Welcome to BioCat

The National graduate school in biocatalysis, BioCat, is established to provide expertise and tools for research and education within biocatalysis in Norway. 


Professor Ute Krengel at UiO is organizing a 5 ECTS remote course in ‘Protein Structure and Function’ as a special curriculum, beginning immediately. The course curriculum will be based on the book with the same title by Gregory Petsko and Dagmar Ringe. The idea is to make good use of this time while lab access is limited.  This course overlaps with the 10 ECTS course BioCat C7  – Biomolecular structure and function, which is planned for the fall. Students should not take both of these.

For those interested, please register directly to Ute Krengel right away at ute.krengel@kjemi.uio.no, including biocat@uit.no in CC.

Upcoming courses – spring 2020

C3 – Structural Biology Techniques – 5 ECTS, KJM5320 – Biocat course C3 “Techniques in structural biology” at UiO in week 17 (20-24.April), 2020. A one week course at UiO offers an introduction to experimental methods for structure determination and structure prediction. Open for application! Due to the coronavirus situation, this course will now be held remotely in week 17. Contact the course responsible for more info.  

C8 BIOCAT – Molecular modelling – 10 ECTS, Bergen week 10 ( 2-6. March) and Tromsø, week 14 (30. March-3.April) 2020. Two weeks course – offered in two parts at UiB and UiT – presents central methods in molecular modeling for the analysis of enzyme structure-function relationship and the modeling of their catalytic activity. Due to the coronavirus situation, the 2nd part of this course will be held remotely in week 18 (beginning April 27th). Contact the course responsible with questions.

C10 Protein Red-ox chemistry – 4 ECTS, week 22 (May 25-29), 2020. One week course at NMBU aims to provide students with both theoretical knowledge and practical skills in biological red-ox chemistry. The course reserved for 10 students due to limited lab capacity. Open for application! More information on how the coronavirus will affect this course, coming soon. 

Summer 2020

Sadly, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the coronavirus and its impact on gatherings and travel in the near future, the 2020 BioCat Annual Conference at Hurdalsjøen has been cancelled. It will not be rescheduled this year. 

BioCat’s 3rd Annual Conference 5-7th of June 2019 

The 3rd annual BioCat conference has ended. It was wonderful to see all of you, and we hope to see you through the year at the various BioCat courses and workshops.  

Interested in BioCat? Become a Member Today!

BioCat has the PhD-student in focus, and we offer PhD-level courses related to biocatalysis. The courses are held by specialsts in the field at the partner universities here in Norway (UiT, UiS, NTNU, UiO, NMBU and UiB). BioCat also arranges an annual conference aimed at networking and development of essential skills needed to succeed as a researcher. For more information, see our become a member’ information page, or contact your local BioCat ambassador! For more information on research and transferable skills courses, see our PhD courses page. 

Our goal is to educate researchers with trandisciplinary training.  We aim to include elements from bioinformatics, molecular biology, organic chemistry, biotechnology, structural biology, systems biology, bioprocessing and computational modelling. See our ‘about BioCat‘ page for more information on BioCat. 

You can apply to upcoming courses by emailing us at biocat@uit.no