BioSpec's interdisciplinary summer school on mining of biospectroscopy data

Norwegian University of Life Sciences, together with Belarusian State University and United Institute of Informatics Problems (National Academy of Sciences of Belarus), is organizing a digital, interdiciplinary summer school for Master and PhD students dedicated to analysis of biological data in infrared spectroscopy. 

Date: June 14th - June 19th 2021

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Summer School

Maximum number of students: 25

Registration is open until April 5th.

Attendees will be introduced to the basics in cell biology, machine learning and physics of infrared absorption, explained by renowned scientists in the corresponding fields. The main aim of the summer school is to provide experience in solving a complex research problem in a multidisciplinary team. Students in biology, physics and computer science will work together on a two-day project culminating in a project defense and a presentation session for early-stage researchers to share their research findings with other participants. 

Completely digital

Following the success of the 2020 digital summer school, we have decided that the 2021 summer school will be completely digital as well. All lectures will be given online through video, group work will be online, and we will provide help through video. We will focus on social activities, to get a feel of a "regular" summer school, and so that you can get to know your team mates.

Be aware that the summer school is intensive, you will need to be available from about 8:30 - 17:30* CEST every day. All activities are manditory and we expect you to participate.

As the school will happen through video, you will need a stable internet connection and a camera so we can stay connected. You should check that your computer is able to use a video conference system (such as zoom) and the software tool Quasar at the same time.

BioSpec summer school 2020


Once you have registered and payed the fee, we will send you a link to the pre-course material. The pre-course includes several videos you have to watch, where each video has questions attached to it that you have to answer. You will not be able to participate in the summer school unless you pass the pre-course.

The pre-course questions should be handed in before May 16th.

Note that the pre-course material is quite time consuming. Do not put it off until the last day. 

I enjoyed working together with participants from different backgrounds, both academically and culturally. Together we were able to learn from each other, with guidance from knowledgeable tutors. The inspiring lecturers gave a sneak peek into their fields of work, and you got to see where what you learned during the week can be applied in real life.
Ingrid, student at BioSpec summer school 2020.

Temporary program and topics

The following topics will be covered during the summer school:

  • Cell biology
  • Spectroscopic methods
  • Light scattering and pre-processing
  • Data pre-treatment
  • Analytical methods used in biology
  • PCA
  • Clustering
  • Basic regression, multi-block, PLSR
  • Machine learning
  • Deep learning
  • FTIR-imaging

Temporary program:

Temporary program BioSpec summer school 2021


Certain topics from cell biology, machine learning and spectroscopy will be covered extensively during the summer school. Participants are expected to have an intermediate-level English sufficient to participate and be successful in the learning process. Solid reasoning, ability to grasp quickly interdisciplinary relations and experience with group work is highly appreciated.

We wish to have people from all natural sciences, and encourage you to register for the course.

You have to be a master student or higher to attend the summer school.

Preliminary Dates

  • Early February: Registration opens
  • April 5th: Registration closes
  • April 9th: Acceptence e-mails and payment information sent out
  • April 9th: Pre-courses sent out
  • May 16th: Deadline for delivering pre-course questions
  • June 14th - 19th: Summer school!

A comprehensive and practical introduction to biological FTIR data processing and analysis. Very much recommended if you plan on applying IR spectroscopy to your own research.

Pjotr, student at BioSpec summer school 2020.


The summer school fee is 100 €. The cost covers course materials and administrative expenses.

Information streams

We will host a couple of streams before the summer school where we will give information and answer questions. The streams will last about an hour. More information to follow.

Behind the scenes of BioSpec summer school with some of the organizing team.


On the last day, Saturday June 19th, we will have a mini-workshop. We encourage you to present your research through a small presentation of 10-15 minutes. If you are interested, or have questions, send us an e-mail:


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We will send you an e-mail once registration opens, and generally keep you updated on important information about the summer school.


If you have any questions, please contact, Achim Kohler at or Volha Shapaval at

Part of organizing team of BioSpec summer school.



The summer school is supported by Diku, the Norwegian Agency for International Cooperation and Quality Enhancement in Higher Education through the project “Multidisciplinary graduate and post-graduate education in big data analysis for life sciences” Project Nr: CPEA-LT-2016/10126.


*Times might change at a later date.

Published 26. September 2019 - 10:34 - Updated 21. September 2020 - 16:08