Following the successes of two Eurolife Summer Schools, students had the opportunity to take part in the 3rd edition of the Eurolife event – the Eurolife Winter School in Obergurgl. The 40 students (7 Master and 33 Doctorate) from universities in Poland, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Ireland, UK, Sweden, Hungary and Spain received world-class hands-on training from renowned experts in the field of genomic organization and cellular function. Over the 5 days of the Winter School, the speakers both challenged and inspired the students and the training sessions encouraged a productive exchange of ideas and pathed the way for new international collaborations.
For the 3rd time, Eurolife brought together participants and presenters from different institutions and other countries to manifest the objectives of the Eurolife Network – to enhance scientific interactions and contribute towards scientific developments.
Hear from the Eurolife Winter School 2018 participants and learn what they have to say about the event.
We also encourage you to read the Student Blog on the event from Karolinska Institutet.
From December 16-21, 2018 in the framework of the Eurolife Winter School entitled: Structure and Function of Genomes in Homeostasis and Disease, the participants debated on the significance of chromatin topology in homeostasis and disease, the mechanistic basis of chromatin looping and spatial communication between regulatory elements and genes, as well as recent technological and interdisciplinary approaches for further dissecting higher-order genomic architecture and its effect on cellular functions. The program and curriculum covered many exciting topics and a broad spectrum of research directions, from DNA damage and gene regulation to cutting-edge genomics and computational modeling of chromosomes. These 5 days included talks ranging from systems biology of cancer and spatiotemporal regulation of DNA damage to chromosomal organization in ageing and computational modeling of genomes, thus approaching the overarching topic of the Winter School via multiple angles.
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We received a very positive feedback on the program. The students highlight that through listening to the talks and presenting their work to a large audience of experts, they had the opportunity to enhance their knowledge, skills and widen their scientific networks. They further comment that the individual expert advice and comments they received on their work are considered especially valuable. According to Dr. Argyris Papantonis, the main organizer of the event, the carefully selected participants contributed towards making this event very focused and meaningful. He further noted how students engaged with diverse topics and related well to a broad spectrum of scientific data, a fact aided by the informal Winter School setting and ample time to approach individual speakers.
Adrian Bracken (Dublin, IRL); Alexandra Lusser (Innsbruck, AUT); Argyris Papantonis (Göttingen, DE); Haico van Attikum (Leiden, NL); Jörn Walter (Saarbrucken, DE); Montserrat Corominas (Barcelona, ES); Davide Marenduzzo (Edinburgh, UK); Nick Gilbert (Edinburgh, UK); Tom Sexton (Strasbourg, FR); Leo Kurian Cologne, DE); Zlatko Trajanoski (Innsbruck, AUT)
Argyris Papantonis, University Medical Center Göttingen, Germany
Evie Soutoglou, University of Strasbourg, France
Zlatko Trajanoski, Medical University of Innsbruck, Austria
Agnieszka Buelens, University Medical Center Göttingen, Germany
The event was jointly sponsored by the Eurolife Network and the Franco-German University (DFH/UFA) and took place in the outstanding scenery of the Austrian Alps at a very beautiful and hospitable venue – the Obergurgl University Center in Austria.
ABOUT THE VENUE
The Obergurgl University Center carries a 55-year-old tradition of sports and science. Its history dates back to 1951, when three former customs buildings were converted for use by the Obergurgl federal Sports Center and Innsbruck University’s Alpine Research Center. As a result, today’s international center of sports, research and conferences still radiates this historical charm. In this setting, morning and evening scientific sessions can be coupled to outdoor activities (like downhill or cross-country skiing, snow-shoe walking, Nordic walking or mountaineering). The Center offers conference rooms with state-of-the-art equipment (the large Lecture Room can accommodate up to 125 people), while the fine on-site dining facilities provide high-quality catering services throughout the day.
Final student-participant distribution by University