A networking day to rule them all.
The flagship event of our network is the annual Life Science Day. The event epitomises our mission to reduce the existing gap between academic research and the life science industry. The events draws hundreds of students and dozens of companies each year to meet at the Irchel campus of the University of Zurich and has been held since 2010.
The central format of the LSD is the program of talks given by representatives of various company partners from diverse fields of industry. Talks are also given to provide career development advice to attendees. To further career development of attending students, one-on-one talks and CV checks have also featured in the programmes of multiple LSD's. The central venue of the Irchel Lichthof is turned into a company exhibition fair with booths from local and international pharmaceutical, biotech, consulting and start-up companies available to interact with students; answering questions, and sharing about the company. In some cases the company exhibition has been the sparking point for a conversation between a company and a student that lead to the student joining the company at a later date, successfully bridging the gap between academics and industry in a very literal way!
Another exciting feature of the ZLSD has been the key-note opening lecture, given by a high-profile scientist, sharing about their personal career development. Past speakers have included Nobel Laureates Prof. Dr. Tim Hunt (cell-cycle) and Prof. Dr. Ada Yonath (ribosome structure), and successful corporate executive Prof. Dr. Paul Herrling (Novartis).