SymbNET PhD Summer School on Host-Microbe Symbioses

This Summer School is designed for PhD students interested in host-microbe symbioses to acquire an in depth understanding of the field from diverse perspectives through the interaction with experts in this research area. These include researchers using different model systems, and levels of analysis from molecular biology, to ecology and evolution. The Summer School will have an emphasis on functionally understanding these symbioses, with approaches including genomics and metabolomics. The students will acquire critical knowledge for their future choice of research direction.

The Summer School is two weeks long, with 20 lecturers, and 35 PhD students. These conditions foster a continuous and strong interaction between faculty and students. The programme includes lectures and the development of a short written research project. The development of the written research project promotes thinking deeply about the questions and future directions in the field.

Up to ten PhD students from SymbNET will have registration and travel fully sponsored. Fellowships available for students who need financial aid for travel and/or registration.

Scientific organising committee:

  • Martin Blaser (Rutgers University, New Brunswick, US)
    Resident microbes and ecology of human diseases
  • Thomas Bosch (Kiel University, Kiel, Germany)
    Evolution and the ecology of development
  • Margaret McFall-Ngai (Carnegie Institution for Science, Pasadena, US)
    Invertebrate-microbe symbiotic interactions
  • Luís Teixeira (Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Oeiras, Portugal)
    Host microbe interactions
  • Karina Xavier (Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Oeiras, Portugal)
    Bacterial signalling

More information and registration (open until May, 22nd)


PhD Students


July 03rd, 2022


Oeiras, Portugal

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