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International Symposium on Chemical Biology 2018

The international Symposium on Chemical Biology will take place from January 10 to 12, 2018 at Campus Biotech in Geneva. This international meeting of high scientific calibre will bring together leading scientists to feature the latest advances within the broad field of Chemical Biology and foster an open and dynamic dialogue!

We anticipate the participation of researchers with different backgrounds and we plan to offer an environment that will enhance interaction and foster cross-pollination among global researchers from this exciting multidisciplinary field. The meeting will comprise 2 keynote addresses and plenary lectures from outstanding invited speakers in Chemical Biology, covering topics such as protein and DNA origami, proteins engineering, biophysical aspects of cell trafficking, membrane biophysics etc. There will also be four sessions of poster presentations. Three hundred participants from Swiss universities, various research institutes in Switzerland and neighbouring countries are expected to attend.

Satellite meeting

A joint NCCR Chemical Biology/ LS2 satellite meeting is organised prior to the event for students and postdocs. The meeting will  include selected short talks given by the young researchers in the presence of two of the plenary speakers. The meeting will be concluded with a Q&A session on Academic Careers. Master and PhD students are invited to apply for an oral presentation at this event on the Symposium website. Registration to the main Symposium event is compulsory for attending the Satellite event.

Travel grants

Junior scientists (PhD students, Postdocs)  may apply  for a Symposia Fee Waiver/ Travel Grant (up to CHF 300 .- cap) when submitting their abstract. The scientific organizers will select the recipients of this fellowship during the abstract review process and winners will be notified by e-mail.

List of confirmed speakers

  • Jason Chin, Prof. of Chemistry & Chemical Biology at the University of Cambridge – Programme Leader at the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology (MRC-LMB) – Head of the Centre for Chemical & Synthetic Biology (CCSB) – Cambridge, UK
  • Pietro de Camilli, MD – Prof. of Neuroscience and Professor of Cell Biology,  Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute – Chair, Department of Neuroscience – Director, Kavli Institute for Neuroscience and Program in Cellular Neuroscience, Neurodegeneration and Repair (CNNR), Yale University, USA
  • Aranzazu del Campo, Prof in Materials Chemistry,  Head of the Program Division “Dynamic Biomaterials”,  INM – Leibniz-Institut for new materials – Saarbrücken, Germany
  • Hendrik Dietz, Professor for Biophysics, Physics Department, Technische Universität München, Germany
  • Dennis Dougherty, Prof. of Chemistry, Caltech, USA
  • Nikta Fakhri, Assistant Professor of Physics, MIT, USA
  • Shiroh Futaki, Prof. of Chemistry, Division of Biochemistry, Biofunctional Design-Chemistry, Kyoto University, Japan
  • Barbara Imperiali, Prof. of Chemistry & Prof. of Biology, MIT, Cambridge MA, USA
  • Evan Miller, Ass. Prof. of Chemistry and Molecular and Cell Biology, Berkeley University, USA
  • Atul N. Parikh, Prof. in Biomedical engineering, UC Davies, USA
  • Paul Wender, Prof. of Chemistry, Stanford University, USA
  • Rumiana Dimova, Prof. in Biophysics, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam, Germany
  • Emmanuel Derivery, Group leader at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK
  • Javier Montenegro, Group leader at Santiago de Compostela University, Spain

Organising committee

Prof. Stefan Matile – Prof. Robbie Loewith  – Prof. Suliana ManleyProf. Karsten Kruse  – Prof. Aurélien Roux

Venue & accomodation

The conference will be held at the Campus Biotech, a new Swiss institution which results from the unique partnership between two major Swiss academic institutions, EPFL, a world leader Institute of technology and the University of Geneva, in the top 100 universities in the world, with the goal of becoming an outstanding center dedicated to research in neuroscience.

The conference will also represent a perfect opportunity to visit Geneva, a multi-faceted city of humane dimensions that sparkles as one the prettiest cities in Europe.