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EMBL in Denmark 2021: Enzymes of the future – Alumni relations

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EMBL in Denmark 2021: Enzymes of the future

Overview

All EMBL staff, alumni, their colleagues and networks are invited to EMBL in Denmark  2021: Enzymes of the future at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) in Copenhagen, held on Friday to Saturday 3-4 December 2021.

This free two-day event includes a diverse group of speakers from Denmark, recent Novozyme Prize winner Peer Bork and a keynote lecture from Bernard Henrissat. The event will focus on enzymes, structural enzymology and scientific services. It will also include information on the newly launched DANEMO (Danish research support centre and communication platform with the mission to raise awareness of EMBL and EMBO opportunities), a poster session and opportunities to make new connections and broaden your network over coffee breaks and lunch.

Masters students and fellows from Danish institutions are especially encouraged to attend Day 2 as there will be sessions that focus on careers in Denmark and at EMBL. Travel funding is available, so please visit the “Travel Awards” tab.

This event is open to all and includes coffee breaks and lunch. Space is limited so please register as early possible to secure a spot.

Who Should Attend:

Tradionally, EMBL in… events are open to all life scientists. The aim is to share what’s happening at EMBL with communities in our EMBL member and associate member states, as well as learn about new and innovative life sciences research and resources available in EMBL host countries. With these events, we seek to open up valuable dialogue, ensuring that as many people as possible have access to the opportunities provided by both EMBL and its alumni and partners.

Benefits for alumni

  • Connect with fellow alumni
  • Learn about outstanding resources at EMBL and beyond
  • Exchange knowledge

Benefits for staff

  • Make valuable connections within EMBL’s large and diverse alumni community
  • Learn about new and exciting research from a range of fields
  • Get a taste of life after EMBL

Benefits for external guests

  • Get to know EMBL: its people, career opportunities, resources and impact
  • Meet likeminded people in your country
  • Learn about new and exciting research


Introducing DANEMO
DANEMO is the Danish research support centre and communication platform with the mission to increase attention to the numerous opportunities at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) for career paths, funding, and scientific services such as core facilities, databases, instruments, and large-scale facilities. EMBO and EMBL opportunities are relevant to everyone in the Danish research communities within life sciences in both academia and industry, from undergraduates to senior scientists! 

Introducing DANDRITE – the Danish node of the Nordic EMBL Partnership for Molecular Medicine
The Danish Research Institute of Translational Neuroscience (DANDRITE) was established by Lundbeckfonden and Aarhus University in 2013 and performs basic and translational research in brain and the nervous system. DANDRITE is the Danish node of the Nordic EMBL Partnership for Molecular Medicine, which is a network that facilitates collaborative research, access to scientific infrastructure, and fosters outstanding international research talent. 

Programme

DAY 1            Enzymes of the future

Friday 3 December 

10:00-10:30Welcome Coffee, Registration and Networking
10:30-12:00Introducing  the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), EMBL, DANDRITE and DANEMO 
Chair: Jens Preben Morth, Professor, Technical University of Denmark (DTU)
(EMBL Predoc, 2001-2005, Hamburg)
Bjarke Christensen, Head of Department (Biotechnology and Biomedicine) Technical University of Denmark (DTU)
Peer Bork, Director of EMBL Heidelberg
Poul Nissen, Professor, Aarhus University & Director, DANDRITE
Lars Juhl Jensen, Professor, University of Copenhagen (KU)
(EMBL Staff Scientist, 2003-2009, Heidelberg)
“Understanding biology through protein networks”
12:00-13:00Lunch and Networking + Poster Session
13:00-14:00Session II – Structural Enzymology
Chair: Jens Nielsen, Vice President of Enzyme Research, Novozymes
(EMBL Predoc 1997-2001 Heidelberg)
Azadeh Shahsavar, Assistant Professor, Aarhus University (AU)
(EMBL Postdoc, 2016-2019, Hamburg)
“Unlocking the molecular mechanism of glycine reuptake inhibition”
David Gloriam, Professor, University of Copenhagen (KU)
(EMBL Postdoc, 2006-2008, EMBL-EBI)
“Structure data-driven receptor biology“
Guillermo Montoya, Research Director, Protein Structure and Function Programme, Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research
(EMBL Postdoc, 1994-2001, Heidelberg)
“Cleavage is nothing without control: How CRISPR-Cas effector complexes can be turned into biomedical tools”
14:00-14:30Coffee and Networking
14:30-15:50Session III – From Discovery to Application  
Chair: Anne Meyer, Professor, Technical University of Denmark (DTU)
Trine Holst Sørensen, Senior Scientist, Novozymes
“Working for a cause by bringing knowledge into patterns”
Maher Abou Hachem, Professor, Technical University of Denmark (DTU)
“Is mothers’ milk encoding the maturation of our gut microbiota?”
Ole Norregaard Jensen, Professor, University of Southern Denmark (SDU)
(EMBL Postdoc, 1994-1997, Heidelberg)
“A journey in mass spectrometry and proteomics”
Michael Broberg Palmgren, Professor, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences University of Copenhagen (KU)
(EMBL Postdoc, 1990-1991, Heidelberg)
“Molecular biology from pumps to future crops”
15:50-16:30Coffee and Networking and Poster Session
16:30-17:00Session IV  – Keynote  
Chair: Birte Svennson, Professor, Technical University of Denmark (DTU)
Bernard Henrissat, Professor, Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and Emeritus Research Director, CNRS
“Discovering carbohydrate-active enzymes”       
A word of thanks  
Mehrnoosh Rayner, Head of EMBL Alumni Relations
17:10-18:30Drinks Reception
18:30Dinner for Speakers and Co-organisers

DAY 2         Scientific Services, Training and Careers 

Saturday 4 December

9:00-9:30Coffee and Networking
9:30-10:30 Session I     Journey to EMBL from Denmark 
Chair: Jens Preben Morth, Professor, Technical University of Denmark (DTU)
(EMBL Predoc, 2001-2005, Hamburg)
Esben Lorentzen, Associate Professor, Aarhus University (AU)
(EMBL Predoc, 2001-2007, Hamburg)
Lessons learned from 7 years at EMBL”
Mette Laursen, Research Scientist, SARomics Biostructures
(EMBL Postdoc, 2014-2017, Hamburg)
“There and Back Again”   
Marianne Sandvold Beckwith, Postdoctoral Fellow, EMBL
“Moving from Scandinavia to EMBL: the science, the people and the microscopes”
10:30-10:40Bio-Break
10:40:11:40Session II Scientific Services and Training in Denmark and Beyond
Chair: Poul Nissen, Professor, Aarhus University & Director, DANDRITE
Jens Nielsen, CEO, BioInnovation Institute
“Challenges in Life Science Innovation”
Henning Friis Poulsen, Professor, Technical University of Denmark (DTU)
“The 3D imaging Centre and its use for bio imaging”
Malte Paulsen, Head of Scientific Platforms and Laboratory, Novo Nordisk
(EMBL Head of Flow Cytometry Core Facility, 2015-2020, Heidelberg)
“Collaborating with EMBL on training and technology development from the distance”
11:40-12:00Closing Remarks
Kaare Teilum, Group Leader, University of Copenhagen (KU)
(EMBL Council Delegate)
12:00Lunch and Networking

Speakers

  • Maher Abou Hachem, Professor,  Technical University of Denmark (DTU)                          
  • Peer Bork, Director of EMBL Heidelberg   
  • Michael Broberg Palmgren, Professor, University of Copenhagen (KU)              
    (EMBL Postdoc, 1990-1991, Heidelberg)                         
  • Bjarke Christensen, Head of Department (Biotechnology and Biomedicine) Technical University of Denmark (DTU)
  • Henning Friis Poulsen, Professor, Technical University of Denmark (DTU)
  • David Gloriam, Professor, University of Copenhagen (KU)              
    (EMBL Postdoc, 2006-2008, EMBL-EBI)    
  • Bernard Henrissat, Professor, Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and Emeritus Research Director, AFMB   
  • Trine Holst Sørensen, Research Scientist, Novozymes
  • Lars Juhl Jensen, Professor, University of Copenhagen (KU)                                    
    (EMBL Staff Scientist, 2003-2009, Heidelberg)
  • Mette Laursen, Group Leader, Aarhus University (AU)
    (EMBL Postdoc, 2014-2017, Hamburg)
  • Esben Lorentzen, Associate Professor, Aarhus University (AU)
    (EMBL Predoc, 2001-2007, Hamburg)
  • Anne Meyer, Professor, Technical University of Denmark (DTU)
  • Guillermo Montoya, Research Director and Professor, University of Copenhagen (KU)
    (EMBL Postdoc, 1994-2001, Heidelberg)   
  • Jens Nielsen, CEO, BioInnovation Institute
  • Poul Nissen, Professor, Aarhus University (AU) & Director, DANDRITE             
  • Ole Norregaard Jensen, Professor, University of Southern Denmark (SDU)                     
    (EMBL Postdoc, 1994-1997, Heidelberg)    
  • Malte Paulsen, Head of Scientific Platforms and Laboratory, Novo Nordisk
    (EMBL Head of Flow Cytometry Core Facility, 2015-2020, Heidelberg)
  • Jens Preben Morth, Professor, Technical University of Denmark (DTU)
  • Mehrnoosh Rayner, Head of EMBL Alumni Relations
  • Marianne Sandvold Beckwith, Postdoctoral Fellow, EMBL
  • Azadeh Shahsavar, Assistant Professor, Aarhus University (AU)                   
    (EMBL Postdoc, 2016-2019, Hamburg)
  • Birte Svennson, Professor, Technical University of Denmark (DTU)
  • Kaare Teilum, Group Leader, University of Copenhagen (KU)
    (EMBL Council Delegate)

Information for Participants

Venue: Technical University of Denmark, Building 101, Lecture Hall 1 

Anker Engelunds Vej 1 Bygning 101A, 2800 Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark

Travel Awards: Please see Travel Awards tab above for more information on how to receive reimbursement for your travel to the event. 

Poster Session: This event will feature a poster session on Friday 3 December and we invite students and fellows to present a poster on any topic. Please send a title and short abstract (150 words) to alumni [at] embl.org by 19 November.

Travel Awards

DANEMO travel awards for students & postdocs

Eligible applicants: Students and postdocs attending the meeting may apply for a DANEMO travel award. Applicants must be affiliated with a Danish institution to be eligible for funding.

Travel award amount

The travel support funds can cover up to a maximum of 1500 DKK.

The travel support fund award must be used for travel expenses, such as train tickets, car pools (list names of participants joining, 1.9 DKK per km), bridge or ferry, and/or overnight expenses at hotel with “statsaftale”. N.B.: No meals can be covered.

Application deadline

Participants who wish to apply for the DANEMO travel award must send their application to DANEMO coordinator Karen Bech-Pedersen (karenb@mbg.au.dk) as a single pdf document by Friday 5 November 2021 at 12:00 (CEST).

Successful applicants will be notified by Friday 12 November 2021.

Unsuccessful travel support applicants will have the opportunity to withdraw their registration before the registration deadline on 19 November 2021 in case they are no longer able to attend.

Application requirements

– The application pdf must include a short description (max. one page total) expressing i) your interest in the DANEMO workshop and EMBL alumni meeting, ii) an outline of requested expenses to cover*, iii) your employment category (student, PhD student, or postdoc), and which Danish institution and department you are affiliated with.

– In addition, a short CV (one page) and a list of publications, preprints and other scientific disseminations (posters, talks) must be included.

– A support letter from your mentor/supervisor is optional

*Expenses requested covered must be documented (in the application) with a description of the travel from A to B (for travel expenses), and a receipt for the expense added (in the reimbursement request after the event).

Travel amount payout Reimbursement of expenses will take place after the event.

Participants List

Participants List so far


Thank you to the following for supporting the event:

Date: 3 - 4 Dec 2021

Location: Other

Venue: Technical University of Denmark (DTU) Building 101, Lecture Hall 1

Organisers:

  • Jens Preben Morth
    Professor, Technical University of Denmark
    • Jens Erik Nielsen
      Vice President of Enzyme Research, Novozymes
      • Poul Nissen
        Professor, Aarhus University & Director, DANDRITE
        • Kaare Teilum
          Group Leader, University of Copenhagen and EMBL Council Delegate
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