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. July 2018 brought the 10th YSF meeting to Harvard again.
10th Harvard-LMU Young Scientists' Forum (Harvard), July 23-25, 2018
The anniversary 10th meeting of the Harvard-LMU Young Scientists' Forum took place July 23-25, at the Center for Brain Science in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
The schedule comprised the guests' arrival on July 22, an optional excursion on July 26, and departures on July 27.
As in previous years, a Munich delegation of faculty members and postdocs/advanced PhD students has met a matching number of participants from Harvard for an in-depth exchange on topics ranging from molecular and circuit neuroscience, to computational, behavioural, and clinical research areas.
As a long-standing local faculty member, Venkatesh Murthy has taken a central role in organising the 2018 event at Harvard, together with CBS executive director Kenneth Blum. Other Harvard faculty members such as Dragana Rogulja, Sam Gershman, and CBS academic director Joshua Sanes presented their latest research. The faculty delegation from Munich included Martin Biel, Laura Busse, Antje Grosche, Benedikt Grothe, and Martha Merrow. 37 postdocs and advanced PhD students from 23 laboratories - 11 of which at Harvard (e.g. Rick Born, Jeff Lichtman, Florian Engert, Bence Ölveczky, Jan Drugowitsch), and 12 in Munich at the TU and LMU, as well as Max-Planck and Helmholtz Institutes of the Munich area, e.g. labs of Stefan Lichtenthaler, Matthias Mann, Andreas Herz, Anton Sirota, Ilona Grunwald Kadow, Marianne Dieterich - formed the group of participants. During the YSF excursion (optional; day 4), scientific discussions between Harvard and Munich delegation members were continued in a more informal setting.
Both participating and nominating faculty members, as well as executive representatives have indicated an interest in maintaining the YSF-Format in the years to come. We are looking forward to the 11th return of the YSF in 2019 - to be hosted in Munich.
A special moment during the 2018 meeting
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.
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 Engert, Zhigang He, Jeffrey 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 (Harvard), 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).
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.
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).
Lectures are open to everybody
- Website of the 2013 conference
- Conference booklet (including abstracts, pdf 1,3 MB)
- LMU press release
4th LMU-Harvard Young Scientists' Forum (Harvard University), July 7 - 10, 2012
3rd LMU-Harvard Young Scientists' Forum (LMU), June 27 - 30, 2011
- Conference program (Short version, pdf 3,5 MB)
- Conference booklet (including abstracts, pdf 1,4 MB)
- LMU press release on the 2011 conference