PhD Retreat 2023

Organized since 2009, the annual PhD retreat is a way to foster exchange 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 in Biology and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

The retreat program includes student talks, poster sessions, and social activities. Speakers from academia, industry, and the start-up environment are invited to present their work and share their career path with students. The event enables students to grow as scientists and expand their network. The PhD Retreat has been a great success, every year a total of 80 PhD students participate at our conference.

The 14th PhD Retreat will take place from 7th to 9th of September 2023, at the Sunstar Hotel in the beautiful Swiss mountains in Davos!

We look forward to seeing you at the PhD Retreat in 2023!


In case of questions, browse through the FAQs or feel free to contact any member of the PhD retreat organizing committee!


If you are a company interested in sponsoring our event, please contact the organizing committee.

You can find the sponsoring brochure just below:

Below you can find the program of the PhD Retreat 2023.


Thursday 07.09.2023

Time Event
Morning Bus drive to Davos & Check-In at Hotel
11:45 – 13:15 Lunch Break
13:15 – 13:30 Welcome and Opening Remarks
13:30 – 14:30 Keynote speaker 1
Prof. Dr. Klaus Eyer, Functional Immune Repertoire Group at ETH Zürich
14:30 – 15:30 Poster Session A
15:30 – 16:15 Coffee Break & Sponsoring Booths
16:15 – 17:15 PhD Student Talks Session A
17:15 – 18:15 Poster Session B
19:30 – 21:30 Dinner & Social Activities

Friday 08.09.2023

Time Event
07:00 – 09:00 Breakfast
09:00 – 10:00 PhD Student Talks Session B
10:00 – 10:15 Sponsor talk – Max Zeller Söhne AG
10:15 – 11:00 Coffee Break & Sponsoring Booths
11:00 – 12:00 Keynote Speaker – Startup
Dr. Yann Pierson, Founder and CTO at Limula
12:00 – 13:15 Lunch Break
13:15 – 14:15 PhD Student Talks Session C
14:15 – 15:15 Keynote speaker – Industry
Dr. Adrian Zürcher, Head of Research Europe at CSL Behring
15:15 – 16:00 Coffee break & Sponsoring booths
16:00 – 17:00 Poster Session C
19:00 – open Dinner & Social Activities

Saturday 09.09.2023

Time Event
07:00 – 09:00 Breakfast + Check out
09:00 – 10:00 Phd Student Talks Session D
10:00 – 11:00 Coffee Break & Voting for best posters and talks
11:00 – 11:15 Awards Ceremony and PhD Retreat 2023 closing
11:15 – 11:30 Group Picture
11:30 – 12:15 Prepare for Davos Hike
12:15 – open Hiking in Davos (voluntary) 


Registration to the next event will be open from May 1st to May 31st 2023! All PhD students eligible to participate will receive 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!

A big THANK YOU to our 2023 PhD Retreat Sponsors!

Platinum sponsors

Gold sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Other sponsors and partners

Organizing committee PhD Retreat 2023

For inquiries regarding sponsoring of the PhD Retreat 2023, please contact Diell Aliu.

Every year we are looking for motivated PhD Students who are interested in organizing a PhD retreat! If you want to join the PhD Retreat 2024 Committee, please contact Aleksandra Blagojevic.