In 2013, 14 of our students and 10 of our faculty members attended the ZIBI-International Summer School in Berlin, Germany, at the Humboldt University from June 3-15. The speakers gave excellent presentations that were very informative and engaging for the students.
The summer school program consisted of three components:
Berlin is a beautiful city and our ITraP group had a great time! The participants of the summer school were invited to multiple cultural excursions in the evenings and days off including trips to museums, the parliament buildings and the town of Potsdam.
The 2014 ITraP summer school was held in Saskatoon from May 31-June 7. It kicked off with an overnight excursion to Waskesiu, Sask., in the Prince Albert National Park (PANP) where the students took part in outdoor team building activities and had the opportunity to go on a horse-drawn wagon ride to see the PANP wild bison herd. Following Waskesiu, we returned to Saskatoon to begin a three-day professional skills workshop where the students had a chance to learn how to communicate their science to the media and policy makers. They also learned about the many facets of career development.
The summer school ended with a two-day scientific symposium geared toward "One Health." The theme for the symposium was '2013 - Year of Coronaviruses'. Experts were invited to talk about various topics related to infectious diseases, food safety and public policy.
The summer school as a whole was a success and the feedback from students and faculty was very positive. We are now looking forward to planning a fall workshop in Saskatoon and winter school in India in November!