Rigi Workshop 2022: Cell Biology of Infection

Rigi Workshop - where disciplines meet


Hotel Rigi-Kulm

Do you want to increase your knowledge in the broad field of cell biology of infection? Join the 3-day workshop at the top of the Rigi mountain, one of the most scenic spots in Switzerland. You will develop your scientific network and discuss your research with other young scientists and experts in a friendly atmosphere.

Rigi Workshop 2022
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The SCNAT Platform Biology,
Prof. Dr. Hubert Hilbi from the Swiss Society of Microbiology (SSM) & the University of Zürich, and
Prof. Dr. Urs Greber from Life Sciences Switzerland (LS2) & the University of Zürich
are pleased to invite you to the Rigi Workshop 2022.

Cell Biology of Infection

Infectious diseases are a significant threat to human and animal health, as well as to whole societies. Throughout history, viral, bacterial and parasitic epidemics have plagued humans and livestock. Major killers are viruses causing small pox, influenza or AIDS, bacterial pathogens causing plague, tuberculosis or typhoid fever, and parasitic protozoa causing malaria or leishmaniasis. The Covid-19 pandemic is the most recent example of an infectious disease with world-wide impact. Climate change and widespread travel augment zoonotic transmissions of infectious agents to humans, and bacterial antibiotic resistance emerges with increased use of antibiotics in humans and animals.

While the etiology and manifestation of infectious diseases are vastly different, unifying principles are that viral, bacterial, and parasitic pathogens interact with, infect and destroy eukaryotic cells. The pathogens subvert pivotal cellular pathways by producing toxins, effectors and modulators, and they activate the immune system of the host. These processes unveil fascinating and sometimes entirely new biology. An in-depth molecular understanding of processes underlying pathogenesis not only provides insights into the mechanisms of diseases, but also offers intriguing glimpses into the cell biology of eukaryotic cells. These insights eventually contribute to fighting and curing infections.


PhD students from all Swiss institutions of Higher Education are encouraged to apply. Applications from Master students and Postdocs are also considered. The registration fee is CHF 150 (Master students can contact us for financial support). You can contact your doctoral school for the accreditation of ECTS.


The interdisciplinary workshop brings together students and experienced scientists to discuss the concepts of microbial pathogens, including bacteria and viruses infecting humans and animals or plants. The workshop features poster presentations, short talks and team work projects.

Keynote lectures will be delivered by leading experts in the field:

Nikola Biller-Andorno (University of Zürich): Risks and opportunities for society and medicine in times of pandemics
Melanie Blokesch (EPF Lausanne): Vibrio cholerae
Roland Brosch (Institute Pasteur, Paris): Mycobacterium tuberculosis
Carmen Buchrieser (Institute Pasteur, Paris): Legionella pneumophila
Silke Stertz (University of Zurich): Influenza virus

Michael Way (The Francis Crick Institute, London): Vaccinia virus

Yohei Yamauchi (University of Bristol): RNA virus
Cyril Zipfel (University of Zürich): Concepts of innate immunity

Rigi Workshop 2016 - Rigi Kulm Hotel
Rigi Workshop 2016 - Rigi Kulm Hotel


  • Bakterien
  • Immunsystem
  • Infektionen
  • Infektionskrankheiten
  • Krankheitserreger
  • Mikrobiologie
  • Viren (Biologie)


Dr. Claudia Rutte
Plattform Biologie
Haus der Akademien
3001 Bern

+41 31 306 93 35

This 3-day course will be held in English.
A prize will be awarded to the best poster presentation.
Sprachen: Englisch