Seminars & Workshops Archive


CRISPR and Beyond, Wellcome Genome Campus, UK – Sep. 2 to 4, 2019

CRISPR and beyond – perturbations at scale to understand genomes

02 – 04 September 2019, Wellcome Genome Campus, UK

The rapid advances of CRISPR/Cas-based technologies and DNA synthesis now make it possible to modulate genomes with relative ease. These tools can help us understand how genetic variation impacts phenotype and answer important long-standing questions in biology that also impact human health, laying the foundations for precision medicine for heritable diseases and cancer treatment.
This conference will bring together biomedical researchers working on high throughput screening, genome engineering, and/or variant effect interpretation, to explore these advances.
Early Bird discount is available until 11 June 2019. A limited number of bursaries are available for PhD students to attend the meeting.
Please feel free to forward this message on to colleagues who may also have an interest in this conference.

Scientific sessions include:
  • Understanding impact of coding variants
  • Measuring consequences of non-coding variation
  • Screens for gene function in cells
  • Assaying gene function in organisms
  • Gene and drug function in disease
  • Interactions with genes, drugs, and environment
  • New technology for readouts and perturbations
John Doench
Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, USA
Jolanda van Leeuwen
University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland
Leopold Parts
Wellcome Sanger Institute, UK
Lea Starita
University of Washington, USA
Brit Adamson
University of Princeton, USA

Brenda Andrews
University of Toronto, Canada

Michael Boutros
DKFZ Heidelberg, Germany

Ellen Bushell
Umea University, Sweden

Ulrich Elling
Institute of Molecular Biology, Austria

Douglas Fowler
Unversity of Washington, USA

Molly Gasperini
University of Washington, USA

Maya Ghoussaini
Open Targets, UK

Luke Gilbert

Emma Haapaniemi
University of Oslo, Norway

Ben Lehner
Centre for Genomic Regulation, Spain

James McFarland
Broad Institute, USA

Fritz Roth
University of Toronto, Canada

Jussi Taipale
University of Cambridge, UK

Sibylle Vonesch
EMBL, Germany

Yanli Wang
Institute of Biophysics CAS, China



Thesis defense of Harmonie Dehaene, March 8, 2019 – 16:00 Aud. A, Génopode


D.Day 2019: Wednesday 10th April – Auditoire Yersin, CHUV

The ADAS is excited to invite you all to the 15th edition of the

D.Day 2019

Wednesday 10th April
Auditoire Yersin – CHUV

Come discover what your neighbours are working on!

Registration deadline is until March 20th!


The D.Day is our annual PhD event at UNIL, organised by ADAS and supported by the Doctoral School of the FBM. During this day, invited speakers present their research on various topics, and PhD students and Post-docs are given the opportunity to share and present their work as posters or also as oral presentations! Of course, the event is followed by an aperitif!


With exciting talks by this year’s distinguished guest speakers:


Francesca Siclari – Research center for the sleep, CHUV, Switzerland

Carlos Guillén Viejo– Département of Biochimistry and molecular biology, Complutense University Madrid, Spain

Wendy Russell – Rowett Institut, University of Aberdeen, UK

Jonathan Cooper – Wolfson Chair of Engineering, University of Glasgow, UK


Why come to the D.Day?

* Easy credits! 0.5 ECTS if you present a poster and 1.0 ECTS if you are selected for a short talk

* Networking experience! with your colleagues, our sponsors and our extra guests from biotech startups

* Cash Prize! for best talk and best poster!


Check out the full program and other info about the D.Day 2019 on our website

Fill in the registration form if you would like to come! 


The event is open to all, therefore even if you don’t have a poster, you are still more than welcome to come! So don’t hesitate to register!

FMB is composed from different horizons, so if you are an engineer or working on public health or any other topic related to life science, please come and share with us your work!


Further information


ADAS Committee


Rigi-workshop «Editing the code of human life – biological, ethical and legal perspectives», Apr. 25-27, 2019 (Deadline Feb. 28)

The Platform Biology of the Swiss Academy of Sciences co-organizes the upcoming Rigi-workshop «Editing the code of human life – biological, ethical and legal perspectives». The workshop takes place from April 25 to 27, 2019 and is open to all PhD and master students and to Postdocs. We encourage all interested persons from any discipline to apply:

«Editing the code of human life – biological, ethical and legal perspectives»
Rigi-Workshop, 25 – 27 April 2019, Rigi Kulm

Genome editing enables the deletion, modification or introduction of gene sequences. With the discovery of the CRISPR/Cas9 system it became a method which is broadly applicable and highly specific, also in humans. For biologists it is a new, powerful and important tool, lawyers are confronted with regulatory challenges and for ethicists it raises different questions of how and for what purposes the technology should be applied. During the workshop a particular focus will be set on the context of reproductive medicine, where we will compare the new challenges with similar questions that previously confronted our society.

The workshop aims to bring together researchers from different disciplines to learn from each other and to understand the different challenges and opportunities associated with human genome editing.

Workshop format:
Lectures, case studies, plenary discussions, poster sessions

Prof. Dr. Isabel Roditi, Institute of Cell Biology, University of Bern; Prof. Dr. Claudia Seitz, Faculty of Law, University of Basel; Dr. Anna Deplazes Zemp, Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine, University of Zurich

PhD students from all Swiss institutions of Higher Learning are most strongly encouraged to apply. We aim to have participants from different research areas (biology, ethics, law and other). Applications from Master students and Postdocs are also considered.

Please register online and submit an abstract of your research and a short letter of motivation for attending before February 28, 2019. More Information:

Contact your doctoral school for the accreditation of ETCS.
Organizers: Isabel Roditi (Institute of Cell Biology, University of Bern), Luzia Guyer and Pia Stieger (Swiss Academy of Sciences)

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 

DBC Seminars 2019