On June 25th, 2024, the CIBM Breakfast and Science Seminar Series Summer Edition brought together an enthusiastic group of PhD and Master’s students for a day filled with scientific innovation, engaging discussions, and thrilling competitions. This unique event showcased the ground breaking work of CIBM-affiliated students through dynamic presentations and poster sessions, culminating in the exciting CIBM challenge.

Beyond the engaged and warm participation of all, the event was brilliantly organised by CIBM core members Elda Fischi-Gómez and Jessie Mosso with over 60 members of the CIBM community participating for such a delightful day of science and fun.

“The CIBM Breakfast & Science Seminar Summer Edition Fun & Game Challenge was amazing, blending science and fun while strengthening connections between students, CIBM staff and section heads – a tradition that should be pursued in the coming years to make CIBM even more attractive for students.”
Frédéric Grouiller, Head, CIBM MRI HUG-UNIGE Clinical MR Imaging Section

The morning kicked off with a series of rapid-fire oral presentations, where students delivered their research findings in concise 3-5 minute power pitches. The sessions highlighted a diverse range of topics, demonstrating the innovative work being conducted within the CIBM community. Following the presentations, a poster session provided a platform for detailed discussions, allowing participants to delve deeper into each project and exchange ideas with peers and faculty members.

“Beyond the opportunity to present my work, I was pleasantly surprised by the wide range of topics tackled by my fellow CIBM PhD students. You tend to be familiar with those in your research group, so it is refreshing to see different perspectives and projects in the scope of the CIBM.”
EPFL PhD student Brayan Alves.

After enjoying a delicious summer lunch, attendees geared up for an afternoon of fun and competition. The CIBM challenge featured a mix of brain-teasing quizzes, races and other outdoor games. Participants put their skills to the test, showcasing not only their scientific prowess but also their competitive spirit and teamwork abilities.

“The highlight of the day for me was engaging with the new students who showed enthusiasm for my research topic. Explaining my work, discussing ideas, and motivating the enthusiastic learners was incredibly rewarding. It reminded me of the passion that drives scientific research and the importance of fostering the next generation of researchers.”
UNIL PhD student Juan Luis Villarreal Haro

The event was a resounding success, fostering a sense of community among CIBM students. It provided a unique opportunity for researchers to connect, share insights, and gain new perspectives. The blend of scientific presentations and engaging activities created an environment of learning and camaraderie, making the day both informative and enjoyable.

The CIBM Breakfast and Science Seminar Series Summer Edition 2024 was more than just an academic event; it was a celebration of the vibrant CIBM community. Participants left with new ideas, strengthened connections, and a sense of achievement. The success of this event sets a promising precedent for future gatherings, continuing to blend scientific discovery with excitement and camaraderie.

For those who missed it, stay tuned for the next edition which will be taking place in Geneva in summer 2025.


Pitches and posters

BBQ Summer lunch

Fun & Games Challenge

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