The Centre for Research and Development of Eszterházy Károly University of Applied Sciences (Eger, Hungary), in collaboration with the Plant Protection Institute, Centre for Agricultural Research, Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Budapest, Hungary), invites MSc and PhD students and postdoc researchers interested in the study of powdery mildew fungi (Erysiphales) to an exciting summer school covering all the major aspects of powdery mildew research. The official language of the course is English. This is the third Powdery Mildew Summer School; the first one was organized in 2014 and the second one in 2015. Participants of the first two summer schools are of course welcome again in Eger.

The programme includes:

  • lectures on the morphology, phylogeny, genomics, host range, invasive patterns, host-pathogen interactions, and control of powdery mildews;
  • practical training in the classical and molecular identification of powdery mildews, quantification of infection levels, ascospore viability tests, and so on; the training activities will consist of hands-on experiments using light microscopy, including fluorescence techniques, DNA extractions from fresh and herbarium samples, PCR and qPCR methods, etc.;
  • discussion seminars on a number of recent and important papers; these will be presented by those participants who volunteer in advance to present a paper from the list of papers to be discussed in Eger.

There is no registration fee to attend the summer school. Participants will be requested to pay a modest fee (6000 HUF/night; this is approx. 19 euro/night) to cover their accommodation in the student hostel of Eszterházy Károly University of Applied Sciences and to contribute to the costs of sandwich lunches and coffee breaks. This fee will be paid at the registration desk, upon arrival on 1st August, based on an invoice issued on-site.

MSc and PhD students and postdocs interested in attending this course are requested to apply by completing the application form and sending it to Dr. Kálmán Zoltán Váczy (ret@ektf.hu) no later than 28th June 2016 together with a proof of their current student or postdoc status.

The Scientific Committee will select the applicants who are invited to attend the summer school. Please note that the number of participants is limited. Priority will be given to those whose MSc or PhD thesis or postdoc work is related to powdery mildew research or a closely related topic. All applicants will receive an email notification concerning the outcome of their applications by 1st July 2016.