Summer schools

PhD and Postdoc Summer Schools

International PhD and Postdoc Summer School 11-16 August 2019

Microbiomes in soil, plant, animal and human health


Practical Information


Who may apply?

PhD students and postdoctoral scientists with a background in biology, environmental sciences, medicine, chemistry and bioinformatics

Level of English

The course language is English and participants are expected to give a detailed talk about their work and are expected to actively take part in the discussions.

ECTS Credits

Participants having successfully completed the Summer School will receive a certificate of attendance and can obtain 2 ECTS points. 2 ECTS correspond to 50 – 60 hours of work, consisting of preparatory work (for keynote lectures and poster sessions), poster presentation and full participation in the course. Acknowledgement of the ECTS points in the study programs at home institutions other than the University of Bern is the responsibility of the participants.


Single room with breakfast:1300CHF*

Shared twin room with breakfast: 1100CHF*

Course only, no accommodation: 540CHF**

*Included in the price: Fee for course and course material, 3* hotel accommodation inc.breakfast for 5 nights, lunches Mon-Fri, meals on Sunday 11 August and Wednesday 14 August and apéro on Friday 16 August.

**Included in the price: Fee for course and course material,  lunches Mon-Fri, meals on Sunday 11 August and Wednesday 14 August and apéro on Friday 16 August.

We have secured special rates with centrally located 3* hotels, within a short walking distance of the Summer School. Rooms are available on a first come, first served basis. Applicants can indicate if they would like to share with a specific person in the application form. Alternatively applicants can arrange their own accommodation independently at their own cost and/or commute (if applicable).


Main Building, (Hauptgebäude) University of Bern, Hochschulstrasse 4 3012 Bern


Bern is easily accessible by train and has its own airport. In addition, there are direct trains from Zurich and Geneva Airport to Bern’s main station. For those travelling via Basel Airport, there is a bus to Basel’s central railway station. The train ride from Basel to Bern takes roughly one hour.

There is no airport pickup service available.


Please make sure you have health and accident insurance.


You are responsible for checking whether you need a visa for Switzerland. Please start the application process early as the visa process will take several weeks to complete.

The University of Bern can issue an invitation letter and a confirmation of payment for you. However, we are unable to offer any individual assistance for the application process.


For questions concerning the content of the summer school course please contact:
Zoe Bont

For questions concerning the organization of the summer school please contact:
Nichole Wetter


Bern tram and old town