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HSBDR Symposium at Burg Warberg 2016

Report on the 1st HSBDR Symposium at Burg Warberg, 16-17th June 2016

Since the kick-off meeting at the start of the Hannover School for Biomolecular Drug Research – HSBDR – in October 2014, the 1st HSBDR Symposium from 16-17th of June 2016 at Burg Warberg/ Lower Saxony was the second big scientific event of the School.
After the arrival and a get-together lunch, HSBDR chairman Prof. Dr. Markus Kalesse opened the symposium with a summary of the idea behind HSBDR. At first glance, the students of the graduate school come from very different fields of natural science, but the two days of lectures and presentation offered a lot of information about each single disciplines. The meeting highlighted overlapping areas of research and opportunities for fruitful collaboration. During the meeting, 20 HSBDR students gave presentations to an audience of professors and PhD students from Hannover and Braunschweig working on biological topics, such as the analysis of bioactive compounds, development of medicinal tools for drug delivery as well as natural product synthesis. One HSBDR student acted as the chairman introducing the 15 minutes talks for each session, giving the event a student for student character. As an expert and first invited speaker, Prof. Dr. Rolf Breinbauer from the TU Graz, who was introduced by Lucas Millbrodt (Kalesse group), gave an overview about his group's research on the synthesis of compound libraries for HTS screening, structure-based design of small molecule inhibitors of proteins and the modification of tool compounds for chemical proteomics applications. This presentation successfully demonstrated the interdisciplinary character of HSBDR research to the audience. As the social event, the German soccer game at the European Championship was a welcome evening program for all participants in the cellar bar at Burg Warberg. The second symposium day started at 8.30 a.m., with Lucky Mulva (Stadler group) introducing the first student of speakers and finished in the afternoon with the PhD talk from Andi Kipper (Kalesse group) and closing remarks from Prof. Dr. Kalesse.
In summary, the symposium was a very successful and highly supporting event, giving the opportunity to see the bigger picture of the various scientific disciplines contributing to HSBDR. Apart from discussions about projects and possible cooperations, the symposium was an excellent opportunity for networking offering the participants with a welcome chance to gain insights into the projects of their fellow students and getting to know the people, who are working on these.

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