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Dear postdoctoral fellows,  

We are very happy to announce the call for applications to the “PIs of tomorrow: The Future of Swiss Research” session at the next LS2 Annual Meeting 2018, taking place in Lausanne, 12-13 February. This session offers postdocs interested in an academic career an opportunity to present a talk similar in format to a professorship application interview. Selected participants will have the chance to get a slot for a 15-minute scientific presentation, which should be addressed to a broad audience and in which both the achievements accomplished and the proposed future scientific activities are to be explained. The talk will be followed by a 5-minute discussion on various aspects of the proposed activity, but also about career-oriented aspects of the presenter. A knowledgeable jury panel of professors will evaluate the presentations. 

The best presentation will be awarded a prize. However, everyone is a winner, as all presenters in the session will receive feedback from the jury in a one-on-one session afterward. Moreover, as a participant in the LS2 Annual Meeting 2018, you will have the opportunity to expand or refresh your network in Switzerland, to interact with scientists in and outside your field, and to enjoy a two-day meeting in the beautiful city of Lausanne. Only applicants having ties to Switzerland will be considered (i.e. Swiss citizenship, Swiss residency, past or on-going affiliation with a Swiss institution of at least two years). 

The following documents are required for the application: 

  1. Cover letter highlighting your eligibility (half a page) 
  2. Abstract of your presentation including past work and future research plans with their scientific impact and significance (max. 300 words) 
  3. CV with a publication list (max. 2 pages) 

To apply, please follow the guidelines in the application link below, where you will be asked to upload your files in a single pdf file (max. 5 MB): http://tiny.cc/LS2PIOT 

Applications must be received by November 1st, 2017. 
Questions to the session should be addressed to
If you are selected, your travel and accommodation fees will be paid by the LS2 organisation. 

We are looking forward to your application and hope to welcome you in Lausanne! 
Yours sincerely 

Dr. Nino Nikolovski, Dr. Aleksandra Konovalova and Dr. Elisa Araldi 



David Spichiger, SCS