VIB Seminar 2018

26-27 April 2018 - Veldhoven, Netherlands
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VIB Seminar 2018

VIB today counts 1651 scientists, 8 centers & NERF, 10 core facilities, 93 research groups and 70 nationalities, located on 5 different campuses in Flanders. Once a year VIB wants to unite all those VIB collaborators during a two-day event to present and discuss the ongoing research within our institute on the one hand, and to stimulate networking and collaboration between the different research groups on the other hand.

The 2018 edition will take place on 26-27 April in Veldhoven, the Netherlands. The seminar is organized for all VIB employees, and will consist of plenary sessions and parallel sessions and topped with some sports and the infamous VIB party.

The 2018 VIB seminar program will focus on ‘technology’. First of all Rouslan Efremov and Han Remaut will give you a sneak peak of Cryo-EM at VIB. In addition some excellent stories of VIB scientists collaborating with experts from the core facilities will be presented in the tandem talks.

We are also very happy to welcome Damya Laoui and Bart Neyns with their work on the use of dendritic cells to develop new cancer immunotherapies. Damya was recently selected by the board of MIT technology review as groundbreaking innovator under 35.

New for this edition is the session ‘VIB scientists on stage’. From 50 submissions 8 young scientists were selected to present their work to the whole group in a 10 min performance!

The seminar will be closed with a keynote talk of Koen Kas entitled ‘Creating healthcare by delight’. Koen is VIB-alumnus, has spent 15 years in executive positions at 4 leading biotech companies and is founder of Healthskouts.

Interested to meet your colleagues in Veldhoven? Sign up soon to reserve your spot!

Final registration deadline is 1 April 2018.

Confirmed speakers: 

Koen Kas

Founder at Healthskouts, BE

Hilde Nelissen

VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology, BE

Damya Laoui

VIB Center for Inflammation Research, VUB, BE

Bart Neyns

Medical Oncology, UZ Brussel, BE

Rouslan Efremov

VIB-VUB Center for Structural Biology, BE

Han Remaut

VIB-VUB Center for Structural Biology, BE

Gholamreza Hassanzadeh

VIB Nanobody Service Facility, VUB, BE

Jan Tavernier

VIB-UGent Center for Medical Biotechnology, BE

Diether Lambrechts

VIB-KU Leuven Center for Cancer Biology, BE

Martin Guilliams

VIB-UGent Center for Inflammation Research, BE

Alexander Botzki

VIB Bioinformatics Core, BE

Jacob Pollier

VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology, BE

Francis Impens

VIB Proteomics Core, BE

Anna Sablina

VIB-KU Leuven Center for Cancer Biology, BE

Sophie Janssens

VIB-UGent Center for Inflammation Research, BE

Anneke Kremer

VIB Bioimaging Core, BE

Silvie Van den Hoecke

VIB Technology watch team, headquarters, BE

Thomas Jacobs

VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology, BE

Stephane Plaisance

VIB Nucleomics Core, BE

Wai Long Tam

VIB Innovation Lab, BE

Janick Mathys

VIB Bioinformatics Core, BE

Marlies Vanden Bempt

VIB-KU Leuven Center for Cancer Biology, BE

Johan D’Haeseleer

Extra tijd, BE

Patrik Onsea

Prana Training & Coaching, BE

Gunnar Michielssen

Gunnar Michielssen training, BE

David Nittner

VIB-KU Leuven Center for Cancer Biology, BE

Stefan Vinckier

VIB-KU Leuven Center for Cancer Biology, BE

Marijke Lein

VIB Headquarters, BE

Lieve Ongena

VIB Headquarters, BE

Guo Wenting

VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain & Disease Research, BE

Rocco Stirparo

VIB-KU Leuven Center for Cancer Biology, BE

Maria Dzialo

VIB-KU Leuven Center for Microbiology, BE

Jolien Roovers

VIB-UAntwerp Center for Molecular Neurology, BE

Savvas Savvides

VIB-UGent Center for Inflammation Research, BE

Lien Van Hoecke

VIB-UGent Center for Medical Biotechnology, BE

Antonella Fioravanti

VIB-VUB Center for Structural Biology, BE

Alan Urban

NERF, Neuro-Electronics Research Flanders, IMEC, VIB, KU Leuven, BE

Wouter De Coster

VIB-UAntwerp Center for Molecular Neurology, BE

Day 1 - 26 April 2018

Thursday, 26 April, 2018
10:45 - 11:00
Welcome
Benelux

Jo Bury

11:00 - 12:45
Plenary session 1: Technology and Innovation
Benelux

Chair: Inge Van Molle

11:00 - 11:35
Tandem Presentation 1: Launch of the VIB Single Cell Accelerator Program
Diether Lambrechts
VIB-KU Leuven Center for Cancer Biology, BE
Martin Guilliams
VIB-UGent Center for Inflammation Research, BE
11:35 - 12:10
Tandem presentation 2: Diversifying dendritic cell therapy for cancer
Damya Laoui
VIB Center for Inflammation Research, VUB, BE
Bart Neyns
Medical Oncology, UZ Brussel, BE
12:10 - 12:45
Tandem presentation 3: Cryo-EM at VIB: Visualizing biological molecules frozen in action
Rouslan Efremov
VIB-VUB Center for Structural Biology, BE
Han Remaut
VIB-VUB Center for Structural Biology, BE
12:45 - 13:00
VIB Sci-Pic award
Benelux
13:00 - 14:15
Lunch
Kempen
13:00 - 14:00
New@VIB + Lunch
Dieze
Marijke Lein
VIB Headquarters, BE
Lieve Ongena
VIB Headquarters, BE
14:15 - 16:15
Parallel session 1: Science meets Core Facilities
Benelux

Chair: Geert Van Minnebruggen

14:15 - 14:35
Tandem talk 1: AcTakines: cell-specific targeting of cytokines using single-domain antibodies
Jan Tavernier
VIB-UGent Center for Medical Biotechnology, BE
Gholamreza Hassanzadeh
VIB Nanobody Service Facility, VUB, BE
14:35 - 14:55
Tandem talk 2: The TriForC database - making plant triterpene biosynthesis accessible for world-wide utilization
Jacob Pollier
VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology, BE
Alexander Botzki
VIB Bioinformatics Core, BE
14:55 - 15:15
Tandem talk 3: The ubiquitin system in RAS driven diseases
Anna Sablina
VIB-KU Leuven Center for Cancer Biology, BE
Francis Impens
VIB Proteomics Core, BE
15:15 - 15:35
Tandem talk 4: Close encounters with the ER: FIBSEM as a tool to reveal ER defects in neuropathy patients
Anneke Kremer
VIB Bioimaging Core, BE
Sophie Janssens
VIB-UGent Center for Inflammation Research, BE
15:35 - 15:55
Tandem talk 5: The beginning of the end for cloning: synbio@VIB
Silvie Van den Hoecke
VIB Technology watch team, headquarters, BE
Thomas Jacobs
VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology, BE
15:55 - 16:20
Tandem talk 6: The longer, the better! Nanopore sequencing, a new era in genomics
Stephane Plaisance
VIB Nucleomics Core, BE
Wai Long Tam
VIB Innovation Lab, BE
Wouter De Coster
VIB-UAntwerp Center for Molecular Neurology, BE
14:15 - 16:15
Parallel session 2: General presentations
Dieze

Chair: Lieve Ongena

14:15 - 15:15
What can VIB HQ do you for you?
Marijke Lein
VIB Headquarters, BE
15:15 - 16:15
Learn how to have more time to focus on what matters to you
Johan D’Haeseleer
Extra tijd, BE
14:15 - 15:15
Parallel session 3: Workshops for lab technicians
Baronie

Chair: Evy Vanderheyden

14:15 - 15:15
To sequence or not to sequence. That's not a question anymore.
Janick Mathys
VIB Bioinformatics Core, BE
15:15 - 16:15
CRISPR – Molecular scissors at your service!
Marlies Vanden Bempt
VIB-KU Leuven Center for Cancer Biology, BE
19:00 - 20:00
Reception
Kempen
20:00 - 22:00
Walking dinner
Kempen
22:00 - 01:00
Party
Brabant

Day 2 - 27 April 2018

Friday, 27 April, 2018
07:45 - 08:30
Rise and Run
Gather outside the Benelux
08:00 - 09:30
Breakfast
Y&G @ Uithof | B&R @ Binnenhof
10:00 - 11:00
Parallel session 4: Stress & Burnout
Benelux

Chair: Joke Baute

10:00 - 11:00
How to prevent stress and sleeping problems?
Patrik Onsea
Prana Training & Coaching, BE
10:00 - 11:00
Parallel session 5: Efficient meetings
Dieze

Chair: Nele Vanlangenakker

10:00 - 11:00
Master your meetings
Gunnar Michielssen
Gunnar Michielssen training, BE
10:00 - 11:00
Parallel session 6: Immunofluorescence/Histochemistry/Multiplexing
Baronie

Chair: Olga Gielen

10:00 - 11:00
Histology - an overview about different histological techniques
Stefan Vinckier
VIB-KU Leuven Center for Cancer Biology, BE
David Nittner
VIB-KU Leuven Center for Cancer Biology, BE
11:10 - 12:56
Plenary session 2: Selected VIB scientists on stage
Benelux
11:10 - 11:20
Solve ‘traffic jam’ in your brain
Guo Wenting
VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain & Disease Research, BE
11:22 - 11:32
There’s a fly in my beer! Commandeering yeast fermentation for agricultural pest control
Maria Dzialo
VIB-KU Leuven Center for Microbiology, BE
11:34 - 11:44
Highlighting the dark side of severe epilepsy genomes
Jolien Roovers
VIB-UAntwerp Center for Molecular Neurology, BE
11:46 - 11:56
700.000.000.000.000.000.000.000 and one inflammatory possibilities
Savvas Savvides
VIB-UGent Center for Inflammation Research, BE
11:58 - 12:08
The war on cancer: mRNA as a weapon of tumor mass destruction
Lien Van Hoecke
VIB-UGent Center for Medical Biotechnology, BE
12:10 - 12:20
Lost in translation between the greenhouse and the field
Hilde Nelissen
VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology, BE
12:22 - 12:32
Discovering and targeting Bacillus anthracis’ Achilles heel: the new way to fight and cure Anthrax
Antonella Fioravanti
VIB-VUB Center for Structural Biology, BE
12:34 - 12:44
All the data on earth: could we store it in a beer glass?
Rocco Stirparo
VIB-KU Leuven Center for Cancer Biology, BE
12:46 - 12:56
Functional ultrasound imaging (fUSi) in rodents, primates and humans
Alan Urban
NERF, Neuro-Electronics Research Flanders, IMEC, VIB, KU Leuven, BE
13:00 - 14:00
Lunch
Kempen
13:00 - 14:00
Postdoc speed networking lunch
Dieze
14:00 - 15:00
Plenary session 3: Closing keynote
Benelux

Chair: Johan Cardoen

Creating healthcare by delight
Koen Kas
Founder at Healthskouts, BE