Zurich Life Science Day – Where you meet industry
The flagship event of our network is the annual Zurich Life Science Day (ZLSD). ZLSD epitomises our mission to connect life scientists with career opportunities beyond academia. The events bring together more than 800 life scientists and dozens of companies each year to meet at the Irchel campus of the University of Zurich. Due to the current worldwide situation, this year’s ZLSD will take place online, so this time you can connect directly from your home!
Held since 2010, the central format of ZLSD is the program of talks given by representatives of various companies from diverse fields of industry. Talks aim to provide career advice to attendees and to expose a broad range of opportunities. To further encourage the career development of students, one-on-one meetings with companies and CV checks also feature in the program.
Moreover, there is a large virtual 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 information about the company. On occasion, the company exhibition has been the sparking point for a conversation between a company and a student that leads to the student joining the company later on, successfully showing that life scientists have possibilities beyond academia!
Another exciting feature of the ZLSD has been the keynote 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), successful corporate executive Prof. Dr. Paul Herrling (Novartis), Prof. Dr Martin Chalfie (GFP). For ZLSD 2021 we have the confirmation of Frances H. Arnold (Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2018).