SymbNET PhD Summer School 2023

Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Oeiras, PT
July 2 -15, 2023


Host-microbe interactions shape each other’s physiology, ecology, and evolution. Human health, for instance, can be strongly influenced by the symbiotic microbial community. The impact of these interactions extend to the ecology of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. This is an expanding field of research in biology and there is a current need to summarize and integrate the knowledge that is being generated, and to extrapolate general principles to be incorporated in future innovative research projects. This Summer School aims at training the next generations of researchers in host-microbe symbioses.

The SymbNET PhD Summer School 2023 is for PhD students from diverse geographies and backgrounds, interested in acquiring in depth understanding of the field of Host-Microbe Symbioses from different perspectives. The Summer School is designed to teach concepts, identify new research questions, and present state of the art approaches in host-microbe symbiosis. It will consist of lectures from experts in the field, incorporating a variety of research models and topics. It will also involve the conceptual development of new research projects, by the students. The project exercise aims to promote thinking deeply about the questions and future directions in the field, and promote creative research approaches.

The Summer School will be two weeks long, with at least 22 lecturers and 35 international PhD students, fostering a continuous and strong interaction between faculty and students. The students will acquire critical knowledge for their future choice of research direction.

Hotel, meals, and travel are sponsored for accepted students. We encourage students from different backgrounds and from low performances countries to apply. Details below.


International PhD students studying or interested in studying host-microbe symbioses.

Preference will be given to students on the second or later years of the PhD. We aim to have students from different nationalities and backgrounds.


Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência (FCG-IGC)

Rua da Quinta Grande, nº6. 2780-156 Oeiras, Portugal

Application and Selection

Applications should be submitted here until March, 20th

Applicants should submit a motivation letter (one page), CV (two pages max.), a letter of reference from the PhD supervisor (one page).

We are committed to admitting talented students from diverse scientific and cultural backgrounds. We strongly encourage applicants from widening countries in Horizon2020 or Horizon Europe, as well as from other countries with low performance in Research and Innovation, namely from Africa, Asia, South and Central America.

PhD students from SymbNET partner institutes (FCG-IGC, ITQB NOVA, EMBL, CAU, and UNIL), and CIFAR associated labs are also encouraged to apply.

Decision will be announced on April, 15th.

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