ETNA board members

Dr. Dirk Büssis
(GABI, Potsdam, Germany)

Dr. Karin Metzlaff
(EPSO, Brussels, Belgium)

Dr. Andrea Pfisterer
(Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center, Switzerland)

Deadline for applications 20.07.2011


Summer School Plant Genomics and Bioinformatics:
Special Focus: Food Security – how can science and policy contribute?

The fundamental idea of ETNA is to build a network on plant genome research and bioinformatics in Europe. ETNA organises a yearly summer school course pursuing the training aspect, the exchange of ideas and the creation of an active and living network between European scientists, research organisations and research programs. The planned ETNA courses will combine the latest theoretical knowledge with practical lessons.

The target group for the courses is PhD students and Postdocs with a maximum of six years work experience. During the courses 16 young researchers will be given the chance to work together with experts on the chosen focus. The ETNA Summer School is able to offer the accepted applicants financial support for travel and hotel costs (details see Info). Interested persons can apply online until July 20th 2011.

The special focus of the 2011 Summer School is on the various interdisciplinary aspects of Food Security and how research – plant science research in particular - and policy can contribute to sustainable solutions.

The summer school is compiled of a series of lectures, case study work and workshops with experts from plant science, agro-economy, social research and policy. The Summer School students will have the opportunity to meet leading experts in the field and to discuss and network with them.

A detailed schedule will soon be online.

Part of every Summer School is a social program with the opportunity to network amongst students. One highlight of the social program will be an excursion in the beautiful landscape around Lake Lucerne

If you have questions regarding the 2011 ETNA Summer School,
please contact the head of the plant research managing office,
Dr. Dirk Büssis, GABI, Max-Planck-Institute: or
Dr. Andrea Pfisterer, Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center:

ETNA is a training activity supported by the European Commission’s Sixth Framework Program.