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The 17th FEBS Young Scientists' Forum (YSF) will start on Thursday September 7th, 2017 with a welcome cocktail, opening of the event and an inspiring talk from Prof. Dan Tawfik, which will give a historical perspective on biochemistry research as well as looking to the future. 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 the four keynote speakers: Naama Barkai, Nicolas Plachta, Güneş Özhan and Eric Westhof. In addition, for part of Friday September 8th a 'Careers Roundtable' will provide a forum to learn about and discuss early-career options, as well as providing advice on key skills. 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. The YSF will close on Sunday September 10th, 2017, when we will transfer to the FEBS Congress.

The preliminary programme for the 17th YSF is set out below; it is possible that minor changes may be made subsequently.

17th YSF Organizing Committee


Thursday, September 7

11:00 17:30 Arrival and Registration
17:30 18:30 Welcome Reception
18:30 19:00 Welcome Address Prof. Claudina Rodrigues-Pousada and Maayan Pour
19:00 20:00 Opening Lecture Dan Tawfik  (Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel)
'For the love of enzymes – from Kornberg to us and beyond'
20:00 Dinner

Friday, September 8

09:00 10:00 Keynote Lecture − Naama Barkai (Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel)
'Expression homeostasis during DNA replication'
10:00 11:00 * Symposium 1 − Molecular Mechanism of Stress Response
11:00 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 12:30 EMBO Young Investigator Lecture
Nicolas Plachta  (Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, A*STAR, Singapore)
'Imaging how cells decide their fate, shape and position in the living mouse embryo'
12:30 13:30 Lunch in Hotel Restaurant / Guided tour at the Kibutz
13:30 14:30 Guided tour at the Kibutz / Lunch in Hotel Restaurant
14:30 16:00 1 min Poster Presentations
16:00 19:00 Career Skills: Round Table Session**
19:00 20:00 Dinner
20:00 – 22:00 Poster Session (posters 142) and Beer

Saturday, September 9

09:30 13:00 Israel Museum tour
13:00 14:00 Lunch
14:00 17:00 Poster Session (posters 43–83) and Coffee Break
17:00 18:00 *Symposium 2 −  Protein Dynamics and Structure
18:00 19:00 Keynote Lecture − Eric Westhof (University of Strasbourg, France)  
'From an integrated structure- and energy-based view of the genetic code to cellular homeostasis'
19:00 20:00 Dinner
20:00 – 21:00 *Symposium 3 − RNA Biology and Protein Interactions

Sunday, September 10

09:00 10:00 Keynote Lecture −  Güneş Özhan (Izmir International Biomedicine and Genome Institute, Izmir, Turkey)
'Tight regulation of Wnt/beta-catenin signaling at the plasma membrane'
10:00 11:00 *Symposium 4 − Metabolism and Signaling
11:00 11:15 Coffee Break
11:15 12:15 *Symposium 5 − Molecular Mechanism of Diseases
12:15 – 12:30 Concluding Remarks and Poster winners

* Symposia will include 15-minute short presentations selected from poster abstracts.
**The Career Skills Session will include contributions from several speakers:
Career Development and FEBS Activities, Prof. Claudina Rodrigues-Pousada, Portugal; Chair, FEBS Working Group on the Careers of Young Scientists
Postdoctoral Grant Application – EMBO Programs, Dr David del Álamo Rodriguez, Germany; EMBO Fellowship Programme Manager
EU Mobility Program, Dr Alan Craig, Belgium; Research Executive Agency, European Commission
CV Preparation*, Dr Keith Elliott, UK; FEBS Education Committee
Writing a Scientific Paper, Dr Mary Purton, UK; FEBS Open Bio Executive Editor
*It will also be possible for YSF participants to book individual CV advice sessions with Keith Elliott during the following FEBS Congress.

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