MeBoP is an advanced course for early career scientists from all over the Middle East, as well as from North and Sub-Saharan Africa who are interested in the biology of parasites and who are motivated by the potential of collaboration across all borders.

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About the course:


This is a high-caliber scientific course that would cover various aspects of parasitology from molecular biology and epidemiology to genomics, targeted for students in the Middle East as well as North and Sub-Saharan Africa 


The Goal of MeBoP:


1. To provide high-caliber scientific training covering various aspects of parasitology research from molecular biology and epidemiology to genomics.  We believe that it is critical that scientific skills that are well established elsewhere in the world are disseminated to endemic areas where they can be put into practice to face local issues.

2. To provide an environment where young scientists from conflicted political areas are given the opportunity to focus on their mutual professional interests and goals, and to promote networking and the building of professional collaborations across these areas.

Course Dates and location: 


Dates:  July 27 - August 12, 2020

Location: University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland


Application Deadline:  February 28, 2020

Apply status: Complete applications are being reviewed

Workshop format: 

MeBoP is a 2 week intensive course that will host a small select group of top candidates (12-16 grad-students, postdocs and young professionals) from
Middle Eastern as well as North and Sub-Saharan African countries.
Each day will consist of a 4-hour morning lecture session followed by an afternoon lab practical. Lectures and modules are given by leading scientists in the field of parasite research (see program).


Main topics covered:


Biology of parasites

  • Lecture component:  focus on diseases endemic in the Middle Eastern region such as water born diseases and vector born disease.

    • molecular and cellular biology

    • host-parasite interactions

    • epidemiology and population genetics

    • transmission and life cycle

    • genome mining

  • Practical modules: focus on the best established systems for molecular parasite research. 



Workshop cost:

  • The course is free and includes meals (suitable for all diets).

  • Some scholarships will be available for travel and accomodation. If you require a scholarship please attach a letter detailing your situation to your application.