Life Science in Vilnius

Ref: 10003283


Advanced Biomedical students enrolled on modules Evidence-Based Practice (BIOM5006) are eligible to apply for this opportunity. Students enrolled on other relevant Life Science programmes/modules are also welcome to apply. The maximum number of places on this opportunity is 20 and the minimum the trip will go ahead with is 10. DMU staff will be accompanying the group.

DMU students are only eligible to receive one academic-led trip bursary per year. Please check our eligibility criteria for further details.


This trip is aimed at students aspiring for life science research. During the trip the students will be able to participate in an International conference ‘The COINS 2020‘ held in the Life Science Centre of Vilnius University; we will also visit Science Museum of Vilnius University and Allergy Clinic led by Prof R Dubakiene, leading clinical immunologists/allergologist of the country. The COINS is an annual international conference held by students and young scientists for students and is famous for a positive and young scientific vibe. The museum is owned by the Lithuanian Museum Association (LMA) and the International Council of Museums (ICOM). Involved in ICOM’s International Committee for University Museums and Collections (UMAC) and the Universeum European Academic Heritage Network and has unique collection of exhibits and dedicated international staff. Prof Dubakiene is also an author of allergology textbooks and often an invited speaker on national radio. Vilnius old town is famous for lovely architecture, great cuisine and numerous cultural events fit for space time of any duration.

During the trip the students will have unique opportunity to learn about state-of-the-art life science research, research methodologies, scientific data presentation and scholarly debate. Selected students will be able to present at the international conference, using the formats of a poster or a oral presentation. During the visits to the Science Museum and Allergy Clinics we will discuss historical and current international life science projects, we will later focus on clinical allergy research and diagnostic techniques. The students will learn about international allergology projects and allergen detection methods in Europe.

Information, networking and skills acquired during the trip will be particularly relevant to Advanced Biomedical Science students doing
BIOM5006 ‘Evidence-based Practice’ module, however this can also be very useful to all life science project/research students. The COINS 2020 is the 15th international conference of life sciences, organised by the Vilnius University Students’ Representation. It also gives an opportunity for BA, MA and PhD students to present their research to a larger audience and get
constructive criticism and useful advice on their work

Cultural activities

During the trip we will study the extraordinary history of Vilnius university and its medical faculty as well as the history of life science in Lithuania and Europe. We will attend and participate in an international conference for Life Scientists and will learn about state-of-the art diagnostics of allergy. Students will also have a chance to discover the old town of Vilnius, full of history, culture and fantastic local cuisine

Travel and accommodation

  • Travel – Students are required to independently book their travel.
  • Accommodation – The faculty will book accommodation for this opportunity, and students will be expected to pay the full amount following confirmation of their place.

Contact details

Visa information

In order to participate in this trip, you are responsible for ensuring that you meet the Lithuanian immigration requirements. EU nationals will not require a visa to travel to another EU country. Non-EU nationals will require a visa to travel to Lithuania and are responsible for obtaining a Schengen visa. Further information related to obtaining a visa can be found here.

The #DMUglobal team can provide visa support letters as required, and proof of enrolment can be obtained from the Student Gateway. You must ensure that you apply for your Schengen visa as soon as you have been formally accepted to this opportunity by #DMUglobal. You are responsible for checking processing times and meeting all application requirements in order to ensure that you receive your visa prior to departure. Be aware that immigration decisions are made by individual embassies.

Key Information

  • Departure date: Monday 24 February 2020
  • Return date: Friday 28 February 2020
  • Estimated cost of travel and accommodation: £250
  • Students will also be required to pay for UK and in-country transfers, cultural visits, food and drink, and visa (if applicable)
  • #DMUglobal bursary: £150
  • Deadline for application: Monday 28 October 2019 9am