Workshop on Epigenetics
BioHealth Master: speciality "Genetics, Epigenetics and Cell fate regulation"
Since 2015, EpiGenMed organizes an annual interactive six-day training workshop on Epigenetics for Master 2 students. The workshop, conducted every year by Giacomo Cavalli and Reini Fernandez de Luco, is fully recognized as integral in the BioHealth Master at Montpellier University. The Epigenetics workshop has been held in English since inception and it gained the highest reputation among students, who have the chance to meet top-level national and international researchers in a highly interactive, informal and inspiring setting. During one week, national and international high-profile researchers give public seminars, interact and discuss with students and explore career paths with Master, EpiGenMed PhD students and postdocs. One day is also dedicated to an extended interview of a science society leader (entrepreneur, publisher, policy maker, journalist, philosopher…) by the students to broaden their professional perspectives.
The workshop is organized in a full-immersion, 7 hours per day format. Each day revolves around a different subject, each subject being connected to the others. Each theme is centred around an invited guest scientist who is known for his/her cutting-edge research in his/her field. Students are provided with two articles published by the scientist. In the morning, these articles are discussed in the presence of a Montpellier researcher from the same field. A small group of students presents the results of these articles and the others will comment on them (they will hold a "referee" function). The morning activities are followed by a meal between the guest of the day and the students who will have exposed the article. In the afternoon, the guest speaker gives a scientific seminar open to any researcher from Montpellier. The day is concluded by a one-hour discussion between the scientist and the students.
The Workshop since 2015