16 november 2020

This year's Science for Life conference will take place online on Monday 16 November 2020.

Science is a shared joy. This year we feel the need to share more keenly than ever. That is why the online conference on November 16 is more than just another online event: it is a moment to inspire and be inspired by the great variety of life science research. 

Visit some amazing keynotes or join the discussion in one of many break-out sessions. Present your own research at the virtual poster session or take part in an online workshop. Interact, socialize and experience the life sciences community!

Science for Life is a collaboration of research groups from Utrecht University and the UMC Utrecht, in the fields of molecular, cellular and pharmaceutical sciences as well as plant biology. We operate in close interaction with the Hubrecht Institute and Princess Maxima Center and aim to build a campus-wide community for fundamental life scientists, fostering high-level interdisciplinary research.

Science for Life is one of the four research pillars of the strategic theme Life Sciences of Utrecht University. The strategic theme Life Sciences combines interdisciplinary research of Utrecht University’s Faculty of Science, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Faculty of Medicine (UMC Utrecht).

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13:00 - 13:30          Arrival (virtual social room)
13:30 - 13:40   Opening
Rosan Reusken (host) and Corné Pieterse (conference chair)
13:40 - 14:10   Keynote 1Anna Akhmanova    
14:10 - 14:40   COVID19 research @USP: round table with 3 short presentations of ongoing research, incl. questions/live interaction with public
Presentations (5 min) by: 
  • Berend Jan Bosch (Veterinary Medicine)
  • Lukas Kapitein (Sciences)
  • Hubrecht lab: tbc
  • Marc Bonten (UMCU, expert to the governmental Outbreak Management Team)
14:40 - 14:50   Interview with Isabel Arends, dean Faculty of Sciences and Peter Luijten, vice-dean Life Sciences
14:50 - 15:50   Poster session
15:50 - 16:00   Introduction parallel sessions
16:00 - 17:00   Parallel program: 4 parallel sessions with selected young researchers (4x15 min.)
  • Emerging Technologies (YIF)
  • 50 years Bioinformatics (UBEC)
  • S4L Highlights (YIF)
  • Workshop: ‘Incredible science’
17:00 - 17:30   Keynote 2: David Baker external link
17:30 - 17:45   Live discussion with David Baker, moderated by Alexandre Bonvin and Marvin Tanenbaum
17:45 - 17:50   Poster prizes and closing