning
– clinical NGS analysis
– open source data

You are of course free to propose other topics within the scope of NORBIS.


We aim for our courses to be organized in a biannual fashion. We therefore encourage organisers of previous NORBIS courses to apply with an updated proposal, and to kindly add a summary of the participation and evaluation from the last round, as well as a note describing any updates and changes.


Please read more and register your proposal here: by  September 28 2018.

Nature Masterclass on scientific writing, September 6-7

12. June, 2018

We are happy to again offer you the opportunity to attend a Nature Masterclass workshop on scientific writing, in Fredrikstad September 6-7. The training is delivered by two senior editors from the Nature Publishing Group (Nature Biotechnology and Nature Communications), who will teach you how to get the most out of the writing process, to understand the editorial processes and how to work with them, and to know what it takes to get published in top-ranked journals.

This workshop is organised as a collaboration with the national research schools ForBio, IBA, NFIF and DEEP. NORBIS has a limited number of places at this workshop, and will prioritise senior PhD students already in the process of preparing a manuscript. In the submission form, you will be asked to upload an abstract for the paper you plan to work on during the workshop. We will select those of you whom are most likely to benefit from this workshop.

Read more and register here by August 1.