Knowledge Based Bio-Economy

Registration is open for the 2014 international short course on Environmental Biotechnology in Milan

This year, the University of Milan will host an international short course of the EU-US Taskforce on Biotechnology Research, working group of Environmental Biotechnology. The event builds on the success of the four previous courses in training early-career scientists in state-of-the-art theoretical and practical aspects of environmental biotechnology. This year's short course is entitled "Microbially-driven facilitation systems in environmental biotechnology".

The two-week long, hands-on experimental programme includes field trips and daily lectures in environmental microbiology and microbial biotechnology. The central concept focuses on the identification of microbial strains that can be harnessed for environmental purposes such as contaminant degradation or for beneficial plant-microbe interactions. Course experiments will include community analyses by PCR fingerprinting, barcoding, pyrosequencing and metagenomics, and tests on bacterial isolates such as growth on biphenyl, search for degradation-related genes, plant growth promotion, strain genetic labelling and in vivo colonisation.

24 students will be invited to participate – 12 from each side of the Atlantic. Applications will be accepted from students working in the USA or one of the EU Member States or Associated Countries at the time of application, or from students having a citizenship of one of those countries.

The course will be held from 12-25 July 2014 in Milan, Italy.
Registration is open until 15 April 2014.
Complete information on the venue, speakers and course programme, as well as on how to apply for registration, is available on the course website.