The 2018 VBC PhD Symposium

One little side project I’ve been involved in since last year has been organising the Vienna BioCenter (VBC) PhD Symposium. I’ve attended and helped as a volunteer every year since 2015, though I only wrote about the 2016 symposium on my blog. For those who are not familiar with it, the symposium is held at the Vienna BioCenter in Austria and organised by a group of PhD candidates. We select a theme, invite speakers from across the world, co-ordinate and organise everything. This year’s theme is Metamorphosis – Transforming Science.

The symposium is going to focus on science and change; that includes topics like cutting edge technologies which will change the way science is done, environmental science which can change (and help save) the world we live in and the changing ways that we can communicate in science. So why am I writing about it now? I want anyone who is interested, to hear about it, sign up and attend.

The symposium takes place on the 8th and 9th of November with many interesting talks each day. That’s not all there is to it. We also have a poster presentation where you can share your own research and there is also a science slam, where you present your science in a completely different way to normal. This could be through the form of a dance, a play, a song or whatever you can imagine! The winner of the poster presentation and the winner of the science slam will each win an iPad!

Below you can see some of the fun that can be had at a science slam. These pictures are from the University of Vienna’s report on the Interscience symposium, which I also wrote about.


The symposium is happening in Vienna, Austria which is a great city and well worth a visit. If you’re a masters student (the symposium is organised by PhD candidates but open to everyone) then there is the opportunity to apply for a travel grant to help cover the cost of getting here. Registration will remain open until 15 October so you have three weeks to decide.

You can register and find more information at our website or follow us on Twitter (managed by me) or Facebook. I look forward to seeing you later in the year.



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