The Rigi Workshop is held every year to promote interdisciplinary exchange among young researchers. The topic of the 3-day workshop is proposed by researchers from the specialist societies. It can be chosen freely, but must be related to biology and take different disciplines (from the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities and engineering) into account. Up to 40 doctoral students and post-docs from all over Switzerland can participate. The Platform Biology organises the Rigi Workshops together with the researchers.
Location: Rigi-Kulm Hotel
Date: Generally end of January / beginning of February
Registration: The workshop is open for doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers from all Swiss Institutions of Higher Education. You have to register online and submit an abstract of your current research project (title and a maximum of 300 words) and a letter of motivation before the registration deadline. The letter of motivation should also briefly explain why the specific interdisciplinary topic is of interest to you. A selection will be made based on submitted absracts and motivation letters. This will ensure that active, motivated students from different disciplines and institutions attend.
Registration fee: After you have been accepted to participate, a registration fee of CHF 150 is due. The fee includes:
- All lectures and materials.
- All meals, coffee breaks and mineral water between arrival and departure (all other beverages at your own expense).
- Accommodation for two nights during the workshop in a double room. Please add a comment in your registration, if you wish to share the room with a specific person.
- At the end of the workshop participants will receive a certificate of attendance, which allows to request one ECTS credit point of the respective university
Rigi Workshop 2022: Cell Biology of Infection
Postponed from January 2021, the Rigi Workshop “Cell Biology of Infection” could finally take place from January 30th to February 1st 2022 at Hotel Rigi Kulm. 25 PhD, post-doctoral or master students from 6 different Swiss universities participated in the event, and the participants unanimously found that the workshop “met their expectations”, and they “would recommend the workshop to colleagues”.
Rigi Workshop 2020: Ecosystems under pressure - Agriculture, forestry and conservation under global change
A group of 22 PhD students from11 institutions all over Switzerland met for a three-day workshop in January 2020 on top of the Rigi mountain to discuss about pressing issues and challenges associated with global changes in agriculture, forest and conservation biology
Big answers from small packages: systems and synthetic biology of microbes
From 24. - 26. January 2016, PhD students, MSc students and early postdocs working at Swiss research institutes met leading scientists in the fields of synthetic and systemic biology at Hotel Rigi Kulm to share news and views, discuss latest results and extemd their network.
The Rigi Workshop 2015 brought together mathematics, computer science and biology. The aim of this workshop was to present interesting, cutting-edge topics from the life sciences which require mathematical modeling to PhD students working at Swiss universities. Mathematical modeling is becoming more and more instrumental in life sciences; the data complexity and the high number of interacting components, from molecules to animals, render intuitive reasoning very difficult. The idea consists in formulating mathematically how certain biological units affect each other and how these interactions affect the whole system. Such quantitative modeling approaches produce mathematical models which are then implemented using computer software.
The Workshop aimed to address various aspects of creativity in science, including the origin of innovation, the importance of interdisciplinary research, and to promote increased awareness of the importance of creativity amongst students and young scientists. Participants were challenged to reach beyond their own research and to bridge or integrate different fields of knowledge.
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