Cologne Ageing Summer School 2022

Ageing and Ageing Associated Diseases
August 29 – September 1, 2022
online event

Our idea - your chance!

You are an undergraduate student in your BSc studies or in the first year of your MSc programme, 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 29 – September 1, 2022 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. Dr. Tatiana Korotkova

Metabolic rewiring in a long-lived mammal, the naked mole-rat
by Dr. Jane Reznick

Cell death in cancer and ageing
by Prof. Dr. Silvia von Karstedt

Programming of mitochondria in ageing and disease
by Prof. Dr. Thomas Langer

The ageing brain and its impact on neurodegenerative diseases
by Dr. Christina Ising

Epigenetics and Ageing
by Dr. Peter Tessarz

2. Oral Presentation Workshop

In this half-day online workshop offered by Dr. Philipp Gramlich from NaturalScience.Careers, we will get a broad idea of what makes an effective presentation. You´ll be introduced to these topics:

  • Storylines: what´s the logical backbone of your presentation and how can you make it relevant for your audience? 
  • How to be memorable and leave a lasting impression
  • Slide design: No one likes overloaded slides, but how can we do it better without losing content?
  • Presenting online: How to address the setting that you´re not in the same room as your audience

3. Journal Club

The Journal Club on “The Hallmarks of Ageing” chaperoned by Dr. Dusanka Milenkovic 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 how our institutes and facilities look like and what equipment is needed to pursue top-notch research on the highest level?
We invite you to joins us for a virtual tour through the CECAD research center and the MPI for Biology of Ageing to give you an insight about where our scientist work and what services and facilities we offer.

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! You can see our students here.

Join us!

If you are enrolled in a discipline of Life Sciences, such as e.g. Biology, Biochemistry, Biophysics or Bioinformatics and are an undergraduate B.Sc. or early M.Sc. student (1rst year), you are eligible to apply.


For your application, please send 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 24, 2022.

Up to 20 participants will be admitted to our summer school!

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