Our Grants Programme
This time of year there are several grants awaiting applications!
Make sure you don’t miss the deadlines for our Meeting
Attendace Grants (1 September) and our Meeting Organizer
Grants (1 December).
Members of FEMS Member Societies can apply for grants for research and training, or for
support when organizing a scientific meeting, or attending a scientific meeting – including our
Member Societies’ national and regional congresses. Some grants are reserved for Early Career
Scientists. Every year we support hundreds of grantees and enable experts to share ideas and
promote excellence in science.
Meet FEMS Grantee: Iraia Ladero
Iraia Ladero, Neiker-Basque Institute for Agricultural
Research and Development, Animal Health, Derio, Spain
Host supervisor and host laboratory: Professor Dirk Werling,
Molecular Immunology Royal Veterinary College (RVC),
Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Period in host laboratory: 2 September to 3 December 2019
Member Society: Spanish Society for Microbiology
Iraia Ladero: ‘‘My PhD Thesis is focused on developing novel
vaccines using the rabbit infection model to combat bovine
paratuberculosis. As means to obtain information about how these vaccines are affecting the innate
immune response ex vivo assays have been developed for the study of immune cells. In order to
broaden my knowledge on immunology, I looked for a prestigious Institution with specialists in
Veterinary Immunology, like Dr. Werling who is a professor in Molecular Immunology at The Royal
After first contact we found synergies between both research groups and the possibility of
accomplishing the present project work. The Royal Veterinary College has an experimental livestock
farm for research which permits access to bovine samples. This was important for my PhD to validate
neutrophil techniques with bovine cells for the development of the PTB rabbit model. In the Royal
Veterinary College, under the supervision of Professor Dirk Werling, and the collaboration of the rest
of the group, an ex vivo assay was designed to study Neutrophils’ interaction with macrophages
during mycobacterial infection.
I needed funding support for my stay at the Royal Veterinary College. In addition, being awarded with
this grant is a privilege and a prestigious complement to my curriculum vitae. I wanted to experience
working abroad in another lab, learning new methods, practising English and meeting new scientists.
It was a total success, I had a very good time at the RVC, meeting new people and learning new ways
of working. The atmosphere was multicultural and inspiring, and I even made new friends.’’
Find out more about the FEMS Grants >