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Young Investigator Symposium

"First Author" Symposium

Each year, Lund Stem Cell Center holds its own International Young Investigator "First Author" Symposium.

The concept behind the International Young Investigator event is that young scientists behind the actual experiments deserve more exposure and opportunity to promote their own high impact work. Our vision is to stimulate scientific exchange, encourage potential future collaborations and inspire our young researchers in terms of their career path.

Articles of the past year are nominated by Stem Cell Center Principal Investigators, based on the criteria that the first author is early stage career and their work is novel and published in high impact journals. The articles are then evaluated and ranked by the organising committee and their respective first authors are invited to Lund Stem Cell Center to give a talk and participate in "Meet the expert" lunches and other networking opportunities

The International Young Investigator "First Author" Symposium began in 2015. The details of this year's event is now available below. To the right are the Young Investigator awardees from the previous years.


Lund Stem Cell Center Young Investigator "First Author" Symposium 2020 on Advances in Stem Cell Research




Proposed Program:

12:30 Registration

13:00 Welcome address - Zaal Kokaia

13:30 - 14:15 Sabina Kanton, PhD. Max Planck Institute, Germany: “Organoid single-cell genomic atlas uncovers human-specific features of brain development” (Nature).

14:15 - 15:00 Adam Wilkinson, PhD. Stanford University, USA: “Long-term ex vivo haematopoietic-stem-cell expansion allows nonconditioned transplantation” (Nature).

15:00 - 15:30 Fika & mingle with invited speakers at the LUX foyer

15:30 - 16:15 Nika Shakiba, PhD. University of British Columbia, Canada: “Cell competition during reprogramming gives rise to dominant clones” (Science).

16:15 - 17:00 Open discussion: challenges and rewards in science

17:00 - 18:00 Refreshments and mingle with the invited speakers at the LUX foyer

18:00 End

Registration required and will open when the event has been rescheduled.


In connection with the event, Stem Cell Center members will have opportunity to interact with the invited speakers further in the form of PI meetings and "Meet the Experts" lunch on Wednesday 29th April for Stem Cell Center PhD students and postdocs (sign-up will be on the registration form).


On behalf of the organising committee, we are looking forward to seeing many of you there.

Charlotta Böiers, Daniella Ottosson, Filipe Pereira, Andrea Comella Bolla, Alessandro Fiorenzano, Jiaxin Li, Roberto Munita & Claire McKay.