International Student Congress of (bio)Medical Sciences (ISCOMS)

ISCOMS is one of the world’s leading international (bio)medical student congresses. It provides students with the opportunity to showcase their research, as well as to attend interesting lectures, student presentations and interactive workshops to extend their knowledge on the latest (bio)medical research.

Also, the ISCOMS Research Fellowships (IRF) offer students who presented their research at ISCOMS the opportunity to acquire a taste of doing research in the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG). Various research institutes at the UMCG are interested in welcoming young and talented international (bio)medical students to their institutes and offer them the opportunity to experience what doing research in the UMCG is like.

This year's conference welcomes three renowned keynote speakers. The first keynote speaker will be Prof. Stefan W. Hell PhD, who was awarded the Nobel prize in Chemistry in 2014 for developing super-resolved fluorescence microscopy. Secondly, Prof. Cisca Wijmenga PhD, a Dutch researcher from the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) is present. She won the Spinoza prize in 2015 for her research on the role of human genetics in coeliac disease. An finally, the third speaker will be Prof. James D. Weiland PhD. His research interests include retinal prostheses, neural prostheses, electrode technology, visual evoked responses, implantable electrical systems and wearable visual aids for the blind.

As a student, you will have the chance to perform research at a leading institute, meet top-researchers and learn about the possibilities of attending a PhD-programme in the Netherlands. Besides the scientific programme, an extensive social programme, which includes a city tour, a formal dinner and the World Wide ISCOMS Night party is provided.

The 23 edition of ISCOMS will take place from June 7-10,  2016. Last year’s congress was a great success, with 634 participants attending from over 58 countries.

Registration for non-presenting participants will open on March 7, 2016.

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