The Regional Research Centre 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 second Powdery Mildew Summer School, the first one was organized one year ago. Participants of the first Powdery Mildew Summer School are of course welcome again in Eger.

The programme includes:

  • lectures on the morphology, phylogeny, genomics, host range, invasive patterns, host-pathogen interactions, epidemiology 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.

The summer school is supported by TÁMOP 4.2.1.C-14/1/KONV-2015-0003 'TUDÁSPARK's . Therefore, there is no registration fee and a part of the meals are also covered by this fund. Participants will be requested to pay a modest fee for their accommodation (3000 HUF/night) if they choose the student hostel of Eszterházy Károly University of Applied Sciences. 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) by 28th June 2015 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 2015.