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LMU-Harvard Young Scientists’ Forum (YSF)

The LMU-Harvard Young Scientists' Forum (YSF) "From Molecules to Organisms" seeks to unite researchers from Harvard University and LMU Munich through enabling Ph.D. students and postdoctoral fellows to have contact with core faculty from both universities. The goal is to create a framework for an interdisciplinary as well as international exchange of ideas.

The first meeting in the series was held at LMU-Munich in 2009, and a similarly structured meeting was convened at Harvard University in the following year. 2017 will bring the 9th YSF meeting once again in July to the LMU-Munich.

9th Harvard-LMU Young Scientists' Forum (LMU), July 2017

The 2017 YSF meeting took place at LMU Biocenter and Center for Advanced Studies (CAS) between the 23rd and 26th of July.

Visiting Harvard Faculty
Benjamin de Bivort
Zhigang He
Luk Vandenberghe

Prospective delegation of 18-20 people from Harvard
The Harvard delegation encompassed advanced PhD students und postdocs from the labs of Benjamin de Bivort, Kevin Eggan, Florian EngertZhigang HeJeffrey Macklis, Venkatesh Murthy, Sharad Ramanathan, Bernardo Sabatini, Joshua Sanes, and Luk Vandenberghe.

Munich nominations and faculty lectures from the labs of Herwig Baier (MPIN), Martin Biel (LMU), Tobias Bonhoeffer (MPIN), Alexander Borst (MPIN), Laura Busse (LMU), Nadine Gogolla (MPIN), Magdalena Götz (LMU), Benedikt Grothe (LMU), Ilona Grunwald (TUM), Rüdiger Klein (MPIN), Stefan Lichtenthaler (TUM), Hernan Lopez-Schier (HMGU), Stylianos Michalakis (LMU), Anton Sirota (LMU), Carsten Wotjak (MPIPsy).

8th Harvard-LMU Young Scientists' Forum (LMU), July 9th - 11th, 2016

The meeting took place at the Center for Brain Science and the Harvard Medical School. Traditionally, the yearly alternating format covers a broad range of topics ranging from Biochemistry and Genetics to Translational Neuroscience. The scientific schedule of the three-day meeting in 2016 featured 18 LMU delegates, among which academic staff and students from the LMU Faculty of Biology, Faculty for Chemistry and Pharmacy, and Medical Faculty, as well as the Helmholtz Zentrum München (HMGU).

Six plenary lectures were held as part of the already traditional meeting. The interdisciplinary topics varied from Development, Function, and Therapy of Neural Circuits (Paola Arlotta & Connie Cepko - HRVD, and Martin Biel - LMU & Hernán Lopez-Schier - HMGU) to Cell Differentiation (Alex Meissner - HRVD) and Genetics (Peleg Shahaf - LMU).

7th LMU-Harvard Young Scientists' Forum (LMU), June 28 - July 2, 2015

The meeting took place at the Center for Advanced Studies and the Campus Martinsried. The scientific program of the three-day meeting (June 29 - July 1) was complemented by a welcome dinner on June 28 and an excursion day on July 2.

6 faculty lectures were scheduled, in addition to 36 oral and/or poster contributions by advanced PhD students and postdocs nominated by Harvard and Munich faculty.

6th LMU-Harvard Young Scientists' Forum (Harvard), July 19 - 22, 2014

Four faculty members from Munich and three Harvard faculty members presented plenary lectures during the interdisciplinary meeting, covering topics from Chemical Biology (J.Hooker HRVD) and Proteomics (S.Lichtenthaler TUM) to Cell Biology (M.Subklewe LMU), the formation and function of Neural Circuits (B.Grothe LMU / S.Datta HRVD) and Behavioral Genetics (W.Enard LMU / C.Weitz HRVD).

5th LMU-Harvard Young Scientists' Forum (LMU), July 8 - 12, 2013

Lectures are open to everybody


4th LMU-Harvard Young Scientists' Forum (Harvard University), July 7 - 10, 2012

3rd LMU-Harvard Young Scientists' Forum (LMU), June 27 - 30, 2011

2nd LMU-Harvard Young Scientists' Forum (Harvard University), July 23 - 28, 2010

1st LMU-Harvard Young Scientists' Forum (LMU), June 21 - 24, 2009