Advanced Training Courses

Why join ICRO courses?

ICRO’s advanced training courses provide young scientists with:

  • The opportunity to participate in pioneering research with renowned instructors
  • Long-lasting friendships with colleagues and instructors that will follow them throughout their careers
  • Professional networks that will encourage collaborative research in the future
  • Skills gained from intensive experience in the laboratory
  • Equal access for minority and majority groups, irrespective of race, nationality, ethnicity, religion, gender or sexual orientation

Courses cover a range of diverse subjects such as:

  • Molecular biology
  • Microbiology developmental biology
  • In-vivo and in-vitro cell differentiation
  • Immunology, cellular and molecular genetics
  • Regulatory mechanisms
  • Bioenergetics
  • Virology
  • Neurobiology at the cellular level and modern plant cell biology, with special emphasis on potential applications in biotechnology.

“The experience of a lifetime!” – Alumnus

Who can join ICRO courses?

Our courses target in particular young scientists, who have completed their academic training and are beginning their careers in research. Occasionally more mature workers, who desire to learn a new technique or to approach a new field, can also profit from attending.

Students are selected by the teaching staff on the basis of their scientific qualifications. Accepted candidates are provided with board, lodging and partial or total travel support according to needs and course budget. At the end of the course, students receive a certificate and are requested to fill in a questionnaire to evaluate course quality.

Typical course structure

The scientific program often starts with one day of refresher lectures to update the scientific background and to alleviate difficulties inherent in the heterogeneity of the audience. Following this, lectures introducing experiments alternate with lectures of a wider scope to integrate the topic into a more general framework. Discussions about the experiments are complemented with seminars given by participants on their research results and projects.

Additional benefits:
  • 2-4 weeks full-time work in laboratory instructors and students
  • 5-10 members instruct 13-30 students
  • Meals are taken together, if possible participants are housed together
  • Social activities are encouraged

We aim to maintain a balance between courses with a focus on:

ICRO has adopted a flexible and pragmatic approach without sacrificing its ideals of truly universal international scientific endeavor.

“I wish learning was like this every day” – Alumnus