Building and promoting Excellence in Life Sciences in Europe
Building and promoting Excellence in Life Sciences in Europe

PhD summer course - Host-microbe symbioses: from functional to ecological perspectives

9 Jul 21 Jul 2017
In the Summer School "Host-microbe symbioses: from functional to ecological perspectives" we will explore stable host-microbe interactions as a spectrum from parasitic to mutualistic. Animals and plants live together and establish stable interactions with a large number of symbiotic microbes. These microbes largely influence the physiology of the host, from nutrition to behavior. Although many microbes are deleterious to the hosts and cause disease (pathogens), most are actually neutral or even beneficial (commensals and mutualists). The study of the biology of animals and plants, from functional to evolutionary perspectives, has to take into account their set of microbial symbionts. The course will explore this field with leading scientists that bring a broad range of expertise and approaches. The Summer School will be targeted at second or later years PhD students. The main aim of this meeting is to help them define their future research interests.
The course will last two weeks (from July 9-21, 2017), and will consist of general lectures, research seminars and development of a project research proposal. The students will have close contact with leading scientists on host-microbe symbiosis. The Summer School will take place in Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência in Portugal. The IGC has approximately 30 research groups in diverse areas of biology. Many of these groups work on topics related with host-microbe symbiosis. IGC has a long tradition in postgraduate education and has run several innovative and successful PhD programmes for the last 20 years. The institute is located in Oeiras, by the sea, and 20 minutes away from Lisbon by train.


This summer school is supported by Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin and VolkswagenStiftung.

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