A new Erasmus Mundus Joint Master's Degree entitled "Leading International Vaccinology Education" (LIVE) was granted by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union and is scheduled to start in September 2016.
LIVE is a two years Master's programme between five European universities: Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, France (coordinating university); Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain; Universitat de Barcelona, Spain; University of Antwerp, Belgium; Université Jean Monnet Saint-Etienne, France. In addition, the programme is supported by a worldwide network of 31 international associated partners and 16 supporting partners. NESI is supporting partner to the LIVE programme.
The general objective of this new LIVE programme is to train the next generation vaccinologists who will have to manage an increasing number of infectious and non-infectious vaccine targets. The LIVE programme will focus on three main pillars:
- in-depth exposure of trainees to the multi-disciplinary aspects of vaccinology,
- academic preparation in basic and clinical sciences,
- vaccinology training undertaken in both public sector and industry settings.
The two-year programme is divided in four semesters. The students will be attending each semester at different universities: during the first semester the courses will focus on immunology and immunopathology and will be taking place in Spain; during the second semester students will specialise in infectiology in Belgium; research and clinical vacicnology will be the focus during the third semester in France. After completion of the course work, the LIVE students will be conducting their Master thesis during the fourth semester at partner universities/organisations/companies around the world.
The LIVE programme was launched during the "VaxInEu Symposium on Vaccinology and Infectiology" that was held in Barcelona, Spain, from 30 September to 2 October 2015. This international symposium fosters exchanges between all vaccinology actors, including students, and is an excellent networking opportunity. The annual VaxInEu symposium will be alternatingly organised in the different countries of the LIVE programme. NESI attended the symposium as a supporting partner of the LIVE programme.
More information on the LIVE Master's programme and application procedures can be found here.