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EAVI2020 9th PhD training course to go ahead

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Postponed due to the global pandemic, ‘HIV glycoprotein engineering for vaccines’ will be virtual course as organised by EAVI2020 partners, Amsterdam University Medical Centre (AMC).

After a few months delay due to COVID-19, EAVI2020 are pleased to announce that the 9th iteration of the PhD training course will be going ahead on 18th November 2020. EAVI2020 partners, Amsterdam University Medical Centre (AMC) who had originally organised for the student to attend in-person in April of this year, have adapted the program to be a virtual course.

Titled HIV glycoprotein engineering for vaccines, the programme’s presenters include keynote speaker, Dr Hans Langedijk, Research Director at Janssen Research & Development and AMC postdocs, Kwinten Sliepen, Tom Caniels and Yoann Aldon. The day will focus on envelope protein engineering including a comparative analysis on the pathogenicity of HIV and SARS-CoV-2.

It has been a challenging time for the organising committee to continue EAVI2020’s research programme during the global pandemic. However, Dr Rogier Sanders, Dr Marit Gils, Ronald Derking, Sliepen Kwinten, the Amsterdam team and other collaborators were committed to making it work and ensuring the students continue to get the most out of EAVI2020’s Continuing Education & Training in HIV vaccine development programme.

Supporting the next generation of scientists

Lead by Dr Joan Joseph (VHIR) and Prof Britta Warhen (KI), employment and training of young scientists in Europe and in association with European research groups are important aspects of EAVI2020. The consortium are committed to providing scientific fellowships and exchange to maximise training of the next generation of young scientists. A training program in vaccine development improves and disseminate advanced research skills developed within the project which synchronously, enables young scientists to contribute to the dissemination of knowledge in the field of vaccine research and development in their own institutions.

To date, there have been 8 EAVI2020 PhD training courses hosted by EAVI2020’s various partners across Europe. The courses have focussed on clinical and laboratory-based training and have befitted Master students, PhD students, and postdoctoral fellows from EAVI2020’s partner institutions. For a closer look at one of the PhD training courses, read about the 7th course titled From Lab to Clinic

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