Welcome to ADVAC

ADVAC is a two-week training programme for decision-makers, including academia, industry, governmental and non-governmental agencies. The Course aims to facilitate critical decision-making in vaccinology by providing participants with a comprehensive overview of the various aspects of vaccinology (immunology, vaccine development, clinical trials, regulatory processes, vaccine-specific issues including new vaccines, vaccination strategies and policies, programme implementation, humanitarian emergencies, social, economic, political and ethical issues, financing, and communications…).

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ADVAC - Advanced Course of Vaccinology

The 22nd ADVAC will take at Les Pensières, Annecy, France
from 9 to 20 May 2022.

The website is now closed for applications to the Course in 2022
and will reopen on 1 July 2022 for applications to the Course in 2023.

Registration for the Course in 2022 is now closed




Advanced Course of Vaccinology

The website is now closed for applications to the Course in 2022

Registration for the 2023 edition of ADVAC will open on 1 July 2022 and close on 15 November 2022.





Who should apply?

who 2This 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.

European CME credits are requested annually from the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®).  Participants in the Course should be able to convert these credits through their respective professional bodies.

How to apply? 


The steps below describe the application process:

  1. REGISTER ON THE WEBSITE to access the Application Form. You will receive a confirmation email with a web link to click in order to activate your account. In case of problems, copy this link, paste it in your browser web address box and open the webpage. If you do not receive the confirmation email immediately, you should check your spam/junk box or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  2. ONCE YOUR WEBSITE ACCOUNT is activated (by email), LOGIN to the site using your User Name and Password and complete the application.
    You may leave and come back as many times as you need before final submission of your application.
    Should you wish to paste a text prepared in Word (preferably ARIAL font), copy it, then paste it in the relevant box using touch Ctrl-V.

Selection criteria

criteria 2Participants (maximum 75) will be selected by the ADVAC Scientific Committee, according to their: educational background, involvement in vaccinology, decision-making responsibilities in vaccinology, and expected impact of the Course at personal, institutional and national levels.  


Important recommendations

  1. Experience in Vaccinology:
    Please indicate, with details, your most important vaccinology-related past experience and present activities. Give details of your present or future responsibilities with particular emphasis on what relates to vaccines or vaccination strategies. This information will be essential during the selection process (maximum 1 A4 page)

  2. Motivation:
    How do you think this Course may impact on your career, on your institution/company or on vaccination strategies at national or regional levels?
    Indicate why you want to follow this Course.  Give details on your motivation(s).  This information will also be essential during the selection process (maximum half A4 page)

  3. Publications:
    List up to FIVE most important publications for which you were the main/first author or a co-author, listing authors, title, journal, year, pages.

  4. Letters of recommendation:
    These are mandatory. Please add two signed and recently dated letters of recommendation on headed paper, one from a higher authority in your Institute/Administration/Company and another from an outside expert with whom you have worked.  These letters should (i) confirm that your participation is encouraged by your own institution/government/company (ii) give details on your present and expected future responsibilities.
    Persons recommending more than one applicant should be aware that we will usually select only one applicant per institution. A separate letter should be written for each of the applicants.
    Additional recommendation letters are also accepted.

You should scan the letters and attach them as pdf files to the application as requested at time of submission.

  • Once your application has been completed you will be able to submit it.
  • In case of particular difficulties, send a message to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. his e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for assistance.
  • Your application will then be reviewed by our staff who will ensure that it is properly completed.
  • You will be notified by email on the outcome of your application by early February.

Registration fees

fees 2If selected, participants will be required to pay the following fees to confirm their participation.

The registration and accommodation fees for all selected participants (except for those in receipt of a fellowship) are as follows:

  • Registration fees:
    • Participants from academic/governmental institutions & NGOs benefit from reduced fees: 1700 € VAT included.
    • Participants from industry (SME and ADVAC-sponsoring Industry): 4400 €.
    • Other industry participants: 9400 €.
    The fees include tuition and course materials for the full period of the Course. 

  • Accommodation fees: 2700 € VAT included. The fees include food and lodgings for the entire period of the Course.  Food and lodgings form an integral package at a fixed price and cannot be separated.  No reduction can be made for days where the accommodation is not used.

Fellowships covering travel expenses, as well as registration and accommodation fees will be available for selected candidates as follows:

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will provide fellowships for selected candidates from Low and Middle Income Countries.

The European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) will provide fellowships for selected candidates from Sub-Saharan African countries.

The European Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases (ESPID) will provide fellowships for selected ESPID members of good standing* whose membership fees have been paid up in full. 

* For further details, please consult the ESPID website (espid.org).

The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID; nfid.org) will provide a fellowship for an early career vaccinologist who is a citizen of, and resides in the USA at the time of the Course.  The selected recipient will be required to submit an extract and attend the 2022 NFID Annual Conference on Vaccinology Research (ACVR), following the Course.

Candidates wishing to apply for such fellowships should check the appropriate box on their application and ADVAC organizers will inform the relevant fellowship provider.



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    Leaders of thirty-three advanced vaccinology courses were invited to meet with partners to further the aims of the International Collaboration on Advanced Vaccinology Training (ICAVT) initiated at the 1st Global Workshop on Advanced Vaccinology Training organized by ADVAC in 2018.

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ADVAC has partnered with other training institutions to compile a listing of existing vaccinology courses available globally.

Click below to access the Global Vaccine Training e-Portal.


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