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 2018

For program details, please go to the GCB Symposium 2018 Website.

Organizer Graduate School for Cellular and Biomedical Sciences
Date Thursday, February 1, 2018
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, 504KB)
Keynote Speaker
Prof. Dr. Martin E. Schwab, Brain Research Institute, University of Zurich, and Dept. of Health Sciences and Technology, ETH Zurich
Keynote Lecture
«Neurobiological Mechanisms of Functional Recovery After Spinal Cord Injury or Stroke; the Long Way from the Lab Bench to the Clinic with a Neurite Growth Enhancing Therapy»
Registration & Abstract Submission
Go to the GCB Symposium 2018 Website
Deadline for Registration & Abstract Submission
Friday, November 10, 2017
 Contact Gabrielle Favre


Prospective Schedule for the GCB Symposium 2018
October 2017
Call for Abstract Submission, Symposium Website online
Friday, November 10, 2017
Deadline for Abstract Submission
December 2017
Allocation of Presentations (Talks, Posters, Poster Flash, GCB Slam) & Preliminary Program
January 2018
Definitive Program on Symposium Website and Mobile App
Thursday, February 1, 2018
GCB Symposium 2018

GCB Award for Best PhD Thesis 2016

On occasion of the «GCB Symposium 2017», held on February 2, 2017 6, 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 2016 was conferred on Mariana De Niz, PhD of Science in Cell Biology, for her PhD thesis entitled «Imaging of malaria: conserved mechanisms of Plasmodium sequestration and virulence factor export in rodents and humans».

GCB Slam 2017

On occasion of the GCB Symposium 2017, the second GCB Slam took place at the end of the day, with 12 PhD candidates competing for the three prizes. Members of the audience were invited to act as jurors and award a score between 1 and 10 to each performance. The 12 slammers were recorded on video, and the three prizewinners are presented here (videos to be uploaded shortly). Our congratulations go to the three best slammers!

1st prize:

Sabrina Burgener, Theodor Kocher Institute:
«Suicided in the Paradise»
GCB Slam video clip: Click here

2nd prize:

Cristina Leoni, Institute for Research in Biomedicine, Bellinzona:
«When Mast Cells Play out of Key»
GCB Slam video clip: Click here

3rd prize:

Christina Rufener, Division of Animal Welfare, VPH Institute, Vetsuisse Faculty Bern:
«Chickens, Eggs and Broken Bones»
GCB Slam video clip: Click here


To watch the video with Flash Player on a computer, click f (Streaming) and then adapt the relative size of the two windows (video streaming and slides) by pointing the cursor to the bottom left corner of the SWITCHcast window and selecting the appropriate icon. To save the video in MP4 format on your device, right-click Q (Desktop) and select a folder on your computer for «Save link as…»; the MP4 file will then automatically be downloaded. To watch the video on a mobile device, tip «Mobile». Note that the relative size of the two windows cannot be adapted in MP4 files and on mobile devices.