Annual conference |

Annual national conference

Time: 27-28 October 2021

Location: Sola strandhotell, Stavanger

Registration: Closed.


Registration deadline: October 1st 2021. PLEASE NOTE: Those arriving from Bodø and Tromsø have to arrive on the 26th due to lack of connective morning flights.

Travel: We expect all participants to arrange their own travel to the venue. NORBIS 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’s been approved by us first.

Important information about travel reclaims: UiB has a new payment system and all non-UiB participants have to be registered in the new system. To avoid long waiting time for reimbursement, please send the following information to so we can give you access to the new system: Private email address, Private address, Date of birth and ID number (11 digits), Mobile phone number, Bank account number.

Preliminary pogram:  This year our focus will be on our students and their research. We will also have a session where the focus will be on motivation during your PhD given by psychologist Jan-Martin Berge.


26th October

Arrival for participants from Bodø and Tromsø. Some light food will be served in the evening. 


27th October


10:00-10:15        Welcome – Susanna Röblitz

10:15-11:15        Keynote lecture – Jan Hasenauer Bonn University. Click here for abstract.

11:15-12:00        Student talks 

12:00-13:00        LUNCH

13:00-13:45        Jan-Martin – motivation during your PhD

13:45-14:00        Break

14:00-14:45        Jan-Martin cont.- motivation during your PhD

14:45-15:15        Break

15:15-16:00        Student talks

16:00-16:15        Break

16:15-18:00        Poster session


Dinner at 19:00


28th October


09:00-10:00         Keynote lecture:  Lars Martin Jakt North University

10:00-10:45         Student talks

10:45-11:00         Break

11:15-12:00         Student talks

12:00-12:20         Wrap up

12:30-13:30         Lunch and travel home



Student talks and posters

We invite master students, PhD students and post-docs to present their research project during the annual meeting. This is a great opportunity to get feedback from fellow students and group leaders within bioinformatics, biostatistics and systems biology. The talks will be of a duration of 12minutes with additional 3 minutes time for questions and discussion. We will arrange a feedback committee for each session. As we have a limited number of sessions available for student talks during the meeting, we will select those who are invited to give a talk and expect that the rest will bring a poster instead. We will have one poster presentation and we like all poster presenters to give a short 1 min flash talk presenting your poster. How you like to present it, is up to you.


The conference is open for everyone. The conference is planned to be on site and NORBIS covers travel and accommodation for the members joining the conference.


About the conference

The NORBIS school organises an annual conference for all members. The conference aims at bringing together students and researchers, fostering collaboration between groups. The participants will learn about each others’ research, discuss science, be inspired by keynotes from leading researchers, and improve their scientific network. In particular the meeting gives an opportunity for the students to work on their presentation skills as each student gets feedback on her/his presentation from an appointed panel.


Previous conferences

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