NORBIS Summer School 2021

Bioinformatic tools for biological insight


TIME: August 16-20th, 2021

LOCATION: Virtual on Zoom. You can join the public lectures here.

SCHEDULE: We start Monday morning at 9am and close Friday afternoon at 4pm

MAX NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: 30 (for selected lectures and practical sessions, keynote lectures are open for all)

REGISTRATION: HERE if you like to join the whole summer school Deadline: August 5th. NORBIS members will be prioritized if the course is full.


CREDITS: 2 ECTS (for students participating in lectures and practical sessions throughout the whole week)


OPEN KEYNOTE LECTURES: Keynote lectures will be open to others with a Zoom link



Prof Karthik Anantharaman (University of Wisconsin-Madison USA)

Prof. Ariel Amir (Harvard University, School of Engineering and Applied Science, USA)

Benjamín Hernández-Rodríguez (Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine, Imperial College London, UK)

Prof. Tom Luk R Michoel (University of Bergen, Norway)

Prof. Albin Sandelin (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)

Prof. Adil Mardinoglu (KTH-Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, King’s College London, UK)

Dr. Gunnar Ø.I. Rø (Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Norway)

Prof. Anagha Joshi (University of Bergen, Norway)

Dr.  David Burstein, (Tel Aviv University, Israel)

Prof. Leo Lahti (University of Turku, Finland)

Prof. Sam Subbey (Western Norway University of Applied Sciences and Institute of Marine Research, Norway)

Prof. Dr. Olaf Wolkenhauer (University of Rostock, Germany)

Prof. Trine Rounge (Norwegian Cancer Registry and University of Oslo, Norway)

Prof. Vera Pawlowsky-Glahn (Universitat de Girona, Spain)

Dr. Tamas Korcsmaros (Earlham Institute and Quadram Institute, UK)

Henning Hermjakob (European Bioinformatics Institute, UK)

Prof. Dr. Johannes Griss  (Department of Dermatology, Medical University Vienna, Austria)


PROGRAM: You can find the  program HERE


ORGANIZING COMMITTEE: Anna-Simone J Frank (UiB), Chloe Rixon (UiO), Paula Istvan (UiO), Rajesh Shigdel (UiB), Sven Le Moine-Bauer (UiB), Vandana Ravindran (UiO)



The course will provide introductory lectures on methods in bioinformatics and biostatistics used for data analysis in different biological fields. The topics of the lectures cover single cell, gene regulation, Omics, COVID 19 , Microbiome and Cancer.


Due to the digital nature of the Summer School, data challenges will be held sporadically for some lectures. There they shall encourage students to build interdisciplinary teams to solve important question in bioinformatics/systemsbiology.


The aim of the course is to bring together students from different discipline bridging the gap between experimental biology/biochemistry, biostatistics, bioinformatics  and systems biology/medicine.


We like all participants to give a max. 5 min flash talk about their PhD project. This can be a poster or 1-3 ppt slides.



After completion of this workshop, participants will be able to

  1. Improved knowledge of biological background of NORBIS related fields.
  2. Knowledge about data types and methods for bioinformatic analysis in NORBIS related fields.



No exam. Registration is binding and students must be present throughout the whole week.


No prerequisites. NORBIS members will have priority.