[sib-courses] Announcing StarOmics doctoral program for PhD students

Laurent Falquet Laurent.Falquet at unil.ch
Mon Dec 20 10:02:06 CET 2010

Dear All,

This doctoral program will co-organise several courses and workshop  
related to bioinformatics.
The main targets are PhD students using both experimental and  
computational research tools to produce or analyse large scale  
biological data.

Please forward this information to anyone who might be interested.

Best greetings,
Laurent Falquet

Announcing StarOmics doctoral program for PhD students

The CUSO (Conférence Universitaire de Suisse Occidentale) is happy to  
announce the creation of StarOmics, a doctoral program dedicated to  
train biologists in the analysis of large scale biological data.

Next generation biologists will face challenges in their everyday  
tasks both in terms of integrating quantitative aspects and reasoning  
using the novel strategies of the modern biology.

The StarOmics (or *omics) doctoral program (http://biologie.cuso.ch/staromics/ 
) intends to create a network of PhD students and professionals  
involved in any project related to Genomics, Transcriptomics,  
Proteomics, Metabolomics, Connectomics, and all other large scale data- 
generating technologies.

Students of this program will be offered training, workshops, and  
seminars in genome-wide and proteome-wide data analysis, biological  
modeling, quantitative image analysis, programming and statistics, in  
addition to their thorough education in experimental biology, through  
a didactic program that complements both their individual research  
topic and background. In addition several events will be organized  
(annual retreat, mini-symposia, soft skills courses), which besides  
their didactic value will also favor networking among the students and  
professors either within this program or jointly with the federation  
of doctoral programs of the CUSO (Ecology & Evolution, Plant Sciences,  
and Microbiology).

PhD students of this program will become conversant in both  
experimental and computational approaches, and will acquire the  
ability to integrate quantitative and experimental methods in their  
own research. Graduates from this program will have unprecedented  
scientific competence to permit them to become future leaders in  
biological research and beyond.

The students will not receive ECTS credits from the StarOmics doctoral  
program, but an attestation to get ECTS credits in their own university.

What are the benefits?
- a large offer of courses and workshops renewed every year
see current list here: http://biologie.cuso.ch/staromics/activities/  
(select 2011)
- a network of colleagues
- a series of soft skills courses (how to present slides, how to write  
an article, how to write a grant...)
- no ECTS counting (but certificate to reclaim ECTS at you own  
- substantial reimbursement of travel and accommodation expenses

What are the requirements?
To obtain a final certificate from the StarOmics program, the  
participants are asked to register for a certain number of activities  
over the 3-year period of the program. Several activities could be  
offered twice or more over the period in various locations, giving the  
students some flexibility.

2 annual retreats
3 practical courses
6 workshops
1 joint seminar presentation
2 minisymposiums
2 soft skills training

Who can register?
Any PhD student in Western Switzerland Universities (Bern, Fribourg,  
Geneva, Lausanne, Neuchâtel) with a project using technologies of high  
throughput or large scale data generation. They must be in the first  
year of their thesis.

How to register?
a) Please fill in this form: http://biologie.cuso.ch/staromics/registration/
Don't forget to mention any other doctoral program you are already  
part of or intend to join.
b) Send us your CV at staromics at cuso.ch

For any question please contact the coordinator of the program:
Corinne Dentan
Coordinator of StarOmics
Center for Integrative Genomics
Génopode Building
University of Lausanne
CH-1015 Lausanne
Phone: +41 (0)21 692 39 30
Email: corinne.dentan at unil.ch

We wish you a nice Holiday Season and hope to meet you in the  
StarOmics activities in 2011.

Prof. Nouria Hernandez, Chair of the committee
Prof. Beat Suter, Representative of the University of Bern
Prof. Simon Sprecher, Representative of the University of Fribourg
Prof. Karl-Heinz Krause, Representative of the University of Geneva
Prof. Ioannis Xenarios, representative of the University of Lausanne
Prof. Pilar Junier, Representative of the University of Neuchâtel

Université de Lausanne
Centre Intégratif de Génomique
Le Génopode
Quartier UNIL-Sorge
CH-1015 Lausanne

Tél. ++41 21 692 39 30
Fax  ++41 21 692 39 05
mailto:corinne.dentan at unil.ch
Site web : http://www.unil.ch/cig
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