Junior Scientist Zoonoses Meeting 2019

German Version

The German Research Platform for Zoonoses invites motivated doctorate students and Postdocs (up to three years post graduation) from all disciplines of zoonosis research to join the annual Junior Scientist Zoonoses Meeting (JSZM) at the 
Robert Koch-Institute in Berlin from June 20th to 22nd, 2019.

The objective of the meeting is to support the establishment a multidisciplinary scientific network for young scientists within the German Research Platform and to support junior scientists in their career planning.

Your participation is highly appreciated!


Program overview:  

Discuss among Peers-Round tables

Present and discuss your research results/interests in moderated multidisciplinary discussion groups.  


Career Sessions              

Motivational talks by established senior scientists allow for an inside view into the diversity of research opportunities within zoonoses research in Germany with experienced keynote speakers discussing their results and new methods. Further, inside views into career pathways, personal experiences and funding possibilities for young scientists are given.

Scientific Keynotes & Topics

  • Susanne Möhring (Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH): “Funding advice "Research and Innovation" of the Federal Government” 
  • Dr. Annisa Chand (Nature Food Journal): "Publishing at Nature/ Being an Scientific Editor"  
  • Dr. Sébastien Calvignac-Spencer (Robert Koch-Institut): "Ancient DNA and I" 
  • PD Dr. Sandra Junglen (Charité Berlin): "Ecology and evolution of emerging arboviruses"  
  • Dr. Ulrike Gerischer (Max-Planck-Institut, Göttingen): "Akademische Laufbahn - Wissenschaftsmanagement" 
  • Prof. Dr. Stefanie Becker (TiHo Hannover): "Learning to Fly-My life with insects"  
  • Prof. Dr. Imke Steffen (TiHo Hannover): "Crystals, dust and viruses – a research career"  
  • Dr. Brigitte Thoms (LAVES): "Tierarzt beim LAVES – interessante Tätigkeiten, vielfältige Möglichkeiten, Karrierechancen" Dr. Anton Aebischer (Robert Koch-Institut): "Unit 16 at the RKI in short stories"  
  • Dr. Victor Corman (Charité Berlin): "Personal insights into the work on emerging pathogens: The MERS-CoV example" Prof. Dr. Ilse Jacobsen (Leibniz-Institut): "The neglected kingdom: pathogenic fungi" 
  • Prof. Dr. Ulrich Kalinke (TWINCORE): "Pathways to Translational Infection Research"

Election of the Junior Scientists representative

Another important point on the agenda of the JSZM is the annual election of one young scientist to represent the needs and requirements of the early stage research community as a full valid member of the Internal Advisory Board of the Research Platform. The official election of the representative will be hold during the JSZM.

Progam JSZM 2019 (updated 03/05/2019)

Prerequisite for participation 

Potential participants must submit an abstract illustrating both the zoonosis and multidisciplinary aspect of their research work. For participation, the acceptance of the submitted abstract is mandatory. The abstract will be presented and discussed in the form of a poster during discussion rounds at the first day of the meeting. Additionally, posters will be presented in a poster session.


The entry deadline is the 1st of May, 2019.

All doctorate students and postdocs up to their 3rd year post graduation who are members of the German Platform for Zoonoses Research can apply. Becoming a member is easy and free of charge. 



Education credits for both physicians (Ärztekammer Hamburg) and veterinarians (ATF) are applied for. Further participation is credible for the One Health Certificate of the Zoonoses platform.

The conference language is English, with single talks held in German. Participants have to organize and pay for their travel expenses and accommodation by themselves.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Dana Thal at +49 (0)383517 1198 or by email.


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