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Summer School: BIOTECH in Brussels - where biology meets technology (APPLICATION)

Monday, 7 August, 2017 - 08:00 to Friday, 11 August, 2017 - 18:00
Campus: Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering campus
Building E
Summer School

biotech lab

 Summer school at the VUB:

 Biotech in Brussels -

 where biology meets technology!


  • Are you a bachelor student with a background in biology, chemistry, biotechnology or biomedical sciences?
  • Do you want to learn how biotechnology is used in applications?
  • Do you want to learn more on themes related to cancer research, synthetic biology, structural biology, plant genetics, and research valorisation?

If so, then sign up and come to Brussels for a week's summer school.

You will be immersed in the multidisciplinary and international research environment of the VUB which has an excellent reputation in training and research in molecular biology and biotechnology. Inspiring lectures will be combined with hands-on workshops with experienced researchers in state-of-the-art laboratories of the "Structural Biology Brussels", "Microbiology" and "Cellular and Molecular Immunology" research groups. 

You will go 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 through all the 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 antibiodies with far-reaching applications in biotechnology and medicine. Every day of the summer school will focus on a different theme: molecules, genes, cells, disease and applications. 

Overview of the week's activities:

Day 1 - Monday 7 August 2017                                       
Opening Lecture, overview of practicalities
Lecture on 'proteins and structure-function relationship'
Workshop 'visualisation and analysis of protein structures'
Group dinner in evening
Day 2 - Tuesday 8 August 2017
Lecture on 'genetic and genome engineering methods'
Workshop on 'genetic engineering of microorganisms'
Afternoon visit to a brewery in Brussels
Guided walking tour of Brussels in the evening
Day 3 - Wednesday 9 August 2017  
Lectures on 'metabolic engineering and synthetic biology' & 'biotechnologyical potential of extremophiles'
Visit of the research group 'plant genetics'
Workshop on 'fluorescence microscopy'
Free evening
Day 4 - Thursday 10 August 2017
Workshop on 'nanobodies in parasitology research'
Workshop on 'cancer research' and visit to the research group 'cellular and molecular immunology'
Free evening
Day 5 - Friday 11 August 2017
Morning visit to the VIB Institute (Vlaams Institutut voor Biotechnologie) in Gent
Afternoon closing lecture and goodbye reception at the VUB with handing out of certificates.

Date: 7-11 August 2017

Place: the VUB Humanities, Sciences and Engineering Campus, Brussels, Belgium

Credits: 3 ECTS

Price: €990 including accommodation - €450 without accommodation

Application Deadline 31 May 2017.
Applicants have closed, succesful candidates will be contacted with the request to formally register and make payment in the form below.

Please contact Wim Gabriels (wim.gabriels@vub.be) for more information.


Some photos of the 2016 Biotechnology summer school at the VUB:

group picture summer school biotech 2016 large lab group picture biotech summer school 2016 large