Concept and Background

In 1996 the City of Heidelberg organized the first 'International Summer Science School Heidelberg' (ISH) in close cooperation with a number of renowned scientific institutions.

The idea of the International Summer Science School Heidelberg goes back to the International Summer Science Institute of the Weizmann Institute in Rehovot and is meant to promote up-and-coming scientists and international exchange.

Within the framework of the ISH, every summer up to 27 pupils particularly talented in natural sciences who have passed their last year of high school and come from one of Heidelberg's sister cities (Bautzen/Germany, Cambridge/Great Britain, Kumamoto/Japan, Montpellier/France, Rehovot/Israel or Simferopol/Ukraine) or partner organizations (NYSF Canberra/Australia, John Ernest Foundation Palo Alto, California/USA, Western Reserve Academy, Ohio/USA) are offered the possibility of gaining first insights into the world of research during 4 weeks of practical training under the supervision of scientists and, at the same time, get to know the city of Heidelberg and the host country of Germany.

Heidelberg students can only take part in the ISH if they are nominated candidates for the "National Youth Science Forum (NYSF)". Then they can attend the introductory week and the framework program of the ISH.

Sister cities and partner organizations