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YSF Programme

Overview

The exciting programme of the 20th FEBS Young Scientists' Forum (YSF) will start on Wednesday afternoon June 30th, 2021. After the formal ceremony, two outstanding scientists will present their latest achievements: Prof. Sanja Sever (Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, USA) in the field of kidney disease research and Prof. Eric Westhof (University of Strasbourg, France) on ribosomal translation.

Over the next couple of days, it will be the turn of the YSF participants to present their own work across a broad range of biological research. We will have three dedicated poster sessions and the challenge of 1-minute poster talks! In addition, some YSF participants will be selected to give short talks within symposia.

As well as providing a forum for research presentations, the 20th FEBS YSF will also have a significant focus on career development. ‘Career Skills’ will be presented in three parts, with some aspects also supported by practical exercises in a small-group workshop format:

Part 1: Tips and Tools on CV preparation, paper writing, oral presentations and public engagement in science;
Part 2: Fellowship opportunities:  including examples from EMBO, FEBS and MSCA;
Part 3: Science careers from another point of view:  with contributors from outside academia.

Furthermore, we will also hold a “Careers Roundtable“, with input from several speakers, which will provide a forum to learn about and discuss how to improve skills that will help your success in current, but also possible future, positions.

In addition to the main programme, we have prepared an exciting social programme that will for sure provide an excellent opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences with colleagues and establish new acquaintances, including a pub quiz and excursion to the island Cres.

Amid the other programme elements, we also have two more keynote lectures to look forward to, from Prof. Cecília Maria Arraiano (Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica – ITQB, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Portugal) in the area of RNA and control of gene expression, and from Prof. Nina Vardjan (Institute of Pathophysiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia) on astroglial excitability in brain. The 20th FEBS YSF will close late morning on Saturday July 3rd, 2021 and we will then transfer together to the FEBS 2021 Congress in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

For YSF speaker information, click here.

The preliminary schedule for the YSF is posted below.

20th YSF Organizing Committee

Schedule

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

16:3018:00 Registration and refreshments
18:00 OPENING CEREMONY
Opening remarks
Maja Katalinić, Chair YSF2021
Irene Díaz-Moreno, Chair FEBS WGYS
Jerka Dumić, HDBMB President 
Janko Kos, SBD President 
Václav Pačes, FEBS Secretary General
18:40 WELCOME ADDRESS BY FEBS Israel Pecht, Israel
'FEBS support for young scientists'
Chairs: Maja Katalinić and Irene Díaz-Moreno
19:00 OPENING LECTURE Sanja Sever, USA
'Distinct and common molecular mechanisms of kidney diseases'
19:45 KEYNOTE LECTURE  Eric Westhof, France 
'Ribosomal translation in health and disease'
20:30 WELCOME RECEPTION

Thursday, July 1, 2021

09:00 CAREER SKILLS – TIPS and TOOLS
Chair: Nino Sinčić
'How to prepare a CV' – Keith Elliott, United Kingdom
'How to write an effective abstract' – Duncan Wright, United Kingdom
'How to prepare a catching oral presentation' – Miguel A. De la Rosa, Spain
'Public engagement in science' – Mark Roberts, United Kingdom
'Tips and tricks for a young scientist: shaping your way for your role as an educator' – Ferhan G. Sağin, Turkey
10:15 POSTER SESSION I (all numbers)
Refreshments
11:00 CAREER SKILLS – FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Chair: Jerica Sabotič
MSCA – Speaker TBC
EMBO – Speaker TBC
FEBS – Alain Krol, France
11:45 CAREER SKILLS – PRACTICAL EXERCISES
13:15 Lunch Break
15:00 SYMPOSIUM I: MOLECULAR MEDICINE
Chair: Anja Pišlar
SOP1: Marko Tijardović, Croatia – Intense physical exercise induces an anti-inflammatory change in IgG N-glycosylation profile
SOP2: Angela Garcia, Spain – IGF-1 via AKT activation promotes anabolic metabolism and protects HEI-OC1 auditory cells from ototoxic drugs
SOP3: Nikoletta Papaevgeniou, Greece – Lipofuscin: a highly reactive by-product and its effects on ageing
SOP4: Eva Jarc Jovičić, Slovenia – Lipid droplets and autophagy cooperate in the protection of cancer cells against metabolic stress
SOP5: Robert Beagrie, United Kingdom – Investigating the link between DNA replication, chromatin change and transcriptional regulation during in vivo erythroid differentiation
16:15 1-MIN POSTER PRESENTATIONS (posters with odd numbers)
17:15 POSTER SESSION II (odd numbers)
Refreshments
18:00 CAREER SKILLS – SCIENCE FROM A DIFFERENT POINT OF VIEW
Chair: Morana Dulić
'Communication of science by a scientist turned journalist' – David Adam, United Kingdom
'Start-ups and their relation with science' – Antonio Ferrer-Montiel, Spain
18:40 ROUNDTABLE: CAREERS IN SCIENCE AND BEYOND – What does it take to make it?
Chairs: Maja Katalinić, Anna Jagusiak and Vlastimil Kulda
19:30 Dinner
21:15 BEER PARTY and PUB QUIZ

Friday, July 2, 2021

08:30 SYMPOSIUM II: PROTEIN STRUCTURE, DYNAMICS and LOCALIZATION
Chair: Nino Sinčić
SOP6: Anastasiia Kozlova, Russia – Role of C-terminal domains of yeast FACT complex in nucleosome unfolding
SOP7: Elzbieta Rembeza, Sweden – Investigating functional annotations in the enzyme class of S-2-hydroxyacid oxidase (EC 1.1.3.15) reveals an extensive annotation error
SOP8: Adèle Dramé-Maigné, France – Programmable External Network based Compartmentalized Self-Replication (PEN CSR): a new method for in vitro directed evolution of enzymes
SOP9: Matvey Horetski, Belarus – Novel fluorescent BODIPY probe for photoaffinity labelling
09:30 1-MIN POSTER PRESENTATIONS (posters with even numbers)
10:30 POSTER SESSION III (even numbers)
Refreshments
Chair: Irene Díaz-Moreno
11:15 KEYNOTE LECTURE Cecília Maria Arraiano, Portugal
'The amazing new world of RNA'
12:00 CAREER SKILLS – PRACTICAL EXERCISES
12:45 Lunch Break
14:00 EXCURSION TO ISLAND CRES
20:30 GALA DINNER

Saturday, July 3, 2021

Chairs: Jerica Sabotič and Anja Pišlar
09:00 CLOSING LECTURE Nina Vardjan, Slovenia 
'Astroglial excitability in brain health and disease'
09:45 CLOSING CEREMOMY
Awards, Survey
11:00 Departure to the FEBS 2021 Congress, Ljubljana, Slovenia

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