Supported by the International Visegrad Fund, the scientific and research Summer School in Molecular Biophysics and Systems Biology, was jointly organized by the University of South Bohemia, the Czech National Infrastructure for Systems Biology C4Sys and the Center for Nanobiology and Structural Biology of the Institute of Microbiology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. In partnership with the University of Miskolc, Hungary, the University of Warsaw, Poland and Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia, the summer school provided Czech and foreign university students with an opportunity to work with experienced scientists and tutors in internationally respected research teams for a month. During their time in Nové Hrady the students did not only concentrate on research but they also attended an excellent series of lectures that gave them a broad view on cutting-edge methodologies and research.

The 5th Summer School 2017 was attended by 21 distinguished students from Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, and Slovakia. 10 students were sponsored by the Visegrad Fund and the additional eleven were funded by the University of South Bohemia and the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. The summer school participants had gone through a highly competitive selection procedure and subsequently worked in first-rate fully-equipped laboratories on topics related to systems biology and molecular biophysics. At the end of the summer school, the research teams presented their results in a student conference, where the 3 best presentations got awarded by a scientific committee. All the participants received certificates and promotional gifts  in the final ceremony.

The awarded projetcs were as follows: “Non-Invasive Measurements of Ion Fluxes Across Cell Membranes in Sacchoromyces cerevisiae” by Lucia Kmecová, Tatsiana Kachatkova and Aleksandr  Kalashnikov; “In-Silico Study of a Voltage-Sensitive Transmembrane Protein” by Ibolya Tóth and David Roesel; and “Modelling Interactions in Biomolecules Using Methods of Quantum and Molecular Mechanics” by Weronika Lidwin and Andrea Guljas.

Besides research activities and lectures, the students also enjoyed several social events, such as “80 Minutes around the World” Food Festival, rafting trip down the Vltava River, tour of Budweiser Budvar Brewery and a typical Czech barbeque.