International Summer School

The ISS 2021 will take place from 09 August until 17 September 2021Application is open!
Registration deadline is on 10 March 2021 at 12:00 (noon) CET. Application deadline is on 17 March 2021 at 12:00 (noon) CET.

Information for applicants in response to the coronavirus

The International Summer School 2021 is still planned to take place as long as the situation is deemed safe by German authorities. The ISS 2021 call remains open, and we encourage interested applicants to continue to apply. IMB prioritises the health and safety of all our employees and visitors. All visitors to IMB must comply with the hygiene rules as outlined on our updated news page.

Further information regarding the full application process can be found here. We are continuously monitoring the situation and will inform all applicants in a timely manner if the schedule of the ISS is changed for any reason. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

The International Summer School (ISS) is a 6-week programme with a focus on “Gene Regulation, Epigenetics and Genome Stability”. It is coordinated by the Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB).


The ISS offers outstanding and enthusiastic undergraduate and Master's students from all over the world the opportunity to acquire excellent practical skills and hands-on training from leading scientists in molecular biology.
If this describes you then please keep reading to find out more about the ISS and how to apply.

The International Summer School has a clearly defined and unique profile that will provide you with interdisciplinary education in the following fields:

  • Epigenetics
  • Gene Regulation
  • DNA Damage & Genome Stability
  • Developmental Biology
  • Systems Biology & Bioinformatics  
  • Translational Research

The programme of the ISS covers a period of 30 workdays.

For more information on Mainz and what the city has to offer, please check Working & Living in Mainz.

If you have any questions about the ISS, please visit our FAQs page. You can also contact us using the details on the contact page. Keep an eye on our webpage or follow us on Twitter or Facebook for further updates.