Summer School in Applied Molecular Microbiology

Summer School in Applied Molecular Microbiology

Applications are warmly invited for a summer school on “Microbial Specialised Metabolites: Discovery, Biosynthesis and Evolution”, the eighth in the series of John Innes – Rudjer Bošković Summer Schools on Applied Molecular Microbiology, to be held in Dubrovnik, Croatia, September 5-12, 2020. Full details, including the availability of grants to attend the summer school, are at We would also be very happy to answer any queries.

The summer school reflects the recent development of interest in microbial metabolites that has resulted from the sequencing of small molecule-producing microorganisms, coupled with the current explosive development of sequencing technology, bioinformatics and chemical analysis. Ecological studies highlighting the wide range of roles for small molecules in microbial communities provide another major driving force. These summer schools have established a reputation for the quality of the faculty and participants (around 45) and the high degree of productive interaction during the week-long courses. A special feature of the summer school will be hands-on computer workshops to interrogate genome sequences and analyse natural product gene clusters.

If appropriate, please consider applying for the summer school. We should also be very grateful if you would please forward this email to as many as possible of the people you know who might be interested, via email or social media.


All applicants should fill in the application form and send it to Mervyn Bibb ( by 14 February 2020. Applicants who are members of a FEMS Member Society may apply for a FEMS Meeting Attendance Grant. Note that the deadline for the FEMS application is 1 March 2020.

Scientists from less developed countries, and other applicants subject to financial constraints, may apply for a grant from the Summer School organisation. To apply, please attach a letter to your application making a case for financial assistance.

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