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Sadly, due to the uncertainty regarding the COVID19-pandemic we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 edition of our biotech summer school. We feel we cannot offer participants the experience they deserve under these circumstances. We apologise for the disappointment this brings, however, we are gearing up towards a revamped edition in August 2022 and will make information online available as soon as possible. 

What is the VUB Biotech Summer School all about?

  • 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?

***please note: there are NO scholarships available for this course***

VIDEO: see and hear more about the biotech summer school

Find out more about the Biotech Summer School and meet some of the people involved by watching this video from the 2019 event!

What will you discover during the week?

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. 

Programme Overview

“I really liked that we got to visit the labs and see research actually taking place. I think this is crucial in scientific education but often neglected in most bachelor programmes” – Biotech Summer School 2019 participant

A general overview of the programme

The Biotech Summer School 2021 “Where biology meets technology” will not take place in August 2021. The situation regading the COVID19-pandemic remains too uncertain, so we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 edition of our biotech summer school. We feel we cannot offer participants the experience they deserve under these circumstances. We apologise for the disappointment this brings, however, we are gearing up towards a revamped edition in August 2022 and will make information online available as soon as possible. 

General information regarding the summer school:

The summer school will give every subject addressed ample time and consideration. A more detailed programme will become available at later stage. The below is a broad outline of the event.  

On the first day, there will be a welcome session outlining practicalities for the week, with an outline on the education and research activities at the VUB, and an overview of the learning objectives and activities of the summer school itself.

The rest of the week will consist of lectures and workshops focussing on topics such as microorganisms, proteins, immunology and plants. 

=> There will be one or two informal group dinners, a guided tour of Brussels, and a visit to an artisanal brewery in Brussels.

The Biotech Summer School 2021 “Where biology meets technology” will not take place in August 2021. The situation regading the COVID19-pandemic remains too uncertain, so we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 edition of our biotech summer school. We feel we cannot offer participants the experience they deserve under these circumstances. We apologise for the disappointment this brings, however, we are gearing up towards a revamped edition in August 2022 and will make information online available as soon as possible. 

Meanwhile, more information can be found below. Some of this information will be adapted for the 2022 edition of the summer school: 

Date: August 2022, exact dates tbc

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

Credits: 3 ECTS

Registration fees will be made available once details of the 2022 summer school are availabe.

!!! Please note there are no scholarships available from VUB for this summer school !!!! 

Disclaimer #1: the organisers reserve the right to cancel this summer school if there is not a minimum number of participants. The minimum for this summer school to go ahead is 10. The decision will be taken on 1 May. 

Disclaimer #2 regarding cancellation policy:

  • A full reimbursement of the registration fee will be given if cancellation happens before 15 May 2022 (this does not include reimbursement of flights, or other travel expenses. Only the registration fee (including or excluding accommodation) will be reimbursed). 
  • A partial reimbursement of 50% of the registration fee will be given if cancellation happens between 16 May until 30 May 2022 (this does not include reimbursement of flights, or other travel expenses. Only the registration fee (including or excluding accommodation) will be reimbursed). 
  • After 30 May 2022 there will be no reimbursements of the registrations fees due to cancellation.

Disclaimer #3: should we need to cancel the biotech summer school for some reason or another, then we shall reimburse the registration fee to all those who have paid. We will however not reimburse travelling costs or additional expenses you made outside of this registration fee. We encourage all students to always take insurance to cover any eventualities. 
 

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The Biotech Summer School 2021 “Where biology meets technology” will not take place in August 2021. The situation regading the COVID19-pandemic remains too uncertain, so we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 edition of our biotech summer school. We feel we cannot offer participants the experience they deserve under these circumstances.

We apologise for the disappointment this brings, however, we are gearing up towards a revamped edition in August 2022 and will make information online available as soon as possible. 

Any questions? Want more info?


Don't hesitate to send us an email!

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