Int. Bachelor and Master Summer School 2020

`Hidden players in the food chain` 10-14 August 2020


When: 10-14 August 2020
Where: University of Bern, Switzerland
Participants: Bachelor students (third year) and masters` students (first year) with a background in life sciences. The number of places is limited
Non-flight travel grants:  Ranging from 130-550 CHF. One Health Summer School Non-Flight Travel Grants (PDF, 84KB)                                                                                                                    ThinkSwiss travel grants: for students studying at American and Canadian universities worth 1100CHF 


A healthy environment, including healthy soils, plants and animals, is essential for human well-being. One Health is an interdisciplinary framework that helps us to understand the processes that shape and connect global health.

The One Health International Bachelor and Master Summer School at the University of Bern offers a unique opportunity to explore the methods and current knowledge on the health of terrestrial food chains, from soils to plants, animals and humans. Students participating in the Summer School will explore the interfaces between the different compartments and learn about health connections in agroecosystems. Participants will:

• Explore connections between plant, animal and human health on excursions to different food production systems, whilst enjoying beautiful Switzerland.

• Visit multiple state-of-the-art research laboratories working on One Health projects and connect with scientists from around the globe.

• Use their own skills as health detectives to find potential solutions to some of the most pressing problems of the future.

Teaching at the summer school is led by the following leading scientists of the University of Bern:

Professor Matthias Erb  (Executive Director of Institute of Plant Sciences, Director of One Health, Head of section Biotic Interactions)

Professor Sigi Hapfelmeier (Head of Gut Microbiology, Institute for Infectious Diseases)

Professor Adrien Mestrot (Head of Soil Science, Geography Institute)

Professor Rupert Bruckmeier (Head of Veterinary Physiology, Vetsuisse)

Dr. Moritz Bigalke (Senior Scientist, Soil Science, Geography Institute)  

Dr. Josef Gross (Senior Scientist, Veterinary Physiology, Vetsuisse)

In addition, students will get to meet current PhD and Postdoc students from both the One Health project and from the individual labs across the various institutes.