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General Assembly 2018

The Association of Postdocs in Natural Sciences invites you to a General Assembly + Apero on the 21st February, 2018 at 18:30h at the Biophore, Campus Sorge!

Learn about our 2017/2018 projects and hop on board!

We are recruiting committee members and organizers, so if you want to gain experience in this area don`t be shy. We have plenty planned for the year – project management seminars, a scientific art exhibition, participative and interactive workshops, career retreats.
1. Review of 2017 events.
2. Planned events 2018.
3. Announcement of open positions.
4. Financial statement.
5. Official re-election of leadership committee.
Hope to see you there! If you cannot attend, but you are interested in the association, drop us a line at


Novartis-EPFL-UNIL meeting

Present your work at the 5th joint Novartis-EPFL-UNIL meeting

The SV postdoc association and the BioScience Network Lausanne together with the Association for Postdoc in Natural Sciences at UNIL are gladly continuing our collaboration with the Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research (NIBR) in Basel: the Novartis-EPFL-UNIL (NEU) Meeting. The 5th NEU meeting will take place on the 15th of December 2017 (Friday) in Basel.

The aim of this meeting is to promote interactions among researchers conducting similar types of research in academia and in industry. In addition, this year an HR representative will present information on the ideal profile of a job candidate for Novartis.

PhD students and postdocs will have the opportunity to present their work and learn about research at NIBR. Besides, participants will attend exclusive lab visits at NIBR. Please note that this meeting is not meant to be a job fair.

The tentative layout of the day is as follows:

arrival in Basel at 9 AM (costs of transportation are on the participants)

2 presentations by NIBR scientists

1 presentation by an HR representative

poster presentations by EPFL/UNIL scientists

lunch break

NIBR lab visits

departure to Lausanne around 6 PM

We are looking for PhD students and postdocs from EPFL and UNIL performing research in life science. You will have the opportunity to present a poster and we kindly ask you to submit an abstract (300 words max, no figures) following registration. Please note that you will need your advisors permission to present your work at NIBR.

The registration will start on the 2nd of November and the deadline is on the 9th of November 2017. After registration we will send you a link for abstract submission. Abstracts have to be submitted by latest of 20th of November 2017. Your abstracts will be treated confidential and the organising committee will select participants based on their abstracts. The results of the selection will be communicated by 27th of November 2017.

Click here for registration.

For more information, contact Marianna Feretzaki (, from the organizing committee of the SV Postdoc Association

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.*

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 07:30h 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. Giovanni Ciriello (P.I., Department of Computational Biology, CHUV)
11:40h – Dr. Sara Mitri (P.I., Department of fundamental microbiology, UNIL)
“How to manage your scientific career, or: what has worked for me so far“
12:30h – Lunch
14:00h – Dr. Kristina Beeler-Kakalacheva (Scientific investment consulting, Nextech Invest, Zürich)
“Career in venture capital: the unusual first step after a Ph.D.“
14:40h – Dr. Romain-Daniel Gosselin (Biostatistics and Peer-reviewing consulting, Biotelligences, Lausanne)
“From academia to entrepreneurship: how big is the leap?”
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)
“Changing the narrative about the scientific career“
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.