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Metamorphosis – Transforming Science

This year´s PhD symposium takes place on November 8th and 9th 2018 broaching the issue of change in science

The Vienna BioCenter PhD symposium is traditionally organized by graduate students from four research institutes: Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP), Gregor Mendel Institute of Molecular Plant Biology (GMI), Max F. Perutz Laboratories (MFPL) and Institute of Molecular Biotechnology (IMBA).  

Since the beginning of time the essence of progress has been change. Evolution, civilization, industrial revolution or takeover of modern technology – all these were processes driven by change, change in biology, society, science or technology. Over the last decade we have reached a speed of scientific change, unlike any ever seen before. This has brought us luxury, as well as challenges. But, where do we go from here? What changes do we have to make next in science, technology and society, to proceed into the future?

This interdisciplinary conference involves 15 international scientists who have been transforming science in the lab, through communications, and for society- including keynotes from Lawrence Hunter, Professor and Director of the Center for Computational Biology and of the Computational Bioscience Program at the University of Colorado School of Medicine sharing latest computational techniques in biomedicine;  Daniel Heller, Sloan Kettering Institute will talk about biomaterials and nanoscale engineering for molecular sensors and targeted therapeutics, IMBA alumna Anne Nielsen will provide a look behind the scenes of scientific publishing at EMBO Journal.

Together with excellent scientists from around the globe, we hope to discuss these issues and find a scientific solution to the problems that not only scientists, but the general public are struggling with. Join us in the VBC PhD symposium 2018 – “Metamorphosis – Transforming Science” – for an inspiring discussion about the changes we as scientists will have to make, in order to move to a new chapter of scientific research.