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Biomembranes & Cellular Microcompartments (BCMC)

This Summer School offers a unique training program for international students to acquire an integrated perspective on the architecture, biogenesis, dynamics and, eventually, on the physiological functions of biomembranes and cellular microcompartments. The participants will gain direct insight into a wide array of experimental approaches and model systems to visualize microcompartments and elucidate their function and dynamics. Due attention will be paid on how the acquired knowledge provides a rationale for novel therapeutic interventions and applications in biotechnology. The program combines theory (lectures, tutorials) with experiment, laboratory tours and a scientific minisymposium organized by the International Training Group of the CRC944, bringing together Summer School participants with local faculty, PhD students and PIs of the CRC. The program also includes a career development workshop “Making your next move in/outside academia”, which is open to both international and local students to stimulate exchange of academic and cultural experiences across ethnic and geographical borders. Thus, all students participating in the program will benefit from great opportunities to build personal networks among each other as well as with (inter)national experts, which should have a long-lasting positive impact on their professional careers.

Course Details

  • Name: Biomembranes & Cellular Microcompartments
  • Date: July 6-29, 2018
  • Credits awarded: 5 ECTS
  • Primary language of instruction: English
  • Necessary language level: B2


If your home university requires a syllabus in order to acknowledge the credits granted for successful participation, you can download it right here:

2018 Program

For a detailed description of the course content, please consult the 2018 Summer School program.

Course Description

This Summer School offers 16 international students a unique opportunity to acquire an integrated perspective on the biogenesis, dynamics and physiological functions of biomembranes and cellular microcompartments and explore their options for pursuing an academic career in Germany. The school is organized by the Natural Sciences Faculty at Osnabrück University (UOS), which combines a strong tradition in biomembrane research with the development of new technologies at the interface of nanoscience and cell biology.


Application deadline was  April 15th, 2018.

Scholarships available!

The biology department is offering a limited number of partial scholarships funded by the DAAD. Candidate participants who lack the means to fully cover their participation can apply for a limited number of travel stipends and/or partial registration fee waivers (max. EUR 750) by including a motivated request in the application. After closure of the application Deadline, all applications will be checked and the selection committee will choose the scholarship holders.

Please keep in mind that your application for the BCMC Summer School has to be sent to sustutors@uni-osnabrueck.de