Applications for the 2020 EMBL Australia PhD Course are now open.

Sixty outstanding first- and second-year PhD students from around Australia will have the opportunity to attend the 7th EMBL Australia PhD Course in Canberra. The two-week residential course will be held at the Australian National University between 13 and 24 July.

Modelled on the pre-doc training program of the prestigious European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), the course covers a wide range of topics – from structural biology, genetics and bioinformatics to translational science and space biology – exposing students to the latest ideas and advances in molecular biology.

Sessions will be held by leading international and Australian scientists across diverse career stages, backgrounds and areas of interest. The course also includes practical workshops that cover programming, bioinformatics, ethical conduct, drug discovery and imaging techniques.

There are no course fees and once students are in Canberra, EMBL Australia will provide twin-share accommodation and most weekday daytime meals.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Developmental biology and regeneration
  • Immunology and infectious disease
  • RNA biology / plant science
  • Cancer and genomics
  • Neuroscience
  • Biomedical and molecular engineering
  • Space biology
  • CSIRO Canberra visit
  • Observatory and space communication complex visit

Speakers for the course include:

  • Prof James Whisstock (Monash University)
  • Prof Colin Jackson (ANU)
  • Prof Peter Currie (ARMI)
  • A/Prof Edwina McGlinn (ARMI)
  • Dr Alberto Rosello Diez (ARMI)
  • Dr Mirana Ramialison (ARMI)
  • Prof David Nisbet (ANU)
  • Dr Jessica Frith (Monash University)
  • Prof David Vaux (WEHI)
  • Dr Fiona Nelms (ANU)
  • Dr Andrew Laslett (CSIRO Manufacturing)
  • Dr Joshua Chou (UTS)

Sounds great! How do I apply?

To apply, please complete this application form.

A letter supporting your application must be emailed by your Supervisor to by 15 March 2020.

Successful applicants will be notified in April 2020.

Applications close 15 March 2020, including a letter of support from your supervisor.

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Become a sponsor of the EMBL Australia PhD Course and share your brand with PhD students in the life sciences community from across Australia.

Sponsorship opportunities can be tailored to suit your organisation’s unique marketing needs, and options include sponsoring a workshop, dinner, poster event, student accommodation, travel for keynote speakers, and more.

Please get in touch with us for more information.