Ischia Summer School on the History of the Life Sciences

This week-long summer school provides advanced training in history of the life sciences. The biennial event, which has a distinguished tradition of association with the Naples Zoological Station, was revived in 2005 after a break of some two decades and again ran successfully in 2007, 2009, and 2011.

We aim to encourage exchange of ideas across disciplinary boundaries, national cultures and historical periods. English is the working language and readings and questions for the seminars will be circulated in advance. We can accommodate up to 26 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, and also accept established researchers seeking to enter a new field. The facilities, history, prestige and location of the Station have been crucial to the school’s success. It is held at Villa Dohrn, the former summer house of Anton Dohrn, the founder of the Stazione Zoologica, and the current Laboratory of Benthic Ecology. The house is situated above the port of the beautiful island of Ischia overlooking the Gulf of Naples.

The school has an excellent record. Many of our former students have gone on to faculty positions, confirming that we do indeed attract and select the best. That students unanimously rate the learning and networking experience extremely highly. Some have also come back to teach the course (e.g., Anna Märker and Julia Voss in 2005 and 2007) suggesting that we are significantly enhancing the quality of advanced training in the field. Questionnaire feedback on the 2011 school was outstanding. In the past, the Summer School is supported by funds from the Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn (Naples), the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (Berlin), and the Wellcome Trust. Past funders include the Volkswagen Foundation.

The theme for 2015 is 'Geographies of Life'. For more information, see the Ischia Summer School website