FEMS Summer School for Postdocs

The Summer School aims to foster a mindset of translating cutting-edge technologies from the research bench to scalable industrial applications. It focuses on state-of-the-art in vitro and in vivo technologies that can be used to engineer microbes for a range of novel industrial, environmental, and healthcare applications. In many cases, these applications are designed to replace existing energy-intensive processes that currently rely on non-sustainable substrates and energy sources.

–  The call for applications to the Summer School for Postdocs 2024 is now closed –

Theme: Climate Change: Challenges and Influence on Microbial Safety of Water and Food

The esteemed FEMS Summer School for Postdocs returns, inviting the most promising postdoctoral researchers in microbiology to partake in a transformative experience. Located in the breath-taking setting of Split, Croatia, this nine-day summer school provides unparalleled opportunities for personal and professional growth from 2 to 10 September 2024.


  • Prof. Lisa Y. Stein, Professor of Climate Change Microbiology, Faculty of Science – Biological Sciences, University of Alberta, Canada
  • Prof. Andreja Rajkovic, Professor in Microbial Food Safety at Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium

Previous Summer Schools for Posdocs

You can find information on previous editions of the Summer School for Postdocs below:

  • Summer School for Postdocs 2023
    • Theme: Cutting-edge Microbial Technologies for a Sustainable Industrial Future
    • Co-Directors: Prof. Colin Harwood, Prof. Ken-ichi Yoshida and Prof. Miroslav Radman
    • Gallery
  • Summer School for Postdocs 2022
    • Theme: Microbiology for a Sustainable Future
    • Co-Directors: Prof. Hilary Lappin-Scott, Prof. Max M. Häggblom, and Prof. Miroslav Radman
    • Gallery
  • Summer School for Postdocs 2021 (postponed to 2022)
    • Theme: Microbial Evolvability Mechanisms: Resistance, Biology, and Strategies to Defeat and Detect
    • Co-Directors: Prof. Susan Rosenberg and Prof. Christophe Herman
    • Video Overview
  • Summer School for Postdocs 2019
    • Theme: Bacterial Robustness: Evolution of Bacterial Resistance to Death
    • Co-Directors: Prof. Graham Walker and Prof. Miroslav Radman
    • Photo Gallery
FEMS Journals and Open Access

Embracing an Open Future

All but one of the FEMS journals are now fully open access (OA), with one journal, FEMS Microbiology Letters remaining a subscription journal with free-to-publish and OA options. Open access is key to supporting the FEMS mission of disseminating high quality research as widely as possible: when high quality, peer reviewed sound science is open access, anyone, anywhere in the world with an internet connection, can read it.

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