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Training School on “Antimicrobial Coatings”

5-day Training School on Antimicrobial Coatings at Amsterdam UMC at the University of Amsterdam, April 8-12, 2019

The COST action CA15114 “AMiCI” organize a 5-day Training School on “Antimicrobial Coatings”. The objective of this training school is to provide Early Stage Researchers with scientific background as well as practical expertise in testing antimicrobial coatings and surfaces, trained by renowned material and infectious disease scientists.

This training school is targeted to Early Stage Researchers (i.e. Master´s students, PhD students and post-doctoral fellows) from across Europe involved in Microbiology or Material Sciences. To promote further networking, the training school is combined with the European Training Network (ETN) PRINT-AID, focused on the development of
additively manufactured anti-infective materials.


The post-academic course consists of an introduction day with networking activity, a 3-day practical course with supporting lectures, followed by a master class in Amsterdam. The experimental program at the Amsterdam UMC at the University of Amsterdam aims at antimicrobial activity testing (MIC/MBC, JIS, agar diffusion, biofilms etc.), antimicrobial resistance, and immune responses (histology, microscopy etc.).


This COST action CA15114 “AMiCI” will offer grants to Early Stage Researchers from European countries participating in the action. You can check whether your country is one of the members HERE

Of note, you can also participate in the training school if your institute in not partof AMiCI. The maximum total amount for the grant is EUR 1500 to (partly) cover your flight, accommodation, meals, and public transport costs. The grant can
only be claimed from the COST association after completing the training school.
For more details, please read the COST Vademecum.pdf.

Registration fee: The training school charges a registration fee of EUR 150.


To register, fill out the FORM. The applications should be sent by email to Martijn Riool ( by March 3, 2019.

Each application should contain:

  • your CV;
  • a short motivation letter including background on your own research, in particular when you are developing/producing your own experimental antimicrobial materials/coatings to be evaluated in the course;
  • a short letter of recommendation from your supervisor (for PhD students and postdoctoral fellows) or from the head of the Master’s program (for Master’s students).

The training school will accept a maximum number of 24 participants (minimum of 12). In case of over-subscription, the organizers will select candidates based on geographical distributions and research activities. The selection will be final and not negotiable.

Important dates

  • Deadline for Registration: March 3, 2019
  • Notification of Acceptance: March 10, 2019
  • Deadline for Payment of Registration Fee: March 24, 2019
  • Training School: April 8-12, 2019

Organizing Committee

Dr. Martijn Riool & Dr. Sebastian A.J. Zaat
Dept. of Medical Microbiology,
Amsterdam UMC at the University of Amsterdam,
The Netherlands.


Download the brochure AMiCI Training

We look forward to welcome students from many of the groups participation in AMiCI to the Training School in Amsterdam, The Netherlands!

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