GLYCOVAX project

A Training Network for the Rational Design of the Next Generation of Well-Defined Glycoconjugate Vaccines

GLYCOVAX is a European Training Network (ETN) funded in the framework of H2020 Marie Skłodowska- Curie ITN programme. The GLYCOVAX network aims at the education of promising young scientists who will learn how to rationally design well-defined and innovative glycoconjugate vaccines to improve current preventive therapies and tackle unmet medical needs. The project is based on a profound interaction between the academic and industrial sectors, involving 8 academic groups and 2 industrial partners. In this highly multidisciplinary environment 14 Early Stage Researchers ESRs are trained in the growing field of glycoscience and vaccinology, enriching their skills and combining different state-of-the-art methodologies for the rational design of innovative glycoconjugates.


Glycoconjugate vaccines represent the key for success of vaccination in children. Combination of novel approaches for glycan synthesis and site-selective conjugation methods now gives access to conjugates defined in sugar component and attachment site, thus leading to robust structure-immunogenicity relationship. By combining the beneficiaries’ expertise in carbohydrate synthesis, bioconjugation, high throughput screening, structural glycobiology, vaccinology and immunology, together with the experience in project management, GLYCOVAX creates a multidisciplinary environment where 14 young researchers will contribute to develop a novel route towards improved, safer and better characterized glycoconjugate vaccines, and contemporarily acquire transferable skills which will lead them to become the new leaders of academic or industrial research.



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The main objective is to train young scientists in rational design of glycoconjugates. Read more



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