Brussels, Belgium

Biotech: Where Biology meets Technology

when 8 August 2022 - 19 August 2022
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 990

2022 will see a revamped edition of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) Summer School: “Biotech in Brussels: where biology meets technology” in August 2022. The Summer School will last 2 weeks, with ample time to immerse the participants into state-of-the-art biotechnology-related research and developments. The summer school is aimed at BA students with a background in biology, chemistry, biotechnology or biomedical sciences and with an interest in topics such as cancer research, synthetic biology, structural biology, plant genetics, microbial biotechnology, and research valorisation.

You will be immersed in the VUB's multidisciplinary and international research environment which has an excellent reputation in training and research in molecular biology and biotechnology. Inspiring lectures from VUB professors, but also from international guest speakers, will be combined with hands-on workshops in state-of-the-art laboratories of the "Structural Biology Brussels", "Microbiology" and "Cellular and Molecular Immunology" research groups. During the first week, 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 plants or microorganisms for use as cell factories, and on disease. Unique topics will be covered, such as the use of fungi for the creation of sustainable biomaterials to nanobodies, a unique class of camel antibodies with far-reaching applications in biotechnology and medicine. During the second week, you will be able to take a close look behind the scenes of a research laboratory and follow a researcher closely during his/her research project, a unique opportunity for bachelor-level students.

Course leader

Professor Eveline Peeters

Target group

BA students with a backgroun in biology, chemistry, biotechnology or biomedical sciences

Course aim

To give BA students a taster of what biotechnology is, what the possibilities are in terms study, research and application. The course aims to provide a broad introduction to a very diverse range of themes in medical and non-medical biotechnology during the first week, with a deep focus on a selected topic during the second week.

Fee info

EUR 990: Two-week summer school fees with NO accommodation - includes tuition fees, as well as all lunches on 'school days', two group dinners, materials, and some activities
EUR 1490: Two-week summer school fees with SHARED accommodation - - includes tuition fees, as well as all lunches on 'school days', two group dinners, materials, and some activities, pluse breakfast with the hotel option.
Fee 3 is for two-week summer school fees with SINGLE accommodation at 1990 euros.

Scholarships

No scholarships are available for this summer school