The organisers are proud to announce the 12th EMBL PhD Symposium "From Science Fiction to Science Fact: What's next?", which will take place in Heidelberg, Germany on 21-23 October 2010. Join us for a unique experience of a student-led symposium complemented by participation of the world's renowned scientists.
Science fact and science fiction are closely linked. Scientists are often inspired by the imaginative possibilities introduced in the world of fantasy, and vice versa: real scientific discoveries often shape the creations of science fiction writers. Even though scientists – unlike science fiction writers – are bound by the laws of nature, the inventions of the fictional world sometimes cross over to reality through their persistent work. This poses the question: where is the borderline between fiction and fact, fantasy and reality today? And where will it be in the near future?
These are the issues we will address during the 12th EMBL PhD symposium – "From Science Fiction to Science Fact: What's next?".
The current boundaries in different fields of life sciences will be investigated, in light of how past frontiers have been overturned. World-renowned speakers will be invited to share their ideas on latest technological breakthroughs, achievements and future developments with the young generation of scientists. We will explore a diverse array of topics ranging from structural and cell biology to biophysics and medicine. Participants will also have the opportunity to present and discuss their own work in poster sessions and selected short talk segments.
We aim to provide young researchers from different international research institutes with an opportunity to interact with leading scientists in an informal and relaxed environment.
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