Cologne Ageing Summer School 2020

Ageing and Ageing Associated Diseases
August 17 -20, 2020,
online event

Our idea - your chance!

You are a BSc student or early MSc student studying a field of Life Sciences: e.g. Biology, Biochemistry, Biophysics, Bioinformatics? You are highly motivated to learn more about the areas of Ageing and Ageing Associated Diseases for your Master studies or PhD project? 

Then apply now for our 4-days summer school taking place from August 17 - 20, 2020 as online event and explore your opportunities in ageing research!

Summer School Programme

1. Key Lectures

Selected ageing related topics will be presented by our internationally renowned faculty!

Introduction to Ageing Research
by Prof. Linda Partridge

Learning about cell death signaling from single molecule microscopy
by Prof. Ana Garcia-Saéz

Mitochondrial dynamics in neural stem cells
by Prof. Matteo Bergami

Evolution and modulation of vertebrate lifespan
by Dr. Dario Valenzano

Genome Stability in Aging and Disease I
by Dr. Stephanie Panier

Genome Stability in Aging and Disease II
by Prof. Björn Schumacher

2. Effective Presentation Workshop

There is hardly any better tool than applied improvisation to improve your presentation skills. In presentation-oriented and agile exercises our trainer Dr. Ben Hartwig teaches you how to work autonomously, goal-oriented and experience flow states. Each participant will increase awareness towards their presentation style, their emotional state and their focus on the story of the presentation.

You will learn to avoid communication pitfalls and to deliver messages more clearly. The communication and presentation exercises are based on scientific findings, which are discussed during the workshop. Goal is to deliver a system that helps you to present your work more effectively in the future.

Benefit: Improved communication, presentation skills, increased productivity, awareness of individual communication strategies and conflict management.



3. Journal Club

The Journal Club on “The Hallmarks of Ageing” chaperoned by Dr. Joris Deelen will give you a better understanding about crucial biological processes and mechanisms underlying ageing. In small groups you will work on a presentation of one ageing hallmark. Later you present your results and discuss them with the whole group and your chaperone. This way, you immediately get the chance to apply the skills learnt in the effective presentation workshops during the Journal Club.

4. Tour through our Facilities

Ever asked yourself what techniques and instruments are needed to pursue top-notch research on the highest level? Visit the webpages of our core facilities and see how they support scientist working at our institutes.

As the summer school was changed to an online event, an on-site tour will not be possible.
We are currently checking alternative options.

5. Networking & Social Activities

If you are curious on what our current Master fellows and graduate students think about your opportunities to study ageing in Cologne, you can meet and chat with them during our F&Q student session!

Joins us!

If you are enrolled in a discipline of Life Sciences, such as e.g. Biology, Biochemistry, Biophysics or Bioinformatics and are B.Sc. or early M.Sc. student, you are eligible to apply.


For your application, please sent 1 PDF including your CV, the transcripts of your BSc/MSc studies and a 1 - 2 page(s) motivation letter to cga-coordination[at]
Deadline of application is June 19, 2020.

Up to 20 participants will be selected!

Selection criteria are your academic track record (CV & grades) and your motivation to study and work in the areas of ageing research. 


Please note that due to the Covid-19 outbreak our summer school will take place as online-based event and not as on-site event!
Further informaiton and details will be provided after your admission.