SymbNET PhD Summer school on host-microbe symbioses

Date: 3-16 Jul 2022

Venue: FCG-IGC, Oeiras, Portugal




The SymbNET Summer School on Host-Microbe Symbioses is designed for PhD students (2nd year or late) 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.

This 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.

Organized by SymbNET, the course is hosted by the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência (FCG-IGC), which has a strong background in postgraduate studies and research on host-microbe symbioses, and is uniquely prepared to organise this innovative and high-quality Summer School. This course is co-organized by the Católica Biomedical Research Centre, the Origin and Functions of Metaorganisms Collaborative Research Centre 1182 (CRC 1182), and the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR).


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


Registration fee and Accomodation

Accepted applicants will have to pay a registration fee of 300 Euros that includes lodging and meals. Housing will be at Hotel Riviera, in double rooms. The Hotel is walking distance to Carcavelos Beach, one train station away from the FCG-IGC, and has easy train access to Lisbon city centre and Cascais.

Upon selection, fellowships will be available for students who need financial aid for travel and/or registration. We are committed to admitting talented students from diverse backgrounds and giving priority to applicants from Widening countries in Horizon 2020 or Horizon Europe, and from other countries with low performance in Research and Innovation.

Up to ten PhD students from SymbNET will have registration and travel fully sponsored.

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



Martin Blaser (Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, US)

Thomas Bosch (Kiel University and Metaorganisms CRC, Kiel, Germany)

Kat Coyte (University of Manchester, Manchester, UK)

Jocelyne Demengeot (Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Oeiras, Portugal) 

Maria Gloria Dominguez-Bello (Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, US)

Nicole Dubilier (Max Plank Institute for Marine Microbiology, Bremen, Germany)

Philipp Engel (University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland)

Sarela Garcia-Santamarina (Instituto de Tecnologia Quimica e Biológica, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Oeiras, Portugal)

Isabel Gordo (Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Oeiras, Portugal)

Louis-Patrick Haraoui (University of Sherbrooke, CA)

Rob Knight (University of California San Diego, CA, US)

Waldan Kwong (Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Oeiras, Portugal)

Ana Morais (Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Oeiras, Portugal)

Margaret McFall-Ngai (Carnegie Institution for Science, Pasadena, CA, US)

Ned Ruby (Carnegie Institution for Science, Pasadena, CA, US)

Hinrich Schulenburg (Kiel University and Metaorganisms CRC, Kiel, Germany)

Miguel Soares (Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Oeiras, Portugal)

Luís Teixeira (Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Oeiras, Portugal)

Karina Xavier (Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Oeiras, Portugal)

Maria Zimmermann-Kogadeva (European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Heidelberg, Germany)

Michael Zimmermann (European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Heidelberg, Germany)


Previous Editions

2015 PhD Summer School on Host-microbe symbioses: old friends and foe

2017 PhD Summer School on Host-microbe symbioses: from functional to ecological perspectives

2019 PhD Summer School on Host-microbe symbioses: from genetics to metabolic interactions

2021 PhD Summer School on Host-Microbe Symbiosis Alumni online Meeting

Updated on 16 february 2023