1. Life by Numbers
Data, big data, very big data, and too much big data. We generate loathsome amounts of data, and then we wonder how to make sense out of those numbers? Next-generation sequencing, statistics, mathematical modelling are often crucial to help us produce answers to questions that are fundamentally physical, biological and social. Did you know that the spiral shapes of sunflowers follow a Fibonacci number sequence? I bet not. So, what story do your numbers tell?
Interactions are crucial for all of us, from cells to humans. And everything in between, that includes molecules, proteins, microbes, plants, animals, communities and food chains. What kind of interactions do you study? Do they answer the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything? Take us hitch-hiking to your ‘interactions’.
3. Earth It
The earth has been a tremendous host, especially in comparison to desert-like planets in galaxies far, far away. What do we know about the earth? The winds, water, soil, greens, and environment have been constantly changing and evolving, just like we did. With ecosystem services on the rise, and plenty of discussion on sustainability, environmental research is now huge. Show some kindness to your host- tell us about it.
4. Creating Serendipity
In the course of scientific research we often encounter exciting side-ways, irrelevant and unrelated to the original research question. However, seldom are these additional experiments performed, and even rare is it for the findings to get published. And thus, many of these prospectively interesting side-findings may be lost. But not any more, here we invite researchers to present and share their serendipity in science. Show us what you found, but didn’t intend to?
5. Micro and Below
Not everything falls between Local to Global. Given the new technologies available to work there has been an unprecedented rise in the quality and quantity of molecular research in recent times. If your world revolves around invisible, tiny, fancy molecules and Eppendorf tubes, this is your jam.
6. Diversity in Science
Biodiversity research can contribute to solutions for societal challenges now and in the future. During this session we want to further introduce the importance of diversity in scientific research, elaborate on the different perspectives and discuss the next steps to be taken as a community. Unity in diversity they say, so why not diversity in science? This was also the theme for last year's symposium, let us see how we have progressed since.