11th Edition
24-25 May 2018 Pessac (France)

Young Scientist Symposium 2018

The Young Scientist Symposium is an event organized

by young researchers for young researchers! 


The 11th edition will take place

May 24th and 25th 2018

at the

European Institute for Chemistry and Biology


Goals of the Young Scientist Symposium

Since its first edition in 2008, the Young Scientist Symposium has pursued three main goals:

  • Offering young researchers (mainly PhD students and postdocs), working in chemistry and biology, the opportunity to present their work in animated oral or poster presentation sessions.
  •  Encouraging interdisciplinary and international communication between young researchers to facilitate collaborative research, networking, and knowledge transfer, offering two inspiring keynote lectures of established, internationally recognized scientists.
  •  Informing young researchers about different career options, by organizing a career session with three scientific PhD graduates, invited to speak about their career in e.g. academia, industries, scientific communications or other alternative career paths.

Invited speakers

Keynote speakers:

Prof. Martin Karplus (Harvard University, Boston, MA, USA) will be the keynote speaker for Chemistry. 
He was an undergraduate at Harvard College and went to the California Institute of Technology, where he received his PhD in Chemistry under Linus Pauling in 1953. 
The research of Professor Martin Karplus and his group is directed toward understanding the electronic structure, geometry, anddynamics of molecules of chemical and biological interest.
He was awarded the Nobel Prize of Chemistry in 2013 for "the development of multiscale models for complex chemical systems".

Dr. Luisa Gronenberg (Biosyntia, Copenhagen, Denmark) will be the keynote for Biology. 

Luisa holds a B.Sc. with Honors in Chemistry from the University of Arizona and an M.Sc. and PhD in Chemistry and Chemical Biology from Harvard University, where she was a recipient of a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and worked in the laboratory of Prof. Daniel Kahne.

Prior to joining Biosyntia, Luisa spent three years as a postdoctoral fellow in the Metabolic Engineering and Synthetic Biology Laboratory at UCLA, where she led an ARPA-E-funded research team in engineering novel carbon fixation cycles into bacteria.

Round table carreer session:

  • Quentin Merel: Head of  "Projets Scientifiques Territorial à l'ANR (Agence nationale de la recherche)"
  • Katie Rid : Global Editorial Talent Manager at Springer Nature


Oral communication and posters

Every participant to the Young Scientist Symposium is encouraged to present their research either in the format of an oral communication or a poster (not compulsory). 

This year the IDEX of Bordeaux will finance two prizes of 500€ for the best oral communications (one chosen by a jury and the other one by the audience) as well as a prize for the best poster of 500€ (chosen by the jury).

The French Society of Biophysics will also contribute with another poster prize of 100€ that will be chosen by the audience. 

Abstract submission will be open until the 20th of April. 

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