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Scienteens Academy

You like biology and you are curious about scientific research? You enjoy experimenting in the lab? You want to discover computer modelling? Join the Scienteens Academy!

A summer workshop in Systems Biology

Every summer, the Scienteens Lab organises a one-week interdisciplinary workshop dedicated to high-school students aged 15 and over. The Scienteens Academy combines biology, mathematics and computer science. It is a unique opportunity to work in a lab with other students, to learn more about biological processes, develop mathematical models and run computer simulations.

The Scienteens Academy focuses on Systems Biology, a biology-based interdisciplinary field of study. It aims at understanding the complexity of biological systems such as individual cells, organs and whole organisms. During the week, the participants analyse the growth behaviour and the enzyme activity of the bacterium Escherichia coli.

First, they collect data through practical work in the laboratory, using techniques such as cell culture, spectrophotometry and quantitative analysis of enzymatic reactions. Then, they will learn to analyse the data they generated, to develop mathematical models and to run computer-based simulations. To conclude the week, the budding researchers have to make predictions based on their results and go back to the lab to test their own hypothesis. Then, like real scientists, they will learn to present the project and their results with scientific posters.

 

Coronavirus Update:

  • Due to the current situation, the Scienteens Academy 2020 was postponed and will take place from 7 to 11 September.
  • If the situation changes again, these dates could change. The participants will be informed in advance if this is the case.
  • All the safety measures recommended by the government and the university will be implemented for the Scienteens Academy.
    The health, welfare and safety of our participants and of the Scienteens Lab team are our top priority.

 

Join the Scienteens Academy. Apply online until 31 July!

The workshop will be conducted in English.
Download the flyer and poster of the 2020 edition.

Practical Information

WHEN and WHERE?

English session – From 7 to 11 September

At the Scienteens Lab of the University of Luxembourg, on Campus Belva, in the House of Biomedicine (Biotech I).

If you arrive by car or coach, take the A4 and keep it until the end, then follow the signs towards "Belval". On the campus, there are no signs to indicate the way to Biotech I. Please use the map below to find your way. Parking around the building is forbidden. The coach can leave you in front of the Biotech I but cannot stay parked there.

If you arrive by train, the stop is "Belval Université". Our building is 5 minutes away from the train station by foot. There are also several buses that can be taken to arrive on the campus.

FEES

Early birds (apply before 30 June): 80 EUR

Regular price (all applications received between 1st and 31 July): 100 EUR

LANGUAGES

Each session of the Scienteens Academy is conducted in one language.
In 2020, the Scienteens Academy will be in English.

SELECTION PROCESS

The number of participants is limited. The Scienteens Lab team selects 14 students for each session. In order to apply for the Scienteens Academy, candidates have to fill in a registration form and to answer a few questions about their motivation and previous experience. The selection is based on these.

What are we looking for? Highly motivated students who are keen to discover scientific research. Young people who enjoy interdisciplinarity and team work. Rather than very experienced participants, we are looking forward to training enthusiastic learners who are ready to acquire new skills with us. Last but not least, students who contemplate a future in science and want to experience first-hand what a job in that field could look like.