European immunology workshop


As part of the NCMLS strategy to promote our University and Medical Centre in Europe,  we organized an international workshop on Immune Integrity, a survival kit for PhD students. This interactive and hands-on workshop involved over 35 PhD students and more than 15 group leaders from 6 different countries.

The Immune Integrity workshop was held on Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th May 2013 and is the third in a series highlighting the growing nature of the network. Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive: everyone really loved the interactive and hands-on concept of the workshop. The students wanted to know why they hadn't heard of this meeting before! There are some photo's on our website: link. The first photo clearly summarizes the atmosphere.

The students and their PI's came from various universities within the International Research Universities Network (IRUN,  the University of Münster (Germany), University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany), University Barcelona (Spain), University of Glasgow (Scotland), Jagiellonian University (Poland) and of course Radboud University Nijmegen (The Netherlands). Christian Munz (University of Zurich, Switzerland) was a specially invited speaker for the workshop.

René Bindels, scientific director of the NCMLS opened the program on Monday. The PI's introduced themselves and in small subgroups participated in roundtable discussions. In parallel, the PhD's participated in a speed-date session to see if there was a scientific match. In the afternoon, there was also a poster-slam where the PhD's could present there poster in small groups. At the end of the first day there was time for bowling and dinner. Day two gave the PhD students opportunity to get hands-on experience from a choice of workshops: multiphoton microscopy, flow cytometry and genomics. In parallel there was brainstorm session with the group leaders to discuss future collaborative projects and joint grant applications. During these two days, four invited speakers from the Universities of Barcelona, Glasgow, Krakow and Zurich gave inspiring lectures on their recent scientific research .

At the end of the meeting four poster prizes were awarded to: Ellen van den Bogaard, Lotte de Winde, Lorena Valverde Estrella, Maria Göbel.

The next meeting is being planned in Glasgow, 2014.

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