The Ischia Summer School provides a week of advanced training in the history of the life sciences, a lively international field that offers a long-term perspective on some of the most significant ideas, practices and institutions in the world today. The event attracts expert faculty and well-qualified students for lectures and seminars in a historically rich and naturally beautiful setting.
The school, which looks back on a distinguished tradition of association with the Stazione Zoologica (Zoological Station) in Naples, was revived in 2005 after a break of some two decades and has run biennially since then, with a different theme each time. The next school, on the theme 'Cycles of Life', will take place 24 June - 1 July 2017.
The school is held in Villa Dohrn, the current Laboratory of Benthic Ecology and former summer house of the founder of the Naples Station, Anton Dohrn, situated above the port of the island of Ischia and overlooking the Gulf. The room can accommodate 26 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows; we also accept established researchers seeking to enter a new field. The school works through lectures, seminars and open discussions. Each faculty member gives a talk of up to 30 minutes followed by equal time for discussion, and organizes a one-hour seminar based on precirculated reading. This provides a structured experience and much interaction and participation, which is enhanced by spending the week in an informal and intellectually stimulating environment. Though English is the working language, we encourage exchange of ideas across national cultures, disciplinary boundaries and historical periods.