ELLS Scientific Student Conference 2018

ELLS Scientific Student Conference 2018

The Euroleague for Life Sciences (ELLS) and Wageningen University & Research invite all students from ELLS universities to join the ELLS Scientific Student Conference. The aim of this conference is to encourage you as a student within the Life Sciences to engage with one another, and allow you the chance to disseminate your own research related to the headline ‘Life Sciences: looking across disciplines’ and the five subthemes elaborated below.

Organised by Euroleague for Life Sciences (ELLS)
Hosted by Wageningen University & Research
Date From Friday 9 November 2018 to Saturday 10 November 2018
Location Orion, Wageningen Campus

What is a Scientific Student Conference

A scientific conference is a meeting of scientists where they present their work, can broaden their knowledge about a certain topic and exchange ideas. A student conference means that students will be the ones that will present their work. During this conference there are awards for the students with the best poster and presentation. On top of the scientific part of the conference there are also other activities organized, such as a student party.

Subthemes of the Scientific Student Conference

Biobased Solutions

To minimize the impact of humans living on the planet there is a goal towards sustainability. To reach this goal solutions need to be found. The biobased economy is a new model for industry and economy that is seen as a chance to switch from an economy based on the use of fossil raw materials to a new, innovative and sustainable economy based on biogenic resources. This is possible by a multidisciplinary design of production chains including biomass production, bioconversion, biorefinery and societal, logistic and economic transition processes.

From Field to Fork

Where does the food on your fork come from? What is the nutritional value of what we are eating. What are the processes prior to the food you are eating? And how do the numerous food choices influence human behaviour. Food is produced, harvested, processed, and consumed. Projects performed at one of the stages in the food supply contribute to a more sustainable and healthy economy.

Global One Health

We use the phrase ‘A Global One Health’, as it reflects the interconnectedness and global nature of health care for humans, animals, plants and the environment. Many health risks can be controlled through effective interventions consisting of an adequate and varied food supply, hygiene, medicines, vaccines, vector control and crop protection. A sustainable and shared approach requires an integrated analysis of infectious diseases, with contributions from various knowledge domains.

Humans & Nature

The human-nature relationship is vital for human’s and earth’s wellbeing. To examine the link between humans and nature requires research of the underlying mechanisms from an interdisciplinary approach. Insights are needed into the socio-economic causes and the characteristics of pollution and degradation of the natural environment, including the effects on human beings, the atmosphere, ecosystems and other organisms.

Metropolitan Solutions

By 2050, 70% of the world’s population will live in cities. As a result, cities will face issues concerning sustainability and quality of life. This concerns aspects such as food security, mobility and logistics, the availability of water, dealing with raw materials and waste, health and well-being. The metropolitan city is simultaneously an incubator for creative solutions, a precursor of social and technological innovations in sustainability.

Target Audience

BSc, MSc and first-year PhD students (at the time of submission of the abstract) of universities affiliated to the ELLS network:

BOKU-Austria, CAU-China, CULS-Czech Republic, HUJI-Israel, LU-New Zealand, SCIENCE-Denmark, SLU-Sweden, UHOH-Germany, WULS-SGGW-Poland, WUR-The Netherlands.

How to participate

Step 1: Submit your abstract

We invite you to submit your abstract before 15 June 2018 30 June 2018 (23:59 o'clock). The best abstracts will be chosen and those students will be given the opportunity to present their research in an oral presentation or poster presentation, including a poster pitch.

Step 2: Abstract review.

All submitted abstracts will be reviewed by a Scientific Committee (scientists from ELLS member Universities) in July-August 2018. Authors will be notified in the beginning of September whether their abstract has been accepted. Notification of final assignment (oral presentation or poster presentation) will follow in due course.

Step 3: Registration for the conference.

After confirmation of your participation you have to register for the conference via this website. Registration will open in September. If you did not submit an abstract or if your abstract was rejected you may also participate as an audience member.

Practical information

  • Participation fee: free of charge
  • Travel: Participating students must arrange and pay for their own travels to/from Wageningen as well as local transportation in Wageningen.
  • Accommodation: Suggestions for accommodation can be found on the website in due course. Prices will be between 25 and 35 euro per person, per night.
  • Accommodation grants: From each member university, the best abstracts will be selected. The students that handed in these abstracts will receive an accommodation grant for 3 nights, Thursday - Sunday. Winners of the accommodation grants are notified in September after the review process. In addition, some universities may support authors with travel scholarships.
  • Meals: Lunch on Friday and Saturday as well as dinner on Friday is provided by the conference. Breakfast and additional meals will be the student's own responsibility.