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APNS Postdoc Career Retreat in the mountains

The APNS and volunteers from the Postdoc for Postdoc action of UNIL are organizing a two day career oriented postdoc retreat “Redefining Success: discussing traditional and alternative career options after the postdoc“ on 14th-15h October, 2017, in a chalet in Finhaut, Valais. The event is taking place with the sponsorship of the Postdocs for postdocs action of the Direction of Université de Lausanne.*

Registration open until 30th September HERE. For postdocs of the Faculty of Biology and Médicine from all campuses of UNIL, CHUV, Epalinges: Limited space, first come first served!

The aim of the retreat is to provide postdocs with the utmost current and relevant information regarding the scientific climate in and out of academia. For this reason the invited speakers are professionals who have successfully entered their respective fields over the past few years in Switzerland and who can provide information and advice about the most recent challenges that exist in each area. The retreat will offer an open and relaxed environment, where everyone should feel free to engage in discussion and to share their knowledge and experiences.

Important: Registration is free, but attendees will have to cover their trip from Lausanne to Finhaut. An SBB train ticket with Demi Tarif both ways is 40.20chf.

14th October, Saturday

Meeting point Lausanne gare and train trip to Finhaut, Valais
09:30h – Coffee and Refreshments
10:20h – Dr. Silvia Fuertes Marraco (Senior scientific researcher, CHUV, Lausanne)
“The Postdoc Paradigm“
11:00h – Dr. Sara Mitri (P.I., Department of fundamental microbiology, UNIL)
“How to manage your scientific career, or: what has worked for me so far“
11:40h – Dr. Sandra Sulser (Company/Start-up representative, Arven Partners, Bern)
12:30h – Lunch
14:00h – Dr. Kristina Kakalacheva (Scientific investment consulting, NextTechInvest, Zürich)
“Career in venture capital: the unusual first step after a Ph.D.“
14:40h – Dr. Giovanni Ciriello (P.I., Department of Computational Biology, CHUV)
15:20h – Coffee Break
16:00h – Dr. Rossana Mirabella (Journal Manager for Frontiers in Plant Science, Frontiers in Genetics, and Frontiers in Molecular Biosciences)
16:20h – Round Table Discussions
17:00h – Open floor to participants to share their experience on working and living in Lausanne
18:00h – Dinner and drinks
*all talks are 20-30min long, followed by discussion

15th October, Sunday
09:30h – Coffee and Refreshments
10:00h – Dr. Samuel Lagier (Sam Speaks Science)
11:30h – Outdoors activity (hike, if the weather allows) and lunch
16:00h – Goodbye!


*for more information on the Postdoc for Postdoc action from the UNIL Direction, visit our Useful Links section, tab: Propose and organize an event for postdocs.

[Figure 1.A.] The Scientific Art Exhibition

Who among us hasn`t posed for a moment to admire the beauty of nature and its visualization in various forms, even though we are meant to see scientific images only as data?

How many emotions arehidden behind every piece of scientific work? Gratitude towards our fellows, suffering for experimentation with mice, endless frustration from unsuccessful experiments, fascination of a new finding, excitement by the reproducibility of an experiment, lack of appreciation, or the fulfilment of working for a good cause?

We invite you to share the beauty you find both in your work and your workplace outside the confines of academia.

The Association for Postdocs in Natural Sciences presents [Figure 1.A.], a photography competition for scientists and staff of the Faculty of Biology and Medicine at UNIL. The best images will be displayed in an exhibition on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th November, 2017 in Galerie La Sonnette in Lausanne.

Submit images in two categories at
1. The Object of Science – share the story of your object of science in images. The category is open to submissions of all forms of scientific image generation.
2. The People of Science – people and abstract photography. Take your cameras out and document those turning the wheels of science!
Submission deadline until 15th August!

A little bit of inspiration at

A virtual visit of Galerie La Sonnette at and

For more info come to



APNS Extraordinary General Assembly

An Extraordinary General Assembly will be held next Tuesday April 4th 2017 at 5.30PM at the boulangerie Pouly (Flon, next to Payot bookstore). We will take this opportunity to summarise what we have achieved from the association in the past 4 months since its Council renewal, present our planned events for 2017-2018 and have the chance to meet APNS members interested in collaborating or joining this council.

The first APNS Postdoc Welcome Apero together with legendary ADAS Beer O’Clock!

Feb 10th 2017 from 17.30hs at the Department of Biochemistry building D, student-room 308, Epalinges (, only 10 minutes by metro from CHUV!)

Come and join us in this awesome apero! It will be a great opportunity to meet each other and welcome new postdocs and other members of our community!

The legendary Beer O’Clock this year will jointly organized by ADAS and APNS. We will offer Mojitos for 3CHF, beer and wine for 2 CHF and some snacks for free.

Looking forward to meeting you!



APNS 2017

Welcome to APNS at UNIL! We are a postdocs association open to all postdocs interested in Natural Sciences!

Our main aims are to promote networking and collaboration among postdocs and to provide resources for current and future career development

Join us and check out our upcoming events! (also find us in Facebook)

We strongly encourage UNIL Postdocs (especially those at Dorigny/Sorge) to also join our friends at the Postdoc Association of EPFL Life Sciences (SV Postdocs), a great association!

If you have ideas or suggestions please contact us!

NEWS: The Association for Postdocs in Natural Sciences presents [Figure 1.A.], a photography competition for scientists and staff of the Faculty of Biology and Medicine at UNIL. The best images will be displayed in an exhibition on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th November, 2017 in Galerie La Sonnette in Lausanne.


welcome to our new association!

We are proud to announce the official start of our association for postdocs in natural sciences at UNIL!

Interested in knowing more? Join us now and receive emails about future events!

WE ARE RECRUITING MEMBERS! Including committee positions that are open! Feel free to join our committee meetings at Polli Flon, at 17.00 (date to be announced).

…and/or stop by our social event, an opportunity for us to socialize over beer and invite you to come check out what we’re about and join our association [Time/date/place to be announced soon!]

We have several events in planning, full details can be found above on our “events” page.