2017 StratCan Interactive Summer School on Cancer Genomics

The 2017 StratCan Interactive Summer School focuses on Genomics within cancer. The summer school will be held June 13th - June 16th at Sånga-Säby in the Stockholm archipelago.

The summer school will give students a comprehensive overview of Cancer Genomics and allows students to present their own work and interact with world-leading professors in their research area.

Six of the top scientists in the genomics field have been hand-picked to help the students to focus on the following themes:

  • Functional Cancer Genomics
  • Computational Cancer Genomics
  • Clinical Cancer Genomics
  • Cancer Evolution
  • Cancer Genomics
  • Chemical Genomics

Confirmed speakers

The following speakers are confirmed (additional speakers pending):

  • Dr Sebastian Nijman, Director of Functional Genomics at the Target Discovery Institute
  • Professor Sampsa Hautaniemi, University of Helsinki
  • Professor Lauri Aaltonen, University of Helsinki & KI
  • Professor Ian Tomlinson, University of Oxford
  • Dr. Thijn Brummelkamp, Netherlands Cancer Institute


The aim of the Summer School is to allow plenty of interaction and discussion between the students and the speakers. Therefore the Summer School includes:

  • Student presentation sessions with paired discussion partner: After the application deadline the selected students will be paired up by the organisers and instructed to exchange abstracts (and possibly other information or material) in order to prepare for the student presentation sessions. During these student presentations at the Summer School, a student will first give his 5-minute presentation, after which he will receive constructive criticism from the paired student followed by questions and 5 minutes of general discussion, including students and professors.
  • Lunch/dinner lottery: For promoting interaction between students and teachers the students may request a speaker that they would like to sit near at lunch/dinner and the speakers will pull names out of a hat.
  • Poster presentation where the speakers will view and discuss the student's work.
  • Presentations will be given by all of the invited speakers, followed by questions and discussions by the students.

Summer School Flyer (pdf)

Tentative Program

Tuesday 13th June

13.00-17.00 Open session at Nobel Forum, KI Campus Solna

17.00 Buses leave to Sånga Säby

17.45 Arrival at Sånga Säby and check-in

18.30 Dinner with welcoming speech by host Professor Jussi Taipale

19.00 – 20.00 Student presentation according to the following format: 5 min presentation of own project, 5 min Analysis by the paired student (criticisms and constructive ideas), and 5 min of general discussion, including students and professors.

Wednesday 14th June

08.00 – 09.00 Breakfast

09.00 – 09.30 Introduction of the topic, what will be covered by the Summer School and what we hope the students will learn.

09.30 – 10.30 Presentation on Functional Genomics by Professor Jussi Taipale from Karolinska Institutet

10.30 – 11.00 Coffee

11.00 – 12.00 Presentation on Experimental Biomedical Genetics by Dr. Thijn Brummelkamp from the Netherlands Cancer Institute

12.00 – 13.00 Lunch

13.00 – 15.00 Student presentations continue (5-12)

15.00 - 15.30 Coffee

15.30 – 17.30 Activity or Student presentations continue (13-22) – dependent on weather

18.00 - 19.30 Dinner

19.30 – 21.15 Student presentations continue (23-29)

Thursday 15th June

08.00 – 09.00 Breakfast

09.00 – 10.00 Presentation on Computational Cancer Genomics by Professor Sampsa Hautaniemi from University of Helsinki

10.00 – 11.00 Presentation on Cancer Evolution by TBA

11.00 – 11.30 Coffee

11.30 – 13.00 Student presentations continue (30-35)

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch

14.00 – 16.00 Activity or Student presentations continue (13-22) – dependent on weather

16.00 - 16 30 coffee

16.30 – 17.30 Presentation on Cancer Genomics by Professor Lauri Aaltonen from University of Helsinki and Karolinska Institutet

17.30 – 19.00 Dinner

19.00 – 21.00 Poster presentation

Friday 16th June

08.00 – 09.00 Breakfast and check-out

09.00 – 10.30 Presentation on Chemical Genomics by Dr Sebastian Nijman Director of Functional Genomics at the Target Discovery Institute

10.30 – 11.00 Coffee

11.00 – 12.20 TBA

12.20 – 12.30 Closing statement by host Professor Jussi Taipale

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch

14.00 Buses to Arlanda and Central Stockholm


The StratCan Summer School 2017 will be held in Stockholm, with the first open afternoon session at Nobel Forum, Karolinska Institutet Solna Campus. Buses will then take the Summer School participants to beautiful Sånga-Säby, by lake Mälaren just outside Stockholm. After the Summer School, there will be buses taking the participants from Sånga-Säby to both Arlanda Airport and Stockholm city center

Application procedure

The Summer School is open to national and international PhD-students and PostDocs.

Applications to the Summer School are welcome - DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS EXTENDED TO MARCH 31ST. Selected participants will be notified by during April allowing time to prepare and arrange travel.

The applications are to be submitted by e-mail to stratcan@ki.se marked StratCan Summer School 2017 and you should include the two completed documents below:

  1. Application form including your primary and secondary areas of interest from the Summer School themes: a.) Functional Cancer Genomics, b.) Computational Cancer Genomics, c.) Clinical Cancer Genomics, d.) Cancer Evolution, e.) Cancer Genomics, f.) Chemical Genomics.
  2. Abstract plus one recent (2014-2016) publication that is relevant to the topic, in which you are an author.

The participant number is limited to 35 to allow for an interactive learning environment.

Accepted participants will be charged a registration fee of 100 Euros (payment details will be provided upon acceptance). The remaining costs for accommodation and participation will be free of charge (sponsored by StratCan).

Organisers & Contact

The 2017 StratCan Summer School is organised by the Jussi Taipale lab at the Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics (MBB). Should you have any questions regarding the Summer School, please reach out to Emma Inns from the Taipale lab or Sandra Falck from StratCan.



Jussi Taipale

Telefon:08-524 811 81

Enhet:Jussi Taipales grupp





Emma Inns

Enhet:Magda Bienkos grupp





Sandra Falck



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