The first Sino-German Summer School "Structural Biology in Infection"

The first Sino-German Summer School on “Structural Biology in Infection” was organized by the National Institute for Viral Disease Control and Prevention (IVDC), China CDC, the University of Lübeck and the Heinrich Pette Institute, Leibniz Institute for Experimental Virology (HPI) under the sponsorship of the Sino-German Center for Research Promotion.

Two sections were included in this summer school. The first section took place in Lübeck from August 26th to 31st, 2018. Fifteen young scientists from China and ten young scientists from Germany participated in the Summer School. A series of lectures was held by speakers from China and Germany. Among them, renowned IVDC scientists such as Prof. Shiwen Wang reported on the epidemiology of viral diseases in China, as well as Prof. Zhaojun Duan gave an introduction into next-generation sequencing. From Germany, lecturers came from the HPI, the University of Lübeck, the University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf and the Research Center Borstel – Leibniz Lung Center. They gave detailed lectures about challenges of avian influenza, the development of vaccines against new and recurrent diseases such as MERS and Ebola, and latest findings in tuberculosis research. 

Besides, the young scientists received practical introductions to state-of-the art-technologies like next-generation sequencing and cryo-electron microscopy. They had the opportunity for further exchange including a “Meet the PI”-meeting and inspiring discussions about current research topics in various journal clubs. On the last day, all participants made an excursion to the Centre for Structural Systems Biology (CSSB) in Hamburg, where the doctoral and postdoctoral students gained insights into latest microscopy technologies. Finally, a joint barbecue at the CSSB allowed all participants to deepen the networks they established during the Summer School. 

The second section took place in Hamburg from September 1st to 6th2018. All the participants joined the second Sino-German symposium “Globalization – Challenge and Response for Infectious Diseases” Participants attended a total of five sessions and 39 lectures on a wide variety of topics in infection biology: from the host change of influenza A virus to the latest findings on infection with Ebola or corona viruses, from the spread of multi-resistant tuberculosis strains to new research results on the long-term consequences of the Zika virus epidemic in South America. State Councilor Eva Gümbel from the Hamburg Ministry of Science, Research and Equality opened the symposium. 

The first sino-German summer school gained a great success and laid the foundation for future exchanges and cooperation among young researchers. 

Figure 1: All participants in Lübeck

Figure 2: All participants in Hamburg