The EMBO Meeting

The EMBO Meeting 2012





Monday, 18 Nov 2013

Career Options lunch

Saturday, 22 September, 12:15-14:15, Le Mykonos Restaurant

Scientists who have chosen career paths outside academic research will lead this interactive lunchtime session and talk about their jobs, allowing participants to gain an insight into some of the career options available.  The session is organised as round-table discussion over lunch with speakers highlighting different career paths.

Confirmed speakers include:

1. Science Management: Martine Avella, Grant Project Officer, Institute Biology Valrose, Nice -

Martine Avella is a Project Officer at the Institute of Biology Valrose in Nice. She is in charge of optimizing the creative phase of grant applications in response to calls in order to maximize funding chances. Her work involves setting up, editing and harmonizing convincing and focused projects for submission to public or private agencies. Her mission is transversal and structuring, close to the institute director and integrates the strategy of French institutions. Martine received her PhD in Biology and Animal Physiology in 1986, and joined the CNRS as a scientist in 1990 when she specialized in fish physiology and ion transport.  More recently her research focused on human pathology and cystic fibrosis, before she moved from the bench into science management.

2. Science Policy: Michele Garfinkel, EMBO, Heidelberg -

Michele Garfinkel is the manager of the Science Policy Programme at the European Molecular Biology Organization. Previously she was a policy analyst at the J. Craig Venter Institute, where she worked on societal issues related to the emerging technologies of genomics, particularly synthetic biology. She has also done policy research as staff at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and as a research fellow at Columbia University’s Center for Science, Policy & Outcomes. Michele holds a BA in Genetics from the University of California, a PhD in Microbiology from the University of Washington, and an MA in Science, Technology, and Public Policy from the George Washington University.

3. Industry 1: Hervé Groux, CEO at Immunosearch, Grasse, Côte d'Azur -

Hervé Groux is a CEO and chief scientific officer at Immunosearch, a contract research organization specializing in in vitro immunotoxicology tests. He was previously a « Directeur de Recherche » at the French CNRS, before founding ImmunoSearch as a start-up company in 2006. He is also a preclinical consultant for pharmaceutical companies.

4. Industry 2: Philippe Couttet, Lab Head, Novartis, Basel -

Philippe Couttet is a Research Investigator, heading the Pathway Integration Lab, at the Novartis Institute of Biomedical Research in Basel.
He studied Biochemistry at the University Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris. During his PhD, Philippe studied the mechanisms of mRNA degradation pathways in mammals (Institut Jacques Monod, CNRS, Paris). Then he did a short post-doc on bone disease sponsored by Aventis (INSERM, Paris). After another Post-doc at GSK (Stevenage, UK), he went back to academia and held a scientist position at the Sanger Institute (Cambridge, UK). He finally joined Novartis in 2006.

5. Regulatory Affairs: Annalisa Vezzaro, Regulatory Affairs assistant, ABC Farmaceutici Spa, Ivrea (Turin) -

Annalisa Vezzaro is a Regulatory Affairs assistant since 2011 at ABC Farmaceutici, an Italian pharmaceutical company located near Turin.

As a Regulatory Affairs assistant, she helps ensuring that the company complies with all the regulations concerning the business of the company (e.g. the launch and the maintenance of a medicinal product in the market).

Annalisa is currently attending a Master course in Regulatory Affairs and Market Access in Pharma and Biotech Companies at the University of Novara to further gain knowledge in the field.

She completed her PhD in Developmental Genetics in 2011 at Cancer Research UK in London (London Research Institute), and she received her Master degree in Molecular Biology in 2007 from the Institute of Cancer Research and Treatment in Turin.

6. Science Education: Sophie Chabanis-Davidson, Science Teacher at European School Karlsruhe -

Initially trained as a biochemist, Sophie Chabanis-Davidson spent 10 years as a researcher at EMBL and Heidelberg University after completing a PhD in Paris France. Her long-term interest in teaching and communication of science, was developed further when she taught during her PhD and at EMBL.  The European Learning Laboratory for the Life Sciences at EMBL also gave opportunities to get involved in teaching.

In 2005 Sophie joined the European School Karlsruhe, teaching Integrated Science in the junior years as well as Biology, Chemistry and Biology Lab courses to older students in both French and English. Her previous research experience allows her to communicate a genuine passion for science to the students, while preparing them for pre-university academic standards. This year she will proudly see her very first students get their European Baccalaureate.

7. Public Affairs: Sarah Blackford, Head of Education and Public Affairs, Society for Experimental Biology, Lancaster (UK) -

Sarah Blackford is Head of Education & Public Affairs at the Society for Experimental Biology (SEB), an international learned society based in London. Sarah plays a key role in SEB’s public relations and policy advocacy at the national and wider European level. This involves coordinating consultations, drafting policy documents and representing members on policy issues such as research funding and education. Sarah began her career in research after which she moved into scientific publishing, university careers advisory work and then into her post at SEB. She has a wide range of responsibilities including science communication, career development, higher education support and public affairs.

8. Scientific Publishing: Anke Sparmann, The EMBO Journal, Heidelberg (DE) -

Anke Sparmann is a professional editor at The EMBO Journal, with a background in signal transduction and chromatin & transcription.  During her post-doctoral work, completed before her move to publishing, she focused on analyzing dynamic changes of Polycomb-complex composition during neural stem cell differentiation in the group of Maarten van Lohuizen at the Netherlands Cancer Institute (NKI) in Amsterdam. Anke obtained her PhD for her study on the role of Ras-induced Interleukin-8 expression in tumor growth and angiogenesis in the laboratory of Dafna Bar-Sagi at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, USA.

9. Scientific Sales/ Marketing: Pierre Lacaze, Sales & Marketing Director, Eurogentec, Liège (BE) -

Pierre Lacaze is the Sales & Marketing Director, Research Reagents, Eurogentec (BE). As such he is responsible for a group of 50 people who actively market Genomics and Proteomics products and services worldwide. A plant geneticist by training, he quickly moved into Business Development after his Ph.D. which he undertook at Sanofi. Pierre has always been involved in the Biotech sector whether plant or human. Pierre has also managed a company and has been responsible for Licensing, IP and Strategic planning in other companies.

Cost for this event: €20

Register now to attend this networking lunch, please register using the PDF form as soon as possible to avoid disappointment!

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