Immersive visitors

The Immersive Visitors Training Programme offers a structured way to engage with training at EI. Liaising with both the training team and faculty members you will help to craft a bespoke training programme of activities for the duration of your visit, which will be delivered on a one-to-one basis.

For more information, please contact the training team at


Andrea Pubela, INTA (Argentina)

Andrea joined EI for one month to train in NGS library construction, Long Mate Pair (LMP) in particular, and interpretation of quality values for an ongoing project to sequence Sunflower, which is an important crop in Argentina and for which there is currently no reference genome. Speaking of the training period, Andrea said that:

[Everything] developed during the training will be used for daily work in the Genomic Unit of Institute of Biotechnology of INTA …


Open to UK, European and Non- European applicants.

Please note, applicants are responsible for visa applications as well as securing funding for travel, subsistence, commuting, health insurance, registration fees for on-site training events attended as part of the secondment, and appropriate bench fees as agreed between EI and the applicant’s normal place of work.

How it works.

  • Express of interest 12 months before expected secondment
  • Discussion with us and content experts. We’ll have a Skype call and confirm dates six months in advance
  • Letter of support (visa applications etc)
  • Weekly activity log
  • Long term feedback to assess impact (6 & 12 months)
  • Continued collaboration
  • Final report, evaluation and feedback


The first stage of application is an expression of interest form (EOI). Please complete the form here and send to

If you have already begun discussions with a member of faculty at EI and have identified who would be best placed to host you during your visit, please complete the full IVTP application form here and send to

Dr Paula Espitia from the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture