The Institute of Cancer and Immunology (ICI) is presenting the first ICI-CIVIS Summer School in Immuno-Oncology on the theme of single cell approaches in tumor and immune cell heterogeneity

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The ICI Summer School, edition 2021 all in English, is designed for international PhD and Master's students in life sciences, medicine, and computer science who are seeking to further their knowledge and skills in immuno-oncology research using the latest analytical methods. The Summer School will present recent technological breakthroughs that unravel the complexities of biological systems at the single-cell level, opening an avenue for the understanding of tumor and immune cell heterogeneity and next generation discovery of biomarkers and therapeutic targets.


April 15, 2021

All in English


First Institut Cancer et Immunologie Summer School in immuno-oncology.

A program of excellence led by internationally renowned speakers

Single Cell Approaches in Tumor and Immune Cell Heterogeneity
July 5-9, 2021- Luminy campus (Marseille, France)


1. Program


The program is organized in five modules:

  • A general introductory module that will familiarize participants with the latest concepts on the evolution of cancer in space and time, and the constraints that the local immune environment places on an evolving tumor.
  • A single-cell sequencing module that will present the theory of high throughput single-cell technologies for transcriptomic profiling of cells, and their applications in immuno-oncology research.
  • A cytometry module that will allow students to become familiar with mass, flow and spectral cytometry techniques for high dimensional examination of the immune system in tumor tissues.
  • A spatially resolved single-cell analysis module that will cover the emerging cutting-edge technologies that add spatial resolution to single-cell signatures, and high resolution single-cell imaging methods that enables to see how cells interact and function at the level of tumor tissues and the whole organisms.
  • A medical applications module that will present how single-cell technologies are applied in clinical practice, for diagnosis and treatment, and in industry for the discovery of new cancer treatment with immunotherapy.

Download the program


2. Workshops


  • Hands-on workshops will be held in small groups (2-3 people) to introduce students to the analysis of single-cell RNA-seq data.
  • Throughout the week, enrolled students will actively participate in poster and paper presentations, and roundtable discussions where their questions and ideas will be discussed with the keynote speakers and local and visiting professors.


3. Useful information


  • The summer school will welcome 40 CIVIS students face-to-face (number may vary according to sanitary regulations) and it is also open to the entire scientific community via videoconferencing.
  • Applicants should have some experience in oncology and immunology.
  • Each student should bring a laptop.
  • Our summer school is designed for international PhD and Master's students in life sciences, medicine, and computer science who are seeking to further their knowledge and skills in immuno-oncology research using the latest analytical methods.


4. Registration and Scholarship


Registration - Application Deadline: April 15, 2021


Update: all scholarships will be funded through the CIVIS fund of student's university.


Candidates need to provide the following information as part of their application:

  • Curriculum Vitae,
  • Motivation letter (1 page) explaining your research interests and why you would like to attend the school,
  • Transcripts indicating the grades received and the ranking for the academic year 2019-2020 (NOT required for PhD students).

These documents need to be uploaded into the application form below.


Application here



5. CIVIS Partners




CIVIS is a European Civic University formed by the alliance of nine leading research higher education institutions across Europe: Aix-Marseille Université, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Universitatea din București, Université libre de Bruxelles, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Sapienza Università di Roma, Stockholm University and Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen and the University of Glasgow.

It brings together a community of more than 384,000 students and 55,000 staff members including 30,000 academics and researchers.


The first ICI CIVIS Summer School 2021, sponsored by the Aix-Marseille Universitypartners with:



6. Housing and Dining


  • Housing will be provided to non-local attendees at the Crous on the Luminy Campus site (see "residents' guide").
  • Dining will be provided by the Crous.

7. Venue


ICI Summer School courses will take place on the Luminy Campus, at the Hexagone.

163 Avenue de Luminy - case 901 - 13009 Marseille
Tel : +33(0)4 13 94 19 00



8. Organizing Committee


Fanny Mann, Chair (IBDM), Marie-dominiqueFranco (AMU-ICI ), Aitor Gonzalez(TAGC), Cédric Maurange(IBDM), Pierre Milpied (CIML), Philippe Naquet (CIML),Sandrine Roulland (CIML) andCécile Vicier ( CRCM-IPC), StéphanieBernard, admistritrative support (CRCM-IPC)


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Useful links
Registration form
Documents to be downloaded prior to the conference




Contact information
Institute of Cancer and Immunology, HERE
cancerology, cancer, immunology, immuno-oncology
Summer school, single cell, Tumor heterogeneity
Immune cell heterogeneity, multi-omics
cytometry, imaging, master student, PhD student