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The 18th FEBS Young Scientists' Forum (YSF) will start on Wednesday July 4th, 2018 with an opening lecture from Prof. Eric Westhof on 'Translation control: the third genetic code' and a welcome dinner. The scientific programme over the following couple of days will provide opportunities for all participants to present their research as oral presentations and/or posters, and we are also looking forward to fascinating talks from our keynote speakers, covering a broad range of biological research. In addition, on Friday July 6th and Saturday July 7th a 'Careers Roundtable' will provide a forum to learn about and discuss early-career options, as well as providing advice on key skills. Over the course of the YSF there will be plenty of opportunities for participants to enjoy making new international connections and getting to know each other. For a social programme, we have planned a typical Czech picnic with group activities, a guided evening walking tour with dinner, and a boat trip. The YSF will close on Saturday July 7th, 2018, when we will transfer to the FEBS Congress.

The schedule for the 18th YSF is set out below.

STOP PRESS 4 May 2018: A private 'room' for YSF 2018 participants on the new FEBS Network has launched for pre-event updates, extra information and interaction. All participants should now have received an invitation to join the room. If yours has not arrived in your inbox, please let us know at ysf@2018.febscongress.org

18th YSF Organizing Committee


Wednesday, July 4

14:0017:00 Arrival and Registration
17:00–17:45 Opening Remarks
Václav Pačes (FEBS Secretary General)
Libor Grubhoffer (Chair of the CSBMB)
Irene Díaz-Moreno (Chair of the FEBS Working Group on the Careers of Young Scientists)
Vlastimil Kulda (Chair of the 18th YSF Organizing Committee)
17:4518:45 Opening Lecture  Eric Westhof, France 
'Translation control: the third genetic code'

Thursday, July 5

09:0010:00 Keynote Lecture 1 – Pavlína Řezáčová, Czech Republic
‘Structure-assisted design of enzyme inhibitors’
10:0011:00 Symposium 1
Chair – Katarína Pšenáková (Charles University, Czech Republic)

Kinga  Nyíri (Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary)
‘Exploring a proteinaceous inhibitor of the human dUTPase: pioneering structural model of the inhibitory complex’

Carlos A. Elena-Real (Universidad de Sevilla, Spain)
‘Cytochrome c is revealed as a double activator of apoptosis through its interaction with 14-3-3ε’

Olha Lisakovska (Palladin Institute of Biochemistry of the National Academy of Sciences, Ukraine)
‘Vitamin D3 modulates impaired upstream NF-κB-associated signalling pathways and NF-κB downstream target genes in rat bone marrow after chronic glucocorticoid treatment’

Ajasja  Ljubetič (National Institute of Chemistry, Slovenia)
‘Extending coiled-coil protein origami using four helix bundles’
11:0011:30 Coffee Break
11:30–12:30 Keynote Lecture 2 – Neta Regev-Rudzki, Israel
‘Malaria parasite networking’
12:4513:45 Lunch 
14:00–16:00 1-min Poster Presentations
16:00–18:00 Poster Session

Friday, July 6

09:0010:00 Keynote Lecture 3 – Arkaitz Carracedo, Spain
‘The complexity of cancer biology through the looking glass of metabolism’  
10:0011:00 Symposium 2
Chair – Jana Balounová (Institute of Molecular Genetics of the ASCR, Czech Republic)

João Pessoa (Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal)
‘Live cell visualization of extra-chromosomal telomeric repeats in human ALT cancer cells’

Justina Kazokaitė (Vilnius University, Lithuania)
‘Novel benzenesulfonamides as selective carbonic anhydrase IX inhibitors exhibit functional effects to reduce hypoxia-induced acidification and clonogenicity in cancer cell lines’

Przemyslaw Zakrzewski (Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland)
‘Defects in ER-Golgi morphology and disturbed locations of selected actin nucleators in developing spermatids of MYO6-deficient mice’

Alžběta Dostálková (University of Chemistry and Technology, Czech Republic)
‘New approach for testing inhibitors of HIV-1 uncoating’
11:00–11:30 Coffee Break
11:3012:30 Symposium 3
Chair – Jiří Černý (Biology Centre of the ASCR, Czech Republic)

Stephen  Dolan (University of Cambridge, United Kingdom)
‘Knowing the Enemy: How does Pseudomonas aeruginosa regulate carbon flux through its glyoxylate shunt?’

Ekaterina Ryabchevskaya (Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia)
‘Spherical particles of tobacco mosaic virus enhance the immunogenic effect of the inactivated rabies vaccine’

Erik Jensen (Unité de Bioénergétique et Ingénierie des Protéines, France)
‘Study of a Low-CO2-inducible protein in the marine centric diatom Thalassiosira pseudonana’

Ekaterina Yotsova (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria)
‘Influence of Chlorella vulgaris on the photosynthetic apparatus of rice plants under cadmium stress’
12:4513:45 Lunch
14:30–16:00 Career Skills: Roundtable Session Part I

FEBS and its activities – Israel Pecht
The FEBS YSF – Irene Diaz-Moreno
FEBS Network, FEBS fellowships, EMBO fellowships – Andreas Hartig
Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA) – Angelica Valente
16:00–16:30 Coffee Break
16:30–18:00 Career Skills: Roundtable Session Part II

How to write a scientific article – Mary Purton
Responsible conduct of research – C.S. Raman

Career Skills – Part I & II Discussion

Saturday, July 7

09:00–10:00 Career Skills: Roundtable Session Part III

CV production and applying for postdoctoral positions – Keith Elliott
10:0010:30 Keynote Lecture 4 – Hana Cahova, Czech Republic
‘How to find a needle in a haystack? (New types of RNA modification)’
10:3011:00 Coffee Break
11.00–12.00 Closing Lecture – C.S. Raman, USA
‘Whence biological energy conservation? Adventures in membrane-integral respiratory metalloprotein complexes’
12:00–12:30 Closing Remarks
12:45–13:45 Lunch
16:00 Guided Walk to the Congress Centre

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