Dear LS2 members

It is our pleasure to announce the upcoming LS2 Annual Meeting 2017 in Zurich, taking place from 2-3 of February 2017.

Highlights of the meeting are:
  • 4 internationally renowned plenary speakers
  • 11 scientific symposia
  • Special session: "Careers in Science"
  • Contest: "Tomorrow's PI"
  • Poster sessions, industry exhibition, and musical apero
  • "Friedrich-Miescher" and "Lelio Orci" award ceremonies
Please find more details in this special edition of the LS2 newsletter. We're looking forward to welcoming you at the meeting!

Best wishes

Carolin von Schoultz
Register here for the LS2 Annual Meeting 2017!
Plenary speakers
Sally Temple (Neural Stem Cell Institute, NY)
"Temporal programs in neural stem cell development and aging"

Andrew Macpherson (University of Bern)
"The pervasiveness of host-microbial mutualism"

Denis Duboule (University of Geneva & EPFL)
"Hox Genes Regulation During Vertebrate Development and Evolution"

Bernd Bukau (University of Heidelberg)
"The busy life of nascent chains: Mechanisms of folding and assembly of newly synthesised proteins"

Scientific Symposia
We're extremely happy to welcome speakers in 11 symposia from our sections, partner, and guest societies:
Virology I Proteomics I Alternative Animal Experimentation I Personalised Medicine I Physiology I Evolutionary Plant Genomics I Molecular and Cellular Biosciences I Cellular Immunology I Exp. Pharmacology I Anatomy, Histology, and Embryology I SCNAT Forum for Genetic Research
"Careers in Science" session

Due to the big success of this session last year, we will implement two sessions on the 3rd of February
  • "Non-academic careers" (Entry jobs in Start-ups, Pharmaceutical Industry, Scientific writing and Scientific Coordination)
  • "Academic Careers" (Young and established group leaders from universities and universities of applied sciences)
Invited speakers briefly introduce their career path and then be available for a roundtable discussion.

"Tomorrow's PI" contest

To all PostDocs: This is your chance as a future PI to present your project to a large audience of renowned life scientists on the LS2 Annual Meeting 2017 in Zurich. LS2 will take over accommodation and travel costs of the selected candidates. Find more information on the application process here. Deadline for application is 15th of November. Please spread the word and good luck to all of you!

Poster sessions and Industry exhibition

Poster and the industry exhibition can be viewed in all coffee and lunch breaks. A special session will be dedicated to poster presentations on Thursday, 2nd of February from 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm, accompanied by snacks and music. In 2017, posters will be grouped in poster islands and will be displayed back to back with 7 other posters in the Lichthof foyer area throughout the entire conference and in close proximity to the Industry exhibition to allow for a great interaction.

Award ceremonies at the meeting:
Lelio Orci Award for a  researcher in the field of Cellular Biology

Friedrich-Miescher-Award for a  researcher in the field of Biochemistry
Scientific Quiz

For the first time, LS2 and SimplyScience will add a quiz to the meeting booklet. Let's see who is the master of riddles and wins a prize!

We are extremely grateful to our sponsors:

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Carolin von Schoultz
LS2 Scientific Officer

LS2 Satellite Meeting I
"The Future of Dev. Biology & Genetics", preceding the Louis-Jeantet Symposium

Deadline for applications for the LS2 Travel Grant for PhDs! I sponsored by SCNAT

Registration deadline: "Tomorrow's PI" contest  I Great opportunity for all PostDocs!

Registration deadline: 
3D Microscopy Winterschool

I SKMB event
22-27/1, 2017, UZH

24/11 - 27/11
LS2 and SCNAT at Planète Santé  I Public outreach: Our mission and actions. Biological experiments for all ages.
SwissTech Convention Center EPFL

Registration deadline: LS2 Annual Meeting 2017
Irchel Campus, UZH

Registration deadline: Swissplant Meeting I SKMB event
25-27/1, 2017, Leukerbad

Registration deadline: Swiss Eye Research Meeting 2017 I SKMB event
26-27/1, 2017
Hotel Beaulac, Neuchâtel
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Call for award nominations: 
Friedrich-Miescher-Award 2017 
I To commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the discovery of nucleic acids, the MCB section of LS2 (formerly SSMCB) has created the Friedrich-Miescher-Award. The prize is intended to honour young biochemists and is donated by the FMI Basel (Novartis Research Foundation). For application guidelines, see the listing on the right side in the news section here.

A travel grant for PhDs, PostDocs and new PIs
ScienceImpact is offering a $1000 (USD) scientific meeting travel grant, sponsored by Abcam. Open to PhDs, PostDocs and new PIs in a life science research environment. Choice of meeting is up to you. See the conditions here.
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