Sunday 25th August 2019

09:00 to 16:20

Cost : Free to registred trainees, but separate registration here is mandatory to help us plan rooms and lunch.

The Second Annual Trainee Day, organised by the Young Researchers Committee of the EBRS, features lectures on key methods, thematic summaries, career-building seminars, and hands-on workshops by leading researchers in the circadian field, as well as a networking luncheon.  Highlights include :

a) Summary Lectures, suitable to people joining the field for the first time.

b) Technology Seminars, presenting key new methods.

c) Career Development Seminars, on topics ranging from grantwriting to interviewing skills

d) Hands-on seminar in circadian bioinformatics

e) A Keynote Lecture aimed at early-career researchers

f) A Free Lunch designed to help you connect with other students and professors

Opening Lecture
« Translational Chronobiology: Clocks in Health and Disease »

Frank Scheer (Harvard University, Boston)

« An Introduction to Basic Concepts in Chronobiology »

Martha Merrow (Ludwig Maximilian University)
Mino Belle (University of Exeter)

Learn anew or refresh your memory: fundamental building blocks of chronobiology are presented in this session. Find out how daily movements of bean plants are connected to jet lag. Zeitgebers, biological markers, and much more, including the questions you always wanted to ask.

« The Transition to your Next Position: Tips and Tricks »

Steven Brown (University of Zurich)
Jenn Evans (Marquette University)

During your PhD you have worked hard and developed amazing skills. But it is time to think about your future options. How do you start, and what are the steps toward making a successful transition, either inside Academia or outside it?

« Clocks in the Wild »

Noga Kronfeld-Schor (Tel Aviv University)

Laboratory conditions are tightly regulated models, a simplified version of a more complex reality. Do wild mice use running wheels? How does group social behaviour or human presence influence activity patterns? Does the early bird really catch the worm? Step outside the lab bubble for an hour, and let’s see how much of what we think we know holds true in the wild!

« Technologies to Measure Human Clock Properties in the Laboratory »

Ken Wright (University of Boulder)
Phyllis Zee (Northwestern University)

Human research – bliss for some, curse for others! While research on animals is often easier and less time consuming than research on humans, some say that it lacks the beauty of working with real people. Learn about the latest state-of-the art methods to study human clock properties in the lab with all its drawbacks, difficulties, and possibilities!

« Asking the Right Questions in Science »

Till Roenneberg (Ludwig Maximilian University)

The French philosopher Claude Levi-Strauss once said “a scientist is not a person who gives the right answers, he is one who asks the right questions”. Some of the most exciting science discoveries (Archimedes’ principle, Newton’s theory of gravitation, Fleming’s penicillin…) would have never happened without the right question. Come and get started; your right question awaits.

Looping Lunch

Lunch is provided free for participants. In addition, we have designed some simple activities to help you to meet your colleagues.

« Statistical methods to analyze biological rhythms »

Bharath Ananthasubramaniam (Humboldt University)

There are many proposed methods for circadian rhythm analysis. Often, it is unclear where to start and what methods to choose? Come and find out in this interactive session, how to analyze your data using R.

« Cutting-Edge Technologies for Rodent Chronobiology »

Hiroki Ueda (University of Tokyo/RIKEN)
Marco Brancaccio (Imperial College)

It is often said that new techniques power new ideas. With the invention of high-throughput technologies and methods for selective manipulation and long-term monitoring of cells and tissues, it is possible to ask questions that were impossible even a few years ago. Find out about some of these methodologies from people whose labs use them routinely!

« Science communication: Disseminating Your Research Findings »

Debra Skene (University of Surrey)
Elise Facer-Childs (University of Cambridge)

The science of biological rhythms is of growing interest in our society. Mostly, we communicate our knowledge by writing papers. But what else can we do? From professional posters to Social media, podcast, YouTube, find out how to present your science dynamically and well.

« Beyond the circadian clock »

David Hazlerigg (Arctic University of Norway)
Shona Wood (Arctic University of Norway)

The circadian clock has been extensively studied and is well understood, the fundamental importance of circadian scale timing is now seen as encompassing all areas of biology from health, to development and behaviour. However, timing on other scales are less well understood but no less important. For example, accurate timing and anticipation of seasonal changes is required to initiate physiological adaptations over the course of the year such as hibernation, changes in metabolism, fattening and reproductive activity which is critical for the survival of an organism in a seasonally changing environment. If you want to know more about seasonal/circannual clocks, and other non-circadian based clocks, then come along to this session.

« Introduction to Mathematical Models in Chronobiology »

Beth Klermann (Harvard University)
Hanspeter Hertzel (Humboldt University)

We are often scared when we see long and complex equations in papers or presentations, but we shouldn’t be! Mathematical models are often helpful and can even help us predicting how a system will behave under certain conditions! Come and hear some answers to questions such as “why do we care about modeling in chronobiology?” and “what can models teach us?”. We promise to take your math-fear away!

Closing Lecture: « The SCN, Then and Now »

Rae Silver (Columbia University)