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31 Jan 2012

Call for Applications - Doctoral Grants, Calmette Programme 2012

The Institut Pasteur International Division calls for application to doctoral grants, Calmette Programme in 2012.

The Institut Pasteur International Division will finance two doctoral fellowships for a duration of three years to allow students to perform their doctoral training in an institute of the Institut Pasteur International Network (RIIP) except metropolitan France. This fellowship aims at promoting and facilitating the completion of doctorate trainings of French and foreign researchers in a laboratory of the RIIP. This may apply to standard or jointly-supervised theses.
These doctoral grants are intended to promote mobility. The doctoral training must be performed outside its home country or outside the country in which the university studies were conducted.

The applicant must have a Master 2 or equivalent degree. A Selection committee will decide on the allocation of this doctoral fellowship according to the relevance of the project, the goals of the training and on the record of the candidates.
The first step of the application is to find a host lab in the RIIP (

Application deadline: September 7, 2012.

You will find all information about this call, as well as the application form, on the website:

Contact : Eliane COEFFIER, 

25 Jan 2012

POLARBO - Expertise in Medical Arbovirology

POLARBO has been newly established in the Flavivirus-Host Molecular Interactions lab (head P. DESPRES) of the Department of Virology, Institut Pasteur, Paris. POLARBO is defined as a expert group in the fields of medical arbovirology and entomology. 
POLARBO is involved in 

  • the transfer of biological reagents according to the QA standards,
  • the research programmes on arboviruses,
  • the R&D projects with a focus on viral diagnosis and vaccinology,
  • and the training in medical arbovirology.

Coordination: DESPRES Philippe
Pharmacist Biologist: BEHILLIL Sylvie
Technical Staff: FRENKIEL Marie-Pascale and MOLTINI Isabelle
Medical entomology: CHOUMET Valérie (PhD)
Secretary: CHANSON Brigitte
Contacts: Tel: +33 145688723, Fax: +33 140613774,

Dowload the POLARBO's brochure.


Dr Philippe DESPRES

24 Jan 2012

Inauguration of the Institut Pasteur in Laos (23 January 2012)

The Institut Pasteur in Laos was inaugurated by the Lao Minister of Public Health, Professor Som Ock KINGSADAT, and the President of the Institut Pasteur, Professor Alice DAUTRY in Ventiane on Monday 23rd of January, 2012.
This is the 32nd institute of the Institut Pasteur International Network. The new research center for infectious and parasitic diseases aims to reduce the risk of pandemic outbreaks in Southeast Asia where such diseases are rife.

Read the press release.

Read the brochure.

Institut Pasteur in Laos

19 Jan 2012

Call for Traineeship Grants, Calmette Programme

The Institut Pasteur International Division launches the call for Traineeship Grants, Calmette Programme. These grants, funded by Institut Pasteur, are designed to promote and facilitate traineeships for scientists (students, researchers and technicians) from the Institut Pasteur and Institut Pasteur International Network (RIIP) in Institut Pasteur and in a RIIP member institute.

Application deadline: 1st May, 2012.

You will find all information on this call, as well as the application form on the website:

Contact : Eliane COEFFIER,

19 Jan 2012

EMBO Practical Course on Bioinformatics and Comparative Genome Analyses (7-19 May 2012, Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, Naples - Italy)

The main objective of this intensive course is to strengthen capacities of PhD students and young scientists, in Bioinformatics and large-scale genome data analyses skills.

The course will focus on reviews on advanced fundamental algorithms and methods used in Bioinformatics and their applications in genome studies.
The course topics will include among others, theoretical and practical aspects in:

  • Large-scale genome comparisons,
  • Evolutionary analyses,
  • Sequence and genome alignments,
  • Methods for reapeats detection in genomes sequences,
  • Orthologs prediction and classification,
  • Genome data visualization,
  • Methods and tools used in Next Generation Sequencing Data analyses,
  • Practical sessions in a Linux environment will involve Unix and Perl scripting,
  • Participants are expected to be familiar with this environment.

The topics that will be included in the course programme are similar to those included in previously organized courses:

The course is aimed at motivated Ph.D students and Post-Doctoral Researchers in Academic Institutions, with background in Mathematics, Statistics, Biology or Computer Science and who are involved in Bioinformatics and Genomes studies.

Selection of participants will be based on their background, running research projects and on expressed motivations.
Selected students will have free accommodation and meals and are expected to contribute with 400 euros and to pay for their travel expenses.
All participants (students and invited speakers) will stay in the same hotel.

Detailed indications are available on the course web site:

Candidates are advised to complete carefully the application form, together with a "one-page CV" and a personal Identity Picture (Photo).

The application deadline is March 30, 2012.

With our best best wishes for the New Year.

The organizers:
Giuseppe D'Onofrio (Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, Naples - Italy) and Fredj Tekaia (Institut Pasteur Paris, France)