by Angelo Filosa
I saw an advertisement
for a Young Scientist Travel Fellowship (YTSF) in an October issue of
It covered the cost of travel, registration and accommodation for the
18th International Congress of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology: Beyond
the Genome, to be held in Birmingham, England, in July. I applied and
I was asked to present two posters, one during the symposium for fellowship
holders, and the other during the main conference, and to give an oral
presentation at the YTSF symposium. There were 120 other fellowship-holders
from around the world, and 60 were selected to give presentations.
It was a good opportunity to meet other researchers starting out in their
field (i.e. PhD students and post-doctoral fellows), and to interact closely
with senior scientists. The highlight was the opening lecture by J. Craig
Venter, of Celera Genomics, just weeks after the announcement that the
human genome had been sequenced by his company.
There was also an organized social program. We visited Shakespeares
hometown of Stratford, and a well-maintained castle in Warwick.
- Angelo Filosa is a graduate student in biochemistry