The 2020 EMBL Australia PhD Course has been cancelled.

The difficult decision has been made to cancel the 2020 PhD Course.

This decision has been made to try to ensure the continued safety and wellbeing of all concerned, and to mitigate the risk to participants and the host university community, given the recent developments and increased travel restrictions necessitated to reduce the impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Australian National University has kindly agreed to host the 2021 EMBL Australia PhD Course. Details of the course will become available in due time and, circumstances permitting, applications will open in January 2021.

Thank you to all 2020 applicants and their supervisors for their support of the course.


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 in 2021.

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.

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Sponsorship Opportunities

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.