Basel Life: Showcasing Europe’s excellence in life sciences


Date: 9 September 2019 - 12 September 2019

Congress Center Basel
Messeplatz 21

Website: www.basellife.org

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: +41 (0) 61 686 77 77

Basel Life 2018 attracted more than 2,100 participants with a high quality programme, thus offering an important platform for sciences, networking and exhibition. This also applies again for Basel Life 2019: remarkable talks will be given by high-level speakers like Aubrey de Grey, world’s most famous biogerontologist and keynote speaker Vasant Narasimhan, CEO of Novartis. The scientific conference will be opened with impressive talks from Lukas Engelberger, State Council of Canton Basel-Stadt and Head of Health Department and from Thomas Stocker, Swiss Professor of Climate and Environmental Physics.

Basel Life 2019 is built on five pillars:

  • EMBO at Basel Life, an international scientific conference on current and emerging topics in the life sciences. The meeting is entitled “Next-generation Molecular Medicine”. The molecular medicine theme will include sessions on the microbiome, emerging infectious diseases, skin homeostasis, genomics and epigenomics, chronic inflammation, regenerative medicine, age-related disease, organoids, and computational biology and artificial intelligence. Keynote speakers will be Kari Stefánsson (Iceland, founder of deCode Genetics) and Michal Schwartz (Israel) with a lecture “Toward immunotherapy of Alzheimer’s disease.”
  • The [BC]2 Basel Computational Biology Conference is the key computational biology event in Switzerland, uniting scientists working in a broad range of disciplines including bioinformatics, computational biology, and systems biology. This year’s thematic focus is on the use of big data in molecular medicine. The conference will feature presentations of latest research results, workshops, tutorials, poster sessions, and keynote lectures by international experts, providing a prime opportunity to learn about cutting-edge research in computational biology and bioinformatics, and to network with other members of the community.
  • The long standing Innovation Forums investigate how to apply research findings for biotechnology and therapeutic advancement. The 2019 program brings  10 exciting forum programs: Three forums explore topics in policy and  health: Advances in Aging and Drug Discovery, applications of Artificial Intelligence, and Innovating in Healthcare – Global Health Data Sharing. Specific therapeutics in the forums on Peptide Therapeutics (small peptides), Biotherapeutics (antibodies) and Antibiotic Resistance will be highlighted.  The Microfluidics forum and the Genome Editing (CRISP/Cas9) forums advance these very important technologies empowering the next generation of diagnostics and therapeutics in biology. The forum Advances in 3 R addresses the issue how to replace, reduce and refine animal experiments by using in-vitro models and tools, based on the latest science and technologies. And, last but not least, the Cellular Allergy forum addresses cell based approaches to support development of therapeutic and in-vitro diagnostic modalities in allergic diseases.
  • The well-established industry exhibition MipTec will be an efficient platform to obtain information about the latest Life Sciences technologies and services for those active in the field of industrially relevant, translational, basic and applied research and development. It is a growing and prestigious event bringing over 70 vendors together to showcase cutting-edge technologies. In conjunction with EMBO at Basel Life, Innovation Forums and [BC]2, MipTec will be a significant showcase for excellence in research, science, and innovation.
  • During the one-day Job Fair at Basel Life, representatives from various companies will be available in the exhibition area for those seeking employment in the Life Sciences sector. Talented scientists at the PhD or Post Doc level and young researchers with work experience will be welcome to the Job Fair.

The event will be modelled on a ‘marketplace’, showing the diversity of job opportunities and positions in small, mid-size and large Life Sciences companies and academic institutions. The central point of this innovative exhibition will be a meeting-and-networking area for personal meetings and communication between industry and young scientists.

At the same time, young scientists will have the opportunity to present their research projects at EMBO, Innovation Forums and [BC]2 poster sessions to introduce their work to a scientific audience.


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