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Congratulations to Violeta Castelo Szekely on her Prof. H.A. Guénin award !

Dr Violeta Castelo Szekely finally received her H. Guenin prize, awarded to her in June 2020. This prize is intended to reward a PhD student who stood out for the excellence of his/her diploma work and thesis in animal biology.

The next Guenin prize will be awarded during the CIG Symposium 2022 at the Genopode.

Further information on the ceremony held Sep. 21, 2021:


Congratulations to several Genopode members on their participation to the Lausanne 10 & 20km run!

Shivali Dongre, Mariona Lopez Gil, Julie Papet and Zoltan Kutalik ran the Lausanne 10km run last Sep. 25, 2021.

The following day, Jean Yves Roignant and Hann Ng ran the Lausanne 20km run.

Pictures of the run are available here:

See the ranking here:

The CIG social committee is working on organizing more “sportive” events for the Genopode members who wish to practice sport together outside of work.
To join the team, propose or help organizing an activity, simply contact them!


The documentary “Picture a scientist” will be screened Monday Sep. 27, 2021 at 12:00pm in the Aud. C, GEN.

PICTURE A SCIENTIST chronicles the groundswell of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists. Biologist Nancy Hopkins, chemist Raychelle Burks, and geologist Jane Willenbring lead viewers on a journey deep into their own experiences in the sciences, ranging from brutal harassment to years of subtle slights.
Along the way, from cramped laboratories to spectacular field stations, we encounter scientific luminaries – including social scientists, neuroscientists, and psychologists – who provide new perspectives on how to make science itself more diverse, equitable, and open to all.”

The CIG encourages everyone to attend the screening organised on Monday Sep. 27, 2021 and to take part to discussions following this event.
Dates will be communicated soon.

For pandemic reasons, please register here to participate: link
The room is limited to x persons.
Please bring your mobile with you as your covid passes will be checked at the doors of the auditorium.


Génopode retreat 2021: best poster prizes

The prizes for the best posters were given this year at the Génopode Retreat in Les Diablerets (Sept. 9 & 10, 2021) to:

1st prize: poster #23, Robin Hofmeister, “Parent-of-origin inference in the UK biobank”

2nd prize : poster #31, Daehan Lee, “Evolution of drosophilid central brains”

Congratulations to both of them!!!


Génopode’s 1th #HappyWednesday – Wed. Sep 29, from 5:00 p.m.

The social committee is back from summer break with a new event: The language exchange!
Language exchanges will be organised in collaboration with the Association for Postdocs in Natural Sciences at UNIL (APNS) and opened to PhD students as well as PAT.

Language exchange, food, drinks and fun will be provided.

Wednesday 29th of September, from 17h00 (late arrival possible)

On the Vidy beach.

Register here:

Further information:
Small groups of 4-5 will be made depending on the language participants want to learn and of their level.
Native English and French speakers are wanted!

Note: as the event may involve a potentially large number of participants we will require a valid covid certificate from all attendants. 

No worries, the #HappyThursdays will be back in October, starting with a ping pong tournament, from 17:30, on the UNIL campus!

Contact / join the social committee team:


Journée Osez tous les Métiers (JOM) 2021 at the Génopode

If your child goes to school in the canton of Vaud, within the 7 to 9 year, the “Journée Oser tous les Métiers” concerns you.
It will be organized November 11, 2021.

Commun activities can be organized if enough persons are interested. Please answer the following doodle by Oct. 4, 2021 to register your child to CIG activities:

Should you have any question about the organisation, please contact

Further information about activities organized by the UNIL can be found here (not updated yet):