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Activities in the Doctoral Programin Microbial Sciences are divided into the following main categories:

WS: Workshops

SY: Symposium

TU: Tutorials

SE: Invited seminars

CG: Scientific meetings

CO: Course

Registration  for each activity is mandatory.

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Cat. Title Location Map [d] Speakers Dates Nb Places Registration
SE Invited seminar: How do Hantaviruses enter and exit Human cells ? CHUV/IMUL

Prof. Nicole Tischler, Head, Molecular Virology Laboratory
Fundación Ciencia & Vida
Santiago, Chile

1409263200 August 29, 2014 10 registration
WS Microbes and viruses in water: the good, the bad and the innocuous EPFL

3 speakers from Switzerland 1 speaker from Europe 1 speaker from US

1409522400 Fall 2014 3 15 registration
WS CUSO Satellite activity Swiss Virology Meeting 2014 Thun, Switzerland

Prof. Cornel Fraefel, Institute of Virology, Vetsuisse, University of Zurich Prof. Michael Linden, Department of Infectious Diseases, King’s College London School of Medicine at Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals, Guy’s Hospital, London UK

1410213600 Septembre 9, 2014 1 20 registration
SY Villars symposium (Evolution and Genomes) Villars-sur-Ollon

ABZHANOV Arkhat, Harvard University, USA
BARSH Greg, HudsonAlpha Institute For Biotechnology, USA
COEN Rico, John Innes Center, UK
DOELBEY John, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
FFRENCH-CONSTANT Richard, University of Exeter, UK
GILAD Yoav, University of Chicago, USA
GRAVES Jennifer, The Australian National University, Australia
HARTL Dan, Harvard University, USA
MARQUES-BONET Tomas, Universitat Pompeu Fabra/CSIC, Spain
PEMBERTON Josephine, University of Edinburgh, UK

1410732000 September 15-17, 2014 5 100 registration
WS Innate defense against microbes CHUV, Institut de Microbiologie, Room 502, Rue du Bugnon 48, 1011 Lausanne,

Prof. Salome Leibundgut-Landmann, ETH Zurich

Innate immunity to fungal infections

Prof. Fabienne Tacchini-Cottier, University of Lausanne

Innate immunity to parasite infections

Dr. Thierry Roger, CHUV

Innate immunity to bacterial infections

Prof. Matthias Schweizer, University of Bern

Prof. Volker Thiel, University of Bern

Innate immunity to viral infections

1416265200 November 18, 2014 3 20 registration
WS Dual use of highly pathogenic microbes Labor Spiez, Spiez, BE

Prof. Kathrin Summermatter

Institute of Virology and Immunoprophylaxis, Mittelhäusern

Dr. Cedric Invernizzi

Bundesamit für Bevölkerungsschutz

Dr. Daniel Kümin

Spiez Laboratory

1418079600 December 9, 2014 4 20 registration
SY Symposium in Use of microbes in the conservation and restoration of art objects University of Neuchâtel

Jean-François Loubière, Directeur Technique et Commercial AMONIT 65, rue Baron Le Roy - 92300 75012 PARIS



Dr. Francesca Cappitelli,  Researcher (tenured position) Dipartimento di Scienze per gli Alimenti, la Nutrizione e l'Ambiente Università degli Studi di Milano Via Celoria 2, Milano 20133, Italia

1390172400 January 20, 2014 8 10
SE Invited seminar- Development and use of Candida albicans in vivo systems and novel tools to prevent biofilm formation CHUV-IMUL-502

Prof.Van Dijck

1392764400 February 19, 2014 3 6
SE Invited seminar-Robustness of microbial signaling networks UNIL, Biophore, Auditorium

Prof. Victor Sourjik,

Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology & LOEWE Research Center for Synthetic Microbiology (SYNMIKRO) Karl-von-Frisch Strasse 10 D-35043 Marburg; ZMBH University of Heidelberg Im Neuenheimer Feld 282 D-69120 Heidelberg


1393801200 March 3, 2014 10 10
SE Invited seminar- Characteristics and Dynamics of Bacterial Nanotubes UNIL, Biophore, Auditorium

Prof. Sigal Ben-Yehuda, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

1394146800 March 7, 2014 3 6
SE Invited seminar-Emerging Functions for the Staphylococcus aureus RNome: its relationships with antibiotic resistance, immune evasion, and toxic peptide secretion UNIL, Biophore map


Prof. Brice Felden, Université de Rennes/INSERM, France

1395356400 March 21, 2014 4 6
SY Invited seminar-Genomic evolution in insect endosymbionts UNIL/DMF

Prof. Nancy A. Morgan, Department of Integrative Biology,

University of Texas, USA

1399845600 May 12-13, 2014 4 6
WS Making the most out of my research: Patents, licenses and other things I cannot afford to ignore – a hands on workshop for researchers in life sciences Centre Loewenberg, Murten

Prof. Heinz Müller,Clinical Biochemistry, University of Basel; Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property, Berne
Stefan Emler, SmartGene, Zug
Prof. Daniel Kraus University of Neuchatel
Dr. Raluca Flükiger, Swiss University Technology Transfer, University of Geneva
André Roland, André Roland SA, Lausanne
Prof. Bernice Elger, Institute for Biomedical Ethics, University of Basel

1403474400 23-24 juin 2014 3 3
CO Field Course in environmental microbiology Canton of Ticino, Switzerland

Dr Jakob Zpfi, Basel

Dr Jakob Pernthaler, Zürich

Prof. Dittmar Hahn Texas State University, USA




1405202400 July 13-18, 2014 10 12



Tutorials of the Doctoral School of the Faculty of Biology and Medecine, University of Lausanne


More information

Microbial strategies for host invasion and survival - 21a/MS/Série 2

Responsible Faculty: Doctoral school (FBM-DOCT)

Teacher(s): Dominique Sanglard


Medical virology - 34a/MS/Série 3
Responsible Faculty: Doctoral school (FBM-DOCT)
Teacher(s): Darius Moradpour, Stefan Kunz

Activities recommended by the Doctoral Program in Microbial Sciences

Life Sciences Switzerland (LS2) Annual meeting

Feb 4-5 2014, Amphimax Building at the University of Lausanne.


LS2 (formerly known as USGEB) is the Swiss-wide society of life scientists.


Some of the highlights of the meeting include:

- 5 outstanding plenary speakers (including EMBO Director, Maria Leptin)
- 7 minisymposia in all domains of the life sciences (including short talks selected from submitted abstracts)
- Women in Science round table
- Guide for Masters students on how to do a PhD in Switzerland
- Workshop on non-academic careers in the life sciences
- Workshop on "How to be a great speaker"
- Symposium on ethics in the life sciences
- Assistant professor candidate fair
- Industry talks and exhibitions
- Poster session (with prizes!)

More information and program


9th ORPHEUS Conference, A Congress on PhD Education:

Creating Career Opportunities for PhDs in Life and Health Sciences

Lausanne, Switzerland, April 3rd-5th 2014, University Hospital Center (CHUV)


The 9th ORPHEUS conference is a unique opportunity to discuss expectations on PhD education with international experts from academia, the public and private sectors.


The Organizing Committee:
Faculty of Biology and Medicine from the University of Lausanne (UNIL-FBM)
Hospital University Center, Lausanne (CHUV)
Organisation for PhD Education in Biomedicine and Health Sciences in the European System (ORPHEUS)


  • Creating Career Opportunities
  • PhD Supervision
  • Transferable Skills
  • Nursing Sciences, Public Health, Neuroscience and Interdisciplinary Programs
  • PhDs around the World: International Aspects
  • Responsible Conduct in Research

Register early by January 17th, 2014!

Preliminary program is on-line!