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Overview

The 2022 IUBMB–FEBS–PABMB Young Scientists’ Forum (YSF 2022) will start on Wednesday July 6th, 2022 with a tribute to Professor Claudina Rodrigues-Pousada, a key figure in the development of the FEBS YSF, and a lecture from Professor Bruno Correia on ‘Expanding the landscape of functional proteins by computational design’, followed by a welcome reception.

On the following days, the scientific programme will include lectures from our other keynote speakers: Professor Franck Martin on ‘Viral and cellular translation during SARS-CoV-2 infection’, Professor Rohit Pappu on ‘The biophysical principles of biomolecular condensates’, and Élyse Fischer, the winner of the inaugural IUBMB Whelan Young Investigator Award. Importantly, all the participants will also have the opportunity to present their research as oral and/or poster presentations.

In addition, during the meeting we will have a session on fellowships opportunities from different organizations, for the progression of careers in science, as well as practical exercises on key skills such as CV preparation, writing a scientific abstract, and public engagement in science (see the career speakers here).

Over the course of the YSF, the participants will have the opportunity to get to know each other and broaden their professional network. There will also be a chance to meet FEBS Long-Term Fellows attending the 5th FEBS Fellows Meeting, who will join us for keynote lectures, coffee breaks, and social events that include a dinner and party on the last night of the meeting.

The YSF will close on Saturday July 9th, 2022, when, after the announcement of the award winners, we will travel to the Lisbon Congress Centre to attend the IUBMB-FEBS-PABMB 2022 Congress.

Preliminary Schedule

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

16:0017:30 Registration
17:30 OPENING REMARKS
Alexandra Newton, IUBMB President
Václav Pačes, FEBS Secretary General
Bianca Zingales, PABMB President
Graça Soveral, SPB President
Ana Salomé Veiga, Co-Chair YSF 2022
Marco Domingues, Co-Chair YSF 2022
18:15 Chair: Cecília Arraiano
Tribute to Prof. Claudina Rodrigues-Pousada

KEYNOTE LECTURE 1 – Bruno Correia, Switzerland 
'Expanding the landscape of functional proteins by computational design'
19:00 WELCOME RECEPTION

Thursday, July 7, 2022

09:00 Chair: Alain Krol

KEYNOTE LECTURE 2
Franck Martin, France
'Viral and cellular translation during SARS-CoV-2 infection'
09:45 SELECTED ORAL COMMUNICATIONS – S1
Chairs: Fábio Fernandes and Diana Lousa


Cancer Cell-Free DNA Fragmentation Profile, Jure Krasic, Croatia

Mutational analysis of cystathionine beta-synthase from Toxoplasma gondii reveals the presence of a unique catalytically active conformation, Carolina Conter, Italy

CB1R as a potential therapeutic target in CRBN deficiency-associated mental retardation, Carlos Costa-Insua, Spain

Simulated marine heatwaves alters green-lipped mussel metabolic regulation: A near-natural experimental approach, Leonie Venter, New Zealand

Unravelling the impact of the 5'-3' exorribonuclease XRN1 in the HIV-1 replication cycle, Josefina Marín-Rojas, Chile

11:00 Coffee/Tea Break
11:30

Chair: Alexandra Newton

KEYNOTE LECTURE 3
Élyse Fischer, UK
(IUBMB Whelan Young Investigator Award lecture)
'Molecul­­­ar mechanisms of mitotic checkpoint complex assembly at kinetochores'

12:15 SELECTED ORAL COMMUNICATIONS – S2
Chairs: Bárbara Rocha and Diana Lousa

14-3-3-protein regulates Nedd4-2 by modulating interactions between HECT and WW domains, Pavel Pohl, Czech Republic

Novel circular RNAs (circRNAs) of the human apoptosis-related BCL2L12 gene, discovered using targeted 3rd generation (nanopore-based) sequencing, disclose novel aspects of circRNA biology, Paraskevi Karousi, Greece

Characterisation of RNA binding activity of FAST protein in cell death regulation, Daria Dawidziak, Poland

Investigation of the radiobiology of HPV-positive and HPV-negative head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) utilizing 3D spheroid models, Chumin Zhou, United Kingdom

Seminal fluid induces Epithelial Mesenchymal Transition (EMT) and enhances cell migration and inflammation in cervical cancer cells, Nonkululeko Mkwanazi, South Africa

13:30 Lunch
14:45 CAREERS IN SCIENCE – FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
FEBS – Alain Krol, France
IUBMB – Ilona Concha Grabinger, Chile 
How to prepare a proposal: tips and hints – Irene Diaz-Moreno, Spain
Chair: Miguel De La Rosa
15:45 1-MIN POSTER PRESENTATIONS (posters with odd numbers)
Chairs: Fábio Fernandes and Bárbara Rocha
16:45
17:45
POSTER SESSION (odd numbers)
Drinks and snacks
19:00 DINNER

Friday, July 8, 2022

09:00 Chair: Irene Diaz-Moreno

KEYNOTE LECTURE 4
Rohit Pappu, USA
'The biophysical principles of biomolecular condensates'
09:45 SELECTED ORAL COMMUNICATIONS – S3
Chairs: Ana Salomé Veiga and Bárbara Rocha

A novel PET-reporter gene system for the specific and sensitive imaging of therapeutic and/or virally transduced cells in vivo, Katja Fritschle, Germany

Multifunctional nanovaccine synergizes with OX40 agonist in triple-negative breast cancer, Carina Peres, Portugal

Plasma membrane lipidome profile in HCC cell line: Inhibition of some lipids mediated by Wnt/β-catenin signaling suppresses the tumor, Yagmur Azbazdar, Turkey

Studies on DNA dynamics relevance to Neurodegeneration, Lakshmi Somya Emani, India

NCLX modulates astrocytic metabolism and function, João Victor Cabral-Costa, Brazil

11:00 Coffee/Tea Break
11:30 CAREER SKILLS – PRACTICAL EXERCISES
CV preparation – Keith Elliott, United Kingdom
Abstract writing –  Juanita Perera, Germany
Public engagement in science – Mark Roberts, United Kingdom
The importance of self-confidence for researchers – Élyse Fischer, UK
13:30 Lunch
14:45 1-MIN POSTER PRESENTATIONS (posters with even numbers)
Chairs: Diana Lousa and Bárbara Rocha
15:45 POSTER SESSION (even numbers)
Drinks and snacks
16:45–18:45 CAREER SKILLS – PRACTICAL EXERCISES
CV preparation – Keith Elliott, United Kingdom
Abstract writing –  Juanita Perera, Germany
Public engagement in science – Mark Roberts, United Kingdom
The importance of self-confidence for researchers – Élyse Fischer, UK
20:00 DINNER & PARTY

Saturday, July 9, 2022

09:30 SCIENCE FROM ANOTHER POINT OF VIEW
Ethics in science – László Fésüs, Hungary
A journey and career as a technology transfer professional –  Marta Ribeiro, Portugal
A journey and career in pharma industry – Ana Patrícia Silva,  Switzerland
Chairs: Bianca Zingales and Ilona Concha Grabinger
10:30–11:00 AWARDS and CLOSING REMARKS
12:00–13:30 Lunch
14:00 Travel to Lisbon 
15:00 Check-in at hotel in Lisbon
16:00 Travel to the 'Lisboa Congress Centre'