What's on at the BIF?

BIF fellowships are much more than just a monthly stipend. Our tailor-made seminars are designed to help you become an excellent and successful scientist. For that, one needs a wide variety of skills, not all of them unique to science. In addition, one needs people one can trust and rely on to discuss ideas, give and receive advice, cooperate, etc. The BIF seminars are designed to help you acquire both. Below you find a list of the next events and seminars. We will send further details with the invitations.

SARS-CoV-2 pandemic

Please note that dates and locations of our seminars and events might be subject to change depending on the development of the pandemic. We will invite all participants personally and inform about any changes as soon as possible.

Upcoming events and seminars

When What Where
14–18 April 2021 Communication seminar in German virtual event
5–9 May 2021 Communication seminar in German virtual event
9–10 Jul 2021 Meeting of BIF's Board of Trustees  
14–20 Aug 2021 Progress seminar Hirschegg, Austria
10–12 Sep 2021 European alumni meeting Glashütten, Germany
23–25 Sep 2021 North America meeting virtual event
6–10 Oct 2021 122nd International Titisee Conference (ITC) "Space, time, and life" – cancelled Titisee, Germany
27-31 Oct 2021 123rd International Titisee Conference (ITC) "Life 2.0: From designing the molecules of life to designing life" Titisee, Germany
5–9 Nov 2021 Communication seminar in English Lautrach, Germany
12–13 Nov 2021 Meeting of BIF's Board of Trustees  
19-23 Nov 2021 Communication seminar in German Lautrach, Germany

Seminars, meetings, and events

We believe that inviting current fellows to present and discuss their research projects in person is much more conducive to research and personal development than written interim reports. If you work in Europe, you will be invited to our yearly progress seminar for current fellows in Hirschegg, Austria (yes, there is also some hiking). If you work in North America, you will be invited to our biannual North America meetings in Woods Hole near Boston, USA.

Presenting yourself and your results well can make the difference. We invite current fellows to a five-day intensive communication seminar at which experts teach them writing, rhetorical, and graphic design skills. Fellows are expected to participate once. Depending on your location, you will receive your training in the USA or in Germany.

Re-connect with other fellows, meet new people, learn about exciting new research and career options, and explore diverse topics, with titles like "Perception of reality", "Bodies of the future", or "Genetically modified organisms: hype, hope, hubris?". We invite all alumni working in Europe to our yearly meeting at Collegium Glashütten, near Frankfurt, Germany (formerly held at Gracht Castle).

Our meeting in the USA brings together alumni and current fellows working in North America to present and discuss their research. The programme is complemented by talks, e.g. on career opportunities, and leaves enough room for participants to get to know each other and to explore possible cooperation. This meeting takes place every two years at the Marine Biology Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole near Boston, USA.

In a separate programme, the BIF organizes two International Titisee Conferences (ITCs) each year for internationally leading scientists. The BIF's Board of Trustees selects the ITC chairpersons who, in turn, select all speakers and other participants. Participation in these highly acclaimed conferences is, therefore, by invitation only. However, a few current BIF fellows whose projects are within the scope of a conference's topic may attend.

Several times a year, we organize informal BIF meetings and – if our travels take us close enough – visit our fellows and alumni in their laboratories. We also hold a yearly Christmas party in the BIF offices in Mainz, Germany, where all BIF fellows and alumni are welcome. Whenever you are in Mainz and would like to visit us at our offices, please let us know ahead of time. We would be happy to see you.