Ischia seen from Procida. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia user Retaggio.

Ischia seen from Procida. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia user Retaggio.

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. The event attracts expert faculty and well-qualified students for a combination of lectures and seminar discussion in a historically rich and naturally beautiful setting.

We aim to encourage exchange of ideas across disciplinary boundaries, national cultures and historical periods. We can accommodate up to 26 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, and also accept established researchers seeking to enter a new field. The biennial school, which looks back on a distinguished tradition of association with the Stazione Zoologica, was revived in 2005 after a break of some two decades and again ran successfully in 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013. It is held in Villa Dohrn, the current Laboratory for Benthic Ecology and former summer house of the founder Anton Dohrn, situated above the port of the island of Ischia and overlooking the Gulf of Naples.

Each summer school's theme is published with the call for applications. The school itself takes the form of lectures, seminars and open discussions. Villa Dohrn seen from the sea Every faculty member gives a talk of up to 30 minutes followed by equal time for discussion, and organizes a one-hour seminar discussion. This provides a structured experience plus plenty of opportunities for interaction and participation, which is enhanced by the more informal contact that naturally occurs when spending the week in an intellectually stimulating environment.

English is the working language and reading material is circulated well in advance, via this website.