15th EMBL PhD Symposium - Competition in Biology - The Race for Survival from Molecules to Systems

Organization: EMBL PhD Student

Venue: EMBL Advanced Training Centre

Location: Heidelberg, Germany

Event Date/Time: Nov 21, 2013 End Date/Time: Nov 23, 2013
Registration Date: Sep 30, 2013
Early Registration Date: May 31, 2013
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Biology is riddled with competition. Cells in communities often compete for resources, pathogens compete against host immune systems, and on a larger scale, organisms compete against each other for limited resources in their environment.

The 15th EMBL PhD Symposium, entitled 'Competition in Biology - The Race for Survival from Molecules to Systems', addresses this.

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 3-day series of talks by leading experts but also by students themselves.

Biological competition offers an exciting and fresh perspective on the life sciences. The 2013 Symposium is timely in contextualising biological competition as a fundamental concept from the biomolecular to the systems level.


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EMBL PhD Student

Conference Speakers


  • Dr Ron Fouchier, Erasmus MC Rotterdam, the Netherlands (listed in the Times 100 Most Influential People of 2012)
  • Dr Rebecca Kilner, University of Cambridge, UK
  • Professor John Sutherland, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK
  • Dr Gregory Velicer, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • Dr Sarah Reece, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Dr Matthew Chang, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • Professor Kevin Foster, University of Oxford, UK
  • Dr Eva Risdi, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Dr George Kassiotis, MRC National Institute for Medical Research London, UK