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The 23rd FEBS Young Scientists' Forum (YSF 2024) will start on Wednesday June 26, 2024 with an inspiring opening lecture and a welcome dinner. Throughout the event, attendees will hear fascinating talks from the keynote speakers (Patricia Monteiro from the University of Porto, Ana J. Garcia-Saéz from the University of Cologne, David Jeruzalmi from the City University of New York, and Marco Moracci from the University of Naples "Federico II") and will have opportunities to present their own research as oral presentations and/or posters. Complementing the scientific program, 'Careers Skills' sessions and 'Practical Exercises' will provide valuable insights into essential skills and early-career options.

Over the course of the YSF there will be plenty of opportunities for participants to enjoy making new international connections and getting to know each other. There will also be a chance to meet FEBS Excellence Awardees (early-career group leaders) attending a concurrrent FEBS Excellence Awardee meeting, who will join us for keynote lectures, coffee breaks, meals and social events.

The YSF will close on Saturday June 29, 2024, when we will transfer to the FEBS Congress.

The preliminary programme for the YSF 2024 is set out below; further details will be provided in due course.

YSF 2024 Organizing Committee

Preliminary Schedule

Wednesday June 26, 2024

14:0017:00 Arrival and Registration
Vittorio Bellotti, directorial representative of University of Pavia, and 23rd FEBS YSF Organizing Committee
Antonella Forlino, 23rd FEBS YSF Organizing Committee
Alain Krol, Chair of FEBS Excellence Awards and Fellowships Committee
Caroline Dean, Chair of FEBS Working Group on Women in Science
Irene Díaz-Moreno, Chair of FEBS Careers of Young Scientists Committee
Miguel A. de la Rosa, FEBS Secretary General
Chair: Riccardo Miggiano
17:3018:30 OPENING LECTURE – Patricia Monteiro, Portugal
'Synaptic and circuit mechanisms underlying autism spectrum disorder'
Chair: Antonella Forlino

19:00 Welcome Reception

Thursday June 27, 2024

09:00–09:45 KEYNOTE LECTURE 1 – Ana J. Garcia-Saéz, Germany
'Illuminating cell death mechanisms'
Chair: Irene Díaz-Moreno

Chairs: Luigi Ippolito, Chiara Paganini

Ena Šimunić, Croatia
‘Loss of Sirtuin 3 in mouse embryonic fibroblasts augments sex-specific differences in redox and metabolic signaling’

Barbara Maria Contento, Italy
‘Lack of trimeric intracellular cation channel B (TRIC-B) in osteoblasts impairs cell junctions and β-catenin cellular localization’

Karolina Gronkowska, Poland
‘HIF1A-EP300-BRG1 functional crosstalk on the chromatin defines transcription of ABC transporters in paclitaxel resistant breast and lung cancers’

H. Atakan Ekiz, Türkiye
‘The Cancer Genome Explorer (TCGEx): A powerful visual interface for sophisticated analyses of high throughput cancer data’

Tanakamol Mahawan, United Kingdom
‘Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma metastatic biomarker discovery using machine learning approach’

11:00–11:30 Coffee Break
11:30–12:30 CAREER SKILLS – Introductory talks (4 x 15 min)
Chair: Vlastimil Kulda

CV preparation – Keith Elliott
Publishing integrity – Jana Christopher
Educator skills – Ferhan Sagin
Lab books – Jason Perret 
12:30–14:00 Lunch Break
14:00–15:30 CAREER SKILLS – Practical exercises (2 x 45 min; 4 parallel groups)
Chairs: Organizing Committee
15:30–16:00 Coffee Break
16:00–17:00 1-MIN POSTER PRESENTATIONS (Posters with odd numbers)
Chairs: Alessio Paone, Francesca Tonelli
17:00–18:00 POSTER SESSION (Posters with odd numbers)
18:30–20:00 City tour / Theatre improvisation
20:00–23:00 Dinner

Friday June 28, 2024

09:00–09:45 KEYNOTE LECTURE 2 – David Jeruzalmi, USA
'Proteins that do interesting with DNA'
Riccardo Miggiano

Chairs: Alessio Paone, Francesca Tonelli

Marta Alberti, Italy
‘Biochemical characterization and structural insights into Mycobacterium tuberculosis dihydroorotate dehydrogenase as innovative therapeutic target’

Edo Kiper, Israel
‘Synthetic antimalarial peptides to combat drug resistance in malaria’

Marius Weismehl, Germany
‘Elucidating the activation mechanism for GBP1 oligomerization – a key player in innate immunity against microbial pathogens’

Alicia L. Bruzos, France
‘Evolution of marine contagious cancers in cockles characterized by genomic instability’

Ayelén Melina Santamans Recchini, Spain
‘MCJ: A mitochondrial target for cardiac intervention in pulmonary hypertension’

11:00–11:30 Coffee Break
11:30–12:30 CAREERS in SCIENCE (including Fellowships)
Chairs: Irene Díaz-Moreno, Vlastimil Kulda
12:30–14:00 Lunch Break
14:00–15:30 CAREER SKILLS – Practical exercises (2 x 45 min; 4 parallel groups)
Chairs: Organizing Committee
15:30–16:00 Coffee Break
16:00–17:00 1-MIN POSTER PRESENTATIONS (Posters with even numbers)
Chairs: Luigi Ippolito, Chiara Paganini
17:00–18:00 POSTER SESSION (Posters with even numbers)
18:30–23:00 Social Programme (visit to Giulio Natta Center and dinner)

Saturday June 29, 2024

09:00–09:45 KEYNOTE LECTURE 3  – Marco Moracci, Italy
'Thermozymes for biorefineries: the biodiversity of extreme environments for the circular economy'
Chair: Vittorio Bellotti
Chair: Riccardo Miggiano
10:30–11:00 Coffee Break
11:00–12:00 Closing Remarks
Other FEBS Activities
12:00 Lunch
Travel to Milano

Prizes at the YSF 2024

YSF prizes are being funded by the journals FEBS Open Bio and BioFactors. FEBS Open Bio will sponsor a poster prize and an oral communication prize, and BioFactors will sponsor a poster prize.

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