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Application and selection

The total number of course participants is limited to 60, to facilitate training and interactions. The target audience is PhD students and postdoctoral fellows up to 5 years after the PhD. A few applications from senior scientists with experience in different areas are also welcome.

Selection will be mostly on the basis of CVs and submitted abstracts, but representation of different fish immunology subject areas, career stage, geographical distribution of applicants and gender balance will also be taken into consideration.

How to apply

By the deadline of  July 15, 2024:

1. Complete a registration order through the registration/abstract submission portal on this event website. When you complete an order you will receive an 'order received e-mail' with full instructions on how to proceed with your application and a copy of the order in PDF.

2. During this process, upload a single file (accepted formats are pdf, zip and rar) containing all supporting documents for your application:
  1. the name and address of your lab and name of the laboratory head/thesis supervisor
  2. a summary of your research interests (max 200 words)
  3. a concise CV (max 1 page)
3. For alll participants: submit your abstract of your work, which you will present as a poster during the course via the 'My abstract' tab in the registration/abstract portal. Abstract submission is mandatory for consideration of your application.
See the Abstract section of the  website for more details.


You will be notifiied of the outcome of your application by after receipt of our registration. Accepted applicants must then pay the relevant registration fee after receipt of the invoice that will be sent by the financial department of University of Bern. More details on registration fee payment will be included in your outcome notification, and key points are also given in the terms and conditions.

Registration fees include access to the event sessions, name badge, certificate of attendance, book of abstracts, full board (all meals and refreshment breaks) and accommodation at the Spetses conference Hotel in double rooms or single use rooms as set out in the registration fee table below.
In case you need a single room, please inform the organisers joachim.frey@unibe.ch

Travel costs are not covered by the registration fee.

Regular - shared double room890,00 CHF
Special request - single room*1.430,00 CHF
* single rooms only on particular request

Terms and Conditions

By registering for the event, participants (also referred to as 'you') are entering an agreement with the Course Organizers and are indicating acceptance to the terms and conditions set out below.

Registration Fee

The registration Fee for participants covers:

  • Access to all scientific programme sessions
  • All meals and refreshments as set out above
  • Accommodation at  the Spetses Congress Hotel, as set out on the Venue/Accommodation page
  • Name badge, printed materials and certificate of attendance
All registration fees include VAT.
Travel costs are not covered by the registration fee.

Methods of Payment

After receiving the notice of acceptance, payments must be made in  Euro (€) or Swiss Francs (CHF) by bank transfer as stated on the invoice set to you by the finace administration of University of Bern.

    Registration cancellation & refund policy

    All registration cancellation requests should be sent to info@fishimmunology2024.febsevents.org in writing. For cancellation requests received on or before July 30, 2024, the full payment, less bank charges, will be refunded.
    For requests received after July 30, 2024, the full amount will be charged and no refunds will be made.

    Travel insurance

    You should seek and follow the advice of your government before booking travel to the event and before travelling to the event. You are solely responsible for making your own appropriate travel and other insurance arrangements before booking travel. The Course Organizers and FEBS shall not be liable to you for any losses incurred.

    Modification and cancellation of the event

    The Course Organizers are intending to run the event as a physical meeting, but if they decide at any time that it is not possible to continue with a physical event due to pandemic or other restrictions, the event may be postponed or held as an online meeting. The Course Organizers will give you advance notice as early as possible if such changes are necessary. If the meeting is converted to an online format, the accommodation costs will be refunded according to the policy of the Spetses Congress Hotel. The Course organizers reserve the right to modify the Course programme, whether physical or online, which is published as an indication only.

    If postponement or a virtual event is not possible, and the event is cancelled, the Course Organizers will refund you the registration fee less bank charges. Organizers may cancel the event as a result of circumstances outside of their reasonable control, including (but not limited to) pandemic, natural disaster, adverse weather conditions, fire or closure of airports. Where possible, they will endeavour to provide reasonable advance notice of any such cancellation.

    Neither FEBS nor the Course Organizers shall be held liable for any other costs or losses incurred.


    The Course organizers take all reasonable care in making arrangements, and shall in no event be liable for acts or omissions in the event of injury, damage, loss, accident delay or irregularity of any kind whatsoever during arrangements organized through contractors. Hotel and transportation services are subject to the terms and conditions under which they are offered to the general public.

    In the absence of any negligence or other breach of duty by the Course Organizers or FEBS, these parties shall not be responsible for any bodily injury, illness, death or property damages (including theft) sustained by participants during the event.

    In any event, neither the Course Organizers nor FEBS accept liability for damages or costs in the event of bodily injury, death, property damage, illness, disruption to travel plans and costs incurred as a result of events outside of their reasonable control, including (but not limited to) pandemic, natural disaster, adverse weather conditions, fire or closure of airports.

    Governing law

    Any dispute resulting from the above terms and conditions will be subject to Swiss law, and by accepting these terms you are submitting yourself to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Switzerland.


    • Applications Opening
      15 Jan 2024

    • Registration (as long as places are places available)
      15 July 2024
    • Confirmation of acceptance
    • Closing times: 23:59 (UTC+01:00)

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