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Dear Young Scientists,

It is our great honor to invite you to participate in the 14th FEBS Young Scientists' Forum (YSF), which will be held in Paris 27-30 August 2014. 

The YSF was initially established in 2001 by FEBS as a satellite meeting of its annual Congress. It provides a unique opportunity for young scientists to get together, present their scientific results, and critically discuss novel ideas, trends and features, achievements and hypotheses in a friendly atmosphere.

We warmly invite PhD students and postdoctoral fellows to submit their applications if you meet the following eligibility criteria:

Applicants should:

  • not be older than 35, with exceptions when studies were started later, or were delayed by maternity leave (18 months per child) or prolonged illness, or other personal reasons.
  • be registered as a PhD student at an institute of higher learning in a country where there is a FEBS Constituent Society or be within five years of having completed a PhD thesis,
  • submit an abstract to the 14th YSF and to the FEBS-EMBO 2014 Conference as first author,
  • be a member of a FEBS Constituent Society (http://www.febs.org/index.php?id=74), and
  • not have received a grant from FEBS to attend a YSF in recent years, a FEBS YTF award to attend a FEBS Advanced Course / Workshop in 2014, or a Bursary to attend the FEBS Congress in 2014.

14th YSF grants can only be used to support participation in the YSF and FEBS-EMBO 2014 Conference. Grants will cover registration, accommodation in shared rooms, up to 80% of the travel costs – for both the YSF and the FEBS-EMBO 2014 Conference. Awards will only be made to support travel from an applicant's current country of residence in the FEBS area to Paris, and the amount awarded will reflect the distance travelled.

Three prestigious speakers will give a keynote lecture during the YSF:

Petra Hajkova from MRC Clinical Sciences Centre, London, UK will give the EMBO young investigator lecture about Molecular mechanisms of epigenetic reprogramming in vivo.

Philipp Holliger MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK who studies synthetic biology of nucleic acid replication.

Chris Bowler, from Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France, will give a lecture on molecular insights into the secrets of marine diatoms in the world's oceans.

! Applications are closed !

We are looking forward to seeing you in Paris!

Sincerely yours,

Alice Verchère.
Chair of the FEBS 14th YSF 

Martin Baraibar, Andrea Cavagnino, Myriam Moussaoui
14th YSF Local Organization Committee Team

Claudina Rodrigues-Pousada
FEBS chair of the Working Group on the Careers of Young Scientists












From the left: Andrea Cavagnino, Myriam Moussaoui, Alice Verchère, Martin Baraibar



14th YSF will take place at the Centre International de Séjour Maurice Ravel in Paris (CISP)

Here is the address: 6, avenue Maurice Ravel, 75012 PARIS

The closest metro stations are: Porte de Vincennes (M1, T3a, T3b) & Bel-air (M6)



YSF participants will stay at CISP or at the very close at hotel Tamaris (14 Rue des Maraîchers).

You don’t need to book a room or pay for accommodation fees, YSF organization committee take care of your accommodation.

These placements are directly connected by metro to the location of FEBS-EMBO International Congress.






Wednesday 27th August

18.00 - 18.45
Welcome address (Alice Verchère ,Claudina Rodrigues-Pousada; Andreas Hartig)

18.45 - 19.45
"Molecular mechanisms of epigenetic reprogramming in vivo"
Petra Hajkova - Plenary lecture - EMBO young investigator (MRC Clinical Sciences Centre, UK)


Thursday 28th August

9.00 - 10.00
"Synthetic Genetics?
Philipp Holliger - Plenary lecture - (MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK)

10.00 - 11.00
Symposium 1 - Gene regulation

"An essential role for an RNA polymerase III subunit in retrotransposon integration site determination"
Antoine Bridier-Nahmias (France)

"Structural and functional analysis of the spliceosomal RNP remodeling enzyme, Brr2"
Karine Santos (Germany)

"Genome-Wide Organization of Eukaryotic Preinitiation Complex Is Influenced by Nonconsensus Protein-DNA Binding"
Ariel Afek (Israel)

" Peripheral biological clock and its role in age-related decline in function of rat Leydig cells"
Aleksandar Baburski (Serbia)

11.00 - 11.30
Coffee break

11.30 - 12.30
Symposium 2 - Structure, function and dynamics of proteins

" The periplasmic Binding protein AccA from Agrobacterium tumefaciens"
Abbas El Sahili (France)

"Mapping the critical residues for hVDAC3 activity: electrophysiological study and phenotypic assays in yeast cells of hVDAC3 cysteine mutants"
Simona Reina (Italy)

"Structural insights into the Ca2+ and PI(4,5)P2 binding modes of the C2 domains of rabphilin 3A and synaptotagmin 1"
María Dolores Pérez-Sánchez (Spain)

"The role of PDZ domain-containing proteins in trafficking of Frizzled-7 receptor in breast cancer"
Izabela Bombik (United Kingdom)

12.30 - 13.30
1 minute talks


15.00 - 17.00
Poster section & Coffee

17.00 - 18.00
Symposium 3 - Signalling and transduction pathways

"Understanding the mechanism of ASK1 regulation by thioredoxin using biophysical characterization of their complexes"
Salome Kylarova (Czech Republic)

"TSC2 is a negative regulator of mTORC1 in response to amino acid starvation"
Constantinos Demetriades (Germany)

"Involvement of S6K1 kinase in autophagy induced by sulforaphane, a chemopreventive and anticancer agent"
Aleksandra Hać (Poland)

" Ceramide-activated protein phosphatase Sit4p deregulates macroautophagy, mitophagy and mitochondrial dynamics in isc1Δ cells"
Vitor Teixeira (Portugal)

18.00 - 19.00
Symposium 4 - Diseases

"Epigenetic therapy : a treatment for chondrosarcoma?"
Nicolas Girard (France)

"Role of size: different sized silver-citrate nanoparticles kill cancer cells through the (re)activation of the p53 dependent apoptotic pathway"
Dávid Kovács (Hungary)

"The protective effects of tideglusib against NMDA receptor activation in neural stem cells"
Guliz Armagan (Turkey)

"EM and native MS characterisation of pathogenic, ex vivo alpha‐1‐antitrypsin polymers"
Sarah Faull (United Kingdom)


Friday 29th August

9.00 -10.00
"Molecular insights into the secrets of marine diatoms in the world's oceans"
Chris Bowler - Plenary lecture (Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France)

10.00 - 11.00
Symposium 5 - Computational Biology

"Sequence-structure-function relationships in the GmrSD family of Type IV restriction enzymes"
Magdalena Machnicka (Poland)

Molecular insights into the role of the fusion peptide from Influenza virus: a computational analysis"
Diana Lousa (Portugal)

"Application of bioinformatics algorithms for de novo assembly of mitochondrial genomes of the 5000 years old Caucasus archeological cultures"
Artem Nedoluzhko (Russia)

"A 'Floating Boat Bridge' of Cytochrome c Molecules in Plant Respirasome"
Blas    Moreno-Beltrán (Spain)

11.00 - 11.30
Coffee break

11.30 - 12.30
Symposium 6 - Innovations in Biotechnology

" Twister ribozymes: from synthetic biology to in vivo function investigations"
Michele Felletti (Germany)

" TIMP-1 loaded nanoparticles: a therapeutic strategy for neuroprotection"
Mayank Chaturvedi (Poland)

" Host stress hormone noradrenaline interferes with Pseudomonas aeruginosa social behaviors in an iron dependent manner"
Alina Holban (Romania)

" Smart on/off switchable apta-nanosensor for the early stage detection of cancer"
Hirak Patra (Sweden)

1 minute talks


15.00 - 17.00
Poster section & Coffee

17.00 - 19.00
Round table
(Andreas Hartig; Keith Elliott; Alan Craig; Claudina Rodrigues-Pousada; László Fésüs)

Dinner & Farewell Party on the Seine

Saturday 30th August

EMBO Career Day




Dear participants of the 14th YSF and of the second FEBS fellows meeting

The Federation of the European Biochemical Societies (FEBS) celebrates this year its 50th anniversary! Founded on 1st of January 1964, FEBS has since promoted science in Europe by supporting young scientists through several types of fellowships, financially supporting advanced courses and organizing each year a Congress with diverse symposia and workshops representing top conferences on specific topics.

In 2001, FEBS has launched a new activity designated as Young Scientist Forum (YSF) which takes place prior to the Congress. The underlying idea is to gather PhD and post-doctoral students (3 to 5 years after obtaining the PhD degree) in a relax atmosphere in order to favor their scientific interactions contributing therefore to enlarge their scientific vision. Usually, we invite 2-3 key note speakers and the symposia are organized based on the abstract submission for which at least 4 students are selected for oral presentation.

A recently initiated event is the FEBS Fellows meeting occurring on 2014 for the second time. In close association with the YSF successful recently past FEBS Long-term fellows are invited to an exchange of ideas and mutual presentation of their research to stimulate their networking. This group shares the plenary speaker sessions and round-table discussions, as well as the social events with the YSF participants.

As to celebrate the 50th FEBS anniversary we would like to invite all of you to participate in a contest called “FEBS FAST FORWARD”. What would we like you do? We are asking you to write a text of about 200 words or even a drawing in which you can use your imagination to let us know what is your opinion about FEBS activities and what you think would be useful to do  allowing FEBS to move forward and to become a truly representative organization for European life scientists.

After evaluation by a committee, the best work will be published in our on-line publication FEBS NEWS Magazine. Besides, we are as well thinking to offer a prize to the best work.

Please put your creative thinking at work to produce vivid ideas which can make FEBS much better!

Claudina Rodrigues-Pousada
Chair of the Working Group on the Careers of Young Scientists
                                  Andreas Hartig
Chair of the Fellowships committ

Deadline: August 1st


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