Special Sessions

Podium Discussion: The Future of Scientific Publishing
, 19:15 – 20:45
Scientists and Editors will discuss developments and trends in scientific publishing:

Moderator: Johannes Buchner (Munich, Germany) 

  • Randy Schekman, Editor-in-Chief, eLife (Berkeley, United States)
  • Bernd Pulverer, Head, Scientific Publications, Chief Editor, The EMBO Journal (Heidelberg, Germany)
  • Felix Wieland, Managing Editor, FEBS Letters (Heidelberg, Germany)
  • Christine Ferguson, Chief Editor, PLOS Biology (Cambridge, United Kingdom)
  • Emilie Marcus, Editor in Chief, Cell (Cambridge, United States of America)
  • Francesca Cesari, PhD, Chief Biological Sciences Editor, Nature (London, United Kingdom)
  • Jean Claude Burgelman, European Research Council (Brussels, Belgium)


FEBS Education Session: Research in Undergraduate Education
, 13:00 – 15:00
Chairs: Tomás Zima (Prague, Czech Republic), Gül Güner (Izmir, Turkey)

  • Bridging the gap between class practicals and research projects
    Frank Michelangeli (Birmingham, United Kingdom)
  • Setting research projects that involve undergraduate students
    Laszlo Dux (Szeged, Hungary)
  • The student perspective on research in undergraduate education
    Estafanía Mucino Castillo (Paris, France)
  • Panel Discussion with speakers and chairs


FEBS Science & Society Session: Evolutionary Medicine: Why We Get Sick 
, 15:00 – 17:00
Chairs: Jacques-Henry Weil (Strasbourg, France), Detlev Ganten (Berlin, Germany)

  • Introductory Lecture: From Darwin’s theory of evolution to molecular evolutionary medicine
    Detlev Ganten (Berlin, Germany)
  • Application I: Evolutionary applications to medicine and public health
    Axel Meyer (Konstanz, Germany)
  • Application II: From cells to disease
    Gillian Bentley (Durham, United Kingdom)
  • Round table discussion: The new science of molecular evolution - consequences for biology, medicine, public health
    With the discussants Peter Hammerstein, Bernard Swynghedauw, Frank Rüli and the session speakers and chairs.


Special Session: Data Management & Reproducibility
, 17:30 – 19:30
Chairs: Laszlo Fesus (Debrecen, Hungary), Carsten Kettner (Frankfurt, Germany)

Data quality in both written literature and databases as well as the suitability of reproduction of experimental data is an emerging issue for any experimental discipline. There are enormous amounts of experimental and theoretical data available in publications and databases. However, the way to this scientific goldmine is paved with serious problems.This special session aims to extend discussion on data quality and management to biochemistry and molecular biology by covering the following topics:

  • Data quality - 'real' reviews on plausibility, correctness and completeness of the data
  • Data standards and guidelines -  completeness and comprehensiveness of information provided in publications
  • Reproduction and comparability of data - how to make data in written publications really "useful"


  • Bernd Pulverer (Heidelberg, Germany)
  • Barbara Bakker (Groningen, Netherlands)
  • Dietmar Schomburg (Braunschweig, Germany)
  • Richard Armstrong (Nashville, United States of America)


Women in Science Symposium 
, 17:30 – 19:30
Chair: Cecilia Arraino (Oeiras, Portugal)


  • Dr Lidia Borrell-Damián, Director, Research and Innovation, EUA (European University Association) (Brussels, Belgium)
  • Title: EPWS – the Voice of Women Scientists in Europe
    Dr. Brigitte Mühlenbruch, President, European Platform of Women Scientists EPWS (Bonn, Germany)
  • Dr. Annie Black- L'Oréal Foundation, Women in Science (Paris, France)
  • Dr. Helen Habernickel, Executive Publisher, Representing Elsevier Foundation’s New Scholars program to advance women in science (Berlin, Germany)