Summer Schools in Applied Molecular Microbiology

John Innes/Rudjer Bošković
Summer Schools in Applied Molecular Microbiology

The seventh in this series of summer schools will be at the Inter-University Centre (IUC) in Dubrovnik, 8 - 16 September 2018, with the title Microbial Specialised Metabolites: From Genome to Molecule.

These summer schools are intended primarily for scientists at post-graduate and early post-doctoral level, or early career industrial scientists, but some junior faculty may also qualify. They have established a reputation for the quality of the faculty and participants and the high degree of productive interaction during the week-long courses.

The context of the summer schools is to recognise the recent development of interest in microbial metabolites that has resulted from the sequencing of small molecule-producing microorganisms, coupled with the explosive development of sequencing technology, bioinformatics and chemical analysis. Ecological developments highlighting the wide range of roles for small molecules in microbial communities are also very significant. An important aim is to bring together a cadre of young scientists from diverse backgrounds, including molecular microbiology, chemistry, microbial ecology and bioinformatics, to share information that can lead to inter-disciplinary approaches to understanding and exploiting metabolite production. A particular urgency has been added to the search for novel antibiotics by the rapid rise in drug-resistance among pathogenic microorganisms and cancers. A special feature of the summer school will be hands-on computer workshops to annotate genomes and analyse natural product gene clusters.

Read reports of the 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016 Summer Schools.


  • Mervyn Bibb, John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK
  • Greg Challis, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK
  • Dušica Vujaklija, Ruđer Bošković Institute, Zagreb, Croatia
  • Barrie Wilkinson, John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK