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Life at the Génopode – reopening of the swifts’ nestboxes 🐥🐦

Somer parallels at the Genopode:

while the CIG progressively reopens for research, Stéphane Porchet helped by Alex Reymond reopened the 14 nestboxes for the swifts.

The nestboxes are routinely closed in early spring to avoid their squatting by the house sparrow as we wait for the return of the swifts from Africa in early May.

All the best to all of you in this restarting phase.


CIG outing day

Thanks to all the participants of the ski/snowshoeing day/visit of the Castle in Grandson. It was fun !!!


Registration for FameLab 2020 Switzerland – deadline Feb. 21, 2020


FameLab 2020 is one of the biggest science communication competitions in the world.

The best participant will have the honor of representing Switzerland at the FameLab International final at the Cheltenham Science Festival in the UK.

The competition is open to everyone studying or working in STEM subjects (Life Sciences, Technology, Engineering, Geosciences, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Social Sciences).

Win over the crowd and the judges with an original 3-minute talk on a scientific topic of your choice. Be scientifically accurate, but clear and charismatic!

Let go of the PowerPoint safety net; you can bring on stage props or your best costume!

Get inspired by Swiss FameLab 2019 winner, Outman Akouissi (EPFL), Swiss FameLab 2018 winner, Dmitry Kopelyanskiy (UNIL), FameLab International 2019 winner Tim Gordon from the United Kingdom, and more!

FameLab dates in 2020 to save in your agenda are as follows:

  • Semi-final in Lausanne5th March
  • Semi-final in Zurich12th March
  • Semi-final in Basel19th March
  • Public speaking masterclass weekend at CERN (Geneva,4th-5th April) for the finalists
  • Swiss FameLab final (Bern, 9th May)
  • International competition at Cheltenham Science Festival (UK, June 2020)

Registration is now open for FameLab Switzerland 2020!

Deadline for submitting your application is Friday 21st February 2020.

Please make sure you are free on each planned date, and check your eligibility and detailed competition rules.

For more information on FameLab 2020 in Switzerland visit the British Council dedicated page and BSNL website.

Any questions? Contact info@bsnl.ch.

Applied Bioinformatics in Life Sciences, Leuven (BE), Feb. 13-14, 2020

Applied Bioinformatics in Life Sciences (3rd edition)

EARLY BIRD DEADLINE IS 20 DECEMBER 2019: https://email.vibconferences.be/t/r-l-jduljduy-uudyyddhhr-y/

Bioinformatics has quickly become an integral part of life sciences research by enabling innovative computational approaches in an increasingly data-dense environment.

Inspired by the sold-out editions in 2016 and 2018, VIB (a non-profit life sciences research institute) is organizing this third edition to highlight recent developments in bioinformatics research, and to showcase its impact in medical, agricultural, and biotechnological research.

Nationally and internationally renowned speakers will present recent scientific findings in applied bioinformatics. They will shed light on the future perspectives of their research in the following plenary sessions:

  • Microbial & plant genomics: from simple to complex
  • Structural bioinformatics and proteomics
  • Data integration, machine learning and networks
  • Single cell bioinformatics

Besides an inspiring scientific program, conference participants will have ample networking opportunities during poster sessions and the conference dinner.

Information for poster submissions:
The format for your poster should be: A0 (841 x 1189 mm / 33.1 x 46.8 in), portrait orientation. The deadline for the abstracts is 2 December 2019. The best four abstracts were given a short talk slot in the plenary program. The best 2 posters will win the #usegalaxy Poster Prizes.


Welcome to the Roignant and Soyk laboratories! Aperitif at 4 p.m. on Thu. 5th of Dec. 2019

To welcome the research groups of Jean-Yves Roignant and Sebastian Soyk recently arrived at the CIG, an aperitif is organized this Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019 from 4 p.m in the building’s main hall.

All welcome!

*** Please bring your own glass / tankard / mug / flask …***



15th Anniversary Event of the CIBM, Oct. 30, 2019 at the EPFL Forum Rolex Learning Center


Further information and registration: https://cibm.ch/event/cibm-15th-anniversary/