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Summer School of Science (S3, S3++)

Ulica Dr. Franje Tuđmana 4/A, Pozega, Croatia
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Summer School of Science is an international science workshop for high school students held every summer in Croatia. It is also a network of former participants, supporters and people interested in science education in general. Summer School of Science (S3/S3++) is an international science workshop for high school students organized by the Society for Out of Frame Education and Science Education Center Visnjan. It is held every summer in a small Istrian town Visnjan (Croatia), and, since 2013, is expanded to another location in the town of Pozega (Croatia).

School is organized around projects whose aim is to provide students with hands-on experience with science and scientific method in an informal atmosphere. Projects are lead by young scientists and/or university students.

Beside work on projects, all participants attend lectures covering topics of general interest. Both project leaders and lecturers work or study at places of scientific excellence in Croatia and abroad.

The Summer School of Science has two camps:

S3 (for grades 9 and 10)
S3++ (for grades 11 and 12)

Both camps are held in English and are open to international applicants.

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If you ever wondered what lead to the evolution of the world as we now know it, Snježana’s project at S3 2018 is a perfect place for you to discover it! Snježana is currently studying molecular biology at the Faculty of Science in Zagreb, and this will be the third time that she’s coming back to S3. With her, you will get a chance to explore what the blood is made of, and why it is so important to know your blood type. You will isolate DNA from blood cells and learn how to analyze it. But not to stop there, you will also investigate the diversities in the blood of humans and some other mammals using computer simulations! Learn more about this and other projects at S3 2018 (http://drustvo-evo.hr/s3/s3_2018.html , http://drustvo-evo.hr/s3/s3pp_2018.html), and apply for the School at http://drustvo-evo.hr/s3/apply.html

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Did you ever ask yourself about how your body fights against bacteria while you were ill? When can our body fight them alone and when do you have to take antibiotics? With Viktória, you will learn about the "Two-front war against bacteria" - first front by naturally-ocurring phagocytes and second front by antibiotics. In the project, you will identify different strains of bacteria, determine their sensitivity to antibiotics and examine bacterial behavior in different conditions. Viktória is a pharmacy student at the Semmelweis University in Hungary, where she also works as a research student at the Institute of Physiology, examining different extracellular vesicle populations derived from neutrophil granulocytes and their antibacterial effect. This will be her second time to lead a project at the School, and is looking forward to share her enthusiasm after her positive experience last year. Read more about this and other projects at http://drustvo-evo.hr/s3/s3_2018.html ,http://drustvo-evo.hr/s3/s3pp_2018.html), and apply for the School at http://drustvo-evo.hr/s3/apply.html

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It is our pleasure to host Dr. Ivancica Bogdanovic Radovic, a senior scientist in the Laboratory for Ion Beam Interactions at the Ruder Boskovic Institute. She is Management Committee member for the COST Action CA16101 MULTi-modal imaging of FOREnsic SciEnce Evidence (MULTI-FORESEE)- tools for Forensic Science whose main objective is to promote innovative, multi-informative imaging solutions/technology to analyse forensic evidence which include fingermarks, hair, paint, biofluids, digital evidence, fibers, etc. Alongside MULTI-FORESEE action she is a project leader of the HrZZ project Development of the capillary microprobe for MeV SIMS with application on analysis of biological samples. All S3 evening lectures are open to public, so join us this summer in Pozega and enjoy this talk!

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Did you know that there are far more bacteria than any other forms of life on Earth? While many of them are our friends, others can make us ill; similarly to us, bacteria can also get sick when infected by viruses known as bacteriophages. At Cédric’s project at this year’s S3, you will get to go on a hunt for phages! Cédric is a doctoral student at KU Leuven in Belgium, working on the interface of bioinformatics, molecular biology, and clinical operations. With him, you will learn about bacteria and their viruses, where they fit on the tree of life, and start hunting for bacteriophages in the environment in order to learn more about them. Read more about this and other projects at S3 2018 (http://drustvo-evo.hr/s3/s3_2018.html , http://drustvo-evo.hr/s3/s3pp_2018.html), and apply for the School at http://drustvo-evo.hr/s3/apply.html

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Meet our experienced project leader Pedro Zuidberg Dos Martires who is a PhD student at the KU Luven where he works at the interface of robotics and artificial intelligence. With him as your mentor you are going to apply well-known machine learning algorithms to the task of predicting the cryptocurrency market. Also, under his supervision, you are going to deploy a trading algorithm on a real-world cryptocurrency trading platform and see that it is quite a challenging task to consistently outperform the market. Apply at http://drustvo-evo.hr/s3/apply.html

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Have you ever thought of the correlation between love life, hormone system and the lunar cycle? If this triggers your mind, we have some good news for you! This year we will have the honour to guest Florian Raible, a professor at University of Vienna and a group leader at the Max F. Preutz Laboratories. His areas of research are hormone biology, marine genetics, neurobiology and bioinformatics. Dr Raible will give us a speech named: 'A time to love, a time to die -- how the moon orchestrates life in the sea' Don't miss this interesting lecture- apply for the Summer School of Science at: http://drustvo-evo.hr/s3/apply.html As the lectures are open for the public, you can join us in Pozega or follow the live stream.

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Croatia Week portal published an article about us! :) Come and join us this year at S3/S3++!

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Friendly reminder that the applications for the Summer School 2018 camp are open! Apply at our webpage http://drustvo-evo.hr/s3/appForm.html and don't forget to upload your Motivation Letter using the provided link. Expect to have an unforgettable time; check out the impressions of our previous participants on the following link: http://drustvo-evo.hr/s3/press.html#testimonials

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Some people think X-rays are a bit scary, but wouldn't you be excited if you could investigate how X-ray imaging works in the safe environment of our School? If the answer is yes, Marios has a project for you! He is a real physics enthusiast who is doing his PhD in condensed matter at Harvard University. In his project, you will discover how to use x-ray diffraction techniques to investigate the structure of crystals and how atoms arrange themselves to form a solid. You can learn more about this and other projects at S3 2018 (http://drustvo-evo.hr/s3/s3_2018.html , http://drustvo-evo.hr/s3/s3pp_2018.html), and apply for the School at http://drustvo-evo.hr/s3/apply.html

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If you ever dreamt of building your own helicopter, project lead by Petra and Josip at S3 2018 is the place to be this summer! Both Petra and Josip are doing their studies at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing in Zagreb, while Josip additionally attends the Music Academy. At their S3 project, you will build your helicopter, and learn about controlling it using an Arduino. Along the way, you will also learn about the components you will be using, and will have a chance to express your creativity through soldering and even 3D printing! You can learn more about this and other projects at S3 2018 (http://drustvo-evo.hr/s3/s3_2018.html , http://drustvo-evo.hr/s3/s3pp_2018.html), and apply for the School at http://drustvo-evo.hr/s3/apply.html

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This year we will have the honour to host Dr. Murray Stewart. Dr. Murray Stewart joined the Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, UK, after he had worked at the University of New South Wales on the structure of carbon fibers. His current research focuses on two main areas. The first is to address the molecular mechanism of the nuclear export of mRNA that does not employ karyopherin-family transport factors or Ran. The second area is to investigate the role of nuclear trafficking components in orchestrating the gene expression machinery. All S3 evening lectures are open to public, so join us this summer in Pozega and enjoy this talk! If you want to become our participant, you can apply at http://drustvo-evo.hr/s3/apply.html

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S3 2018 will have the honour to guest Dr Eszter Farkas, a neurobiologist and winner of International Rising Talents 2016 award by L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science, for the field of “Technology and engineering: innovations that could change the face of medicine”. After obtaining a rich international experience, Prof Farkas presently leads the Laboratory of Experimental Neuroimaging at the Department of Medical Physics and Informatics at the University of Szeged in Hungary. All S3 evening lectures are open to public, so join us this summer in Pozega and enjoy this talk! If you want to become our participant, you can apply at http://drustvo-evo.hr/s3/apply.html

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