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The EMBL graduate students have organized an ingenious conference titled: Life Sciences – Shaping the Future. Learn about Omics and Systems Biology from speakers like Leroy Hood, Stuart Kim, and Ronald Krause (and more). Explore options for career development, and learn how you can join the Web 2.0 science revolution in the session on scientific communication.

The conference will take place Dec. 4th-8th, 2006. Don’t worry if you don’t have a plane ticket or a place to stay, you’re virtually there. How? It’s all on-line.

Some of you might be wondering how a virtual conference works.

1. Go here and register.

2. Participate. Here’s how:

  • Download talks and interviews.
  • Leave comments in discussion sections about the talks and topic.
    • If lots of people leave comments, the organizers will set up IRC chats.
  • Present a “poster” by uploading media files to your folder for people to view. Your poster can be an electronic poster or even a short talk.

Somehow there’s a Second Life island from Nature involved, too. I’m not entirely sure what that means, but you can get a free account.



  1. #1 Deepak
    November 30, 2006

    Extra brownie points for Pedro. It was his idea to do something in Second Life

  2. #2 Sandra Porter
    November 30, 2006

    Yes indeed! Pedro is also the one who e-mailed me and told me about the conference.

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