GCB Symposium

As part of the doctoral training, the GCB organizes an annual symposium for all PhD candidates and their thesis committees. From the second year onwards, doctoral candidates are offered the opportunity to present their research projects in the form of posters or brief lectures.

GCB Symposium 2019

For program details, please go to the GCB Symposium 2019 Website.

Organizer Graduate School for Cellular and Biomedical Sciences
Date Thursday, January 31, 2019
Time 08h30-18h15, followed by an Apéro
Venues University of Bern, Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry (DCB, various rooms), Freiestrasse 3, 3012  Bern,  & Dept. of Physiology, Seminar Room 258, 2nd floor, Bühlplatz 5, 3012 Bern
Venue for Coffee/Lunch
«Mensa Bühlplatz», Gertrud-Woker-Strasse 3, 3012 Bern; behind DCB – see Location Map (PDF, 895KB)
Keynote Speaker
Prof. Dr. Dominique Soldati-Favre, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Medicine, University of Geneva
Keynote Lecture
Registration & Abstract Submission
via GCB Symposium Website
Deadline for Registration & Abstract Submission
Friday, November 9, 2018
 Contact Alexandra de Peyer


Prospective Schedule for the GCB Symposium 2019
October 2018
Call for Abstract Submission, Symposium Website online
Friday, November 9, 2018
Deadline for Abstract Submission
Mid-December 2018
Allocation of Presentations (Talks, Posters, Poster Flash, GCB Slam) & Preliminary Program
Mid-January 2019
Definitive Program on Symposium Website
Thursday, January 31, 2019
GCB Symposium 2019

GCB Award for Best PhD Thesis 2017

On occasion of the «GCB Symposium 2018», held on February 1, 2018, at the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the Department of Physiology, University of Bern, the GCB Award for Best PhD Thesis for the year 2017 was conferred on Cristina Leoni, PhD of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, for her PhD thesis entitled «DNA methylation and hydroxymethylation regulate mast cell proliferation and effector functions».

GCB Slam 2018

On occasion of the GCB Symposium 2018 on February 1, 2018, the third GCB Slam took place at the end of the day, with 10 PhD candidates competing for the three main prizes. Members of the audience were invited to act as jurors and award a score between 1 and 10 to each performance. The 10 slammers were recorded on video, and the three prizewinners are presented here. Our congratulations go to the three best slammers!

1st prize video clip:

Pascal Näf, Department for BioMedical Research, Tumor Immunology:
«Cell Wars»

2nd prize video clip:

Merve Mutlu, Institute of Animal Pathology, Vetsuisse Faculty Bern:
«Lethally Ever After»

3rd prize video clip:

Hélène Clémentine Margareta Baudouin, Institute of Cell Biology:
«Mr Trypsli Is Making BioID»