About SymBioSE

Nowadays science demands a high degree of motivation, international orientation, learning skills, independent working, reconciliation of own interests with future occupation and economical thinking. The goal of SymBioSE is to support student matters in every aspect mentioned. SymBioSE is the annual Symposium of Biology Students in Europe. It creates an opportunity for Biology students from all over Europe to get together to inspire each other, discuss their future and the future of Biology, and to think about concerns arising from biological research.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

SymBioSE 2011: impressions...

WOW!! SymBioSE experience cannot be easily described with words. You have to breathe it, taste it, feel it and most importantly LIVE it. But if I must write something, here it goes...

We were welcomed in Basel by organizers and little helpers who tried their best to make 15th SymBioSE unforgettable – and they most certainly did! This was the first time SymBioSE was organized in Switzerland – paradise for hikers, chocolate and cheese lovers.

Reunion of old Symbionts and making friends with new ones was the central event on the first day. During the Symposium we enjoyed many keynote talks from invited professors and experts in the field of biology and student presentations where we learned about new trends in biology. During the breaks in between lectures we enjoyed many eye-pleasing student posters and we were given a chance to participate in student workshops where we could discuss biology, sometimes even beyond the boundaries of biology. We made the most of our free time by going to educational, relaxing and fun excursions. And in the evening we were able to learn about culture and customs of participating countries, followed by all-night-long dancing and socializing.

The most crucial part of the experience is making long-lasting friendships with open-minded, energizing, ambitious and fun people that for once will not look at you like you just came from Mars because you are interested in Green mould disease or the inhibition of cell proliferation by a microRNA molecule. With Symbionts I felt like “home”.

Convincing enough? YES. So join the community of Symbionts and learn about the “spirit of SymBioSE” where we cherish:

Biology. Friendship. Culture.

Bojana Kriznik, Croatia (participant SymBioSE 2011)