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PROWD — PROfessional Women with Doctorates: 2nd edition of the programme 2019-2020

The first edition of the PROWD — PROfessional Women with Doctorates programme just ended. It enabled some twenty female advanced PhD candidates and postdocs to benefit from workshops, mentoring and thematic meetings to develop their careers, whether they pursue them in or outside academia.

The UNIL Equal Opportunities Office is pleased to announce the launch of the second edition of the programme, which will run from October 2019 to May 2020.

Registration is now open and will close on June 30th. Up to 12 participants will be accepted in each track of the programme, Academic Career and Non-academic Career.

You will find detailed information about the content of the programme, the conditions of participation and the registration forms on our website.

For further information and questions, please contact the programme coordinator at or 021 692 67 86.

We look forward to receiving your registration !


Joanne Chassot
Project manager

Equal opportunities office
University of Lausanne
Quartier Centre-Dorigny
Le Vieux Pressoir
CH-1015 Lausanne
+ 41 21 692 67 86
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ENABLE Meeting 2019, Nijmegen (NE) – Deadline: June 30, 2019

Enable Meeting 2019

Dear fellow Postdocs and PhD students of the University Lausanne,

I would like to draw your attention to a new meeting, specifically organized by and intended for PhD students and Postdocs, called ENABLE. Importantly, we have numerous Travel grants available, which cover the registration fee and a travel/accommodation reimbursement of up to 250€. In addition, in collaboration with FEBS and IUBMB, we also offer a limited number of FEBS-IUBMB Travel Grants to successful and eligible applicants, that offers even higher coverage. Considering the scientific excellence of the Uni Lausanne, I am sure that numerous applicants from the UniL would get elected for a Travel Grant😉. However, the deadline for Travel Grants applications/Early Bird registration is the 30th of June, so hurry up😊


ENABLE (European Academy for BiomedicaScience) is an initiative embedded in and funded by the European Union Horizon 2020 program and aims to connect aspiring young researchers to world-leading scientists who are willing to share their latest scientific results, professional experience and career advice. Importantly, the ENABLE symposia are organized by and for PhD students and postdoctoral researchers. ENABLE 2019, entitled “Next-generation life scientists: Side by side to break new ground”, is our 3rd edition and will take place on 13-15 November 2019 at the Van der Valk hotel in Nijmegen, The Netherlands


ENABLE is more than just a regular conference and it consists of three main sections: a career day, the scientific symposium and outreach activities. During the Career Day, participants will have the chance to: engage in insightful discussions with experts from different career paths in the career chats section, participate in workshops aimed at helping the personal and professional development of the next-generation of scientists, and attend a job fair that will host potential employment options from the biotech, pharma, and communication sectors.

Regarding the main Scientific Symposium, the central theme of ENABLE 2019 will be the importance of multi-disciplinarity and collaboration across different fields of biomedical science that comprise personalized medicine, advanced imaging, fundamental research and big data science. Our line-up of confirmed keynote speakers includes top scientists, such as:  Prof. Hans Clevers (Hubrecht Institute Utrecht, Netherlands), Prof. Francesca Ciccarelli (Francis Crick Institute London, UK), Prof. Jan Huisken (Morgridge Institute for Research Madison, US), Prof. Alison Noble (University of Oxford, UK), Dr. Ayal Hendel (Bar-Ilan University Ramat Gan, Israel), Dr. Antoine Coulon (Institut Curie Paris, France), and Prof. Emma Lundberg (KTH Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm, Sweden). During the Scientific Symposium, participants will have opportunities for scientific exchange and outreach experience through short talks, poster presentations, and pub talks. Furthermore, we will host a Plenary Debate to discuss the Future of Science and we will conclude the ENABLE with a Round Table debate about academia versus industry, which will be chaired by Dr. Helen Lee (University of Cambridge, UK). For more details, please visit our 


Please do not hesitate to contact me or ENABLE ( in case you have questions, registration issues or other requests.


Best wishes

 The Scientific Organizing Committee of ENABLE2019


FameLab 2019 – International Science communication competition, Mar. 7, 2019 Lausanne

You are passionate about science, and think it is your duty to share it with the society? You love to entertain your family and friends with the latest scientific discovery or fun science facts? You like to challenge yourself and test your public speaking skills?

Come and join FameLab 2019, the international competition for science communication, and become the new face of science in Switzerland!

Amaze audience and jury with an original 3-minute talk on a scientific topic of your choice. Be scientifically accurate, but understandable and fun! No slide allowed but you can bring on stage props or your best costume! 

Get inspiration by 2018 winner of Swiss FameLab, Dmitry Kopelyanskiy, 2018 FameLab International winner Siti from Malasia, and more!

The competition is open to everyone studying or working in STEM subjects (life sciences, technology, engineering, geosciences, mathematics, physics, chemistry and social sciences).

The FameLab events for 2019 are planned as follows:

·      2 Semi-finals: one in Basel (German or English) on March 1 and one in Lausanne (French or English) on March 7,

·      Masterclass weekend at CERN in Geneva, on March 23-24 for the 10 finalists,

·      Swiss final in Bern (English), on April 4,

·      International competition at Cheltenham Science Festival, on June 4-9.

Register now for FameLab Switzerland 2019 here! Please check that you are free on each planned date, and your eligibility on the detailed rules before registration.

For more information on FameLab 2019 in Switzerland check the British Council dedicated page and Any questions? Contact the BSNL team for FameLab Switzerland at

 Further details about BSNL:  BioScience Network Lausanne 

DNF Career day, Feb. 8, 2019 (Bugnon 9, Lausanne)

The 1st edition of the DNF Career Day will take place on February the 8th of 2019, 08:45-18:00, at the Department of Fundamental Neurosciences (Rue du Bugnon 9, 1001, Lausanne) from the University of Lausanne.


During this day, you will have the chance to listen and meet outstanding professionals from various institutions & companies. They will provide you information about the different possibilities offered to PhD and/or post-docs from neuroscience and general biology fields. It is a great occasion to gather further information on the skills that might be essential to reach these positions, and to be successful in it as well.

In addition, you will have the time to discuss, share and ask questions to professionals and alumni from the field during several networking sessions.


To see the whole program and register click here!!


For further details:
organizing committee : Paul Chu Sin Chung, Laura Fernandez, Muna Hilal and Anna Vannelli



Career Conversations – by S.Ginster (group LM) #3

Jacques Dubochet – A Nobel Prize and values in life

In the recent episode of Career Conversations and as a little Christmas treat, Stefanie is talking with Jacques Dubochet, Chemistry Nobel Prize Winner 2017.

In the interview, they talk about how Jacques has approached his career, the advice that he gives to young scientists and what values are important in science as well as in life.
Jacques is a great, reflective and insightful person – and obviously a great scientist.
This episode is really worth listening to.

You can find it directly under this link:

or on iTunes, Stitcher or your podcast player of choice.

If you want our website, you can find it at



Career Conversations – by S.Ginster (group LM) #2

Dr. Samuel Lagier – How to turn your hobby into your profession

In the last episode of Career Conversations, Stefanie is talking to Dr. Samuel Lagier.
Sam has done a PhD and two PostDocs in neuroscience while his passion really was improv theatre.

At one point in his life he actually dared to jump into the unknown, combine his two passions and become a science communication coach. Today he is involved in TED events, the Exposure Hackathon and a improv theatre group called The Catalyst.

We can learn from Sam, how to plan a career so that we are in the end able to combine our hobby and work, what it takes to run your own business and the main criticism he has about the work in academia.

If you are interested you can find the episode under this link :