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Broadening ones horizon and keeping an open mind has become one of the integral characteristics of the scientific field. As a society that strives to empower these values, ÖGMBT has always been proud to expand upon the regular conference procedures with additional satellite and networking events. Be it the diversification of subjects (like featuring Bioinformatics and -physics in assigned seminars), workshops focussing on valuable soft skills or career- and education-related social sessions: the widespread approach resembled the diversity of interests present at the meeting.

Bioinformatics Round Table was started in 2011 by Thuan Christine Huynh Buu, Bernhard Knapp and Christian Siehs. The idea for the round table discussion was born at the Bioinformatics Stammtisch at the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria in Hagenberg, as an opportunity for students to meet their professors outside the university. Main goal is to connect researcher and students, bridging gaps and enabling participants to share experiences and best practice. Despite the early hours and limited advertisement some 30 young and more senior researcher were interested and joined the session before the official start of the annual meeting. Bernhard Knapp opened the session and Christian Siehs gave an overview on the broad range of bioinformatics aspects and tools , including anekdotes and practical hints. The first part of the satelite event was finished with the excellent key note by Amos Bairoch, who talked about the important but many ties neglected topic of curation within the bio and life sciences. The second part of the satellite was labeled "Meet the Bioinformatics Experts " and numerous distinct bioinformatics experts from Vienna answered and discussed with the participants and other interested scientists. Among others topics like sequencing and analysis, structural bioinformatics, computational systems biology, networks and functional analysis, biological knowledge discovery and data management were covered. Thuan Christine Huynh Buu closed the successful first bionformatics satelite after 4 hours of interesting, lively and also intense interaction between bioinformaticians and participants of the OGMBT annual meeting. more info

Biophysics Austria event had invited contributions covering the whole range of the field - this year with a particular focus on theoretical Biophysics. The Session Chair was Bojan Zagrovic of the Max F. Perutz Laboratories Vienna and Young PI Talk was held by Chris Oostenbrink, University of Natural resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna. more info

„How to write a paper“ was held by Eva Müller, a Ph.D. biologist turned science writer and gave those interested answers to the most relevant questions when it comes to developing a clear and conclusive story line for your scientific manuscript : a catchy title, convincing abstract, an intrudoction that arouses interest or a compelling discussion could be the essential factors for spicing up your publication. more info

The purpose of research What is science all about? Why is research important? Intriguing questions asked by Lukas Madl (Tecnet equity). In his workshop, he discussed the opinions of famous thinkers, trends today, chances and risks for the future. To his mind, both pure scientific endeavour on the one hand and new technologies on the other can serve humanity - if handled with care and responsibility. 

ÖGMBT Career Day once again aimed to reflect upon the links between science and business: booths maintained by Life Science companies and service providers alike were spread across the foyer to provide relevant information to curious attendees. The “Wine & Science” event deserves a specific mention, as it allowed attendees to open up a casual conversation to business owners/leaders like Prof. Katinger of Polymun or Mr. Perklitsch of Mediatum in a relaxed and informal environment.

Shaking Up Early-Stage Process Development (PALL) demonstrated a high-throughput screening technology for small-scale fermentation and cell culture experiments. Furthermore fortèBIO (a Division of Pall Life Sciences) will demonstrate their newest technology for label free protein analysis for drug discovery and bioprocess monitoring. Wolfgang Weinkum, organiser of this satellite later described the meeting as an "Excellent event with possibility to network with a lot of key opinion leaders from biotech, academics, key universities and non-university research institutes"

Infusion in small rodents with osmotic pumps in the interests of 3R (Charles River) featured the application and handling of ALZETs miniature, implantable pumps, which deliver test compound solutions at continuous and controlled rates, for research in laboratory animals. They can be used for systemic infusion as well as for targeted delivery - for instance to specific organs or the CNS.

Wissen_scha(f)ft_Berufe was the motto of the final conference day. More than 100 students between the age of 13 and 17 years were invited by their respective schools to join the Meeting and breath the scientific air of a conference. A specially organised poster walk, as well as several workshops such as DNA isolation and blood typing, were organised by OpenScience in cooperation with the ÖGMBT. The schedule was rounded off by short talks about potential educational careers in the life sciences. more info

The Life Science Circle by LISAvienna was held opened by Josef Glößl (ÖGMBT), Peter Halwachs and Johannes Sarx (both LISAvienna). The key note lecture about Entrepreneurship in the Life Sciences was held by Franz Obermayer, CEO of Panoptes Pharma. After conclusion of the plenary, the attendees were left among themselvs to socialise, network and discuss the implications of the connections between business and sciences. more info