Press Releases 2024

LCI Summer School on "Molecular Infectious Diseases Epidemiology"

Doctoral students from the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine (BNITM), the Research Center Borstel, Leibniz Lung Center (FZB) and the Leibniz Institute of Virology (LIV) met for a three-day meeting on "Molecular Infectious Diseases Epidemiology". The three institutes organized the summer school as part of the Leibniz Center Infection (LCI) Graduate School as a joint event with the Hamburg Leibniz ScienceCampus "Integrative Analysis of Pathogen-induced Compartments" (InterACt). The summer school offered the doctoral students plenty of time for dialogue and networking.

The LCI Summer School took place from 15 to 17 May 2024 at Camp Reinsehlen in Schneverdingen with almost 80 PhD students. The program ranged from a keynote lecture, speed talks, a poster session and workshops to a social program including a barbecue evening, a short hike and plenty of time outdoors in good weather.

The event was hosted by Prof Dr Tim Gilberger, Head of the LCI Graduate School and the Cellular Parasitology Department at the BNITM. The exciting keynote lecture on "(Multi-omics) Approaches for bacterial phenotype and infection outcome prediction" was given by Prof Dr Mario Recker from the University Hospital of Tübingen. Other interesting talks provided insights into membrane-active substances of pathogens and the epidemiology of tuberculosis.

All PhD students had the opportunity to present their PhD projects in three-minute speed talks. A science speed dating event and a poster session gave them the possibility to discuss their research in more detail. The workshops were interactive: students analyzed data sets and discussed processes of inflammation and immunity.

As every year, prizes were awarded; this year's winners for the best speed talks were

  • 1st prize: Jana Dröge (BNITM)
  • 2nd prize: Liisa Knipp (FZB)
  • 3rd prize: Henriette Ebel (LIV) & Julia Nave (BNITM)

Luca Genz (LIV) won the poster prize.

The award ceremony (left to right): Jana Dröge, Liisa Knipp and Henriette Ebel ©BNITM

The Association of the Friends of the Tropical Institute Hamburg e.V. (VdF) has generously provided financial support for the LCI Summer School 2024.

About the LCI Summer School

The LCI Summer School is an annual event organized by the three partner institutes of the Leibniz Center Infection (LIVFZB und BNITM). It is the curriculum of the structured graduate program of the three institutes and provides a platform for professional exchange, networking and presentation of current research results.