Seminars & Workshops Archive


GEN retreat 2020 in Les Diablerets

The Génopode Retreat in 2020 is scheduled September 10 & 11 (Thursday & Friday) in Les Diablerets (Eurotel Victoria).


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


DLA Virtual symposium: “Materials responding to daylight” – Sep. 17, 2019

DLA Virtual Symposium

“Materials responding to daylight”

17 September 2019

4.00–5.30 pm (CEST)


(Day)Light can cause many different responses. In three short presentations we will explore how light makes plants move, can induce physiological effects and change the properties of materials in buildings. The interdisciplinary view on a common phenomenon may help to inspire new approaches in drug design, smart material development and applications.





By Prof. Dirk Trauner
New York University (NYU), Department of Chemistry


Reaching out for the sun: mechanism underlying enhanced light access in plants
By Prof. Christian Fankhauser
University of Lausanne (UNIL), Center for Integrative Genomics


Smart Materials for Daylight Management
By Dr. Andreas Schüler
EPFL, Nanotechnology for Solar Energy Conversion




Mon Sept 23, 2019 CIG Sem. V. Prévot

CIG Seminars Fall 2019

Monday 12:15, Génopode, auditorium B, followed by sandwiches

Free entrance

Download the poster

Monday September 23, 2019
Vincent Prévot, University of Lille, France
«Tanycytes: the hypothalamic hyperdrive for metabolic hormones»
Hosts: PhD students & Postdocs



RNAScope User Meeting, Sep. 4, 2019 – at 10am, room 5022


Takato Imaizumi will give a seminar – 12:15 p.m. in Aud. A Génopode, on Aug. 23, 2019


Takato Imaizumi

University of Washington, Seattle

Light and circadian timing are important for seasonal flowering in nature and for plant-pollinator interactions

Friday August 23rd 2019 
At 12h15

Génopode Building

Auditorium A

All the interested people are cordially invited.

Host : Prof. Christian Fankhauser