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PhD Retreat

PhD Retreat 2022 (L'Aquila)

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Where: University of L’Aquila, “Ernesto Pontieri” Building, viale Nizza 14 L’Aquila (Google Maps)

When: from September 15 to September 17, 2022

Who: Keynote lecture by Francesco Colucci (University of Cambridge, UK). Lectures by Daniela Bosisio, Massimo Locati, Domenico Mavilio, and Silvia Piconese. Special guest: the European Journal of Immunology, with Nadja Bakocevic and Matteo Iannacone. A conversation with Angela Santoni.

Why: to learn immunology from renowned scientists, to talk about your PhD project with other students, and to discuss about the difficulties of a science career, in an informal environment and an amazing city.


Registration and abstract submission

Registration and abstract submission have closed on July 29.

The registration fee is 100€ (includes dinners of Sept 15 and 16, lunch of Sept 16, and 3 coffee breaks; does NOT include accommodation or travel to L’Aquila). The fee should be paid by bank transfer to:


SIICA Società italiana di immunologia BANCA INTESA SAN PAOLO 

Causale: Iscrizione PhD Retreat 2022_NOME COGNOME

A copy of the receipt must be uploaded in the registration form.

Submission of an abstract is mandatory for all the registered participants (1st year PhD students are allowed to send an abstract describing their starting and future PhD project). Submission of a headshot (a profile picture) will be requested during registration, that will be used for the abstract book.

The abstract must be uploaded in .doc or .docx format and comply with this template.


Poster presentation and oral communications

Each oral communication should be 15 minutes long (12 minutes + 3 for discussion). The order of presentations is in the program.

All the abstract presenters (including those selected for oral presentation) are requested to prepare a poster.

The poster should be of the following size: 100 cm height x 70 width, and should be prepared in a standard format (title, authors and affiliations, abstract, figures and legends). The poster should be exposed for the whole duration of the Retreat on the assigned panel. During the poster session, a poster discussion will be guided by the Junior Faculty.  


Travel and accommodation

Travel and accommodation in L’Aquila are not included in the registration fee, except a shuttle service from Rome Termini to L’Aquila and return. 

Participants can book accommodation on their own. Here is a list of hotels (and distance from city center):

HOTEL L’AQUILA via Simonetto 5/A (in the city center, 10 min walking distance from the venue)

HOTEL SAN MICHELE Via dei Giardini, 6 (in the city center, 16 min walking distance)

HOTEL 99 CANNELLE Via Borgo Rivera 21/23 (0.4 km from the city center)

HOTEL PORTA RIVERA Piazzale caduti 8 dicembre 1943 (0.7 km)

B&B VIA ROMA Via Roma 158 (0.8 km)

HOTEL FEDERICO II Via Strinella 2 (1.3 km)

MAGIONE PAPALE Via Porta Napoli 67/I (1.5 km)

MY SUITE HOTEL Strada Statale 17 Ovest n.1 (1.9 km)

CANADIAN HOTEL Strada Statale 17 Loc. Casermette (2.2 km)

HOTEL LA COMPAGNIA DEL VIAGGIATORE Strada Statale 80 Km 6 Angolo Via Martin Luther King (6.2 km)

How to reach L’Aquila


Travel grants

20 grants are offered to cover travel expenses up to a maximum of 250,00 Euros each.

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