ADVAC is a two-week training programme for decision-makers, including academia, industry, governmental and non-governmental agencies, in all fields related to vaccines and vaccination, including inter alia vaccine trials, development of new vaccines, vaccination strategies and policies, vaccine-specific issues, ethical issues related to vaccine trials, regulatory issues, financing of immunization, implementation of immunization programs, and communication.

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Organized by Fondation Mérieux & Université de Genève,
at "Les Pensières", Center for Global Health, Veyrier-du-Lac, France, close to Annecy and Geneva.

ADVAC is co-sponsored by:

  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)
  • European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP)
  • European Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases (ESPID)
  • Fondation Mérieux
  • Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID)
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH/NIAID-USA) and Fogarty International Center
  • University of Geneva
  • World Health Organization


ADVAC is funded by the participants’ registration fees, unrestricted education grants, and in-kind contributions from the organizing and co-sponsoring agencies. Fellowships for selected ADVAC participants are supported by grant funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the European Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases (ESPID), and the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID). In the past support to participants has also been provided by the European Commission (EC) under the umbrella framework of the ADITEC.

Unrestricted education grants are provided by:
Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations • GlaxoSmithKline • Janssen • Merck • Pfizer • Sanofi Pasteur • Serum Institute of India • Takeda