PhD–Postdoc Career Development Meetings
The PhD and postdoc stage of a research career is an exciting and challenging time – immersion in a specific topic, ups and downs of research findings, rapid learning of many new skills, personal journeys, and the working out of next steps. FEBS supports researchers at these early-career stages in a variety of ways, from provision of Fellowships for research stints in other labs, to travel awards for focused Advanced Courses, to a section of the FEBS Network on early-career topics.
FEBS will also now be facilitating two international interdisciplinary meeting opportunities each year where PhD students and postdocs can gather together to be inspired by top researchers from a variety of fields in the molecular life sciences, present their own research work, and develop their career skills beyond the bench or learn about research-related career paths outside academia. Alongside these core elements, the meetings feature plenty of opportunities for informal interaction over science and researcher life. Both events are organized ‘by young scientists for young scientists’.
• The FEBS Young Scientists’ Forum (YSF) is a popular summer event for about 100 PhD students and postdocs from FEBS Constituent Societies that takes place in conjunction with and just before the annual FEBS Congress. Selected applicants are supported by FEBS grants. The YSF comprises opportunities for participants to present their own research work, take part in career skills sessions, hear and meet keynote lecturers and enjoy a social program. YSF participants also go on to experience the FEBS Congress which is one of the largest gatherings in the biosciences in Europe.
• The FEBS-IUBMB-ENABLE Symposium, starting 2022, will be a lively winter event for up to 300 PhD students and postdocs who can apply from around the world. The event builds on a project initially funded by the EU H2020 Research and Innovation Programme, and is hosted at a different research institute each year. The FEBS-IUBMB-ENABLE event includes a scientific symposium with talks from research leaders as well as participant presentations, a career day with a variety of activities, and opportunities for public outreach.
Within FEBS, these activities are overseen by the FEBS Working Group on the Careers of Young Scientists. For general enquiries, please contact Prof. Irene Díaz-Moreno, Chair of the Working Group, via the Contact Us section of the website.
The photo on this page is from the FEBS Young Scientists' Forum in Prague, 2018.