Applied Molecular Microbiology

Applications are invited for a summer school on ‘Microbial Specialised Metabolites: Ecology, evolution and applications’, the ninth in the series of John Innes – Rudjer Bošković Summer Schools on Applied Molecular Microbiology, scheduled to take place in Dubrovnik from 10-17 September 2022..

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. Over the years, these week-long courses have established a reputation for the quality of the faculty and participants (around 45), and a high degree of productive interaction

Applicants who are members of a FEMS Member Society may apply for a FEMS Meeting Attendance Grant. Note that the deadline for the FEMS application is 1 March 2022.

The 2022 course is likely to cover the following areas:

  • Isolation and screening of metabolite-producing microorganisms
  • Diversity of specialised metabolite producers
  • Purification and characterisation of microbial natural products
  • Natural product biosynthesis
  • Natural products in microbial communities and cell-cell interactions
  • Natural products in symbioses with higher organisms
  • Ecology and evolution of natural product biosynthetic gene clusters
  • Regulation of natural product biosynthesis, including intra- and extracellular signalling
  • Metagenomics and heterologous pathway expression
  • Genome mining for novel natural product discovery
  • Prediction and characterisation of biosynthetic pathways in silico and experimentally
  • Activation of transcriptionally silent cryptic gene clusters
  • Pathway engineering

A typical working day will include lectures in the morning, computer workshops, challenge projects and classes in the afternoon, and student presentations and poster sessions in the evening; all participants will be asked to bring a poster.

The total charge for the eight days board and lodging, including the opening reception and the closing party, is likely to be €700, with an additional registration fee of €200 Euro.
The 2022 Summer School will be held at the Inter-University Centre (IUC) in Dubrovnik.

2022 teaching faculty

  • Mervyn Bibb, John Innes Centre
  • Greg Challis, University of Warwick, UK
  • Marie Elliot, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada
  • Alison Foster, Associate Lecturer, Centre for Biocultural Diversity, University of Kent, UK
  • Matt Hutchings, John Innes Centre
  • Paul Jensen, Scripps Oceanographic Institution, San Diego, USA
  • Roberto Kolter Harvard Medical School, USA
  • Flavia Marinelli, University of Insubria, Varese, Italy
  • Mônica T. Pupo, University of Sao Paulo, Brasil
  • Andrew Truman, John Innes Centre
  • Duška Vujaklija, Rudjer Bošković Institute, Croatia
  • Barrie Wilkinson, John Innes Centre
  • Gerry Wright, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada
  • María Mercedes Zambrano, Corporación Corpogen, Bogotá, Colombia

2020 Applied Molecular Microbiology Summer School

2020 was the eighth John Innes/Rudjer Bošković summer school in Applied Molecular Microbiology.