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FEBS Special Sessions

Alongside the core research-focused scientific programme of the Congress, FEBS committees and working groups are organizing sessions of wide general interest to molecular life scientists – on education approaches, research and career skills, 'science and society', and gender issues. All interested participants are welcome.


The focus of the FEBS Education Committees Congress sessions is on 'practicals', with a Special Session of three lectures and a discussion, closely followed by a Workshop. Both events take place on Monday 11 September; schedule details are in the Congress programme.

FEBS Special Session on Education Practicals in Molecular Life Sciences Education (Mon Sep 11, 15.0017.00)
Chair: Gül Güner Akdogan, Izmir, Turkey
Opening Lecture, Bruce Alberts, San Franciso, USA
e-Biolabs, Gus Cameron, Bristol ,UK
• Wet practicals, Frank Michelangeli, Chester, UK
• General discussion
Drinks (17:00−17:30)

FEBS Education Workshop − 'Practicals: Useful Tips' (Mon Sep 11, 18.30−19.30)
Special Session speakers and FEBS Education Committee members

NB: Posters on a range of topics in 'Education, Training, and Career Planning in Molecular Life Sciences' are warmly invited for presentation and discussion at the Congress: select this education category when submitting your abstract.

Research and Career Skills

A FEBS Special Session on Research and Career Skills, as well as an associated Workshop, will focus on writing and publishing scientific articles − with the aim of helping early-career researchers refine their manuscript-writing skills and better understand best practice in publishing their work. The sessions are co-organized by the FEBS Publications and Education Committees, and take place on Wednesday 13 September; schedule details can be found in the Congress programme.

FEBS Special Session on Research and Career Skills How to Write and Publish a Scientific Article (Wed Sep 13, 09.0011.00)
Chair: Laszlo Fesus, Debrecen, Hungary
The art (and science) of writing a scientific article, Frank Michelangeli, Chester, UK
• What journal editors are looking for in a paper: what happens after I submit my manuscript?, Seamus Martin, Dublin, Ireland
• Research Integrity in Scientific Publishing, Laszlo Fesus, Debrecen, Hungary
• General discusssion

FEBS Research and Career Skills Workshop Writing and Publishing Skills (Wed Sep 13, 18.30−19.30)
Chair: Mary Purton, UK
We intend this follow-up workshop to be a question-and-answer session, where participants can discuss the topics covered in the morning's Special Session informally with members of the FEBS Press editorial staff.

Science and Society

This topical FEBS Special Session on CRISPR will take the audience from the science of CRISPR mechanisms, presented by one of the early microbiologist CRISPR pioneers, through promise and challenges of programmable nucleases in clinical applications, to considerations from a bioethics specialist of ethical and legal implications of recent developments in genome editing. It will conclude with plenty of time for discussion and debate. The session is organized by the FEBS Science and Society Committee. Talk times are given in the Congress programme.

FEBS Special Session on Science and Society The role of CRISPR in Personalized Medicine: Legal and Ethical Problems (Wed Sep 13, 15.00−17.00)
Chair: Emmanouil Fragkoulis, Athens, Greece
• CRISPR mechanism: RNA-guided DNA/RNA targeting, Francisco Mojica, Alicante, Spain
• Genome editing in the clinic: status, prospects and hurdles, Adi Barzel, Tel Aviv, Israel
• Genome editing, bioethics and the Oviedo Convention, Peter Mills, London, UK
• General discusssion

Gender Issues in Science

FEBS Special Session on Gender Issues in Science (Tue Sep 12, 15.00−17.00)
Chair: Cecilia Arraiano, Oeiras, Portugal
Does the 21th century need single gender societies?
Marianne Skardéus, European Regional Director, Delta Kappa Gamma Society 
Challenges and opportunities for women in science – a personal appraisal
Gül Hüray İşlekel, Dokuz Eylul University, Izmir
• Lilach Hadany, Tel Aviv University, Israel
• Discussion

ISBMB Special Sessions

How to Find the Right Postdoc Lab + Pizza

Maya Schuldiner, Israel (Sunday Sep 10, 19:00−20:00)

Choosing a suitable post-doc lab is a daunting task! First, often people search for labs in a new field in which they have less knowledge and experience. Second, the sheer amount of potential labs is huge. Finally, the importance of succeeding in this decision puts a lot of weight on this search. All these reasons come together to provide a potentially stressful experience. I will discuss ways to go about choosing a postdoc lab that will be suitable for your needs and will fit your interests.  I will also give you some tips on how to apply and interview. 

How to Choose a Research Project + Pizza

Uri Alon, Israel (Tuesday Sep 12, 18:30−19:30)

Choosing a good research project is one of the foundations of being a good scientist. But how to choose a project is rarely discussed. Together we will explore different approaches in order to provide insight for what might inspire you.

FEBS has twin commitments to high-quality publications and the promotion of molecular biosciences. As a charitable academic organization, FEBS uses income from the journals to fund its diverse activities, including support for the FEBS Congress.