LS2 “PIs of Tomorrow” session – call for applicants 2018

Two announcements that we received by e-mail, that may be of interest to our followers:

About the PIs of Tomorrow (from

The special session “PIs of tomorrow” will be held next year at the upcoming Life Sciences Switzerland (LS2) Annual Meeting (February 12-13 2018, University of Lausanne). This session offers an opportunity to postdocs and senior researchers interested in pursuing an academic career to present a talk similar in format to a professorship application interview. A knowledgeable jury panel of professors will evaluate the presentations and provide feedback in a one-on-one session afterwards.

Please refer to the attached instructions to enter the competition to be one of the five speakers selected from all applications. For the 2018 addition, one additional slot will be given to the best Postdoc talk at the Life Sciences Postdoc Day ’17.

Applications must be received by November 1st, 2017.  If you are selected, your travel and accommodation fees will be paid by the LS2 organization.

About the Life Sciences Switzerland (from

The next edition of the LS2 Annual Meeting in Lausanne will take place on February 12 and 13, 2018 with the topicMetabolism & Signaling in the Life Sciences”. The LS2 Annual Meeting is the biggest meeting in the life sciences in Switzerland. It brings together Swiss Life Scientists, as well as researchers and industry partners. 
The meeting will consist of:
  • 4 excellent international plenary speakers (Beth Levine, Skip Virgin, Andrea Ballabio, Tamotsu Yoshimori)
  • 10 exciting scientific symposia with invited speakers and speakers selected from abstracts covering a broad range of life science topics: Molecular & Cell. Biosciences (x2) – Neurosciences – Virology/Proteomics – Physiology – Systems Biology – Autophagy/Cell Death – Experimental Pharmacology – Bioinformatics – Physics of Biology
  • A large Poster session mixed with an industry exhibition
  • Science Policy Panel discussion on CRISPR/Cas9
  • Science Crowdfunding evening event
  • Two Career Roundtables about Non-Academic Careers
  • The award ceremonies of the Lelio Orci Award and Friedrich-Miescher-Award
Further information can be found at:
The registration deadline is November 30, 2017! Special prices exist for BSc, MSc, and members of LS2!
All invited speakers are listed in the detailed program on:

Bioinformatics in the Pub – October 2017

Dear all,

Please join us for bioinformatics in the pub, a friendly gathering around food and drinks of PhD students, Post-Docs and young bioinformaticians.

This month it will be on Tuesday 24.10.17 7pm at McCarthy

Registration is non-mandatory but appreciated for booking tables:

Please help us spread the word to other bioinformaticians in Lausanne.



On Behalf of the International Society for Computational Biology Regional Student Group of Switzerland (ISCB-RSG-Switzerland)

Bioinformatics in the pub – Sept/2017


Dear all,

Please join us for bioinformatics in the pub, a friendly gathering around food and drinks of PhD students, Post-Docs and young bioinformaticians, Wednesday 20.09.17 7pm at Les Brasseurs.

Registration is non-mandatory but appreciated for booking tables:

Please help us spread the word to other bioinformaticiasn in Lausanne.


On Behalf of the International Society for Computational Biology  Regional Student Group of Switzerland (ISCB-RSG-Switzerland)

Elsa Guillot

Bioinformatics in the pub

iscbrsgswiss_bioinfopubDear all,

The ISCB-RSG is an association supporting students and young researcher in computational biology and bioinformatics. We aim at connecting bioinformaticians from different places around Switzerland.

Please join us a for the first bioinformatics in the pub, a friendly gathering around food and drinks of PhD students, Post-Docs and young bioinformaticians, Thursday 29.06.17 at 7pm at Brasserie du Chateau.

Registration is non-mandatory but appreciated for booking tables:

To be informed about future similar events please join our mailing list by replying to this message or follow us on twitter @rsg_switzerland
Best regards,

On Behalf of the International Society for Computational Biology Regional Student Group of Switzerland.

Elsa Guillot

Company visit at Syngenta

Dear fellow post-docs and PhD students,
The BioScience Network Lausanne and the SV postdoc association are organizing a company visit at Syngenta on the 7th of October (Friday) 2016 in Basel. The aim of this visit is to promote interactions among researchers in industry and PhD students and postdocs from EPFL and UNIL.
In attachment you will find the final schedule for the visit!! 
!! Registration deadline is in 1 week. Do not miss this great opportunity !!
Since the Syngenta company is not well connected with public transportations, a bus will be provide and the cost is 60 CHF per person. The registration is now open and the deadline is the 27th of September 201612:00.   Places are limited to 20 participants,  so register early! The organising committee will select participants based on their CV and a small paragraph about their motivation. The results of the selection will be communicated by September 30th, 2016. 
To register, please send an email to with your CV and your motivation paragraph
For the payment:
  • Transfer 60 CHF to the official BSNL bank account:
    IBAN: CH50 0900 0000 8946 8243 2
    PostFinance AG BERN
    BSNL- BioScience Network Lausanne
    P.a. EPFL AA DAF
    Station 1
    CH-1015 Lausanne
    Make sure to include the following line as the reason for payment: “Syngenta visit”
  • Send an email to with the proof of payment.
    Include “YourName Syngenta visit” in the subject line
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! Registration opens now and closes on the 27th of September 2016 at noon!
In case you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.
Martina, on behalf of the BioScience Network Lausanne (BSNL) and the SV postdoc association
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MedLem Meeting “INFLAMMATION in the era of BIG DATA” the 17th of November 2016 in Geneva-Centre Louis Jeantet.

The Faculty of Biology and Medicine  of LAUSANNE 

and the Faculty of Medicine of Geneva

 are very pleased to present the 1stMedLem Meeting 

that will held on Thursday, the 17th of November 2016

 in Geneva-Centre Louis Jeantet. 

The 2016 theme is

« INFLAMMATION in the era of BIG DATA »

Invited Speakers :

  • Prof. Francine Behar-Cohen (Hôpital opthtalmique Jules-Gonin)
  • Dr. Lydie Lane (Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics)
  • Dr. Luc Stoppini (Hepia//HES-SO and Swiss Centre for Applied Human Toxicology)

Deadline Abstract: 30.09.2016

(More info at

The MedLem meeting will be a fantastic opportunity to discover the breadth of research around Lake Geneva            

 We encourage you to participate!

Scientific & organizing committee:

  • Olivier Gaide (Department of Dermatology and Venereology, Lausanne University Hospital) contact
  • Maxime Pellegrin (Division of Angiology, Lausanne University Hospital) contact
  • Aurélien Thomas (Unit of Toxicology, CURML, Lausanne University Hospital, Geneva University Hospital) contact
  • Natacha Turck (Department of Human Protein Sciences, University Medical Center-Geneva) contact



Science Hackathon at UniverCité

Friday 25th, Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th of November, Hackuarium with Inartis Foundation and THE Port association organise a Science Hackathon at UniverCité!
So if you have a science project, a problem or some skills you want to share with a team of 25-30 other bright minds, sign-up HERE before September 30th!
It will be 3 days of intense brainstorming, prototyping and problem solving.
Everyone welcome! And please, spread the word!

IBM Research – María Rodríguez Martínez – 7th of September


Dear all,

The ISCB regional student group for Computational Biology in Switzerland is very pleased to host the talk “Systems approaches to unravel molecular mechanisms of cancer ” by

María Rodríguez Martínez, Technical Leader of Systems Biology at IBM, Zurich Research Lab, on Wednesday the 7th of September 2016 at 18:00 at UZH, Irchel campus, Y03-G91.

Abstract: Despite their great promise, high-throughput technologies in cancer research have often failed to translate into major therapeutic advances in the clinic. One challenge lies in the difficulty of transforming next generation molecular data into mathematical disease models that can make actionable clinical statements. A second challenge arises from the high level of intra-tumor heterogeneity exhibited by most human cancers. To address these challenges new methodologies that can reconstruct the map of genomic alterations and understand its influence on phenotype need to be developed. In this talk I will give an overview of current projects at the Systems Biology group in IBM Research, Zurich, that illustrate systems medicine approaches to understand cancer complexity and that can bridge the chasm between basic research and clinical applications.

The talk will be followed by an apéro, during which participants will have the opportunity to continue discussions with María Rodríguez Martínez.

We are looking forward to seeing you at the event!

The RSG Switzerland Team


Novartis – Industry Talk for ISCB-RSG Zürich


There will be a talk this Thursday the 21st of April for those in the Computational Biology, Systems Biology, and Bioinformatics related fields to discuss opportunities of doing related work in industry.

Time: 17:30

Location: University of Zurich, Irchel Campus room Y03-G91

Additional details: please see attached flyer.

The invited speaker is Dr. Audrey Kauffmann PhD, a bioinformatics group leader at Novartis.

Audrey along with one of her colleagues, Gráinne Kerr, will be present following the talk for an apéro to have discussionwith attendees regarding their career path.


Medical Data Access event report

BSNL and the RSG-Switzerland co-organized in the biohacker space Hackuarium an open discussion about the risks, challenges and opportunities of medical data sharing.
Approximately 50 people attended the round table to discuss about different aspects related to Medical data access. And we were honoured to host as invited speakers:
– Jacques Beckman (Head of Clinical Bioinformatics, SIB),
– Christine Currat (Executive director of the Swiss biobanking platform),
– Manolis Dermitzakis (Professor of Genetics at the Department of Genetic Medicine, UNIGE) and
– Jeanne-Pascale Simon (Lawyer at the Unit of Legal Affairs, CHUV).
At the beginning, Jacques and Manolis told us about their view of this complex question, and exposed some of the current limitations and the link with their own research. They envisioned the situation that we will face in the future as patients, scientist or citizen.
Then, Jeanne-Pascale and Christine described the current status of the law  and how hospitals and more…

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