Conferences Archive


Science Ethics at CIG, Thu. Jan. 26, 2023 at 1:00 PM in Aud. B

The annual seminar “Science Ethics at CIG »  will take place on Thursday January 26 in Auditorium B from 1pm to 4:45pm
As requested by the CIG PIs, this seminar is compulsory for all new CIG PhD students and post-docs, who have joined the CIG since Feb 2022.

The seminar will include two interactive lectures on the practical aspects of science ethics (« ethics at the bench »), as well as recommendations on how to react in case of scientific misconduct : the FBM’s Ombudsman will introduce himself, and a reference document will be provided. 
Moreover, all CIG and DBC members are welcome and there are several good reasons to attend the seminar:
– The training has received RESAL accreditation for 0.5 day of continuous education in animal experimentation. To obtain the RESAL credit, please register here your name as it should appear on the certificate, by Wednesday January 25, 2023 at the latest.– Elisabeth Bik will provide striking examples of how, as a science integrity consultant, she unmasks scientific misconduct. 
– At the end of the seminar there will be an aperitif for the participants who registered (deadline Jan. 25)
Please note that all new members of the CIG and those requiring the RESAL credit will be required to sign up an attendance sheet at the seminar.

During the seminar, our external speaker, Elisabeth Bik (science integrity consultant), will give a talk entitled: “The Dark Side of Science: Misconduct in Biomedical Research »

Science builds upon science. Even after peer-review and publication, science papers could still contain images or other data of concern. If not addressed post-publication, papers containing incorrect or even falsified data could lead to wasted time and money spent by other researchers trying to reproduce those results. Several high-profile science misconduct cases have been described, but many more cases remain undetected. Elisabeth Bik is an image forensics detective who left her paid job in industry to search for and report biomedical articles that contain errors or data of concern. She has done a systematic scan of 20,000 papers in 40 journals and found that about 4% of these contained inappropriately duplicated images. In her talk, she will present her work and show several types of inappropriately duplicated images and other examples of research misconduct. In addition, she will show how to report scientific papers of concern, and how journals and institutions handle such allegations.

Short Bio 
Elisabeth Bik, PhD is a Dutch-American microbiologist who has worked for 15 years at Stanford University and 2 years in industry. Since 2019, she is a science integrity volunteer and consultant who scans the biomedical literature for images or other data of concern and has reported over 6,000 scientific papers.  Her work has resulted in over 900 retracted and another 900 corrected papers. For her work on exposing threats to research integrity, she received the 2021 John Maddox Prize.


Symposium “Cardiac RNA-mediated (re)programming” March 9 & 10, 2023

Collaborative symposium of the SNF Sinergia Program “Regenerative strategies for heart disease via targeting the long noncoding transcriptome” and the CVM PhD program FBM-UNIL.

Jeudi 9 mars 2023 – 9h00 au Vendredi 10 mars 2023 – 16h00 – Agora – Paternot Auditorium

Several invited speakers will present latest developments in cardiac biology on March 9 (all day) and the morning of March 10. Main topics covered will be 1) Chromatin Regulation; 2) Transcriptomics analysis; and 3) Non-coding RNAs.

In the afternoon of Mach 10, selected speakers will engage in paper discussion workshops with doctoral students of the Life Science PhD of the FBM-UNIL.

Registration will be free, but mandatory. More information will follow soon.

The event will be accredited by the Direction of veterinary affairs and their inspection (DAVI), section Lausanne.


LS2 Annual Meeting 2023

  • Deadline for abstract submission (posters and talks)14 November 2022
  • General registration: 14 January 2023

With the topic  “Life on Earth: Coping with Challenges”, the next LS2 Annual Meeting will be held on February 16 & 17together with the Young Scientists’ Satellite (YSS) on February 15, 2023, at campus Irchel of the University of Zurich.

The chair, Prof. Thomas Lutz, from the University of Zurich has gathered  an amazing panel of keynote speakersProf. Richard Simerly from Vanderbilt University (US), Prof. Sharona E. Gordon from the University of Washington (US), Prof. Lea Sistonen from Åbo Akademi University, Turku Centre for Biotechnology (FI) and Dr. Giles Yeo, from the University of Cambridge (UK), who will give a keynote lecture at the YSS. 

But that’s not all, the program of the 2023 edition of the LS2 Annual Meeting has many interesting things to offer: 

  • 11 Scientific Symposia
  • Selected short talks in parallel Symposia and YSS
  • Poster sessions
  • 3 lectures from recognizes Swiss Awards
  • Panel discussion during the Satellite: “Collaboration vs Competition: To Share or Not to Share? Are We Better Together?!  
  • Industry exhibition with more than 25 stands

Register here:

Look at details of the program here and general information about abstracts, 3R Accreditation, Venue and more here

We also kindly ask you to help us to advertise the conference, please do not hesitate to forward this e-mail to your colleagues, a flyer is attached

We are really looking forward to meeting you in Zurich next February!!

With kind regards,
Adela Calvente Arroyo & Neringa Mannerheim
Scientific Officers of LS2

P.S.: Our Annual Meeting usually gather an audience of more than 400 participants from Switzerland and abroad, with keynote international speakers. With a registration fee you help us to cover all resources we are putting on place (on-site and online) to bring you the meeting you deserve and allow LS2 to continue our activities. We thank you in advance your participation and support. 


First Qlife Winter Schools 2023 in Quantitative Biology: The Genomics of Transposable Elements

The PSL-Qlife training program Department of Biology is organizing two Winter Schools in Quantitative Biology, respectively entitled “The Genomics of Transposable Elements” (February 6th-10th, 2023) and When Epigenetics Meet Chromosomes (March 20th-31st, 2023).

These schools are designed for Master 2 and PhD students, as well as postdocs and junior scientists with biology, physics, computer science or mathematics backgrounds. 

Focus on “The Genomics of Transposable Elements” (February 6th-10th, 2023): The deadline for applications is December 4, 2022.

More information may also be found on the website:

Registration link:


Louis-Jeantet Symposium 2022 Oct 11, 2022 in Geneva

This years exceptional Louis Jeantet symposium will bring together the 10 Laureates of the COVID years during which the Jeantet Prize ceremonies could not take place.  The scientists are exceptional, the topics extremely diverse from transcription, to RNA vaccins, to neuroscience, from protein structure to regenerative therapies, never forgetting cancer 😉.

It will take place at the CMU in Geneva on October 11th 2022, all day. Registration is needed if you want to attend in person:

We are hopeful that as every year, the symposium will provide half a day of continuous education for animal experimentation. 

Please forward this information to your friends and colleagues, also to students. Remember some 20 to 25 % of the people obtaining the Jeantet prize end up getting the Nobel 😉. It is always fun to have heard them before.


European Incretin study group meeting, Aud. C, Sep. 29 – Oct. 1, 2022

European Incretin meeting

The goal of the Study Group is to bring together researchers in academia, hospitals and industry to exchange data and expertise in order to advance the understanding of the physiology of incretin and related hormones and their role in the pathogenesis and treatment of metabolic and other diseases.

The overall aim of the European Incretin Study Group is to extend our understanding of the broader incretin field and to disseminate relevant information to the wider scientific community.

Please, go to the website for all information regarding the meeting organization, registration, abstract submission.

Be aware that abstract submission is open until June 30th, 2022.

Program and details of the event: