How to Apply

You can choose to participate in the Summer School in two ways. To participate in the full program including panels, lab tours and demos, networking, and mentoring sessions, please submit a short application following the instructions below. Attendees who participate in the full Summer School are eligible for poster and participation awards and will receive a certificate for their involvement. Or, you can register to participate in one or more training or lecture sessions. Registration for individual sessions is available on the program page.

The Summer School is specifically tailored for students and early-career scientists interested in or working with the application of non-animal approaches in toxicology and/or biomedical science. When you apply, you will be prompted to select the Toxicology or Biomedical Science track according to your interests.

Participants will be selected based on their motivation statement and resume. Participants who also provide an optional abstract will be eligible to present their work in an electronic poster session and receive awards during the awards ceremony.

To begin your application, sign in to the Summer School application portal on Oxford Abstracts. You will be prompted to register with an email, Google account, or LinkedIn.

Important Dates

  • Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until open slots are filled and will be evaluated in the order they are received.
  • No applications will be accepted after June 10th
  • To be considered for a poster presentation, you must submit your application by May 15th.

To apply you will need:

  1. A motivation statement explaining why you are interested in attending the Summer School on Innovative Approaches in Science and how this program will benefit you in your studies and/or career. You may wish to provide information about your experience or future interest in human-based science. (max 500 words)
  2. The name and contact details of a professional reference (a reference letter is not requested)
  3. A resume or short CV
  4. An optional poster abstract (max 250 words). Suggested topics for a poster abstract include:
  • Your research with non-animal methods
  • State of the science for innovative methods in a specific area
  • Programs and activities designed to educate and advance innovative science
  • Research proposals for innovative science 

Why Should You Attend

Emilie Da SilvaEmilie Da Silva
PhD Candidate at Technical University of Denmark and former European Commission Trainee

As a PhD student working in the field of acute inhalation toxicity in vitro, I attended the JRC Summer School on Alternative Approaches for Risk Assessment to broaden my knowledge about methodologies for human health and environmental risk assessment using non-animal approaches within a regulatory context. After attending summer school, I was a lot more aware of different alternative methods under development for various endpoints and their specific challenges. I also got to meet people with whom I could discuss ideas and the obstacles I was facing, and whom I still talk to today. I highly recommend participating in this summer school! You will learn a lot about the current issues in the field of new alternative methodologies and meet people from different horizons but with the same ambition of revolutionizing toxicology.


Nathalia IndolfoNathalia Indolfo
Product Safety Analyst, Natura

The JRC Summer School on Non-Animal Approaches in Science was an amazing experience. It improved my knowledge on the latest approaches for in vitro/in silico toxicology testing, which benefited me a lot at work, besides being a great opportunity for networking and sharing of experiences. I totally recommend events like this.