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Sep 6, 2017: SKMB regulation workshop, GEN Aud. C

Dear all,

The 2017 SKMB Gene Regulation Workshop will take place on Wednesday September 6. As in previous years, we have a great lineup of speakers and attendance is free. However, YOU NEED TO REGISTER BY AUGUST 30 so that we can organize coffee and such. To do so, use the link below:

then click on “registration” on top of the page. CUSO students, log in. Everybody else, click on “not a CUSO doctoral student”.

Hope to see you for a great meeting.


The organizers

Martine Collart, Christian Fankhauser, Winship Herr, Thomas Schalch, David Shore

SKMB Gene Regulation workshop 2017

Wednesday September 6, 2017
Auditorium C, Génopode

Dorigny Campus, University of Lausanne


09h30 Welcome coffee

10h00 Rachel Green (Johns Hopkins, HHMI, Baltimore, USA)
The role of rescue in ribosome homeostasis

10h45 Michelle Wang (Cornell University, HHMI, Ithaca, USA)
Mechanical Biochemistry from DNA unzipping

11h30  Vincent Colot (ENS, Paris, France)
Epigenetic control of transposable elements and heritable phenotypic variation

12h15    Lunch

14h15 Lori Passmore (MRC, Cambridge, UK)
Mechanistic insights into mRNA polyadenylation

15h00 Eileen Furlong (EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany)
Genome regulation during developmental transitions: Generating robustness and precision

15h45  Gerard Evan (University of Cambridge, UK)
Toggling large scale genetic programmes with Myc and RAS

16h30    Apéro

Download the program


Rigi-Workshop 2018 (21-23 January)

Networks and interactions – from species to communities, Rigi-Workshop, where disciplines meet, 21 – 23 January 2018, Rigi Kulm
Want to learn about biological, evolutionary and social interactions of species? To formulate and model species-interaction concepts? To cross disciplinary boarders and share similarities and differences between social and natural sciences?
Four experts will guide you into the fascinating world of ecological, evolutionary and social networks of species and communities and help you to build and test computational models of species-interactions. 
  • Mutualistic interactions: Ecology, Evolution and Conservation (Christoph Scheidegger, Biodiversity and Conservation Biology, Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL)    
  • Host-parasite interactions (Daniel Croll, Laboratory of Evolutionary Genetics, University of Neuchâtel)    
  • Mutualistic networks (Miguel Fortuna, Departmente of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zürich) 
  • Interspecies-exchange (Ina Dietzsch, Institute of Cultural Anthropology and European Ethnology, Universität Basel) 
  • Computational approaches to study co-evolution of networks (Miguel Fortuna, Departmente of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zürich)         
This 3-day course is held in English.
PhD students from all Swiss institutions of Higher Learning are most strongly encouraged to apply. Applications from Master students and Postdocs are also considered. 
Organisers: Christoph Scheidegger (WSL), Pia Stieger (Swiss Academy of Sciences). 
Please register online before October 15th, 2017
For further information and registration:

Feb 12-13, 2018 LS2 Annual Meeting “PIs of tomorrow”

Dear postdocs and advanced researchers,
We are very pleased to announce the special session “PIs of tomorrow” that 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 afterward.
Please refer to the attached instructions to enter the competition. 
Applications must be received by November 1st, 2017.
If you are selected, your travel and accommodation fees will be paid by the LS2 organization.
Please feel free to spread the word to other potential candidates!
We are looking forward to your application and hope to welcome you in Lausanne!
Best wishes,
On behalf of the LS2 organizing committee,
Nino Nikolovski, Aleksandra Konovalova and Elisa Araldi
Carolin von Schoultz
Scientific Officer LS2