COURSES & MEETINGS 2008 / 2009

Schweizerische Kommission fŸr Molekularbiologie


Organised with the financial support of the

Swiss National Science Foundation


Perl Programming for Life Sciences (Introductory Course)

Biozentrum, Uni Basel


September 8-12, 2008



L. Bordoli,

Swiss EMBnet node

The course aims at providing biomedical researchers with knowledge of PERL scripting abilities, to automate the analysis of large amounts of biological data.

Participants: max. 20.

Application deadline and information:

August 15, 2008

(early registration recommended)

SKMB Gene Regulation Workshop 2008

Center for Integrative Genomics, Uni Lausanne


September 12, 2008


N. Hernandez,
F. Karch, W. Reith,

M. Strubin

The meeting will address selected aspects of the genetic and molecular mechanisms controlling transcriptional and post-transcriptional responses in gene expression to cell-type specific, developmental or environmental cues.

Participants: max. 200.

Registration deadline and information:

September 5, 2008

Light Microscopy and Imaging Course

University of Geneva,
Bioimaging Platform


Fall course : October 13-16, 2008
Spring course : April 27-30, 2009



Ch. Bauer

The 4-day course with lectures encompasses basic and advanced light microscopical techniques, principles of live cell imaging and usage of confocal and wide field light microscopes.

Participants: max. 10 per course.

Application deadlines and information:

September 20, 2008 (fall course)

March 28, 2009 (spring course)

Basel Worm Meeting (BWM)

Friedrich Miescher Institute, Basel


November 18, 2008


A. Puoti,

R. Chiquet-Ehrismann


Meeting of the local communities working with the model organism Caenorhabditis elegans (France, Germany and Switzerland). Presentations by two invited speakers and 6 - 7 participants. Participants: max. 120.




Course in Advanced 3D Microscopy

 ETHZ and UniversitŠt ZŸrich


January 10–17, 2009


U. Ziegler,

A. Kaech,

R. Wepf

The practical course in 3D microscopy with participation of leading experts and companies will focus on high resolution 3D light microscopy and preparation, imaging for electron microscopy. Participants: max. 20.


Application deadline and information:

November 30, 2008

Introduction to Statistics for Biologists

Biozentrum, Uni Basel


January 19-23, 2009



L. Bordoli,

Swiss EMBnet node


The course is designed to provide graduate students in the biomedical sciences with experience in the application of basic statistical analysis techniques to a variety of biological problems. Participants: max. 20.

Application deadline and information:

December 1, 2008

(early registration recommended)

18th Swiss Plant Molecular and Cell Biology Conference

Eurotel Victoria, Les Diablerets


January 21-23, 2009



S. Baginsky,

S. Zeeman,

W. Gruissem


Scientific meeting of Swiss researchers in the field of plant molecular and cell biology with oral presentations and posters as well as informal discussions.

Participants: max. 85.

Registration deadline and information:

November 15, 2008

Swiss RNA Workshop 2009

UniS, UniversitŠt Bern


January 30, 2009



A. KrŠmer,

D. SchŸmperli,

O. MŸhlemann


Meeting of the Swiss RNA community with presentations from invited foreign guest speakers and from participants selected from the submitted abstracts. Covers RNA structure, processing, transport, turnover, localization, and RNA-binding proteins. Participants: max. 200.

Abstract submission deadline and registration:

December 5, 2008

18th Cytomeet

Haus der UniversitŠt, Bern


February 4, 2009


V. Niggli,

A. Draeger


Informal meeting for Swiss scientists interested in cell motility and cell adhesion (cytoskeleton, cell adhesion proteins, extracellular matrix). Main speaker: Dr. Anne Ridley (KingÕs College, London). Participants : max. 50.


Registration deadline and information:

January 20, 2009

26th Swiss Trypanosomatid Meeting

Classic H™tel, Leysin


February 5 – 7, 2009


I. Roditi,

T. Seebeck


Overview over the current activities in the various Swiss groups working with Trypanosoma and Leishmania parasites. Invited keynote speakers from abroad will review various aspects from field work to molecular genetics. Excellent opportunity for networking. Participants : max. 50.


Registration deadline and information:

December 12, 2008


Swiss Eye Research Meeting VII – Molecular Approaches to Vision

Kongresshaus Biel


February 10 – 11, 2009


Ch. Grimm


The meeting provides a platform for Swiss basic scientists working in eye research with special emphasis on the physiology and pathophysiology of the retina as a model system in neuroscience. Participants: max. 100.

Application deadline and information:

December 9, 2008


Sciences III, Uni Genve


March 27, 2009


R. Dosch, B. Polok,

S. Neuhauss,

D. Schorderet


This annual meeting brings together groups from Switzerland and neighbour countries with presentations by keynote speakers amd students/postdocs to give an overview about the current zebrafish research. Participants : max. 100.

Application deadline and information:

January 30, 2009

Swiss Drosophila Meeting 2009

Center for Integrative Genomics, Uni Lausanne


April 25, 2009



R. Benton, W. Herr,

T. Kawecki,

B. Lemaitre

This meeting aims to reinforce the interactions between the Drosophila research groups in Switzerland and to provide a platform for students and postdocs to present their current research. Participants: max. 175.

Application deadline and information:

March 15, 2009

Applications and registrations should be sent directly to the organisers of the respective course / workshop. For practical courses, please include a short CV, research interests, and the reasons for wanting to attend. For general questions contact the SKMB secretary Dr. O. MŸhlemann (Email:

The online version of this program can be found at