SFB 1118: Young Investigators’ Research Day 2019 on 12th September
Posted August 07 2019
Family and Diversity – Impediment or Inspiration for a Scientific Career? Successful Women in Metabolism and Diabetes Research. Striving Towards Equal Advancement.

The symposium will take place on the 12th of September 2019 in the Medizinische Klinik at Heidelberg University Hospital.

We invite both, male and female scientists, to take part in the symposium. During the workshop the organizers want to prepare a consensus letter. This letter will be signed by all participants and send to members of the German Bundestag, the ministry of science, the DFG and the German council of Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat). That way they hope to take a solid step towards addressing gender equality issues in academia.

During the symposium the organizers will be hosting international female scientists with outstanding careers in metabolism and diabetes. What do they all have in common? Not only are they managing a lab, a unit or a department but also a family. Whether this is an inspiration or impediment, they will enlighten all participants while discussing their recent findings in metabolism research.

Each of the speakers will be introduced by a junior researcher. These “mini-chairs” will be selected from the submitted abstracts as well as 3 short talks. Chairs and speakers will be reimbursed for travel costs and are invited to the “speakers’ dinner” on the 11th of September 2019.

This meeting is free of charge! The goal is to inspire young scientists to pursue a career in academia and provide a forum to explore different paths in and out of the classical scientific track.


The organizers highly encourage students and post-docs to participate and submit an abstract for poster presentation. Please find the tentative program as well as more informationand registration on the webpage   


Abstract Deadline: 12th August 2019 Registration Deadline: 30th August 2019 


Please don’t hesitate to contact the organizers if you have any further questions.


Dr. Bilgen Ekim Üstünel

+49 6221 5783

bilgen.ekimuestuenel [ aT ]  


Dr. Johanna Zemva

 +49 6221 37057

johanna.zemva [ aT ]