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 up to 80 PhD students attending.

The 12th PhD Retreat will take place online on June 17th and 18th, 2021.


Thursday 17.06.2021
08:15 – 08:30Opening
08:30 – 10:00Keynote presentation 1 with Dr. Gerald Panday, Dr. Peter van Iperen and Dr. Marco Kuster (AstraZeneca)
10:00 – 10:15Coffee break
10:15 – 11:45Students’ talks followed by poster presentations
Group A
11:45 – 13:15Lunch break
13:15 – 14:15Keynote presentation 2 with Dr. Nathalie Brandenberg (SUN Bioscience)
14:15 – 14:30Coffee break
14:30 – 16:15Students’ talks followed by poster presentations
Group B
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
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
11:30 – 13:00Lunch break
13:00 – 14:30Social activities
Virtual escape room
14:45 – 16:15Students’ talks followed by poster presentations
Group D
16:15 – Closing remarks and social activities
Virtual apéro

If the epidemiological situation will allow it, a barbecue (BBQ) is planned on Friday evening after the retreat.

Registration and FAQs

Registration is open from April 1st to April 30th 2021. All PhD students eligible to participate will receive a registration e-mail in advance. Check your inbox!

Thanks to our generous sponsors, attendance is free of charge.

If you have any question browse through the FAQ 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.