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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WS Blogging and using Twitter for scientific communication- joint activity with CUSO DPEE and StarOmics UNIL

Prof. Marc Robinson-Rechavi, UNIL

1420066800 not yet fixed 12 registration
SE Invited seminar-Ebola:the Disease and its pathogenesis Geneva, CMU-Auditoire A250

Dr Pierre Rollin, MD, Deputy Branch Chief, CDC, Atlanta

1421881200 January 22, 2015 1 25 joint registration
WS Workshop Fundamental Virology CMU/UNIGE

Martin Schwemmle, University of Freiburg, Germany

Marco Binder, University of Heidelberg, Germany

Matthias Schweizer, University of Bern, Switzerland

Völker Thiel, University of Bern, Switzerland

1424300400 February 19, 2015 1 15 registration
WS Symposium in RNAseq data gathering and analysis University of Neuchâtel

1 international speaker (Dr Patrick Chain, Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA) 1 national speaker (to be defined)

1433109600 juin 2015 4 12 registration
SY Symposium Forum Graduate Schools Infection and Immunity Fondation Louis Jeantet, Chemin Rieu 17, 1208 Genève

4 invited experts international 4 Invited experts Switzerland

1434060000 Friday June 12,2014 75 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. Moran, 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 Zopfi, Basel

Dr Jakob Pernthaler, Zürich

Prof. Dittmar Hahn Texas State University, USA




1405202400 July 13-18, 2014 10 12
SE Invited seminar: How do Hantaviruses enter and exit Human cells CHUV/IMUL map

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

1409263200 August 29, 2014 4 6
WS CUSO Satellite activity Swiss Virology Meeting 2014 Thun, Switzerland map

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 7 20
SY Villars symposium (Evolution and Genomes) Villars-sur-Ollon map

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 4 100
WS Innate defense against microbes CHUV, Institut de Microbiologie, Room 502, Rue du Bugnon 48, 1011 Lausanne, map

Prof. Salome Leibundgut-Landmann, ETH Zurich

Prof. Fabienne Tacchini-Cottier, University of Lausanne

Dr. Thierry Roger, CHUV

Prof. Matthias Schweizer, University of Bern

Prof. Volker Thiel, University of Bern

1416265200 November 18, 2014 16 20
WS Microbes and viruses in water: the good, the bad and the innocuous EPFL, Room AI 1153

Dr. Luigi Vezzulli, University of Genova, Italy

Dr. Tim Julian, EAWAG, Switzerland

Dr. Helmut Buergmann, EAWAG, Switzerland

Prof. Bastiaan  Ibelings, Institut Forel, University of Geneva, Switzerland

Prof. Tamar Kohn, ENAC, EPFL, Switzerland

1416870000 November 25 14 15
WS Dual use of highly pathogenic microbes Labor Spiez, Spiez, BE map

Dr. Urs Pauli

Institute of Virology and Immunoprophylaxis, Mittelhäusern

Dr. Cedric Invernizzi

Bundesamit für Bevölkerungsschutz

Prof. Pascal Meylan

Lausanne University Hospital and University of Lausanne

1418079600 December 9, 2014 23 20






Microbial diversity

Microbial Diversity - 6b/MS/Série 1

Diversité microbienne

Responsible Faculty: Doctoral school (FBM-DOCT)

Teacher(s): Jan Roelof Van Der Meer, Christoph Keel




Microbial strategies for host invasion and survival

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

Stratégies des microbes pour l'invasion et la propagation chez leurs hôtes

Responsible Faculty: Doctoral school (FBM-DOCT)

Teacher(s): Dominique Sanglard




Medical virology

Medical virology - 34a/MS/Série 3

Virologie médicale

Responsible Faculty: Doctoral school (FBM-DOCT)

Teacher(s): Darius Moradpour, Stefan Kunz




Activities recommended by the Doctoral Program in Microbial Sciences




International Symposium of the Institute of Virology and Immunology (IVI):


University of Bern,  January 29-30, 2015.

For many years there has been close collaboration in a variety of fields between the University of Bern, the Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office (FSVO), and the Institute of Virology and Immunology (IVI). The collaboration in the fields of virology and immunology is being increased by merging the former Institute of Veterinary Virology (IVV) of the University of Bern with the IVI, an administrative unit of the FSVO. Since January 1st 2014, the IVI operates with sites in Mittelhäusern and Bern in cooperation with the Vetsuisse Faculty of the University of Bern. For this reason and to continue the tradition of a series of successful symposia held by the IVV (2002 „Meeting on Host-Pathogen Interactions at the Molecular Level“; 2004 „Meeting on Host-Pathogen Interaction Shaped by Evolution“; 2007 „Host-Pathogen Interaction: The Role of Innate Immunity“; 2009 „Interferon & Infection“; and 2011 “Host-Pathogen Interaction: Persistence in Viral Infections”) we are organising an international symposium on the topic “Virology and Immunology: viral contagious animal diseases and zoonosis”.

The scientific programme covers many aspects of zoonosis, virology and immunology.
Plenary and invited talks will be given by renowned national and international experts:

-          Prof. Thomas Mettenleiter, President of the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, and Head of the Institute of Molecular Virology and Cell Biology, Insel Riems, Germany,

-          Prof. Christian Drosten, Institute of Virology, Universitätsklinikum Bonn, Germany,

-          Dr. Isabelle Schwartz-Cornil, Equipe Vaccins et Immunité Anti-Virale chez les Mammifères, Centre de Recherche INRA, Jouy-en-Josas, France,

-          Prof. Mathias Ackermann, Institute of Virology, Vetsuisse Faculty, University of Zürich,

-          Prof. Stephen Leib,  Head of the Biology Division of the Spiez Laboratory,

-          PD Dr. Philippe Plattet, Division of Neurological Sciences, Vetsuisse Faculty, University of Bern








Annual Life Science Meeting in Switzerland: LS2 Annual Meeting


January 29-30, Zürich








Patenting Course

The provisional date for the the next edition of the CUSO course

Making the most out of my research: patents, licenses and other things I cannot afford to ignore

is set on Monday-Tuesday June 6-7, 2016

at the Centre Loewenberg in Murten/Morat