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BioCity Symposium Celebrates its 30th Anniversary in August 2021


The annual BioCity Symposium is in August 19th–20th with the title Cancer – Breaking Bad. This series of meetings organized since 1991 has become the most important annual get-together in the fields of biosciences and molecular medicine in Turku. The symposium gathers together hundreds of participants each year and offers talks from cutting-edge international researchers.

BioCity Turku is a community of life science and molecular medicine researchers and students in Turku region. One of its main events is the yearly BioCity Symposium which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. This year the event is organized in collaboration with Finnish Cancer Institute and the aim is to arrange a hybrid event with some of the audience and invited speakers present in Turku as well as having virtual participants following the broadcasted program. However if necessary BioCity Symposium can be flipped into fully virtual event even at short notice.

This year’s program consist of nine talks from international scientists spiced up with short talks from Finnish researchers. One of the speakers is Stephen J. Elledge from Harvard Medical School who will talk about approaches to immunotherapy for tumors. Other symposium speakers include Leila Akkari from Netherland Cancer Institute researching macrophages in cancer, and Robert A. Gatenby from Moffitt Cancer Center investigating evolutionary dynamics in cancer and cancer drug resistance. Something new this year is a panel discussion with three editors representing different journals from American Association for Cancer Research (AACR). Panel discussion will include short presentations from the journals (Cancer Discovery, Clinical Cancer Research and Cancer Research) and tips and discussion on submitting manuscripts and publishing articles.

Send an abstract and present your work to Symposium audience

Participants of the BioCity Symposium represent different research areas such as molecular biology, cell biology, biomedicine and clinical research from both universities and companies. A significant proportion of attendants are PhD students and post-docs. Researchers are encouraged to participate to the poster exhibition and submit a poster abstract latest 11.6.2021. Based on the submitted abstracts at least six researchers are invited to give a short talk in the symposium. If the poster sessions need to be cancelled the researchers who have sent abstracts will be informed at the beginning of August. Last day to register to the symposium is 6.8.2021 and the event is free of charge.

The BioCity Symposium is organized by BioCity Turku, an organization coordinating the research in the fields of biosciences and molecular sciences in Turku region. BioCity Turku has over one hundred research groups with more than thousand scientists and students from University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University.

Please note that the program outline for the event might change until the very last moment. Up-to-date information is always available in BioCity Turku website

Created 11.05.2021 | Updated 11.05.2021