Miguel Marcilla, Spanish National Biotechnology Centre, Spain
A total of 57 attendees –including 41 academics and 16 delegates from the industry– from 19 different countries gathered together at the Spanish National Biotechnology Centre in Madrid for the 1st HIPP Summer School on Immunopeptidomics. To provide students with a critical understanding of the challenges and experimental strategies in immunopeptidomics, the contents of the Summer School were structured around three fundamental topics: sample preparation, LC-MS/MS analysis and bioinformatics and data sharing. The course encompassed keynote talks by recognized experts in the field, training lectures and poster presentations by the participants. Additionally, it also included a dedicated session to promote networking with representatives from companies actively working in the area of immunopeptidomics.
Organizing Committee and Sponsors
The 1st Summer School on Immunopeptidomics was organized by the following members of the HIPP initiative: Nicola Ternette (University of Oxford, Oxford, UK), Stefan Tenzer (University of Mainz, Mainz, Germany), Miguel Marcilla (Spanish National Biotechnology Centre, Madrid, Spain), Fabio Marino and Michal Bassani-Sternberg (both from the Ludwig Institute, Lausanne, Switzerland). In addition, the organization of this event was possible thanks to the financial support of Agenus, Genentech, Bioinformatics Solutions, the Spanish Proteomics Network (ProteoRed) and the HIPP.
Final Remarks and Future Editions
This Summer School proved to be an ideal setting for discussion and exchange of ideas allowing young researchers to meet renowned experts as well as to interact with delegates from companies. Based on the results of a survey completed by the participants, the overall perception of the quality of the course was high and it fulfilled the expectations of both the attendees and the organizers. Considering its success, HUPO-HIPP is promoting the organization of a new edition of the Summer School to be held in one or two years´ time.