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The 19th FEBS Young Scientists' Forum (YSF) will start on Wednesday July 3rd, 2019 with an opening lecture from Prof. Eric Westhof on 'Ribosomal decoding and control over translation' and with a welcome reception.

The scientific programme over the following couple of days will provide opportunities for all participants to present their research as oral presentations and/or posters, and we are also looking forward to fascinating talks from more of our keynote speakers, covering a broad range of biological research (Prof. Jonathan Heddle – nanotechnology; Prof. Mickaël Ryckelynck – microfluidics; Prof. Agnieszka Chacińska – mitochondria dysfunction).

In addition, on Friday July 5th a 'Careers Roundtable' with input from several speakers will provide a forum to learn about and discuss early-career progression through fellowships from different organizations, as well as providing advice and group exercises on key skills such as CV preparation, scientific talks and writing a scientific paper.

Over the course of the YSF there will be plenty of opportunities for participants to enjoy making new international connections and getting to know each other. There will also be a chance to meet FEBS Long-Term Fellows attending the 4th FEBS Fellows Meeting, who will join us for keynote lectures, coffee breaks and the social programme.

For a social programme, we have planned the opening remarks and welcome reception at Krzysztofory Palace – one of the most beautiful and impressive city palaces in Krakow. Visiting  ‘Solaris’ – Polish National Synchrotron will provide a glimpse into how this accelerator allows one to look into the depths of matter itself and carry out precise analyses. We also want to take you to Wieliczka Salt Mine where we have planned a guided tour then dinner and party with music and group activities.

The YSF will close on Saturday July 6th, 2019, when, after a closing lecture from Prof. Isabel Fariñas on 'Remote signalling in stem cell biology', we offer you an exploration of Krakow’s Old Town during a guided walking tour along the ‘Royal Route’ – the historical coronation path of the Polish kings from the Floriańska Gate to Wawel Castle and finally to the ICE Congress Centre.

A preliminary schedule for the 19th FEBS YSF is given below; further details will be added after rhe symposia for participant presentations are finalized.

19th YSF Organizing Committee

PS: The FEBS YSF 2019 private room on the FEBS Network is now open – you can see it towards the bottom of the homepage of the FEBS Network platform, and invitations for YSF participants to join the room were e-mailed on Monday April 29th, 2019. In case of any queries about access to the room, please contact info@febs.org

Preliminary Schedule

The opening sessions of the 19th FEBS YSF on the evening of Wednesday July 3rd will be held at Krzysztofory Palace.
From Thursday July 4th to Saturday July 6th, sessions will take place at the Faculty of Chemistry, Jagiellonian University, except where indicated for the social programme.

Wednesday, July 3

11:0016:00 Arrival at Aparthotel Vanilla
16:0017:00 Registration at Krzysztofory Palace
17:0017:45 Opening Remarks 
17:4518:30 Opening Lecture  Eric Westhof, France 
'Ribosomal decoding and control over translation'
18:3020:00 Welcome Reception

Thursday, July 4

09:00–09:45 Keynote Lecture 1 – Jonathan Heddle, Poland
'Synthetic structural biology – designing and building unusual protein assemblies'
09:4511:00 Symposium 1
11:0011:30 Coffee Break
11:30–12:15 Keynote Lecture 2 – Michaël Ryckelynck, France
'Ultrahigh-throughput characterization and handling of RNA molecules using droplet microfluidics'
12:1513:30 Symposium 2
13:3014:30 Lunch Break
14:30–15:15 Keynote Lecture 3 – Agnieszka Chacinska, Poland
'Cellular stress management: the case of mitochondria'
15:1516:15 1-min Poster Presentations (odd)
16:1517:15 Poster Session (odd)
17:4519:00 Solaris Visit
(1st group 17:45–18:30; 2nd group 18:15–19:00)
19:30 Dinner at Browar Lubicz

Friday, July 5

09:0010:30 Roundtable Session 1 – Career considerations

Fellowship opportunities
EMBO – David del Alamo, Germany
MSCA – Gaetano Castaldo, Belgium
FEBS – Alain Krol, France

Wider views 
The role of women in science: in the steps of Maud Leonora Menten – Maria Luz Cardenas, France
Engaging the public with your science – Mark Roberts, UK
Fifty years of FEBS support for the young generation – whereto from here? – Israel Pecht, Israel
10:3011:30 Roundtable Session 2 – Career skills: tips and tools

Preparing your CV: How to make the most of yourself – Keith Elliott, United Kingdom
How to write a paper – Mary Purton, United Kingdom
How to prepare a catching oral presentation – Miguel A. De la Rosa, Spain
11:30–12:00 Coffee Break
12:0013:30 Roundtable Session 3 – Career skills: practical exercises

CV preparation (Keith Elliott, UK; Vlastimil Kulda, Czech Republic)
Abstract writing (Mary Purton, UK; David del Alamo, Germany)
Scientific talks (Miguel A. De la Rosa, Spain; Gaetano Castaldo, Belgium)
13:3014:15 Lunch Break
14:1515:30 Symposium 3
16:3017:00 Transfer to Wieliczka Salt Mine
17:0019:00 Wieliczka Salt Mine Guided Tour
19:0023:00 Dinner and Get Together Party at Wieliczka Salt Mine with Music and Group Activities

Saturday, July 6

09:0010:00 1-min Poster Presentations (even)
10:0011:00 Poster Session (even)
11:00–11:30 Coffee Break
11:3012:15 Closing Lecture  Isabel Fariñas, Spain 
'Remote signalling in stem cell biology'
12:1512:45 Closing Remarks
12:4513:30 Lunch Break
15:0017:00 Guided Walk to the ICE Congress Centre

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