As a central component of the training program, SignGene organizes scientific events that bring together members of the SignGene program, as well as internationally recognized guest speakers from all over the world. These events aim to expose our students to high-level scientific presentations and discussions with experts in their field of research, and foster the exchange within our community.
The meeting venues alternate between Germany and Israel, so as to allow students and faculty alike to visit all partner institutions regularly and to learn more about the other country's scientific community and culture. SignGene events are open to a limited number of external graduate students and postdocs from our partner institutions, but also from all over Germany and Israel.
Each year, SignGene organizes intensive, 3-day workshops dedicated to a specific topic within the scientific scope of the program. These workshops are key to the scientific training within SignGene and are open to a limited number of external graduate students and postdocs. In addition to experts from the SignGene faculty, the workshops feature lectures by internationally distinguished invited speakers.
The first Symposium, "Frontiers in Cell Signaling and Gene Regulation" spanned the whole spectrum of research within the program and took place at the Seehotel Zeuthen near Berlin from June 17-18, 2013.
The SignGene Winter School 2014 "Biology of Differentiation and Cancer" took place at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel, from Jan 27 - 29. Recognized as the Technion graduate course "Advanced Topics in Biology - the Biology of Cancer", Technion students earned 2 Credit Points for their participation.
In the fall of 2014, the symposium "Quantitative Approaches in Cell Biology - Biophysics, Bioengineering, and Systems Biology" was held at the MDC in Berlin. Following a 2-day symposium, students convened to a first problem-oriented learning workshop.