Applications for travel grants to attend the 2019 EMBL PhD Symposium are now closed.

Australian PhD students in the life sciences are eligible to apply for one of 10 travel grants of $2000 to attend the 21st EMBL PhD Symposium in Heidelberg, Germany, on 28 to 30 November 2019.

About the symposium

The symposium is an annual event, organised by first-year PhD students at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, Germany. It brings together fellow students from around the world for a three-day series of talks by leading experts and by students themselves. It’s an opportunity to make connections with international scientists and get new insight into your own research direction.

This year’s theme is ‘Facing the Future: Perspectives and Challenges of Life Sciences in the 21st Century’.   To present a global picture of the latest challenges and perspectives, the event will bring together the most outstanding researchers from a broad range of disciplines, that implement highly promising approaches to tackle the current scientific questions as well as the global problems we face as humanity. It will address environmental and global health issues, highlight interdisciplinary approaches as physics and informatics in biology, present innovations in life sciences and raise awareness of the challenges within the scientific community including big data, open access and gender equality. 

The meeting aims to showcase exciting and groundbreaking research, from Master's projects all the way to Nobel Prize winning work. It is an opportunity to meet the Scientists that currently drive the Science of the Future and to network with the next generation of scientists. With a broad theme, it hopes to encourage many young researchers from across the sciences to showcase their research, stimulate cross-disciplinary discussion and meet scientists from diverse backgrounds to share ideas. 

The program includes networking opportunities, poster sessions and workshops with experts.

Find more information about the symposium and speakers here. 

How do I apply?

Students must complete this form and ensure a short letter of support is sent by their supervisor to by 11 August 2019.

Who is eligible to receive the travel grants?

The grants are open to students in almost any field – biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, informatics, engineering and molecular medicine – who are currently enrolled in a PhD program at an Australian university and have not yet submitted a thesis. Applications will be reviewed and ranked solely on the basis of qualification and scientific potential by the EMBL Australia Travel Grant selection committee.

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