A wonderful communicative atmosphere!
Posted April 16 2012
2nd Heidelberg Forum for Young Life Scientists (HFYLS) took place on 23 and 24 February 2012

On February 23rd and 24th, the 2nd Heidelberg Forum for Young Life Scientists (HFYLS) successfully attracted more than 300 participants from Germany, Europe, and even as far as Japan. This PhD student symposium was the result of over a year of vigorous organization done by PhD students from the following Heidelberg research institutes: Heidelberg University Biochemistry Center (BZH), Cell Networks, German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), Hartmut Hoffmann-Berling International Graduate School of Molecular and Cellular Biology (HBIGS), Max Plank Institute for Medical Research (MPI), and Center for Molecular Biology Heidelberg (ZMBH).







The 2nd HFYLS featured eminent speakers from across the world delivering inspiring talks on a wide variety of topics encompassing Cell Biology (Prof. Helle Ulrich and Prof. Thomas Zwaka), Genetics and Epigenetics (Prof. Andrew Feinberg), Future Medicine (Prof. Keith Thulborn and Dr. David Kirn) and Bioethics (Prof. Regine Kollek and Prof. Hans Lehrach). The program was complemented by attractive talks presented by PhD students and young principal investigators, in addition to a poster session and workshops on innovative technologies given by the industrial sponsors. Prizes for the best posters (Aino Järvelin, Kathrin Leppek and Kshitij Srivastava) and the best student talk (Aoife Ward) were awarded, although the decision-making process was tough considering the high standard of the presented research. Moreover, the conference served as a platform to develop productive ties and collaborations among the young scientists. Positive feedback from the participants ('a wonderful communicative atmosphere' that 'inspired me as an undergraduate student to continue doing my projects'), invited speakers (‘terrific, extraordinarily well organized’, ‘spectacular science’, ‘definitely one of the top meetings I have attended since years’) and sponsors (' great organization') stressed the importance of continuing the tradition of the forum. The 3rd edition of the conference is tentatively planned for winter 2013/2014. All interested students are warmly invited to participate in the organization.



Last but not least, the organization committee would like to thank the sponsoring institutes and companies, in addition to every person who helped make this conference a successful one.