Seminars & Workshops Archive


BIG SEMINARS 2021-2022

BIG seminars 2021-2022

Every first Monday of the month 16h15,
Auditorium Biophore Building
UniL-Sorge at Dorigny

Free entrance

Some of these events may happen online and some on site. Please look at our website in due time to get the useful information.

BIG is an interdepartmental seminar series, and is organized by Olivier Delaneau, Ted Farmer, Yolanda Schaerli, Tanja Schwander and Nadine Vastenhouw

6 December 2021
Prisca Liberali, University of Basel, FMI, Switzerland
Title TBA

10 January 2022 (Online)
Maya Schuldiner, Weizmann Institute of Sciences, Israel
Title TBA

7 February 2022
Anna-Liisa Laine, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Title TBA

7 March 2022 (Auditorium to be communicated)
Corné Pieterse, Utrecht University, NL
Title TBA

4 April 2022
Roman Ulm, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Title TBA


2021-2022 CIG research progress seminars

The CIG research progress seminars start again this Fall 2021 every other Thursday from 16h to 17h in the Auditorium A:


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