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Advanced Course
of Vaccinology

Organized by Fondation Mérieux
& Université de Genève,
at "Les Pensières", Veyrier-du-Lac
(French Alps), near Geneva.



The course aims to facilitate critical decision making in vaccinology by providing participants with a comprehensive overview of the field,...Read more...

Who should apply ?

Who should apply?

This advanced course is for scientists and decision-makers involved in vaccine development, in the elaboration of new vaccination strategies or in policy decisions related to the introduction of new vaccines in public health programmes, at national or international levels. It is relevant for both the public and private sectors.


Selection criteria

Selection criteria

Participants (maximum 60) will be selected by an International scientific committee, according to their: Educational background, Involvement in vaccinology. Decision-making responsibility in vaccinology. Expected impact of the course at personal, institutional and national levels.

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ADVAC: a two-week training programme for decision-makers, including academia, industry, governmental and non-governmental agencies, in all fields related to vaccines and vaccination, vaccine trials, new vaccines, vaccination strategies and policies, vaccine-specific issues  (including hepatitis, meningitis, polio, measles, pneumococcal diseases, influenza, malaria, HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis, HPV, rotavirus, dengue & JE), ethical issues related to vaccine trials, financing of immunization policy, communication

Over 60 top-level international lecturers and working group supervisors, all experts in vaccinology

The 15th Advanced Course of Vaccinology - ADVAC 15 is accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME) to provide the following CME activity for medical specialists. The EACCME is an institution of the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS), The 15th Advanced Course of Vaccinology - ADVAC 15- is designated for up to 60 hours of European external CME credits. Each medical specialist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.
Through an agreement between the European Union of Medical Specialists and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert EACCME credits to an equivalent number of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Information on the process to convert EACCME credit to AMA credit can be found at
Live educational activities, occurring outside of Canada, recognized by the UEMS-EACCME for ECMEC credits are deemed to be Accredited Group Learning Activities (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

2014 Course: From 12 to 23 May 2014. Deadline for applications was on 15 November 2013 and the on-line application process is now closed. 

Applications for ADVAC 2015 will be received from  1 July 2014. Deadline for applications will be on 15 November 2014.

Practical information on the location of the Advanced Course of Vaccinology at Les Pensières can be obtained on the Fondation Mérieux website.





Sponsored by

ADVAC is co-sponsored by:

  • The European Commission -ADITEC project
  • Fondation Mérieux
  • University of Geneva
  • World Health Organization
  • Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
  • European Society for Pediatric Infectious (ESPID)
  • European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)
  • Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH/NIAID-USA) and Fogarty International Center
  • National Vaccine Programme Office (NVPO)
Unrestricted education grants are provided by
GlaxoSmithKline •  Novartis Vaccines • Sanofi Pasteur • Sanofi Pasteur MSD • Vaxinnate • Pfizer • Crucell . Serum Institute of India
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