International summer schools

Ecole d'été

Objective: supporting the development of a summer school offering and promoting Bordeaux expertise internationally. 

Support is provided to summer schools with a high international profile (specific lecturers and students), a socio-economic slant and a sustainable economic model.

Support is provided to summer schools with an international profile (specific lecturers and target audience), covering a domain of excellence and with a sustainable economic model.

The Bordeaux Summer School (BSS) program supports international summer schools based on the following criteria:

  • an international profile targeting talented post graduate students and young researchers  
  • a research-intensive approach with a strong multidisciplinary dimension
  • high-level theoretical and practical courses with innovative teaching methods
  • a sustainable economic model

Projects already established as well as those in the design phase wishing to apply for the Bordeaux Summer Schools accreditation are invited to complete and return the project data sheet as well as the budget estimate using the BSS accreditation guide.

The call for applications for the 2019 edition is now closed.

If you have a summer school project for 2020, please contact the program coordinator.

A total of 47 international summer schools have been organized between 2012 and 2018 – covering a large scope of topics, from biotechnologies to cyber security to public health. These schools highlight the University of Bordeaux’s ever growing expertise and role as a pole of multidisciplinary knowledge within the international scientific landscape.


International Office

Céline Thouvenin Charron
Events Manager

Tel : 06 76 98 56 73

Ciara Duffy
International Promotion Assistant 

Tel : +33 (0)5 40 00 33 95





Former Summer School Programs (2012 to 2016)




  • Bordeaux International School of Population Health Sciences, under the coordination of Tobias Kurth, in connection with the "Health Determinants in Societies" (HEADS) program, July 7 to 11, 2014 in Bordeaux

  • Nutribrain, under the coordination of Sophie Laye, in connection with LabEx BRAIN, September 1 to 12, 2014 in Bordeaux
  • Screen School, under the coordination of Cyril Aymonier, in connection with LabEx AMADEus, October 21 to 25, 2014 in the Arcachon Bay

  • Connectomics, under the coordination of Laurent Petit, in connection with LabEx TRAIL, September 2014 in Bordeaux

  • COTE Summer School "Transfer and interactions between ecosystems", under the coordination of Julien Dumercq, in connection with LabEx COTE, June 16 to 20, 2014 in Bordeaux

  • Summer school in International Relations on Global Risks, June 7 to 13, 2014 in LAVAL.

  • HOMERIC Fall School, HOMERIC Industrial Chair program, October 13 to 16, 2014


  • Organic Electronic Summer School, under the coordination of Lionel Hirsch, in connection with LabEx AMADEus, May 29 to June 1, 2013 in Biarritz

  • Metamaterials, under the coordination of Etienne Duguet, in connection with LabEx AMADEus, September 20-21, 2013 in Bordeaux  

  • ENCODS – 1st European Neuroscience Conference by Doctoral Students, under the coordination of Mathias Haberl, in connection with LabEx BRAIN, April 11-12, 2013 in Bordeaux

  • European Synapse Summer School, under the coordination of Christophe Mulle, in connection with LabEx BRAIN, September 8 to 27, 2013 in Bordeaux

  • COTE Summer School "Global Ecology for Global Change", in connection with LabEx COTE, July 8 to 19, 2013 in Bordeaux and Pierroton

  • CNRS Summer School "La comparaison pour quoi faire ?" (Comparison – for what purpose?), under the coordination of Cécile Vigour, June 10 to 14, 2013 in Biarritz

  • Summer School in Relations Internationales sur les risques globaux, under the coordination of Daniel Compagnon, June 2 to 8, 2013 in Bordeaux


  • Nutribrain, under the coordination of Sophie Laye, in connection with LabEx BRAIN, September 3 to 14, 2012 in Bordeaux

12 summer schools per year

10 disciplinary themes 

A unique location
Speakers from 16 different countries (in 2019)

A rich social program

One language of instruction: English 

This summer school is designed to promote successful research collaboration between Liryc and young researchers, and to boost networking activities for young scientists in Europe.

Pr Pierre Bordachar,
Teaching Director of Liryc

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The Bordeaux Summer Schools benefit from strong input regarding format and scientific content from the University of Bordeaux Graduate Research School, a central structure that coordinates the doctoral schools and the entire field of doctoral studies. A large majority of the Summer Schools are organized in collaboration with internationally renowned laboratories and institutes that share their expertise and cutting-edge facilities with the students and researchers that come to Bordeaux over the summer.