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SymbNET PhD Summer School on Host-Microbe Symbioses

Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Oeiras, PT

July 2 -15,  2023



Host-microbe interactions shape each other’s physiology, ecology, and evolution. Human health, for instance, can be strongly influenced by the symbiotic microbial community. The impact of these interactions extend to the ecology of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. This is an expanding field of research in biology and there is a current need to summarize and integrate the knowledge that is being generated, and to extrapolate general principles to be incorporated in future innovative research projects. This Summer School aims at training the next generations of researchers in host-microbe symbioses.

The SymbNET PhD Summer School 2023 is for PhD students from diverse geographies and backgrounds, interested in acquiring in depth understanding of the field of Host-Microbe Symbioses from different perspectives. The Summer School is designed to teach concepts, identify new research questions, and present state of the art approaches in host-microbe symbiosis. It will consist of lectures from experts in the field, incorporating a variety of research models and topics. It will also involve the conceptual development of new research projects, by the students. The project exercise aims to promote thinking deeply about the questions and future directions in the field, and promote creative research approaches.

The Summer School will be two weeks long, with at least 22 lecturers and 35 international PhD students, fostering a continuous and strong interaction between faculty and students. The students will acquire critical knowledge for their future choice of research direction.


Hotel, meals, and travel are sponsored for accepted students. We encourage students from different backgrounds and from low performances countries to apply. Details below.



International PhD students studying or interested in studying host-microbe symbioses.

Preference will be given to students on the second or later years of the PhD. We aim to have students from different nationalities and backgrounds.



Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência (FCG-IGC)

Rua da Quinta Grande, nº6. 2780-156 Oeiras, Portugal


Application and Selection - REGISTRATION IS CLOSED!

Applications should be submitted here until March, 20th

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

We are committed to admitting talented students from diverse scientific and cultural backgrounds. We strongly encourage applicants from widening countries in Horizon2020 or Horizon Europe, as well as from other countries with low performance in Research and Innovation, namely from Africa, Asia, South and Central America.

PhD students from SymbNET partner institutes (FCG-IGC, ITQB NOVA, EMBL, CAU, and UNIL), and CIFAR associated labs are also encouraged to apply.

Decision will be announced on April, 15th


Registration Fee and Sponsoring

Selected applicants will have to pay a registration fee of 50 Euros. Registration fee may be waived if required.

All accepted students will have financial support for travelling. Accommodation is covered by the Summer School. Lunch, dinner, and coffee break during classes are also covered.

We encourage students from different backgrounds and from low performances countries to apply since the course is fully sponsored.



Housing will be at Hotel Riviera, in double rooms. The Hotel is within walking distance of Carcavelos Beach, one train station away from the FCG-IGC, and has easy train access to Lisbon city centre and Cascais.



For further information and administrative support contact


Start: 2 July 2023
End: 15 July 2023
Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência (FCG-IGC)

Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência (IGC)

Rua Quinta Grande 6
2780-156 Oeiras

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