The Spetses Summer Schools were started in 1966 and through their untiring initiative have been kept as a series of well-known annual lecture courses until to date. Over the years, over 500 different lecturers came to the island (including more than 15 Nobel laureates) to teach more than 5,000 young pre- and post-doctoral researchers. The Course on “Receptors and signaling” is a joint activity between three Bio-Unions namely, IUBMB, IUPAB and IUPS. The program includes lectures, posters and various training sessions that will enable young scientists to interact with few of the best international experts of this scientific field. Additionally, there will be “tutorials” where young scientists will take advantage of senior scientists and their advices as well as a “round table discussion”. Finally, since lecturers and young participants will be accommodated together, discussions will be also possible during leisure periods, while programmed social events will also bring together young scientists and senior researchers in a more comfortable and friendly environment.
About IUBMB (http://www.iubmb.org)
The International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (IUBMB) seeks to advance the international molecular life sciences community by: a) Promoting interactions across the diversity of endeavours in the molecular life sciences, b) Creating networks that transcend barriers of ethnicity, culture, gender and economic status, c) Creating pathways for young scientists to fulfil their potential, d) Providing evidence-based advice on public policy & e) Promoting the values, standards and ethics of science and the free and unhampered movement of scientists of all nations.
About IUPAB (http://www.iupab.org)
The International Union for Pure and Applied Biophysics (IUPAB) is a member of the ICSU (International Council for Science) family. Affiliated to it are the national adhering bodies of more than 50 countries. Its function is to support research and teaching in biophysics. Its principal regular activity is the triennial International Congresses and General Assemblies.
About IUPS (http://www.iups.org)
The International Union of Physiological Sciences (IUPS) is formed by many societies and academies within the physiological sciences worldwide. The mission of IUPS is to foster the study of physiology worldwide.
About IUCr (http://www.iucr.org)
The International Union of Crystallography (IUCr) seeks to promote international cooperation in crystallography and to contribute to all aspects of crystallography, to promote international publication of crystallographic research, to facilitate standardization of methods, units, nomenclatures and symbols, and to form a focus for the relations of crystallography to other sciences. The IUCr is a member of ICSU (International Council for Science) and is affiliated with the national adhering bodies of nearly 50 countries.