Summer school 2012

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"Protein Evolution"

The topic of this year's summer school, which will once again be held at the Abtei Frauenwörth, is "Protein Evolution". The summer school will be taking place from July 22nd till July 27th, 2012.
The event is jointly organized by the University of Munich (LMU) and the University of Muenster (WWU).


Several international senior scientists will give general lectures and hands-on sessions on their topics within the field of protein evolution.
Around 20 students (Master and early PhD level) will have the opportunity to join the summerschool and present their work in short oral presentations.
In addition, there will be plenty of time for discussion with senior scientists about the students' projects and other questions.


Prof. John Parsch (LMU)
Prof. Erich Bornberg-Bauer (WWU)
Dr. Sonja Grath (WWU)
several more lecturers from Munich and Münster
several international Lecturers

Invited speakers

Prof. Dr. Iris Antes (Theoretical Chemical Biology and Protein Modelling, Technical University Munich, Germany)

Prof. Dr. Richard Goldstein (Modelling of evolution, MRC National Institute for Medical Research, London, UK)

Prof. Dr. Andrew Torda (Protein structure prediction/Protein threading, University of Hamburg, Germany)

Prof. Dr. Fyodor Kondrashov (Evolutionary genomics, Centre for Genomic Regulation, Barcelona, Spain)

Prof. Dr. David Liberles (Evolution of new functionality in genomes, University of Wyoming, USA)


The summer school is open to students at the PhD and Master/advanced Diploma levels. The course language will be English. Students who are involved in research related to the topic of the summer school are encouraged to prepare short oral contributions highlighting their research interests and/or achievements.

Applicants should provide a full CV, a statement about your research interests/current projects (max. half page), a statement about why you want to attend the Summer School explicitly addressing how you expect to benefit and what you can contribute (max. half page). Application deadline is May 1st, 2012. Questions can be addressed to Dr. Sonja Grath. Please send your application by e-mail, preferably as a single pdf file, to


The summer school will be held at Frauenwörth Chiemsee. This is an abbey located on the Fraueninsel, which can be reached by ferry from the town of Prien. Prien is on the Munich-Salzburg train connection. You can therefore fly to Munich or to Salzburg.

Participants will share rooms. Towels and sheets are provided.


Thanks to funding from the Volkswagen Stiftung, housing and meals during the summer school will be covered. Participants are required to cover their own travel expenses and are also required to pay a registration fee of €50.


Dr. Sonja Grath
Westfälische Wilhelms University
Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity
Evolutionary Bioinformatics Group
Hüfferstrasse 1
48149 Münster

Some further information

The summer school will take place from 22nd to 27th of July 2012 (Arrival: Sunday evening until 18:00; Departure: Friday after lunch). The organizers are Erich Bornberg-Bauer, Sonja Grath and John Parsch.

At the last summer school in 2011, which was organised by the University of Munich, 22 students from around the world (Columbia, Germany, Greece, Indonesia, Iran, Panama, The Netherlands, Spain, USA) participated. For more information on last year's summer school, please visit the website.

For even more information and some pictures on past summer schools, please go to the respective sites.

All information is preliminary and may be subject to change!

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