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Collaborative scientific software development

5. March, 2019

NORBIS collaborates with Digital Life Norway about this new workshop in how to work collaborative in scientific software development. What comes next once you’re comfortable with the syntax of a programming language or two, and have written some small programs for yourself? Once a project grows to a certain size, factors beyond the immediate programming task take more and more time, and the social aspects of software development become more important.

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

19. December, 2017

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!):

– basic and advanced statistics
– proteomics analysis (statistics and bioinformatics)
– machine learning
– high dimensional data analysis
– small RNA analysis
– network biology
– programming and reproducibility
– 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  1st March 2018.

The same principles behind the internet, social networks and biological networks

14. December, 2017

Illustration: Colourbox

NORBIS, supported by CCBIO, DLN and CBU, recently hosted a workshop on “Network Biology/Integromics Bioinformatics – Applications Towards Medicine” at Grand Hotel Terminus in Bergen, August 23rd-25th 2017.

Konstantina Dimitrakopoulou and Eli Synnøve Vidhammer at CCBIO have written a nice report about the workshop at the CCBIO webpages, which you can read here.

In association with this workshop, keynote speaker Professor Albert-László Barabási gave an exciting Horizon lecture at the UiB Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, this can now be enjoyed here.

More photos from the workshop are posted at our Fabebook page here.


Key lecturer Albert-László Barabási dicussing network medicine, from cellular networks to the human diseasome. Photo: Tomasz Furmanek

Alfonso Valencia explaining networks based approaches for the study of epigenomics.

Meeting Albert-László Barabasi after the lectures; including Inge Jonassen, Konstantina Dimitrakopoulou, Eileen Marie Hanna and Christine Stansberg.

Hands-on material for ‘Network Biology/Integromics Bioinformatics – Applications Towards Medicine’ finally available!

8. September, 2017

Photo: Tomasz Furmanek

We know that many of you are waiting patiently for the hands-on material, presentations and recordings from the recent workshop ‘Network Biology/Integromics Bioinformatics – Applications Towards Medicine’. While processing of the recordings takes quite a while, we are happy to announce that the presentations and practical material from the two hands on sessions, on Cytoscape with Pablo Porras Millan and R with Aris Vrahatis, is now avaliable from the workshop webpage! Scroll down to the hands-on session and you will now find links to the material.

We will keep you posted on when the recodrings are available – thanks so much for your patience. 

New workshop on ‘Applied Structural Bioinformatics’

17. August, 2017

NORBIS is pleased to now offer a workshop on ‘Applied Structural Bioinformatics‘, which will take place in Bergen October 16-20. This workshop will provide a practical introduction to popular tools for biomolecular visualisation, analysis and simulations. Lectures will be given by both international and local speakers from the research fields of structural bioinformatics and computer-aided drug design, including the principal developers of Bio3D. Read more and register here by September 15.


Want to organise a course or a workshop for NORBIS?

17. August, 2017

NORBIS again invites you to propose a course or workshop within any of our fields. If you carry an idea for a course or workshop, and perhaps would like to invite national or international experts, we hope that you now will take the opportunity to develop this with our help. It may be completely new, or based on existing events that may be adapted to fit the NORBIS format. NORBIS courses are ideally organised in a biannual fashion. We therefore encourage organisers of previous courses to apply with the same proposal as earlier, but please add a summary of the participation and evaluation from the last round, as well as a note describing any updates and changes.

Our students wish for courses covering the following topics, among others: multivariate statistics analysis, analysis of next generation sequencing data, metagenomics, systems biology and integration of omics data and machine learning. You are free to propose other courses within the scope of NORBIS. Please visit our course webpage to get an overview of the courses that we already offer, and to read our guidelines. The content and format of a workshop may be different from that of a course. A NORBIS workshop can be shorter, more focussed, closer to frontline research, and not necessarily teaching basic concepts, e.g. with students working on their own data.

Our financial support may cover compensation for preparation and teaching, and, in the case of courses, honorarium for national or international experts. Our administrative support may help during both planning and execution, and will ease the process of making the course available across institutions.

We will compensate courses financially by 60 000 NOK per week of teaching. This sum should cover preparation and teaching for internal as well as external lecturers, and will be paid to the responsible department, which in turn will work out the financial details together with the responsible researchers. We will further fund accommodation, diet and travel-related expenses for our students, course organisers and invited speakers on top of this. Read more and register your course here.

For workshops, we will cover travel expenses for our students and internal and external lecturers, but do not offer compensation for preparations or teaching. Read more about our workshops and register here.

Call closes October 20 2017.

Workshop on ‘Causal methods relevant for registry-based health research’

1. August, 2017


Want to learn more about health registry research? 

The Health Registries for Research (HRR) infrastructure project gives a workshop on ‘Causal inference in health registry research’ in Oslo 30 Nov-1 Dec, and NORBIS will support travel and accommodation for members who want to participate.

You may read more and register here (registration is open until the seats are filled up, so hurry up and register!). 

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