Horizons In Molecular Biology
From September 27 to 30, for the seventh time the international PhD Student Symposium 'Horizons In Molecular Biology' took place in Göttingen, Germany, which was organized from PhD students of the International Max Planck Research School for Molecular Biology at the University of Göttingen. The high quality of this symposium was reflected in the attendance of highly respected researchers in the areas of structural biology, cell biology, developmental biology, neuroscience and the future of biology.
The best-known speaker this year was Prof. Dr. Ramakrishnan, who received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2009, for his achievements on the structure and function of ribosomes on the molecular level. He was really happy to take part in this symposium, since as he suggested the PhD students are the one who mainly read the published work. Another speaker was Prof. Dr. Maria Leptin, who was appointed this year as Director of EMBO and who is Professor at the Institute of Genetics at the University of Cologne, Germany, since 1994. She gave an amazing talk on the genetic control of complex cell shapes. Another impressive talk one could listen to was by Prof. Dr. Marin van Heel, who is one of the main developers of single-particle methodologies in electron microscopy. He gave an overview on the development of EM in particular on cryo-EM. Along with the already well known researchers, PhD students had the chance to give a talk on their current project or present their work as a poster.
A career fair program accompanied this event, which gave the students the chance to get an overview on their possibilities after their PhD and to also get their first contacts within companies.
Next year this lucrative and networking event for young scientists will be continued on September 14 to 17, 2011 in Göttingen, Germany.