Student Symposium 2021

We invite all our VU Amsterdam Life Sciences master students to attend and participate in our virtual research symposium on:

Wednesday 12th May, 2021: 11 AM – 2.30 PM

Speaker & Poster Program


[ON ZOOM]: 11 AM SYMPOSIUM SESSION I

Speakers:

Prof Marjolein van Egmond: IgA antibodies in autoimmunity and cancer: Trojan horse or magic bullet?

Prof Jan Hoeijmakers: DNA repair and the power of nutritional interventions: impact on ageing and cancer.

Dr Linda Douw: Multilayer brain networks

[ON GATHER]: 12:30-1.30 PM POSTER MARKET

1.30 – 1.45 PM Short break

[ON ZOOM]: 1.45 PM SYMPOSIUM SESSION II

Dr Giorgia Squeri UniQure: Gene therapy for Huntington Disease: from the idea to the patient

Poster competition winner announced

2.30 PM Finish.

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5PM

The Gather platform will remain active throughout the day & evening, we invite you to rejoin for a virtual borrel with your classmates, feel free to bring lab mates.

Poster Guidelines

We recommend you create a landscape orientation poster for best viewing. Your poster file should be finally submitted to the organizing committee in a good-resolution (200dpi) as a png or jpg image format.

Please submit your final poster before May 9th to: {Repository link will be emailed to participants directly}

Please name your poster file after your full name in the repository, e.g; “Sigrid_Kaag.png”

There will be a poster competition, a winner will be announced as judged by our program staff!

Access & Symposium Platform

Only registered participants will be able to log in to the platform. Register before May 10 even if you aren’t presenting a poster. Passcodes are emailed to participants directly.


The scientific talks will take place on zoom.

https://vu-live.zoom.us/j/97461305326?pwd=clhEWGVpWmk2TWZDWUdybCtWWWQ5dz09

The poster market will take place on Gather.town.

https://gather.town/i/9oxM2nz3

Gather.town

You can access this platform from your regular internet browser, so there is no need to download any additional software for this. In gather.town you have a small avatar that you can move around the poster hall, just like in a video game. Press x to interact with posters or objects. You will virtually stand in front of your own poster and pitch via live video call to anyone in the vicinity. Just like in real life, people can move around & choose when to visit your poster.

Don’t forget to prepare and practice a bit of a pitch.

Technical advice: It’s important to have a decent internet connection for Gather.town & give the platform access to your mic & camera. If you run into glitches on the day, this is normally resolved by refreshing the webpage by hitting “ctrl R” or making sure you only have one Gather browser tab open.

Questions? Trouble? On the day of the event try to reach us using the chat boxes or email us at studentsymposium2021vu [at] gmail . com. Don’t hesitate to contact us at this address if you have further questions before the event.

Abstract Guidelines

Your abstract should demonstrate that your (internship) research has/will have a valuable contribution to the scientific field you are working in. Abstracts should be written in English and not exceed max. 1000 characters (about 250 words). 

Usually an abstract dedicates one or two sentences each towards:

Background/context, materials & methods, results, and conclusion or interpretation. Abstract subheadings are not necessary.

Your abstract will need a succinct title and to list of the first and last names of all authors who contributed to the work (such as yourself, supervisors, or technicians). You should also include up to 3 keywords to help us organize the posters by theme.

We realize for many of you internships are still ongoing, preliminary & pilot data are welcome. It’s also acceptable if your poster differs somewhat from your original abstract text. Literature reviews may only be presented as posters if they’re in a meta-analysis format or have formed part of your internship work in 2020-2021.

REMEMBER:
The symposium is for a broad student and academic audience: take this into account while writing your abstract.

Abstract writing tips:
1. write in past tense and avoid passive 

2. make sure any terms or acronyms are defined if needed & avoid too much jargon

3. give only a concise summary of the findings, sample sizes or p-values only where relevant

4. no need to cite references or bibliography

The symposium is an opportunity to hear about local research and share your internship experiences with classmates during our lunchtime poster session. All attendees must register to receive access codes via email on May 10th.