Join our discussion on molecular genetics in Zoology!

With modern molecular methods, many organisms have become amenable to functional genetics: next generation sequencing can reveal genome sequences and expression profiles, RNA interference allows transcript levels to be knocked down to study gene function, new genome editing tools allow the genome to be modified with precision, and gene activity can be visualized in situ.
When used together, these techniques allow for a plethora of zoological questions to be addressed at the genetic level. The Göttingen SPIRIT summer school aims to foster the development and use of these tools in both established and non conventional animal models.

You can apply for the symposium only or for both summer school and symposium. See details below.
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Göttingen Symposium “Frontiers in Molecular Zoology” (19th - 20th Sept. PIs, postdocs and PhD)

In this 2-day symposium, we want to bring together international scientists working on understanding the function of genes underlying all kinds of zoological phenomena. Some contributed talks will be selected from the submitted abstracts.

Göttingen SPIRIT Summer school “Molecular Genetics in Zoology” (16th - 19th Sept. for PhD and postdocs)

We offer a 3-day hands on training on these methods prior to the symposium. We will discuss the application of these tools to the particular projects of the participants. The aim is that you leave Göttingen with an enhanced working plan for your project. This part is restricted to 20 PhD students or postdocs.

Invited speakers:

Application and Registration:


Registration fees (includes coffee breaks and social events)
- Symposium: 50€
- Summer School (including Symposium): 80€

You first have to create an user account before you will be enabled to fill in the application form. During application process you will be asked to upload your abstract. Please note, that only pdf-documents can be uploaded. Once you have completed your online registration, you will receive an automatically generated email.

Summer School & Symposium:
First registration
Application form

Symposium only:
First registration
Application form

Please note: By following the links above you will leave the webcontent of the University of Göttingen. The external application portal eConsort is provided by the University of Ghent, Belgium.


We have reserved single and double rooms for participants of the summer school.
Prices for lodging ranges between 105€ and 255€ (for 6 nights). After the selection of the participants we will contact you to ask for your preferences.

For those that join only the symposium, we have reserved a limited quota at two hotels
(code: “Molecular Zoology”):
AS Hotel
Landgasthaus Lockemann

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