About The Summer School

This Advanced Immunology Summer School is designed for PhD students and early post docs who already have a basic knowledge of immunology. Participation is open to all, not only ENII member institutes. Lab staff members are also welcome to participate.


Launched in 2006 in (the inimitable) Capo Caccia (Alghero, Sardinia), the School moved to another location near Alghero, Porto Conte, from 2012-2014, and from 2015-2019 on the North-East coast near Porto Cervo. In 2022 (after a two year break due to COVID) the School moved back the the North-West area of Sardinia, to the historic sea town of Alghero.

Over 1700 alumni have attended the School and more than 125 faculty members have participated over these years. Forming a strong network among the international alumni is the lasting value of attending the School.

The six-day course is a combination of lectures from the guest faculty, which are then followed up with smaller discussion sessions to allow greater interaction and time for addressing the current issues of the topic. Poster sessions are an integral part of the school and take place after dinner for 5 nights at which time the faculty and students mingle and discuss the students’ works.  In addition, 20% of the students are selected to give brief oral presentations in the main auditorium – this is an excellent opportunity for participants to practice their presentation skills and prepare to answer questions from their peers and the faculty. All other contributing authors will give a 1 minute, 1 slide, presentation as a “teaser” to attract people to visit their poster.


Hotel Carlos V is a state-of-the-art venue in a privileged position on the sea-front and minutes walk from the historic center of Alghero town via the sea wall pedestrian path.  The peaceful location allows the group to really focus on the content with only the sea-view as a distraction. Though the schedule is demanding, there is a break after lunch to enjoy the hotel facilities or explore the old town or surrounding . Meals are taken together with the faculty, hence there are many opportunities to interact on a one to one level.


To give guests an opportunity to fully appreciate this special location a free day is planned during the week to visit the surrounding areas. In 2022 we visited Neptune’s Cave by boat in the morning and stunning La Pelosa beach near Stintino in the afternoon.

Browse through the photo galleries from the previous editions to get an idea of the atmosphere of the School.

Please look at the EJI meeting report from December 2014 that featured this unique and exciting Summer School in more detail.

(News and EFIS – Eur. J. Immunol. 12/2014 (p 3473-3474))


On behalf of the School Executive Board, we look forward to welcoming you to the 16th ENII EFIS EJI Summer School in May 2023.


Erica Lomnes           &        Barbora Fricova

Executive Manager            School Coordinator