Invitation to all PhD candidates for the 11th ORPHEUS Conference, Cologne, March 2016

11th ORPHEUS Conference
Lost in translation? From medical studies to clinical research
March 10 th – 12 th, 2016 in Cologne

Conference poster
Conference programme

Dear PhD candidates,
We – Kashish Manchanda (Univ. of Cologne) and Vesna Coric (Univ. of Belgrade) – the ORPHEUS PhD Representatives are looking forward to welcoming you to the 11th ORPHEUS Conference taking place in Cologne, Germany in March 2016. The topic of the conference – Lost in translation? From medical studies to clinical research, is particularly interesting topic for most of us. There will be a lot of intriguing talks taking place along with some student activities as a part of the ORPHEUS Conference Program. Here, we would like to draw your attention to some of the activities targeted especially for PhD students –

* Student Workshop on Friday – March 11th, 2016 from 3.30 p.m. – 6.30 p.m.
* Student Hosting Program for foreign participating students
* Additional student events

ORPHEUS Student Workshop

“The role of student-representation on the establishment and operation of doctoral programs”
on Friday – March 11th, 2016 from 3.30 p.m. – 6.00 p.m.
Our workshop addresses to students who are interested in learning more about the important role of students in doctoral programs. We will discuss potential topics from the viewpoint of students that are of importance and should be integrated in doctoral programs. We will elucidate, if and how the establishment of a student-representation could play an important role to bring forward student related issues. To initiate our discussion, we are pleased to announce following guest speakers who will share their experience.

* Kasper Pryds (Chairman – PhD Association of the Medical Faculty, Univ. Aarhus, Denmark)
* Nathalie Neubert (PhD Representative – Ludwig Center for Cancer Research, Univ. of Lausanne, Switzerland)
* Bernhard Schermer (Professor and Head of the Nephrology Lab, Univ. Hospital Cologne, Germany)
Our goal is to develop a concept paper focusing on important points and plans for the establishment and implementation of Student Association as part of a doctoral program. The main structural features and requirements that are required to successfully operating a Student Association will be discussed. The concept paper may serve as a starting point providing useful information of the importance and benefit for the integration of Student Associations in doctoral education programs.
If you are interested to participate in the ORPHEUS Student Workshop, please register first for the conference under ORPHEUS Conference 2016 – Registration link here, and send a short notification to with subject: Registration for the ORPHEUS Student Workshop.

ORPHEUS Student Hosting Program
To increase interaction among the participating students and at the same time reducing travel costs for foreign students, we are organizing an “ORPHEUS Student Hosting Program”. As part of the hosting program, students traveling from abroad will be invited to stay with a local student from Cologne. At the same time, to give a taste of the student life outside University to the foreign students and as a ‘thank you’ to the local participating students, a special event will also be organized on one of the evenings.
Guest questionnaire for finding your host
Foreign students who are interested in staying with a local student must fill in this form Click here for Guest-form.
We will find an appropriate host for you and get in contact with you!

Additional Student Events
We are also looking forward to welcoming you to a special student-event organized by ORPHEUS and CMMC for foreign students and local students participating in the Student Hosting Program. More information to follow.

If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

We are looking forward to seeing you all at the 11th ORPHEUS Conference in Cologne!
Best regards
Kashish Manchanda and Vesna Coric
ORPHEUS Student Representatives

Roland Jonsson DMD, PhD
Professor, The Broegelmann Chair in Immunology
Broegelmann Research Laboratory
Department of Clinical Science
University of Bergen
Laboratory Bldg, 5th floor, Room 5380
N-5021 Bergen, Norway
Phone: +47-55 97 46 49, -46 48; Fax: +47-55 97 58 17
Scandinavian Journal of Immunology

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