Thursday, 14 June 2012



09.00 - 09.15

Welcome & Introduction


09.15 – 09.50

EMBO-EYSF Keynote Lecture
Mehmet Öztürk, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey


09.50 – 10.10

Coffee Break


10.10 – 12.30

Session II – Chair: Ertugrul Kilic

M. Madan Babu, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK
Helen Walden, London Research Institute, London, UK
Madalena Tarsounas, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
Sophie Jarriault, IGBMC, Strasbourg, FR


12.30 – 13.45

Lunch and Poster Session


13.45 – 14.55

Session III – Chair: Ibrahim Yaman

Elena A. Levashina, Max-Planck-Institute for Infection Biology, Berlin, Germany

Esben Lorentzen, Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Martinsried, Germany


14.55 - 15.45

Oral presentations – Chair: Bayram Yilmaz

H. Begüm Akman Tuncer, METU, Ankara, TR
Isil Esmer, Izmir Institute of Technology
Emre Deniz, Sabancı University, Istanbul, TR
Koray Balcioglu, MAM, Kocaeli, TR
Erdogan Pekcan Erkan, Medical University of Vienna, AU


15.45– 16.15

Coffee Break


16.15 - 18.15

Session IV – Chair: Ebru Erbay

Ertugrul Kilic, Yeditepe University, Istanbul, TR
Arzu Celik, Bogazici University, Istanbul, TR
Nesrin Özören, Bogazici University, Istanbul, TR
Devrim Gözüacik, Sabancı University, Istanbul, TR
Volkan Seyrantepe, IYTE, Izmir, TR
Ibrahim Yaman, Bogazici University, Istanbul, TR


Friday, 15 June 2012



09.00 – 10:30

Special session I: EMBO

Gerlind Wallon What EMBO offers to young scientists
Thomas Lemberger The editorial process: Molecular Systems Biology


10.30 – 11.00

Coffee Break


11.00 – 12.00

Special session II: TUBITAK

Melih Babaoglu, Mustafa Özen, Zeynep A. Büyükboduk: What TUBITAK offers to young scientists


12.00 – 13.15

Lunch and Poster Session


13.15 – 14.25

Session V – Chair: Devrin Gözüacik

Axel Behrens, London Research Institute, London, UK
Mikael Simons, Max-Planck Institute of Exp. Medicine, Göttingen, Germany


14.25 – 15.15

Oral Presentations – Chair: Ülkan Kilic

Imge Kunter, Dokuz Eylul University, Izmir, TR
Özlem Ertekin, MAM, Kocaeli, TR
Aysegül Dogan, Yeditepe University, Istanbul, TR
Sedide Öztürk, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA
Shabnam Enayat, METU, Ankara, TR


15.15 – 15-45

Coffee Break


15.45 – 16.55

Session VI – Chair: Arzu Celik

Zoi Lygerau, School of Medicine, University of Patras, Rio Patras, Greece
Rob Klose, University of Oxford, Oxford. UK


16:55 - 18:15

Session VII – Chair: Nesrin Özören

Tolga Emre, Bogazici University, Istanbul, TR 

Cory Dunn, Koc University, Istanbul, Turkey
Nurhan Özlü, Koc University, Istanbul, TR
Ebru Erbay, Bilkent University, Ankara, TR


18.15 - 18.30

Poster awards




Saturday, 16 June 2012 (Optional)



09.30 – 17:05

Careers Day
1) Science communication: Make science make sense

09.30 - 12.30 and 14.00 - 17.00

How to explain your research to your granny: scientists' parents, grandparents and friends often look puzzled when they are confronted with science and they don't seem to understand the importance of the individual scientist's research. Participants of this session will learn how to communicate their own research effectively to non-scientists.

Participants will learn about:

  • What level of information to give
  • How to structure the information to be conveyed
  • What kind of language should be used or avoided
  • How to spark enthusiasm and maintain interest

Trainer: Samuel Caddick, Editor, EMBO reports, Heidelberg, DE

2) Job application: Understand the do's and don'ts

14.00 - 17.00

As you look for a suitable job you must stand out from the crowd of other well-qualified job-seekers to attract the attention of potential employers. During this three-hour workshop you will learn how to:

  • identify and present the specific skills you have acquired during
    your thesis and/or post doc;
  • you will hear about the importance of tailoring your application to different types of jobs;
  • how to write an attractive CV and engaging cover letter;
  • how to prepare for and present yourself convincingly in an interview;
  • and how networking can help you find out about potential careers, as well as available jobs.

Although focusing on non-academic career paths, much of the advice will be relevant to those applying to academic positions.

Trainer: Barbara Janssens, Heidelberg, DE

3) Presentation skills: How to capture your audience

09.30 - 12.30 and 14.00 - 17.00

The goal of this workshop is to develop an ability to create and deliver successful presentations with confidence.

In this workshop, you will learn about the essential elements of scientific presentations. You will learn how to design clear and effective scientific presentations and how to use your voice and body language to capture your audience and enhance your confidence.

Please prepare a 2-minute poster presentation to use as practice material during the workshop.

Trainer: Chapin Rodriguez, Zagreb, HR

4) Project management for your thesis

09.30 - 12.00 and 14.30 - 17.00

Are you getting lost in between the different parts of your thesis projects? Do you have difficulties in getting the attention of your supervisor? Problems with other members of the team? Learn how to organize yourself and your work more efficiently and deal with your group leader and team members.

Trainer: Billy Ueber, Baden-Baden, DE

5) Scientific writing

09.30 - 12.30

As a scientist you write all the time - papers of course, but also abstracts, grant proposals, columns, press releases, CVs and cover letters, to name but a few. While finding the right words can seem to be challenging if you are a non-native English speaker, some simple tools can be used to get your message across. To keep in mind your target audience, just try to take a view from the other side: what would the Reader, Editor, Reviewer or Employer understand? In this workshop we will talk about peer review and publishing; structuring the writing process; covers, titles and abstracts; do's and don'ts to make the most out of your scientific writing.

Trainer: Barbara Janssens, Heidelberg, DE