14 - 15 September 2018 / Zürich, Switzerland

Agenda

The event agenda's time zone is CEST.

Fri
14 Sep 2018
08:00 – 09:00
Main Hall
Registration

Badge pick up and Onsite registration

Matchmaking
08:20 – 09:00
Main Hall
Matchmaking: one-to-one meetings
Scientific Session
09:00 – 09:45
Audimax
Opening & Introduction
  • Joint address from ETH, UZH and USZ representatives
  • Agenda and goals of the conference
Scientific Session
09:45 – 10:45
Audimax
Scientific Section 1
  • Joe Thornton (University of Chicago): Functional Evolutionary Genetics
  • science pitches from 3 selected posters


10:45 – 11:20
Main Hall
Coffee Break

Scientific discussion & networking

Matchmaking
10:50 – 11:20
Main Hall
Matchmaking: one-to-one meetings
Scientific Session
11:20 – 12:20
Audimax
Scientific Section 2
  • science pitches from 6 selected posters
Lunch
12:20 – 13:15
Main Hall
Lunch Group 1: balancing a postdoc and family life

How do other life science postdocs manage research and having children? Do they manage? Join this group to chat with other postdocs about balancing work in a lab and raising children at home. Share tips, perspectives, and maybe set up some playdates!

Lunch
12:20 – 13:15
Main Hall
Lunch Group 2: alternative academic positions/careers

Do you love research, but aren't keen on the idea of continually struggling for funding? Or maybe you're in love with the academic culture, but aren't crazy about being a PI? Come eat lunch in this group and find out about alternative academic careers.

Lunch
12:20 – 13:15
Main Hall
Lunch Group 3: science and art

Science and Art are not mutually exclusive. Many scientists have (not so) 'hidden' creative talents. Join this group to meet other life scientists who are also artists, photographers, designers, musicians, etc. Maybe you will find a collaborator for creative project?

Lunch
12:20 – 13:15
Main Hall
Lunch Group 4: working outside academia

What is it like working outside of academia? We'll have a few guest lunch group members working outside of the academic realm. Join them for a friendly chat over lunch if you're curious.

Lunch
12:20 – 13:15
Main Hall
Lunch Group 5: creating a sustainable and active life science postdoc community

Do you lack interaction with other colleagues from the same institution or other neighboring research institutions? Would you like to be part of an active and sustainable life science postdoc community? What can you do to achieve such a community? Come eat lunch in this group and brainstorm with us about ideas on how to start your own vibrant, local postdoc community.

Lunch
12:20 – 13:00
Main Hall
Lunch only (not interested in lunch group)

This option is for people who are not interested in joining a lunch group OR are attending the We Scientists 2035 workshop.

Use this time to make Matchmaking meetings to eat lunch with a future collaborator!

Workshop Session
13:00 – 15:00
Meeting Room
Topic 1: We Scientists 2035: changing research culture (SCNAT)

This workshop is offered by the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT). The term research culture describes the values, norms and expectations of researchers and influences aspects such as research integrity, openness, inclusivity, academic career trajectories and the peer review system. It affects the environment, the people and ultimately, the quality of research that is performed.

As part of its ongoing commitment to improving research culture, SCNAT is adapting the Royal Society UK’s workshops « Visions of 2035 » and offering it to several research groups and at several Swiss society meetings and events. The workshop uses speculative design scenarios to encourage novel thinking about what an idealized research culture would look like in 27 years’ time, with the aim to start with small changes today.

In the first part of the workshop, participants will explore two alternate future research culture scenarios. The workshop participants will discuss what they like and dislike about them and what they would do differently and imagine their ideal future research culture. In the second part of the workshop, the participants will plan the first steps required to achieve their ideal. The goal is that after the workshop, participants will feel empowered to implement small changes in their own research habits and environments. 

This workshop is limited to two parallel workshops with up to 10 participants per workshop. It is available on a first come, first served basis.

Workshop Session
13:15 – 14:15
Meeting Room
Topic 2: Making YOUR idea into a start-up

It can be an exhilarating experience to create something new from just an idea. Join our workshop if you are curious about how one starts their own company. We will explore what resources and strategies are available to you to support this exciting adventure.

Matchmaking
14:15 – 15:00
Main Hall
Matchmaking: one-to-one meetings
Scientific Session
14:15 – 16:15
Main Hall
Poster Session
Matchmaking
15:00 – 16:15
Main Hall
Matchmaking: one-to-one meetings
Workshop Session
16:15 – 17:15
Meeting Room
Topic 3: Transitioning from Academia into Industry

With so few tenure track academic positions on the market, many postdoctoral researchers consider other career paths. Join our workshop if you are curious about how one makes the transition from an academic postdoc into a career outside of academia. We will explore what resources and strategies are available to you to support this transition and host a Q&A session with a panel of previous postdocs (now industry professionals), who have successfully made the transition themselves.

Workshop Session
16:15 – 17:15
Meeting Room
Topic 4: Academic career mentoring

Most people will progress through a number of roles when pursuing an academic career. The route you take will depend on your interests, the funding and opportunities in your subject area and the job market at certain points in your career. It is well known that mentoring activities are critical for successful promotions in academia. The goal of the workshop is to mentor postdocs about the academic career ascent. The workshop will include panel of diverse senior faculty talking about the tenure and promotion process, launching a research program, professionalism, and proposal writing.


Scientific Session
17:15 – 17:45
Audimax
Scientific Section 3

  • Emily Jones (Associate Editor at Nature Communications)

Scientific Session
17:45 – 18:00
Audimax
Closing Remarks

Prize presentations & closing remarks

Matchmaking
18:00 – 20:00
Matchmaking: one-to-one meetings

Scientific discussion & networking, plus Matchmaking: one-to-one meetings

18:30 – 22:00
Apero
Sat
15 Sep 2018
08:00 – 09:00
Main Hall
Registration
Matchmaking
08:20 – 09:00
Matchmaking: one-to-one meetings
Scientific Session
09:00 – 09:30
Audimax
Introduction
  • Welcome by Michael Hengartner (President of the Swiss Rector’s Conference) & Corina Schütt (University Medicine Zurich, a joint venture of University of Zurich, ETH Zurich and University hospitals)
  • Agenda and goals of the conference (organizers)
Scientific Session
09:30 – 11:15
Audimax
Scientific Section 1: The Benefits Of Open Research
  • Keynote lecture by Aled Edwards (CEO SGC, Universities of Toronto & Oxford, M4K Pharma)

  • Keynote lecture by Wen Hwa Lee (SGC Oxford)

  • Panel Discussion (45'): 'Open Innovation in biomedical research and new directions for public-private partnerships'
    • Aled Edwards (CEO SGC, Universities of Toronto & Oxford, M4K Pharma)
    • Hans Widmer (Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, Basel)
    • Johannes Mosbacher (Roche, Basel)
    • moderated by Wen Hwa Lee (SGC Oxford)
Lunch
11:15 – 12:30
Main Hall
Lunch
Scientific Session
12:30 – 13:45
Audimax
Scientific Section 2: How New Technologies Can Have Direct Impact In Society
  • Keynote lecture by Ruedi Aebersold (ETH Zurich & University of Zurich)
  • Panel Discussion (45'): 'New technologies for personalized medicine'
    • Ruedi Aebersold (ETH Zurich & University of Zurich)
    • Mark Rubin (University of Bern & Cornell Medical College)
    • Peter Wild (Frankfurt University Hospital)
    • Ernst Hafen (ETH Zürich, President of BIO-TECHNOPARK Schlieren-Zurich & MIDATA.coop)
    • moderated by Daniel Vonder Mühll (ETH, Executive Director PHRT)


13:45 – 14:45
Main Hall
Coffee Break
  • Guided tours through booths & posters
  • Scientific discussion & networking
Matchmaking
13:45 – 14:45
Main Hall
Matchmaking: one-to-one meetings
Scientific Session
14:45 – 17:30
Audimax
Scientific Section 3: Issues In Science And Directions For Change
  • Keynote lecture by Effy Vayena (ETH Zurich)

  • Panel Discussion (45'): 'Science advocacy and responsibility for society'
    • Effy Vayena (ETH Zurich)
    • Lawrence Rajendran (University of Zurich, Science Matters)
    • Laura de Varga (University Hospital Zurich, Bare-Science) 
    • Duc Le (Editor-in-Chief, EBioMedicine)
    • moderated by Servan Grüninger (reatch)        
  • Keynote lecture by Mark Rubin (University of Bern and Cornell Medical College)
Scientific Session
17:30 – 18:00
Audimax
Closing Remarks

Conclusions & Call to Action

Matchmaking
18:20 – 20:20
Matchmaking: one-to-one meetings

Scientific discussion & networking

18:30 – 22:00
Apero