Conferences Archive


LS2 “PIs of Tomorrow “, Zurich Feb. 13-14, 2020 – Applications must be received by November 1st, 2019

We are pleased to announce the call for applications to the “PIs of tomorrow: The Future of Swiss Research” session at the next LS2 Annual Meeting 2020, taking place in Zurich, 13-14 February. This session offers postdocs interested in following an academic career the opportunity to present a plenary talk similar in format to a professorship interview seminar. Selected participants will have the chance to get a slot for a 15-minute presentation, which should appeal to a broad audience and in which both the achievements accomplished and the proposed future research are to be explained. The talk will be followed by an open discussion on various aspects of the proposed activity, as well as on career-oriented perspectives of the presenter. A knowledgeable jury panel of professors will evaluate the presentations.

The best presentation will be awarded a prize. However, everyone is a winner, as all presenters in the session will receive feedback from the jury in a one-on-one private session afterwards. Please, find all the information about the last PIs of tomorrow 2019 at The 2020 edition and call will be published in August under the same link.

As a participant in the FEBS3+ LS2 Annual Meeting 2020, you will have the opportunity to interact with scientists in and outside your field, and to expand or refresh your network not only in Switzerland, but also in Germany and Austria since, for the first time next year, we are welcoming the German Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (GBM) and the Austrian Association of Molecular Life Sciences and Biotechnology (ÖGMBT) as co-organizing societies. Of course, you will also enjoy a two-day meeting in the beautiful city of Zurich! If you are selected, your travel and accommodation fees will be paid by the LS2 organisation.


The following documents are required for the application:

  1. Cover letterhighlighting your interest and eligibility (1 page)
  2. Research statement including past work and future research plans with their scientific impact and significance (max. 300 words)
  3. CV with a publication list(max. 2 pages)

Only applicants having ties to Switzerland will be considered (i.e. Swiss citizenship, Swiss residency, past or on-going affiliation with a Swiss institution of at least two years by the 2020 meeting).

Selection criteria:

  • Scientific quality of proposed research;
  •  Novelty and creativity;
  • Relevance and impact;
  • Research output;
  • Collaborations, networks and outreach;
  • Teaching and leadership;
  • Mobility

To apply, please follow the guidelines in the application link below, where you will be asked to upload your documents in a single pdf file (max. 5 MB):

Applications must be received by November 1st, 2019.

Questions to the session should be addressed to

We are looking forward to your application and hope to welcome you in Zurich!

Yours sincerely,

Dr. Elisa Araldi (ETHZ), Dr. Sophia Verouti (UNIBE), Dr. Nabil Hanna (UNIGE), and Dr. Shalu Jhanwar (UNIBAS), Chairs of the PIs of tomorrow 2020

Dr. Carolin von Schoultz and Dr. Elena Cardenal (, LS2 Scientific Officers and organizers of the FEBS3+ LS2 Annual Meeting 2020


Career planning after postdoc: tips and advice for various professional paths – retreat Finhaut, VS on Sep. 21 & 22, 2019 (deadline Sep. 10, 2019)

The Association for Postdocs in Natural Sciences of the University of Lausanne is organizing the 2019 retreat for career opportunities for postdocs:
Featuring professionals from various career paths: start-ups, medical doctors, NGOs, educators, academics, scientific writers/editors and more!
Registration is now open and will close on September 10th!
There is a limited number of available places. Please register with your UNIL or CHUV email account and don’t forget to pay the 30CHF fees to cover your accommodation and food to complete the registration process. Note that there will be no reimbursement for late cancellation.
The retreat will take place in Chalet Vaticamp (Finhaut, Valais) on 21st-22nd September 2019
Check the final program attached to this email or on our website
Don’t miss the chance to explore your career options and expand your network, while spending a weekend in the beautiful Swiss Alps!
The APNS team
Event sponsored by Graduate Campus UNIL.
We apologize if you receive multiple copies of this email.


APNS: Association for Postdocs in Natural Sciences at UNIL


European Protein Engineering Congress, Frankfurt (DE) on Nov. 12 & 13,2019 (deadline: Sep, 20, 2019)

Bringing to light new biocatalysts and molecules not found in nature for industrial applications

With the emergence of enzyme and protein engineering for industrial applications, it’s no wonder that the global enzyme market is predicted to reach over $19 billion by 2025. Both industry and academia are looking to enzyme engineering to discover, generate and optimize new biocatalysts not found in nature for applications in pharma, flavour & fragrance, consumer goods and agriculture.

Introducing the European Protein Engineering Congress taking place in Frankfurt, Germany on the 12th – 13th November 2019 where you will explore case studies, applications and the latest research as well as hearing insights about the innovations driving API, bioactive and natural product manufacture from our line up of expert speakers. Download the agenda.

Why attend? 

  • Learn how to enhance your project and product pipelines from GSKGivaudan, and Roche as they discuss how they apply enzyme engineering to generate new molecules and active ingredients.
  • Hear from Donald HilvertFirmenich and Jason MicklefieldNPRONET on how they are approaching multi-model and pathway engineering for the synthesis of natural products, making your process development more sustainable and economically efficient.
  • Develop insight into the computational tools needed to generate enzymes not found in nature as Bernhard Hauer, University of Stuttgart explains how smart-library creation can aid faster protein discovery and Reinhard Sterner, University of Ragensburg speaks on ancestral sequence reconstruction for novel enzyme discovery.

“This congress is a must attend. With so many prominent speakers from academia and industry, attendees will without doubt have a unique opportunity to learn about the latest discoveries, technology, trends and industrial applications in the area of biocatalysis, strain, and enzyme engineering” – Uwe Bornscheuer, Professor, Biotechnology and Enzyme Catalysis, University of Greifswald

Register before 20th September 2019 to save up to €200 with our early bird pricing.


Sept 2, 2019 Gene Regulation Workshop

Dear all,

The 2019 Gene Regulation Workshop will take place on Monday September 2. As in previous years, we have a great lineup of speakers and attendance is free. However, YOU NEED TO REGISTER BY AUGUST 25 so that we can organize coffee and such. To do so, use the link below:

then click on “registration” on top of the page (click on “not a CUSO doctoral student”).

Hope to see you for a great meeting.


The organizers

Martine Collart, Christian Fankhauser, David Gatfield, Ramesh Pillai, Florian Steiner


May 10, 2019 Leçon inaugurale L. Michalik

Un dialogue à fleur de peau: comment l’épiderme répond-il à l’environnement?

Liliane Michalik, professeure associée à la FBM au sein du Centre intégratif de génomique et vice-Directrice de l’Ecole de biologie, prononcera sa Leçon inaugurale le vendredi 10 mai 2019, 16h00, Génopode C, UNIL-Sorge.

Vice-directrice de l’Ecole de biologie depuis 2011, Liliane Michalik a été nommée professeure associée, responsable de la coordination, du développement stratégique et des enseignements institutionnels à la FBM.
Elle est intégrée au Centre intégratif de génomique, où elle développe des recherches sur la réponse cellulaire aux stress environnementaux. Ses travaux sur les agressions subies par la peau ouvrent notamment de nouvelles pistes thérapeutiques contre les cancers de l’épiderme.



Liliane Michalik, professeure associée

depuis le 1er août 2018

Domaine de recherche

L’objectif global des recherches de Liliane Michalik est de comprendre comment nos cellules intègrent les signaux environnementaux et y réagissent en adaptant l’expression de leurs gènes. Dans ce but, elle étudie la manière dont la peau répond aux agressions telles que les blessures mécaniques, les allergènes ou les rayons UV du soleil. Ces études originales se situent à l’interface entre la génomique, la biologie moléculaire et cellulaire, et les études précliniques et cliniques.

Parcours en bref

Liliane Michalik obtient son doctorat à l’Université Louis Pasteur de Strasbourg en 1993. Elle y enseigne pendant un an, puis rejoint l’UNIL en 1994 pour sa formation postdoctorale. Elle poursuit ensuite recherche et enseignement en tant que maître assistante, puis maître d’enseignement et de recherche. Elle rejoint le Centre intégratif de génomique de l’UNIL à sa création en 2003 et est promue professeure associée en 2018. Elle est vice-directrice de l’Ecole de biologie depuis 2011.


Career Conversations Seminar, May 9, 2019

Graduate campus and Career conversations organize a new seminar on the UNIL campus

“If you don’t know what kind of job you want to do in the future, or if you are uncertain how to actually get the job of your dreams, this is the seminar for you.” Further information and registration:[showUid]=97
The seminar will take place at May 9th, 5:30pm at the Doringy campus.
You can register with you Graduate Campus account

Career Conversations seminar May 9th