The NCCR Chemical Biology is organising the 2018 International Symposium on Chemical Biology to be held from January 10 to 12, 2018 at Campus Biotech in Geneva. This international meeting of high scientific calibre will bring together leading scientists to feature the latest advances within the broad field of Chemical Biology and foster an open and dynamic dialogue!

We wish to expose delegates to new areas of research and allow for the cross pollination of ideas. New international collaborations and increased international visibility will hopefully be the outcome of this unique learning experience that comprises extensive poster sessions, ample time for discussion after each talk and opportunities for targeted networking.

Three hundred participants from Swiss universities, various research institutes in Switzerland and neighbouring countries are expected to attend.

A joint NCCR Chemical Biology/LS2 Satellite Meeting is organised prior to the event for students and postdocs. The meeting will include selected short talks given by the young researchers in the presence of plenary speakers and will be concluded with a Q&A session on Academic Careers.

Students and Postdocs are invited to apply for an oral presentation at this event via an abstract submission during the main registration. When submitting your abstract you may then (1) register to attend the Satellite event or (2) apply to receive a Symposia Fee Waiver/ Travel Grant, both by selecting the appropriate box in the registration form.  Registration to the main Symposium event is compulsory for attending the Satellite event.

The conference will take place at the Campus Biotech, Geneva, Switzerland and the Scientific Committee warmly invites you to take part in the 2018 International Symposium on Chemical Biology.

In my opinion, chemical biology is characterized by its methodologies. For example, in addition to molecular biological techniques, organic chemical techniques are often used for analyses of the functions of biomolecules in cells and in living organisms.

Yasuo Ohnishi

University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

Organizer: the NCCR Chemical Biology

The NCCR Chemical Biology mission is to develop new chemistry tools and approaches for the spatio-temporal visualisation, quantification and manipulation of biochemical activities in living cells serving to resolve important and pertinent challenges in life sciences such as visualising the activity of selected proteins during cell division or investigating how membranes control the activity of proteins in them. This area of expertise also includes the approach of synthetic biology/metabolic engineering, where biological processes are used to produce relevant products, such as fuels, aroma compounds or medicines.

As a national research centre of excellence, the NCCR Chemical Biology gathers world-renowned researchers and relies on the collaborative and interdisciplinary effort from highly skilled chemists, biochemists, physicists and cell biologists which constitute the backbone of an extensive and dynamic network of participating institutions and key collaborations. The excellence of its research at a worldwide level offers a highly stimulating environment which encourages research, creativity, innovation and even entrepreneurship. Furthermore, the entire Swiss academic community benefits from the platform for chemical screening ACCESS supported by the NCCR Chemical Biology that aims to sustain the development of a new generation of molecules with biological effects.

To build future talent and high-level interdisciplinary researchers in both chemistry and biology, the NCCR Chemical Biology incorporates in its activities a wide range of courses and training opportunities at Postdoctoral or PhD level as well as with a Master’s degree program in Chemical Biology. It further fulfills its mission by communicating science to broad audiences through the learning facility platform, Chimiscope or by federating other public events.

The NCCR Chemical Biology is localised at the University of Geneva (UNIGE) (leading house – Director: Prof. Howard Riezman) and the Ecole Polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) (co-leading house : Co-director: Prof. Christian Heinis).

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