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13 – 24 GIUGNO 2022
Monterotondo (RM)

High School Students, Researchers, Experts in Science Communication and Didactics

20 students

April 25, 2022

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Summer in Science is a unique summer intensive training programme organised by Adamas Scienza and  the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in collaboration with the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR). It is the result of over fifteen years of experience by the organizers in developing and carrying out innovative educational immersion programmes for secondary school students.


Summer in Science offers students the opportunity to explore the fascinating world of research on neuroscience, epigenetics, genomics, and cellular & molecular biology through direct practical experience and in a manner based on the principles of inquiry-based education.

The 2022 edition of Summer in Science is dedicated to the memory of Prof. Riccardo Cortese and realised thanks to the generous contribution of his family and friends.

The programme is further supported by ReiThera and Nouscom – two biotech companies co-founded by Riccardo Cortese, Italian excellence for the development and production of vaccines and advanced therapies for cancer and the treatment of genetic diseases.

Summer in Science is aimed at students attending the fourth year of Italian secondary schooland will take place at Campus “A. Buzzati-Traverso” in Monterotondo (RM) from June 13 to June 24, 2002. It is possible to apply HERE by April 25, 2022.


  • Week 1: Combined theoretical and practical training – coordinated by Adamas Scienza educators – with ample space for laboratory exercises – students become familiar with the preparation of solutions and reagents, the design of an experiment, and the execution of core molecular biology techniques
  • Week 2: Immersion in an active research laboratory – hosted by a research group – where students assist and support researchers in conducting experiments, learn the basics of data analysis, and experience and are involved in ongoing scientific discussions


Summer in Science stands out from other secondary school training programmes by:


  • offering an intensive, full-immersion residential summer school experience in molecular & cellular biology that emphasizes hands-on learning, scientific debate, and close supervision in active laboratory settings
  • engaging and challenging students to understand, communicate, and think independently on all aspects of scientific research, including its ethical and social implications
  • exposing students to research of the highest scientific quality, thanks to the involvement of researchers from life science research institutes of international standing
  • being conducted entirely in English, the international language of science

These unique features ensure that the programme pushes students to expand their understanding of the world around them and to appreciate the critical role of scientific inquiry in our society. The programme is inspired by the belief that critical and informed evidence-based thinking is an essential part of the toolkit for our next generation of citizens.

For details please download the SIS 2022 InfoPack.

Riccardo Cortese (1944-2017) received his medical degree from the University of Naples. After his training at Berkeley and Cambridge, he directed for many years the Gene Expression program at EMBL in Heidelberg. Subsequently, he was Director of the Research Institute of Molecular Biology (IRBM) in Pomezia, Italy, where he laid the foundations for the development of innovative treatments of high-impact diseases such as Hepatitis C and AIDS. Among his most relevant discoveries is the development of a new approach to the generation of adenoviral-based vaccines, including the first vaccine against Ebola. Riccardo Cortese has led Italian biotechnology research to the top of world excellence, promoting innovation and technology transfer and creating opportunities for industrial, economic and productive development. A man of extraordinary intelligence, vast culture and countless interests, he cared immensely about training young scientists and was considered the natural mentor of the entire Italian community at EMBL in the ’80s.