Summer School

Maximum number of students: 25

Registration is open until April 3rd 2022.

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 and 2021 digital summer school, the 2022 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 mandatory and we expect you to participate.

As the school will take place online, you will need a stack 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. We recommend the use of two screens, if possible.


Once you have registered and paid the fee, we will send you a link to the pre-course material. The pre-course consists of several videos you need to watch, and then you have to answer a test after each video. You won't be able to participate in the summer school unless you pass the pre-course.

The deadline for submitting the pre-course tests is induvidual for each module. The first deadline is April 27th, and the last one is May 25th. See more details below.

Note that the pre-course material is quite time consuming. Don't 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 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:


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.

Your completed study level needs to be bachelor or higher to attend the summer school. 

Preliminary Dates

  • Early February: Registration opens
  • April 3rd: Registration closes
  • April 8th: Acceptence e-mails and payment information sent out
  • April 8th: Pre-course sent out
    • Deadline for each pre-course module: 
      • April 27th: Deadline for pre-course tests for modules 1, 2 and 3
      • May 11th:   Deadline for pre-course tests for modules 4, 5 and 8
      • May 25th:  Deadline for pre-course tests for modules 10 and 11
  • June 13th - 18th: 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.


On the last day, Saturday June 18th, 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:


We will let you know by e-mail if you have secured a spot once registration closes.


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



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 8. April 2022 - 14:08