PhD Retreat

Organized since 2009, the annual PhD retreat is a way to foster interactions between the PhD students of the Biozentrum and the Pharmazentrum, regardless of focal area or year in the program. It is an opportunity for students to share their work, talk about science and meet other people with different backgrounds and from the two institutes.

The retreat program includes keynote presentations with invited speakers, student talks, poster sessions and social activities. Not surprisingly, past retreats have been a huge success, with more than 100 PhD students attending.

The 12th PhD Retreat took place online on June 17th and 18th, 2021 (program below). The PhD Reps are currently looking for volunteers to organize the 13th PhD Retreat in person.


Thursday 17.06.2021
08:15 – 08:30Opening
08:30 – 10:00Keynote presentation 1 with Dr. Marco Kuster (AstraZeneca Switzerland)
10:00 – 10:15Coffee break
10:15 – 11:00Students’ talks
Session A (numbers 1 and 2)
11:00 – 11:45Students’ poster presentations
Session A (numbers 11 to 35)
11:45 – 13:15Lunch break
13:15 – 14:15Keynote presentation 2 with Dr. Nathalie Brandenberg (SUN Bioscience)
14:15 – 14:30Coffee break
14:30 – 15:30Students’ talks
Session B (numbers 3, 4 and 5)
15:30 – 16:15Students’ poster presentations
Session B (numbers 36 to 60)
16:15Social activities
Cocktail & mocktail workshop with Bar-Fly Basel

Friday 18.06.2021

08:15 – 08:30
08:30 – 09:30Students’ talks
Group C (numbers 6, 7 and 8)
09:30 – 09:45Coffee break
09:45 – 10:45Keynote presentation 3 with Prof. Pavan Ramdya (EPFL, Neuroengineering)
10:45 – 11:30Students’ poster presentations
Group C (numbers 61 to 85)
11:30 – 13:00Lunch break
13:00 – 14:30Social activities
Virtual escape room
14:45 – 15:30Students’ talks
Group D (numbers 9 and 10)
15:30 – 16:15Students’ poster presentations
Group D (numbers 86 to 109)
16:15 – Closing remarks and social activities
Virtual apéro, Presentation Prizes announcement


Registration was open from April 1st to April 30th 2021, it is now closed. All PhD students eligible to participate received a registration e-mail in advance. Thanks to our generous sponsors, attendance is free of charge.


If you have any question browse through the FAQs or feel free to contact any member of the PhD retreat organizing committee!


Platinum sponsors

Silver sponsors

Other sponsors and partners

Organizing committee

  • Stefania Battaglioni
  • Viviana D’Otolo
  • Giulia Di Bartolomei
  • Vanessa Fabienne Abegg
  • Laura Maria de Smalen
  • Elia Agustoni

If you are interested in helping to organize the next retreat, please contact the PhD representatives.