Summer Training School in the Wildlife Malaria Network

The 1st Summer Training School will take place from 1st – 7th September 2024 in Field station Mohelno, Mohelno, Czechia. The training school will consist of five days of lectures and practical activities designed to introduce students to a broad range of research activities and skills related to working with Wildlife Malaria Parasites. Topics will include:

  • sample collection and storage,
  • analysis of haematological parameters,
  • introduction to parasite identification,
  • analysis of genetic sequence data,
  • collection and identification of vector species, and
  • methods to analyse community-level data.

Specific topics can also be tailored to the requirements of the students.

About the application process

Geographical restrictions on funded places apply according to COST funding rules, and more information on eligibility can be found in the Annotated Rules for COST Actions. All teaching materials will be available through the WIMANET website after the course has concluded. Applications are open to anyone interested in learning techniques to work with wildlife malaria parasites, but applicants must have an eCOST profile and have applied to be a member of WIMANET in order for their application to be approved. You can apply to join WIMANET here. The call for applications for this 1st Summer Training School will open on 1st March and close on 31st March 2024. Applications must be e-mailed to the Grant Awarding Coordinator, Dr Alexandra Conduneanu, and to the WIMANET email.

The application consists of the following documents:

  • a motivation letter detailing the benefits for the applicant and the relevance of the training school to current research,
  • anticipated travel budget in Euros (costs of transport to Vaclav Havel Airport Prague, and travel insurance)
  • a support letter from the Home Institution,
  • a CV, including a list of academic publications if applicable.

The applications will be ranked by the Core Group based on:

  • benefits to the applicant in terms of career progression
  • benefit and contribution to the development of the COST Action

The selection will follow the COST policies on inclusiveness (gender, age, geography). The final ranking will be approved by the Action Chair and Co-Chair. All researchers who applied to the call will be informed of the outcome of their application by 19th April 2024.

The selected researchers should wait for the official invitation from the Grant Holder before booking any travel arrangements. Please direct any further questions to the WIMANET email.


More information here.

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