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Annual national conference

Welcome to the 8th and last Annual NORBIS Conference 



Time: 24-28 October 2022.

Location: Rosendal Fjordhotel, Rosendal.

Registration: HERE.

Registration deadline: 21st of August. 


What to expect during the conference

This is five-day conference is arranged in collaboration with the MedBioInfo research school. The main focus will be on the students and their research, with four themed days from the core of NORBIS topics: Statistical methods and machine learning, systems biology and modelling, metagenomics, and population genetics. In addition to student talks and poster sessions, there will be invited keynote speakers and workshops related to that days topic. In addition, there will be a session on careers outside of university and a teambuilding session with VilVite, the science center in Bergen. 



All participants have to arrange their own travel to Bergen. On Monday October 24th, we have arranged one bus from Bergen airport at 14:30, and one from Bergen city at 14:00. On Friday October 28th, two buses will return from Rosendal, one before lunch and one after lunch, depending on participants flight return times. The estimated travel time is three hours each way. Should you need transportation to/from Rosendal at other times, the alternative is public transportation by ferry. Click here for the Hardangerfjord express time table. Note that the final departure times for the buses will be decided upon receiving order confirmations; the arrival time of flights from other Norwegian cities and Stockholm, and the train from Oslo, will be taken into account. 

NORBIS will cover travel and stay for all its members during the conference and you will be reimbursed for the travel costs after the conference. We will not cover expenses for taxi unless it has been approved by us first. Note that for the conference, the maximum amount we will reimburse for flights and train tickets is 2500NOK per person (unless approved by NORBIS before booking). The order confirmation needs to be sent to NORBIS by September 25th by email to contact-norbis@uib.no to verify your participation at the conference.


Important information about travel reclaims

UiB uses a payment system called PayMe, and all non-UiB participants have to be registered in the system. To avoid long waiting time for reimbursement, please send the following information to contact-norbis@uib.no so we can give you access: Private email address, Private address, Date of birth and ID number (11 digits), Mobile phone number, Bank account number. 


Preliminary program:

The program may be subject to minor changes.


24th October – Welcome to the NORBIS conference 2022 

17:30                         Arrival in Rosendal by bus 

18:30                         Welcome session

18:40                         Keynote lecture: Alexander Schug, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

20:00                         Dinner 


25th October – Statistical methods and machine learning 

09:00-10:30              Workshop: Differentiable programming for flexible modeling”. Maren Hackenberg and Harald Binder, University of Freiburg

10:30-11:00              Coffee break 

11:00-12:30              Workshop continued + keynote lecture: “Differentiable programming for flexible dynamic modeling with small data” Harald Binder, , University of Freiburg

12:30-13:30              Lunch 

13:30-15:30              Student talks 1 

15:30-16:00              Coffee break 

16:00-18:00              Teambuilding with VilVite 

18:00-19:00              Poster session 1 

19:30                        Dinner 


26th October – Systems Biology and Modelling 

09:00-10:30             Workshop: Title TBA. Barbara Bakker, University of Groningen

10:30-11:00             Coffee break 

11:00-12:30             Workshop continued + keynote lecture: Title TBA. Barbara Bakker, University of Groningen 

12:30-13:30             Lunch 

13:30-15:30             Student talks 2 

15:30-16:00             Coffee break 

16:00-17:00             Keynote lecture: Title TBA. Andreas Raue  

17:00-18:00             Careers outside university 

18:00-19:00             Poster session 2 

19:30                       Dinner 


27th October – Metagenomics 

09:00-10:30              Workshop: Title TBA. Thomas Rattei, University of Vienna

10:30-11:00              Coffee break 

11:00-12:30              Workshop continued + keynote lecture: Title TBA.  Thomas Rattei, University of Vienna

12:30-13:30              Lunch 

13:30-15:30              Workshop + keynote lecture: “Identifying and characterising viruses from microbiomes”. David Páez-Espino, PolyBio

15:30-16:00              Coffee break 

16:00-18:00              Student talks 3 

18:00-19:00              Poster session 3 

19:30                        Dinner 


28th October – Population genetics 

09:00-10:00              Keynote lecture: Title TBA Milan Malinsky, University of Bern

10:00-10:30              Coffee break 

10:30-12:30              Student talks 4 

12:30-13:30              Lunch 

13:30                        Traveling home 



Hope to see you there!





Previous conferences

7th Annual conference: October 27-28 2021, at Sola Strand Hotel, Stavanger

6th Annual conference: November 3-4 2020, at Zoom

5th Annual conference: September 30 – October 2019, at Oscarsborg fortress, Drøbak

4th annual conference: October 17-19 2018, at Fleischer´s Hotel, Voss

3rd annual conference: November 8-10 2017, at Sommarøy Arctic Hotel

2nd annual conference: September 14-16 2016, at Selbusjøen Hotell & Gjestegård

1st annual conference: October 28-30 2015, at Rosendal Fjordhotel