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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.

19th YSF Organizing Committee


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
Anna Jagusiak (Chair of the 19th YSF Organzing Committee)
Irene Díaz-Moreno (Chair of the FEBS Working Group on the Careers of Young Scientists)
Alain Krol (Chair of the FEBS Fellowships Committee and of the 4th Fellows Meeting)
Miguel A. De la Rosa (FEBS Congress Counsellor)
Andrzej Legocki (Host Society Chair/President)
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
Chair: Tomasz Tronina (Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences, Poland)

Agata Szade (Jagiellonian University, Poland)
‘Analysis of blood endothelial cells from lymphoid tissues at the single cell level’

Umut Kökbaş (Çukurova University, Turkey)
‘Lab-on-a-chip based biosensor for the real-time multiplex analysis of alpha thalassemia mutations from
Cell-Free DNA’

Marco Cavaco (Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal)
‘Targeting brain metastases with a peptide conjugate’

Ivan Corbeski (Utrecht University, Netherlands)
‘The chaperonosome’

Neringa Macijauskaite (Vilnius University, Lithuania)
‘The expression of Epstein-Barr virus capsid proteins in yeast cells’
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
Chair: Anna Mleczko (Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland

Ana Dekanić (Ruder Boskovic Institute, Croatia)
‘Characterisation of the integrin αv adhesome in human melanoma cells RPMI-7951’

Gonzalo Pérez-Mejías (Universidad de Sevilla, Spain)
‘Molecular basis for acute hypoxia-related diseases: Understanding the cross-talk between cytochrome c and hypoxia-induced’

Ivan Vokhtantsev (Novosibirsk State University, Russia)
‘DNA lesions against genome editing: how Cas9 cleaves the substrates with damages’

Sonia Trojan (Jagiellonian University – Medical College, Poland)
‘The importance of PFKFB4 overexpression for the progression of malignant melanoma’

Victoria Barygina (University of Florence, Italy)
‘Fibroblasts-derived ROS as mitogenes for keratinocytes in co-culture’
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 numbers)
16:1517:15 Poster Session (odd numbers)
17:4519:00 Solaris Visit
(1st group 17:45–18:30; 2nd group 18:15–19:00)
19:30–21:30 Dinner at Browar Lubicz

Friday, July 5

09:0010:45 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
Memories of being chair of YSF – Claudina Rodrigues-Pousada, Portugal
10:45–11:15 Coffee Break
11:1512:15 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
12:1513:30 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
Chair: Kinga Klodawska (Faculty of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Biotechnology, Jagiellonian University, Poland)

Nicola Edwards (Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom)
‘Improving patient stratification in systemic lupus erythematosus using endothelial microvesicles as novel biomarkers of cardiovascular risk’

Marjana Malnar (Jozef Stefan Institute, Slovenia)
‘Antisense (C4G2)n RNA transcripts from C9orf72 gene mutation sequester RNA binding proteins’

Miriam Linsenmeier (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland)
‘Dynamics of synthetic processing bodies’

Tatiana Galochkina (Université Paris Diderot, France)
‘Dynamics of glucose transporter GluT1 brings new insights into the impact of point mutations on the glucose transfer’

Aneta Smidova (Institute of Physiology, Czech Republic)
‘Biophysical and physiological studies of Nha1 antiporter:14-3-3 complex’
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 numbers)
10:0011:00 Poster Session (even numbers)
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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