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Summer School - Biotech in Brussels: where Biology meets Technology

Monday, 25 July, 2016 - 08:00 to Friday, 29 July, 2016 - 18:00
Campus: Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering campus
+32 (0)2 614 81 01
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Are you a Bachelor student and do you already have some background in Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry or Biomedical Sciences? Are you fascinated by the biochemical unity that underlies the world’s biological diversity? Would you like to learn how biotechnological research leads to applications that solve societal challenges? Come to Brussels and find out where biology meets technology at the ‘VUB Summer School – Biotech in Brussels’.

In this Summer School, you will be immersed in the multidisciplinary and international research environment of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, which has a sound reputation in training and research in molecular biology and biotechnology. Inspiring lectures will be combined with hands-on workshops, guided by experienced researchers, in state-of-the-art laboratories of the research groups "Structural Biology Brussels", "Microbiology" and "Cellular and Molecular Immunology". Throughout the week you will be taken on visits of Brussels and its innovative biotech industry.


This Summer School will take you on a fascinating journey starting from the molecular level, with a focus on proteins, to the cellular level, with a focus on the engineering of microorganisms for use as cell factories and on disease. The common thread running through the integrative workshops and lectures are two classes of proteins: green fluorescent protein, which can be used as a research tool, and nanobodies, a unique class of camel antibodies with far-reaching applications in biotechnology and medicine. Every day of the Summer School is focused on a different theme: Molecules, Genes, Cells, Disease, Applications.

Monday 25 July 2016 - Molecules

Morning: Opening Session
Afternoon: Lecture " Proteins and structure-function relationship" & Workshop "Visualisation ans analysis of protein structures

Tuesday 26 July 2016 - Genes

Morning: Lecture "Genetic engineering and genome engineering methods"
Afternoon: Workshop "Growth of micro-organisms and generic transformation" & Visit "Tour of Brussels and of a brewery"

Wednesday 27 July 2016 - Cells

Morning: Lecture "Metabolic engineering and synthetic biology"
Afternoon: Workshop "Fluorescence microscopy" & Lecture "Nanobodies"

Thursday 28 July 2016 - Disease

Morning: Workshop "Nanobodies in parasitology research"
Afternoon: Visit of Health Campus Jette

Friday 29 July 2016 - Applications

Morning: Closing Session
Guided visits - biotech companies

Practical Information

Several packages are available:

  • Package 1 (including courses, lesson materials, visits, public transport - 10 trips, lunches and 2 dinners): 450€
  • Package 2 (including package 1 + Accommodation): 990€
  • Package 3 (including package 2 + International trips (arrangement for transport to Paris or Amsterdam & accommodation onsite for the week-end): 1,200€
Please note that you are responsible for booking/paying your return flight from/to your home country, Insurance, transport between Brussels airport and the city of Brussels.
Cancellation Policy: if you inform us for your cancellation before 31st of May 2016, 50% of the fee paid will be reimbursed


Please fill in the online registration form below and send a motivation letter (1 page maximum) to Guillaume.Ravier@vub.ac.be 

Application Deadline: 31 May 2016

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