Ischia Summer School On The History Of The Life Sciences 2017, Napoli, Italy

Publish Date: Nov 01, 2016

Deadline: Feb 28, 2017

About the school

The Ischia Summer School provides a week of advanced training in the history of the life sciences, a lively international field that offers a long-term perspective on some of the most significant ideas, practices and institutions in the world today. cloning The event attracts expert faculty and well-qualified students for lectures and seminars in a historically rich and naturally beautiful setting.

The school, which looks back on a distinguished tradition of association with the Stazione Zoologica (Zoological Station) in Naples, was revived in 2005 after a break of some two decades and has run biennially since then, with a different theme each time. The next school, on the theme 'Cycles of Life', will take place 24 June - 1 July 2017.

The school is held in Villa Dohrn, the current Laboratory of Benthic Ecology and former summer house of the founder of the Naples Station, Anton Dohrn, situated above the port of the island of Ischia and overlooking the Gulf. The room can accommodate 26 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows; we also accept established researchers seeking to enter a new field. The school works through lectures, seminars and open discussions. Villa Dohrn seen from the sea Each faculty member gives a talk of up to 30 minutes followed by equal time for discussion, and organizes a one-hour seminar based on precirculated reading. This provides a structured experience and much interaction and participation, which is enhanced by spending the week in an informal and intellectually stimulating environment. Though English is the working language, we encourage exchange of ideas across national cultures, disciplinary boundaries and historical periods. The 2017 call for applications is now open.

Fifteenth Ischia Summer School, 24 June – 1 July 2017

Applications are invited for this week-long summer school, which provides advanced training in history of the life sciences through lectures, seminars and discussions in a historically rich and naturally beautiful setting. The theme for 2017 is ‘Cycles of Life’. The confirmed faculty are Warwick Anderson (University of Sydney), Peder Anker (New York University), Ariane Droescher (University of Bologna), Guido Giglioni (Warburg Institute, London), Mathias Grote (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), Shigehisa Kuriyama (Harvard University), Maaike van der Lugt (Université Paris Diderot), Lynn Nyhart (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Hans-Jörg Rheinberger (MPIWG, Berlin) and Lucy van der Wiel (University of Cambridge).

Course organizers

Janet Browne (Harvard University), Christiane Groeben (University of Naples), Nick Hopwood (University of Cambridge), Staffan Müller-Wille (University of Exeter) and the Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn.


The 2017 School is supported by grants from the Wellcome Trust and the National Science Foundation.


There is a charge for students of 300 Euros each. This will cover hotel accommodation and all meals, but students will need to pay for their own travel to Ischia.

The directors will consider requests to waive the fee from qualified students, especially from developing countries, who are unable to raise the money themselves and whose institutions cannot provide it. These must be supported by a detailed financial statement and a letter from the applicant’s head of institution.


Applications should include:

  1. a statement specifying academic experience and reasons for interest in the course topic (max. 300 words),
  2. a brief cv,
  3. a letter of recommendation.


28 February 2017 - Deadline for applications – applications must have been received by Midnight CET
15 March 2017 - Students to be notified of application outcome
26 May 2017 - Registration fees and/or registration forms due

Travel information

From the airport to the harbour

You can reach the harbour by bus or by taxi; we strongly recommend to take the bus.

By Bus

An express bus service (run by Alibus) runs from Capodichino Airport (just in front of the Arrivals) via the Central Station of Naples (Piazza Garibaldi) to the Piazza Municipio (A on map below). This is just next to the Molo Porta di Massa (M; for ferries) and the Molo Beverello (B; for hydrofoils). This solution is relatively fast, as well as cheap and convenient:

  • Tickets: € 3.00, must be purchased on the bus,
  • Duration: 30–40 min,
  • Frequency: Every 22 min on weekdays, every 20 min in weekends and on holidays,
  • Operating hours: Service from the airport between 06h00 and 23h30. Last return from the Molo via the Central Station to the airport leaves at 23h55.

By taxi

If you wish to travel by taxi, please pay attention that the taximeter is turned on. Some surcharges (for trips to/from the airport; for each piece of luggage) are added to the cost shown on the taximeter, but the overall surcharge never exceeds € 6.00. The fare should be no more than € 25.

From the harbour to Ischia

To go to Ischia Porto, you can catch a ferry (at Molo Porta di Massa) or a hydrofoil (at Molo Beverello). Both piers are connected by a shuttle bus (500 m distance). From Molo Beverello there is on average one service to Ischia every thirty minutes. Click here for the precise timetable information; make sure you take a boat to Ischia Porto.

Tickets must be bought before boarding from a booth on the pier, they cannot be bought on board. Several companies operate ferries to and from Ischia, at different speeds, hours, and prices; the combined service schedule can be found here.

Tickets for the Alilauro hydrofoil cost about € 18 each way: Return tickets cost the same as two single tickets, and tickets cost € 17.60 during 'obligatory public service times' called 'orario di servizio pubblico' (OSP), but € 18.90 during the other, 'residuale' times. This boat takes about 45 minutes.

Tickets for the Caremar ferry cost € 11,20 for the slow ferry, or € 16,30 for the fast ferry. The ferry ('traghetto') takes about 1h30 but the fast ferries ('aliscafo' or 'unità veloce') take 1h.

The third company, MedMar, does not have its tariffs online.

Note that the listed tariffs were valid until 31 May 2015, so may have changed.

To APPLY click "Further official information" below and fill the application form.

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