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ÖGMBT - YLSA (Young Life Scientists Austria)

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ÖGMBT Young Life Scientists Austria was established in 2016 and is a network organized by and for young scientists (Masters, PhDs, Post-Docs) within the Austrian Association of Molecular Life Sciences and Biotechnology. The aim of YLSA is to form an Austrian wide network among young life scientists to address the particular needs of this group. Examples in this respect are career development options (“Shall I do a PhD or not?”, “I want to find a job in industry but how?”…), public relations activities (“why is public promotion of research important for the location Austria and young scientists?”, “what are the working conditions in academia and young scientists?”) and mentoring programs, but also off-topic events are organized.

As the topics covered of YLSA are based on the input of the peers (which means you!), we encourage everybody with a “hot topic” to just get in contact with us.

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YLSA Zweigstelle OST


MSc Jonas Ramoni
PhD Fellow - Molekulare Biotechnologie
TU Wien
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YLSA Zweigstelle WEST



MSc Christoph Sonderegger
PhD Fellow -  Medizinische Universität Innsbruck
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"So far there are only unsatisfactory island solutions to connect young life scientists at their local institutions.
To me, ÖGMBT offers a perfect platform to establish a countrywide network needed to leverage interdisciplinary synergies"



YLSA Zweigstelle SÜD



BSc Pascal Mülner
Institut für Umweltbiotechnologie
TU Graz
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Julian Taffner, Melanie Obermeier & Carina Hasenöhrl

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 YLSA Zweigstelle NORD



 Wolfgang Gruber, Msc, PhD
 Department of Molecular Biology
 University of Salzburg
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 Team YLSA Nord:
 Felix Locker, Bianca Chichirau

"Be part of the future of life sciences"



"The ÖGMBT YLSA provides a unique opportunity for students and young life scientists to get in touch with like-minded peers on the local and national level"








Company visits



21.3.2018, 3 pm, ViraTherapeutics, Innsbruck

Company visits

The YLSA West is organising a series of company visits this year.

There you will have the opportunity to gain insight into working processes in different companies and you can talk to employees how their daily work looks like and about their career development.


Participation is free for ÖGMBT members!

However, number of participants is restricted. Please register by e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and indicate which event you want to attend.


The first visits will be:

21.3.2018, 3 pm, ViraTherapeutics, Innsbruck

More will follow!


Career day for biologists

February 28th, Salzburg

The YLSA will invite successful personalities that present themselves, their carreers and their current jobs, for example from Boehringer Ingelheim, Roche, THP, a GMP Cleanroom-Lab, Scarletred and many more. Master and PhD students will also be able to get a certificate.




Please register here:


1-day workshop on:


Effective Visual Communication of Science: how to visualize your scientific ideas and help your audience effortlessly grasp the essence of your research


Monday, 26th of February 2018

CCB, Innrain 80, Seminar room M01.392

Effective Visual Communication of Science: how to visualize your scientific ideas and help your audience effortlessly grasp the essence of your research


The workshop is especially valuable for PhD students and young PostDocs who have to communicate complex ideas and results.

People are 'visual creatures'. When reading research papers, conference posters or viewing slide presentations, people look at figures first. If created properly, figures are the most effective way to attract audience, explain complex ideas in the shortest amount of time and raise your credibility.

In this comprehensive workshop, you will learn how to make your scientific communication more easily understood by peer scientists or other audiences. You will learn the underlying principles of visual communication, like: how to create an intuitive eye-flow, a good visual hierarchy and how to use colors to amplify, not fancify. We will apply the principles in a drawing exercise where you will sketch your own research ideas as a graphical abstract and receive feedback from your peers. We will pay special attention to data visualizations including the basics of various computer programs.

Dr. Jernej Zupanc


More detailed information:

On-site registration and payment: Melanie Hofer, CCB Administration 1st floor, Innrain 80 - until 4th of February!

Workshop fee: 20 € (for members of the Medical University and ÖGMBT has to be paid at the time of registration)

 Limited number of participants! First come - first serve!

PhD students of the MUI will receive 0.5 ECTS credit points (general subjects).


Rough Schedule

08:30        Essential visual communication principles

                         Colors & Typography (how to amplify, not ‘fancify’; legibility and aesthetics)

                         Visually consistent publications (consistent style for multiple figures)

                         Graphic design software setup (tips for Photoshop, Illustrator, InkScape and PowerPoint)

                         Discussion on participants’ figures

                   – Lunch break –


13:00        Exercise: draw a graphical abstract

                         Group work and discussion

                   Data visualization

                         True, clear, and good looking presentation of scientific data

                   - Ends at around 16:00 –


2nd Monday each month

at 18:00

Uni Cafe, Innrain 55, Innsbruck

Upcoming regulars' tables in 2018:





Join us for a relaxed get-together and find out more about Innsbruck’s  
life science community.
We will meet every 2nd Monday each month.
The first drink is at our expense (restricted to ÖGMBT members).
We look forward to seeing you!



3rd monday each month

at 18:00
Molly Malone, Färdergasse 15, Graz

3. MOnday each MOnth at MOlly malone

Join us at our regularś table for a chat over a drink in laid-back  
atmosphere and socialise with your fellow students and peers. Your  
first drink is at the expense of ÖGMBT (restricted to members)- so get  
yourself a pint and join us for the craic.

we look forward to see you there,
carina, julian, pascal & mel






YLSA Kick-off Event

June 29th, 2016 in Vienna

17 young researchers from TU Wien, BOKU, IST Austria, MUW, Vetmed, Uni Wien, MFPL and even from TU Graz.
It was a great evening and a strong signal for a strong network & many great activities for the future!

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YLSA Info Event

September 13th, 2016 in Graz

Presentation of YLSA during the 8th ÖGMBT Annual Meeting by Jonas Ramoni & Pascal Mülner

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YLSA Social Event - Billard

October 20th, 2016 in Vienna

Relaxed get together @ Billardcafe KÖÖ7 with Andreas (IST), Lisa (BOKU), Franziska & Nikolaus (AIT), Elisabeth & Jonas (TU Vienna) and Julian (MFPL)

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YLSA Social Event - Bowling

October 24th, 2016 in Graz Relaxed get together @ Kegelbahn Scheff with  Carina (MUG), Maria, Peter, Marielies, Christoph and Pascal (TU Graz).

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Role Model Talk: Scientific Publishing Springer January 19th, 2017 in Vienna

Dr. Silvia Herold, Editor in Biomedicine / Life Sciences @ SpringerNature talked about what her daily work looks like and about scientific publishing in general. Great opportunity for networking and a relaxed conclusion with drinks & snacks afterwards.

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Company visit at the ERBER Group February 16th, 2017 27 young researcher participated at the Company Visit of  the ERBER Group Campus in Getzersdorf and the BIOMIN Research Center in Tulln.

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Science Dinner - eatdrinkconnect February 23rd, 2017 in Graz Mag. Dr. Karin Schaupp and Univ.-Prof. Dr.rer.nat. Robert Kourist discussed in a relaxed atmosphere with young reserachers about the topic “Academia vs. industry: Einstein or Bayer- who are you going to be?”

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YLSA NORD Kick-off  Event
March 2nd, 2017 in Salzburg

18 enthusiastic young researchers participated at this this Kick-off Event in Salzburg.

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OUT OF THE BOX TALK May 18th, 2017 in Vienna

Dr. Matthias Brunner, Trainee as Patent Attorney @ Sonn & Partners Vienna, showed us how his daily work looks like, and wgave insights into which skills are needed to be successful in this profession.


 COMPANY VISIT - LACTOSAN  May 24th, 2017 in Kapfenberg

 17 young researcher visited the  styrian based biotech and pharma company LACTOSAN.

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YLSA WEST Kick off - BBQ
June 1st, 2017, Innsbruck

more than 50 young researchers came together at the Kick-off event in CCB Innsbruck

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Dr. Jernej Zupanc - Effective Visual Communication of Science September 21, 2017, Graz When reading research papers, grant proposals, conference posters or viewing slide presentations, researchers look at visuals first. If created properly, scientific figures are the most effective way to explain complex ideas and research results. This seminar gave an introduction to how researchers search and read scientific literature and how we can use basic principles of visual communication to attract the readers' attention and guide their eyes through composition.

 1st ÖGMBT YLSA WEST Stammtisch  Oktober 9, 2017 Innsbruck

 Relaxed get-together with discussions about Innsbruck’s life science community.

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YLSA Süd Semesterstart: Pizza Roulette October 20, 2017
Get together of the YLSA SÜD with interesting discussions and exchange of ideas for next life science activities
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Out Of The Box Talk
November 9th at 19:00
MFPL, Dr. Bohrgasse 9, 6.Stock
1030 Wien

 ÖGMBT YLSA Out of the Box Talk with Dr. Michael Wildauer, Management Trainee @ Shire

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Company Visit @ Sandoz Ljubljana

November 20th
starting at 7:00, Graz

The company visit to Sandoz located in Ljubljana was very successful!  Sandoz, the generic division of Novartis, is a pioneer in the field of biosimilars and the second-largest generic pharmaceutical company in the world.


YLSA Törggelen & Netwörggelen
 November 20th at 19:00
Tiroler Bauernkeller, Meinhardstr. 13, Innsbruck

The ÖGMBT YLSA West networking event in the form of Törggelen, a mouthwatering tradition from South-Tirol with wine and chestnuts!

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Trip to Salzburg Christmas Market
December 18th at 18:00
Pond of the NaWi Salzburg
Hellbrunnerstr. 34
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YLSA/ÖGMBT members and interested life scientists met at the Salzburg Christmas Market to got to know each other and talked how to expand and foster the YLSA/ÖGMBT community in Salzburg and Upper Austria.


“Start New- Start Up”

Wednesday, 17.01.2018 at 17:30



Company visits

14.2.2018, 10 am, ThioMatrix, Innsbruck


YLSA visits ThioMatrix, one of Europe´s leading drug delivery companies, specialised on the development of non-invasive drug delivery systems.



The Facebook group "ÖGMBT Young Life Scientists Austria (YLSA)" was created to facilitate communication and to announce the latest news and events.
Please visit also the ÖGMBT facebook page.