The 3rd ImmunoSensation2 - IFReC
International School
on Advanced Immunology

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS for the 2024 International School on Advanced Immunology to be held in Japan!
Don’t miss this chance to be a part of this international educational experience at the forefront of advanced immunology.

We are pleased to announce the return of the International School on Advanced Immunology to Japan bringing together young immunologists from across the globe through a collaboration between the Immunology Frontier Research Center (IFReC) at Osaka University and ImmunoSensation2 at the University of Bonn.

We invite applications from PhD students and early postdocs interested in participating in this exciting educational program. The school promises to be an excellent opportunity for young immunologists to meet and learn from world-leading immunologists. Participants will also have the chance to connect with their international peers of the same generation, fostering a lasting worldwide network that will endure well beyond the duration of the school.

School Overview

  • Four-day intensive course for advanced Ph.D. students and early post-docs
  • Faculty of 15 outstanding immunologists
  • 50 competitively selected participants
  • Airfare and accommodation with full board provided to the participants
  • Application is free, but accepted applicants are required to pay a registration fee of 66,000JPY, which includes 41,000JPY for school participation and 25,000JPY for social events
  • Prizes will be awarded for the best presentations

Eligibility

  • Ph.D. students in their final years and postdocs within three years since obtaining their Ph.D.
  • Participants are required to give a poster presentation and a short oral presentation
  • Participants are required to participate in the entire four-day program
  • Anyone who has been accepted into any of the previous schools including the NIF Winter School on Advanced Immunology held in 2012-2020 is not eligible to apply


ABOUT

Mission Statement

The International School on Advanced Immunology started in 2022 and is jointly organized by IFReC and ImmunoSensation2. The purpose of the school is to foster young immunologists into leaders of the next generation to lead to breakthroughs in the field of immunology. The four-day intensive course provides an opportunity for 50 select international PhD students and young postdocs to meet with a faculty of 15 world-class experts to push the frontiers of immunology and network with peers of the same generation.

We welcome young researchers from all disciplines to participate in this program. The selection process is highly competitive, and we expect participants to be highly motivated to actively participate in all of the school activities during the stimulating intensive program.

The school was rated highly by the world-class researchers who had given lectures at the previous schools and by the previous participants because of the advanced lectures and the high level of research achievements of the participants, as well as the very active interaction among the participants.


FACULTY

15 world-class experts in the field of immunology

(as of February, 2024)


APPLICATION

ELIGIBILITY


  • Senior Ph.D. students and early post-doctoral fellows (less than three years since obtaining their Ph.D. degree)
  • Participants are required to give a poster presentation and a short oral presentation.
  • Participants are required to participate in all activities during the program (4 day-course).
  • Accommodation and airfare costs for the participants will be covered by the school.

Note: Anyone who has been accepted into the previous school including NIF Winter School on Advanced Immunology held in 2012-2020 is not eligible to apply.


REGISTRATION FEE

Application is free, but accepted applicants are required to pay a registration fee of 66,000 JPY, which includes 41,000 JPY for school participation and 25,000 JPY for social events.


SELECTION

  • A competitive selection process will be conducted, based on the submitted application materials.  
  • Admission quota: 50 students with gender-balanced participation
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • The results of the screening and selection process will be announced in the middle of June 2024.

APPLICATION DEADLINE

April 20, 2024


PREPARATION OF APPLICATION DOCUMENTS

Please have ready a recent face photo, at least 900 pixels wide and 1200 pixels high (aspect ratio 3:4), for a print size of 30 mm wide and 40 mm high. Then, download the application forms from the following links and prepare them as instructed on the forms.

  1. Curriculum Vitae (CV) (Name_CV.docx): CV with your statement for the reasons or purpose for attending the program
  2. Abstract (Name_abstract.docx): Abstract of the presentation to be presented by the applicant – do not forget to insert your photo into the abstract.
  3. Recommendation letter: The recommendation letter should be prepared by the applicant’s supervisor.
  • Rename the files by replacing “Name” in the file names (Name_CV.docx and Name_abstract.docx) with the surname of the applicant (e.g., Smith_CV.docx, and Smith_Abstract.docx, respectively).
  • The name of the PDF file for the recommendation letter has to include the surname of the applicant (e.g., Smith_recommendation.pdf).
    All documents are to be submitted via the website to the School office at the time of application.

The recommendation letter may be submitted in PDF format via the website to the School Office at the time of application or by email at a later date.


APPLICATION STEPS

  1. Make sure that you meet the eligibility requirements.
  2. Before applying, please click the button below to go to the website to verify that you are able to receive emails from the School Office address shown below, as this will be the means through which the School Office (school_office @ advanced-immunology.net) will contact you.

If you cannot find any email from the above address after sending an email through the above website, please check your spam email folder, confirm your email acceptance settings, contact your mail server administrator, or try again using another email address. The School Office is unable to provide any technical support for this issue.

  1. Click the application button below to go to the application website. Fill out your information and submit your application documents. Submission of both CV and Abstract is mandatory. The recommendation letter may be submitted later by email.
    Please note that an application is not complete until all application documents have been submitted, and that an incomplete application will not be considered.
  2. An email confirming your application will be automatically sent from the School Office to your registered email address.
  3. Applications received after the deadline, will not be considered for screening.
    If there are any changes to your registered information, please email the School Office.
  4. The results of the screening and selection process will be announced in the middle of June 2024.


SCHEDULE

October 28-31, 2024


VENUE

Awaji Yumebutai International Conference Center

Address: 1 Yumebutai, Awaji City, Hyogo 656-2306 Japan
Phone: +81-799-74-1020

Awaji Island is part of a chain of islands on the eastern side of the Seto Inland Sea, and it is the biggest island found in this body of water. Access to both Honshu and Shikoku is convenient since this island is linked to Honshu, the main island of Japan, by the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge (second longest suspension bridge in the world) and also to Shikoku by the Onaruto Bridge (Great Naruto Bridge). The venue is located two hours away from Kansai International Airport and one and a half hours away from Itami (Osaka) International Airport by public transport.


ACCOMMODATION

Grand Nikko Awaji
2 Yumebutai Awaji Hyogo 656-2306 Japan

  • The hotel is located next to the Awaji Yumebutai Conference Center.
  • Each student will share a room with another participant (twin room).
  • Accommodation costs will be fully covered during the program session period.
  • All meals will be provided during the program.
  • All participants are invited to a welcome party on 28 October and a farewell party on 31 October.
  • Please do not contact the hotel directly. Contact the School Office for hotel information.


SUPPORT

Coming Soon


ORGANIZERS

Organizing Committee

Coming Soon

Local Committee

[Chairman]
Tomohiro Kurosaki
[Members]
Hisashi Arase
Sho Yamasaki
Wataru Ise 
Kazuhiro Suzuki
Naoki Hosen
James Badger Wing


CONTACT US

Address

3-1 Yamadaoka, Suita, Osaka 565-0871, Japan

Tel

+81 6 6879 4270

Email

school_office@advanced-immunology.net

Contacts

Dr. Akihiko Takagi (Manager / Scientific Program / Student Selection)

Mari Ishihara (Travel Arrangement for Faculty)

Hitomi Yoshida (Travel Arrangement for Participants)