It is my utmost pleasure to welcome you to the LS2 Annual Meeting 2024, hosted once again at the University of Lausanne. Our Annual Meeting brings together scientists from various life science sections that form LS2, showcasing the outstanding research taking place in Switzerland. This event serves as a dynamic platform for scientists with diverse scientific backgrounds and from various countries to interact, which is a key factor in the success of LS2.
This year’s Annual Meeting holds the theme “Exploring the Wonders of Life”, reflecting our collective dedication to unraveling the mysteries of the natural world. The scientific committee is delighted to announce the participation of distinguished scientists as keynote speakers. We are thrilled to begin the event with the Young Scientists’ Satellite, featuring an enlightening keynote lecture by Dr. Melina Schuh from Max Planck Institute for Multidisciplinary Sciences (DE) on her research on human fertilization. The main meeting features three keynote lectures delivered by Prof. Nicole King from the University of California, Berkeley (US), Dr. Samer Hattar from the National Institute of Mental Health (US), and Dr. Pavel Tomancak from the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (DE). These keynote lectures encompass a diverse range of captivating research topics: the origin of animals, the role of light in mood and cognition, and the evolution of morphogenesis.
The keynote lectures will be integrated into an exciting program with scientific symposia organized by the various LS2 sections and partners. This includes 9 invited speakers, and over 40 speakers who will be selected based on their abstract submissions. As is tradition, we eagerly anticipate the laureate talks by the recipients of the Prix Schläfli, Friedrich Miescher Award, and the Lelio Orci Award. In addition, there will be two poster sessions and a large industry exhibition area to encourage scientific interactions.
The scientific exchange facilitated by in-person meetings is unparalleled. Therefore, I encourage you to seize this opportunity to join us in Lausanne for 2 ½ days of stimulating discussions. LS2 stands as the unique life science meeting in Switzerland with such a broad scientific program. Fostering interaction with our young scientists has always been a crucial aspect of the LS2 Annual Meetings.
Furthermore, I would like to express our sincere gratitude to all our sponsors and exhibitors for their invaluable contributions that make our 2024 Annual Meeting possible. I encourage you to visit their booths and engage in discussions with their representatives to stay informed about the latest technological developments.
On behalf of the scientific committee and the entire meeting preparation team, we eagerly look forward to this meeting and hope to welcome many of you in Lausanne.
University of Lausanne