The Rigi Workshop aims to promote interdisciplinary exchange between young scientists. The topic of the three-day workshop is linked to biology but open to any other discipline - from the natural sciences, social sciences and engineering. Up to 40 doctoral students and post-doctoral researchers from Switzerland can participate. The Platform Biology organises the workshops in collaboration with researchers who proposed the topic.
WHERE? Rigi-Kulm Hotel.
WHEN? Generally end of January / beginning of February.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE? The workshop is open for PhD students and postdoctoral researchers from all Swiss Institutions of Higher Education. After the registration deadline, 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: A registration fee of CHF 150 is due after acceptance of your registration.
The fee includes
- All lectures and workshops with documentations.
- All meals, coffee breaks and mineral water between arrival and departure (all other beverages at your own expense).
- Accommodation for 2 nights during the workshop in a double room. Please add a comment, if you wish to share the room with a specific person.
- Your registration is valid only, if you submit an abstract of your current research project (title and a maximum of 300 words in a Word document) and a letter of motivation to firstname.lastname@example.org before end of September. The letter of motivation should also briefly explain why the specific interdisciplinary topic is of interest to you.
- For the poster session you are asked to bring a poster of your research project and to give a speed talk to present it.
- At the end of the workshop you will receive a certificate of attendance, which allows you to request one ECTS-credit of your university.
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