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15th Annual VBC PhD Programme Symposium “Continuum”

15th Annual VBC PhD Programme Symposium “Continuum”

  • 09 November 2017 - 10 November 2017
  • IMP, Vienna, Austria


Every year, VBC PhD students organise the “VBC PhD Programme Symposium”. The 2017 event will be held under the title of “Continuum” on 9/10 November. Registration for the symposium is now open.

“Continuum” will outline cutting-edge life science technologies and link them with the beginning of life, the course of evolution and prospects on the future of biology.

Science has rapidly advanced through the past years, opening up avenues that seemed unimaginable before. We have seen the first gene edited plants hit the shops and successful treatments of life threatening diseases. These advances provide a stepping stone to better diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases through personalised medicine. This progress, however, is not restricted to the future of humankind, but also stretches back to the very beginning of life.

Unravelling these early events that led to the immense complexity of multicellular organisms not only tells us something about our past, it also adds new perspectives and provides tools to push the frontiers of the possible further. With the knowledge about the beginning of life and the colonisation of earth by living organisms, future explorations of distant planets and their acquisition as human habitat may become feasible.

The VBC PhD Student Symposium is supported by the four VBC-based research institutes IMP, IMBA, GMI and MFPL as well as through sponsorship.

To register or to find more information on the VBC PhD Student Symposium 2017, see: