Heidelberg, Germany

Visualising Life – Interdisciplinary Approaches to Biology

when 15 July 2024 - 26 July 2024
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 10 EC
fee EUR 200

Following a successful events in 2022 and 2023 after a hiatus caused by the pandemic, the EMBL Lautenschläger Summer School will be taking place again this summer.

As in the previous edition, the 2024 Summer School will focus on Visualising Life. The programme will introduce students with non-biology background to the dynamic interdisciplinary world of current biology research.

Modern life science has benefitted tremendously from new technologies and concepts in physics, engineering and mathematics, while computer science has changed the way we can analyse and exploit data for new insights.

Are you eager to engage in these ideas and help shape the future of biology? Join us for an exciting 2-week course at one of the leading biology research institutions in Europe.

Course leader

The programme will introduce students with a non-biology background to the dynamic interdisciplinary world of current biology research.

Target group

Our programme targets advanced Bachelor and Master students from Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science searching for a graduate-level program (e.g. Master or PhD). Students should have a strong interest to work in a highly interdisciplinary environment and must be fluent in English. Previous knowledge of biology is beneficial, but not required.

Course aim

The program’s aim is to provide insightful and hands-on experience in current biology methods, such as building a high-speed microscope to image developing organisms, and using machine learning to extract insightful data from the resulting complex images. EMBL group leaders and PhD students will lead theoretical lectures, complemented by experimental practicals and stimulating discussion rounds. In addition, the program offers a myriad of social activities that foster a collaborative spirit, which is a hallmark of research at EMBL.

Fee info

EUR 200: The registration fee includes admission and materials, accommodation, local transportation, meals and coffee breaks at EMBL Heidelberg.


Travel grants and fee waivers are available for the Summer School participants.

The travel grant will cover the cost of travel up to a maximum (economy tickets only).
The fee waiver will cover the cost of the registration fee.