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International Symposium on Chemical Biology

The international Symposium on Chemical Biology will take place from January 22 to 24, 2020 at the 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!


The symposium will comprise two keynote speakers (Prof. Laura Kiessling (MIT) and Prof. Giulio Superti-Furga (CeMM)) and thirteen outstanding speakers who will collectively cover topics around the engineering of proteins and small molecules, chemogenetic and optogenetic technologies for probing molecular and cellular interactions, technologies to probe active molecules in their native environment, 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.


Travel grants

Junior scientists (PhD students, postdocs) that are not members of the NCCR Chemical Biology may apply  for a Symposia Fee Waiver/Travel Grant (CHF 200) when submitting their abstract. The scientific organizers will select the recipients of this award based on scientific criteria (interdisciplinarity aspects and quality of research, degree of innovation). Trainees from young assistant professor labs are given priority support. Lab location and gender criteria are also applied.


List of confirmed speakers






We extend our sincere appreciation to our sponsors, without whom this event would not be possible.

ISIC-EPFLScionics –  EMBO  –  Spirochrome – Nature Reviews ChemistrySchool of Chemistry and Biochemistry (UNIGE)Faculty of Science (UNIGE)Avanti Polar lipids RSC Chemical Biology


Organising committee



Venue & accommodation

The Symposium on Chemical Biology 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.


More info

Website of the international Symposium
Deadline to register: December 16, 2019
Deadline to submit an abstract: December 08, 2019