SciLifeLab Science Summit 2023: a Celebration of Genomics, Biodiversity and Evolution

September 20, 2023 – For the first time since 2019, the SciLifeLab Science Summit took place at the Aula Magna venue in Stockholm, with over 300 researchers, academics, and industry professionals in attendance. The SciLifeLab Science Summit, focusing on the theme “Genomics of Biodiversity and Evolution,” brought together a rich tapestry of scientific insights and breakthroughs in genomics. The day included talks from leading experts within the field, flash talks about cutting edge research and a show floor filled with posters and discussions.

“In addition to having the competence of technology, you also really want to have a research community […] And that really shows when you see today’s talks: the different ages of people, the different backgrounds, and more than 300 people mingling on such an important topic as genome biodiversity,” says Kerstin Lindblad-Toh, Chair of the Scientific Committee, co-founder of SciLifeLab and Professor at Uppsala University.

The speaker talks spanned a range of topics in genomics, adaptation, and evolution, each contributing a unique perspective to the overarching theme.

The speakers for the SciLifeLab Science Summit 2023 and a brief summary of their talks:

“I think the Science Summit is fantastic because it’s showcasing a real range of diverse areas that genomics is applied to today, from ecology and evolution,” says Professor Tom Gilbert, University of Copenhagen.

Between the talks, you could overhear buzzing talk from the attendants, discussing what they had just heard and wanting to learn more about specific topics or discuss their own research from a new perspective.

The SciLifeLab Science Summit also showcased four flash talks from the most impressive abstracts that were selected to provide brief (5-minute talks) yet impactful presentations about their ongoing research:

The SciLifeLab Science Summit show floor was another hive of activity, filled with research posters and industry booths. Attendees had the chance to delve deeper into varied scientific subjects, explore industry advancements, and discuss the theme of the day.

The show floor included the SciLifeLab corner, giving attendants new and broader insights into the work of SciLifeLab. The booth also showed interviews with researchers and fellows within SciLifeLab and gave new and updated details about the large project “Data-Driven Life Science”, supported by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation (KAW).

“I think the DDLS, the data-driven life sciences initiative here in Sweden, is actually very impressive in helping support young people at early career stages,” says Professor Richard Durbin, University of Cambridge.

At the end of the day, the Science Summit 2023 Best Poster award was presented to Cynthia Perez Estrada of SciLifeLab and Karolinska Institutet (KI). Her exemplary work on the three-dimensional genome architecture found in a 52,000-year-old woolly mammoth skin sample stood out, underscoring the innovations in genomics research.

“So this kind of event brings people together. Not just the senior scientists, the ones that everybody sort of think of as being the important ones, but also the junior scientists and the students, graduate students and trainees. That’s really important because they’re the ones that are actually coming up with some of the newest research,” says Professor Elinor Karlsson, University of Massachusetts Medical School & Broad Institute.

In wrapping up, the SciLIfeLab Science Summit not only showcased cutting-edge research but also reinforced the essence of collaboration and knowledge exchange.


Last updated: 2023-09-21

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