ENABLE Conference – “Breaking Down Complexity: Innovative models and techniques in biomedicine”

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ENABLE Conference – European PhD and Postdoc Symposium


We would like to invite you to the 4th ENABLE Life Sciences Symposium entitled “Exploring life dynamics: in and out of equilibrium”, which will be held totally online on 12–14 May 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Organised by and for PhD students and postdocs, the ENABLE symposiums seek to promote excellence in biomedical sciences in Europe by supporting young researchers and strengthening their scientific careers. ENABLE is co-funded by the European Commission and is led and organised by four research institutes (IRB Barcelona, RIMLS, NNF CPR, SEMM) and a science communication agency (Scienseed).

Until 2021, four European cities will host annually a 3-day international congress on biomedicine organised by and for young biomedical scientists: Barcelona 2017, Copenhagen 2018, Nijmegen 2019, Milan 2021.

Join us for three days of ENABLE 2021 and have the opportunity to take part in:

  • Science career day: A full day (Wednesday, 12 May) during which participants will be able to attend virtual workshops and career chats with professionals. They will also have the chance to learn about career opportunities at the “online Job Fair”, where various companies from different sectors (publishing, biotech, pharma) will be present.
  • Outreach activities: An important goal of ENABLE is bridging the gap between scientists and society. To this end, ENABLE organises virtual outreach activities that allow participants to explain biomedicine to citizens and bring science closer to society. In particular, the pub talks on Wednesday night (both in English and Italian), organised on the event’s platform and streamed on YouTube, are an excellent opportunity for young researchers to bring their science to the public. Although not obligatory, we highly encourage participants to submit a layman’s abstract for this unique and fun event.
  • Scientific symposium: Two full days (Thursday 13 and Friday 14 May) during which young scientists will learn about different biomedical fields and cutting-edge techniques through scientific talks and informal chats with renowned scientists. Also, the scientific symposium provides an excellent platform for young researchers to present their own work in short talks and poster sessions.

ENABLErs grant: In addition, to foster networking and interaction, which a virtual conference may reduce, the ENABLE Organising Committee has opened up the possibility for the international community of young researchers to organise satellite events, which will be held any place around the world immediately before the 2021 Symposium. Thanks to the generous contribution of its sponsors, ENABLE will be awarding several grants to cover the costs related to the organisation of these events. Satellite events must be aligned with the purpose and scope of the ENABLE activities. The deadline to apply is 1 March.


Registration for this event opens on 27 January and closes on 25 March. As this year’s event will be fully online, there will be no registration fees!

Register here


Brochure ENABLE 2021 (768 downloads )