Seminars & Workshops Archive


Registration open to Skills for Scientists courses Autumn/Winter 2021

Registration is now open to the Skills for Scientists courses that will be offered in the Autumn/Winter 2021.

In addition to the courses on the above link, we will also be organising a career morning for Masters in Medical Biology students on October 6th in collaboration with Prof. Sanjiv Luther and the FBM Biology school, and a virtual visit of the Covance laboratories in collaboration with the Graduate campus on October 12th. More information for these latter events will be available soon on this web page.
Best regards,

Skills for Scientists

Faculty of Biology and Medicine, UNIL
Dr. Slavica Masina and Prof. Johanna Joyce
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Synthetic biology: the next industrial revolution? – Sep. 15, 2021 at the Biophore (UNIL)

This event is aimed at PhD students, but others are also welcome to attend.

Synthetic biology: the next industrial revolution?

Synthetic biology is a fast-growing interdisciplinary field that promises to engineer biological systems with potential applications in almost every aspect of our lives, including production of materials, disease detection and treatment, bioremediation, and data storage. Indeed, synthetic biology is predicted to fuel the next industrial revolution.

This afternoon will allow you to dive into this fascinating research field. After a short introduction into synthetic biology, two leading synthetic biologists will give a seminar about their research (45 min + 15 min for questions). After a break we will discuss in small groups about the future of synthetic biology and careers in the field.

14.00 – 14.15 Introduction Yolanda Schaerli, UNIL

14.15 – 15.15 Barbara di Ventura, University of Freiburg

15.15 – 16.15 Mustafa Khammash, ETH Zurich

16.15 – 16.45 Coffee break

16.45 – 17.30 Discussion

Registration here.


LS2 “PIs of Tomorrow” – Applications deadline: Sep. 30, 2021

“PIs of tomorrow: The Future of Swiss Research”

session at the next LS2 Annual Meeting 2022 which will be held in Geneva, 17-18 February 2022. This session offers postdocs interested in an academic career an 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 the achievements accomplished and the proposed future research is to be explained. The talk will be followed by a 10-minute discussion on various aspects of the proposed activity, as well as on career-oriented aspects 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 afterward. Moreover, as a participant in the LS2 Annual Meeting 2022, you will have the opportunity to expand or refresh your network in Switzerland via interaction with scientists in and outside your field. Only applicants having ties to Switzerland will be considered (i.e. Swiss citizenship, Swiss residency, past or ongoing affiliation with a Swiss institution of at least two years by the 2022 meeting). Independent position holders are not eligible.

The following documents are required for the application:

  • Cover letter highlighting your career path, interest, and motivation to become an independent researcher (max. 1 page)
  • Research plan including feasibility (e.g. tentative timeline, technical expertise), methodology, the significance of the proposed research, and their societal impact (max. 1 page)
  • Graphical abstract – overview of the proposed project/research plan (max. 1 page)
  • CV with information about grants, research mobility, teaching and leadership experience, collaborations, outreach activities and publication list supporting the application (max. 2 pages)

For cover letter and research plan, use the text formatting as Arial 12pt, 1.5 paragraph spacing, and justified aligned.

Selection criteria

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

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

Applications must be received by October 1st, 2021 (23:59 CET). Questions to the session should be addressed to We are looking forward to your application and hope to welcome you in February 2022 at the LS2 meeting!


Sept 6, 2021 Gene Regulation Workshop in Amphipôle C

The 2021 Gene Regulation Workshop will take place on Monday, Sep. 6 (Amphipôle C)


09:30 : Café, croissants

10:00 : Nadine Vastenhouw, UNIL, CH “The spark of life. Initiating transcription in embryos”
10:50 : Alexander Stark, IMP, Vienna, AT “Decoding transcriptional regulation in Drosophila”
11:40 : Daniel Panne, University of Leicester, UK “Structural insights into genome folding by Cohesin and CTCF”

12:30 : Lunch break

14:30 : Stefanie Jonas, ETHZ, CH “Deciphering structure and function of the Integrator complex”
15:20 : Olivia Rissland, University of Colorado, USA “Regulation of gene expression by codon optimality”
16:10 : Jeffrey Chao, FMI, Basel, CH “Imaging the life and death of mRNAs in single cells”

17:00 : Apéro

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 (click on “not a CUSO doctoral student”).

Hope to see you for a great meeting.


The organizers

Martine Collart, Maria Cristina Gambetta, David Gatfield, Florian Steiner


CIG Seminars Fall 2021 Program

CIG Seminars Fall 2021

Monday 12:15, Génopode, auditorium B

Free entrance

Monday October 11, 2021
Schraga Schwartz, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehvot, Israel
«When the heat is up, turn on the Ac(4c)»
Host: Jean-Yves Roignant

Monday October 25, 2021
Susan Gasser, DMF, University of Lausanne & ISREC foundation, Lausanne, CH
«The rules and regulation of H3K9me-mediated heterochromatin in development»
Host: Jolanda van Leeuwen

Monday December 13, 2021
Stephen Goodwin, University of Oxford, UK
«Genetic dissection of sexual behaviour»
Host: Thomas Auer


Dr Johanna Gassler will give a seminar, Jul. 15, 2021 at 9:30 am, Aud. B and zoom

This Thursday (July 15) at 9.30, Johanna Gassler will give a talk entitled “Chromatin reorganization to totipotency during the mammalian oocyte-to-zygote transition” in Génopode auditorium B.

Johanna is a postdoc candidate for the Vastenhouw lab and she has done some exciting work on the oocyte to zygote transition in mouse embryos during her PhD in the lab of Kikue Tachibana at the IMP in Austria. 

We can host 28 people in the auditorium and there might be about 10 slots left, so please feel welcome to join in person.
We will also broadcast the talk on zoom for those who cannot be here.

Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 836 0556 2301
Passcode: 296930