Event 2024

Welcome to the Program for Academic Leaders in Life Sciences (PALS) Annual Scientific Conference 2024, organized for all WCMM, SciLifeLab, and DDLS fellows. The program aims to improve scientific networks and collaborations across Sweden, as well as to increase awareness and accessibility of cutting-edge infrastructures.

WCMM Umeå is hosting the conference on June 3-5, 2024, at Elite Hotel Mimer in Umeå. During the meeting, WCMM, SciLifeLab, and DDLS fellows will gather to network around themes such as molecular medicine, biotechnology, molecular biology, and data-driven life science. This event will provide significant opportunities for collaborations between experimental and computational groups.


Monday June 3

12.00 Lunch for early arrivals
14:00  Arrival, Check-in & Coffee
16:30  Welcome
Andrei Chabes, WCMM Umeå, Göran Sandberg, KAW, Katrine Riklund, Pro-vice chancellor Umeå University
16:50 Session | PALS call 2023 awardees
18:30 Infrastructure presentation
Linda Sandblad, Director SciLifeLab Site Umeå
18:45 Dinner & Mingle

Tuesday June 4

06.30 – 07.00 Morning walk / run
07:00- 08.30 Breakfast
08.30 Opening of the meeting
Directors of WCM(T)Ms, SciLifeLab, and DDLS program
09.00 Keynote Speaker I – Eileen Furlong
Head of Genome Biology Unit, European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), Heidelberg
10:00 Coffee & Fika
10:30 Parallel Sessions | Data Blitz #1
12:00 Lunch
13:15 Keynote Speaker II – Prof. Bruce Stillman
President Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL), New York
14:15 Grab your Coffee & Fika – preparation for the panel discussion
14:30  Panel Discussion with the 2 Keynote speakers
15:45 Parallel Sessions | Data Blitz #2
18:00 Dinner at P5 & drinks at the rooftop

Wednesday June 5 

06.30 – 07.00 Morning walk / run       
07.00 – 08.30 Breakfast            
08:30 Session | From laboratory findings to patient treatment 
Prof. Thomas Edlund & Prof. Helena Edlund, Umeå University, Co-founders of Betagenon, Umeå       
09:30 Poster session | Infrastructures
With Coffee & Fika        
10:30 Parallel Sessions | Data Blitz #3
11:45 Closing words
Andrei Chabes, Director WCMM Umeå      
12:00    Lunch & Mingle               
~12.25 Departure         
Bus transfer to Umeå Airport 

We look forward to talks by keynotes speakers: 

Eileen Furlong, Head of Genome Biology Unit, European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), Heidelberg

Bruce Stillman, Prof., President, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL)

With panel discussions, parallel sessions covering a broad range of subjects, and discussions on the next big questions in Life Science, we believe this will be a highly rewarding event for the participants and will spur many new ideas and collaborations.

The program has been developed by the Scientific Fellow committee: 
Changchun Chen (WCMM Umeå), Marta Bally (WCMM Umeå), Olof Lagerlöf (WCMM Umeå), Silvia Remeseiro (WCMM Umeå), Daniel Öhlund (WCMM Umeå), Cemal Erdem (DDLS Fellow), Laura Carroll (DDLS Fellow), Abhishek Niroula (DDLS Fellow), Erika Comasco (SciLifeLab Fellow), Wojciech Piotr Michno (SciLifeLab Fellow), Frank Hernandez (WCMM Linköping), Alesia Tietze (WCMTM Göteborg), and we gratefully acknowledge the support from KAW for this event.

We are confident that this meeting will be inspiring and full of opportunities. Looking forward to seeing you in June 2024.

Andrei Chabes, WCMM Umeå Director 

Pernilla Wikström, WCMM Umeå Co-director

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