Call for posters


A brand new, unique, national congress covering the Dutch Life Sciences in the widest sense of the word, from femtometer to kilometer, from cell to planet.


Life is meant to connect senior and junior researchers from all different disciplines in the life sciences. To explore and push boundaries, to lively discuss new or desirable developments in the field, to get inspired by each other’s research and approaches and to start new interdisciplinary collaborations. The theme for this very first edition of Life is ‘Communication in Life’. Communication is essential for life, from the smallest to the largest level. Communication is also essential between researchers in the broad field of the life sciences.


Researchers in all career phases are warmly invited to join and contribute to the programme! The congress is also open for people working in industry and for policy makers.


May 28 and 29, 2019. Postillion Convention Center, Bunnik (near Utrecht).


There will be a plenary programme with keynote speakers, interactive sessions and 5 parallel tracks for oral presentations and discussions. These 5 tracks, covering both congress days, address the theme Communication at different levels and scales in life, see below. It is no longer possible to submit abstracts for oral presentations but the deadline for submission of poster abstracts is extended until 7 April 2019.


  1. Cellular chat: Talking to your neighbours | This track focusses on the multiple levels through which molecules, cells and tissues communicate with one another in space and time and how this communication leads to coordinated behaviour and development in all domains of life. More info
  2. From small talk to full blown discussions; Communication from genes to an organism | This track is about the regulation of our genome and its effect on an organism. The genetic regulation covers the fields of (epi)genetics and genome biology, and their effects on the development, (patho)physiology and evolution of organisms. More info
  3.  Perceive and respond | This track focusses on multiple levels through which different microbe, plant, animal species interact with their environment, with each other, and with other species, for their survival, health and development. More info
  4. The natural world in the Anthropocene | Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning are under threat in terrestrial and aquatic systems across the globe. How will our nature look like in the future? Will species and ecosystems be able to adapt and recover, or is their collapse inevitable? And what is the role of humans? More info
  5. Pushing the boundaries: novel approaches in biological measurement and analysis | This track focuses on new methods and technologies for measurement and analysis that power today’s scientific discoveries. We invite contributions on biological systems of all scales and all levels of organization. Contributions go beyond pure technical detail and provide insight in the trends in the particular domain of research. More info

Find out more about the tracks.


All tracks will be a mixture of invited speakers, senior and junior researchers. The 5 tracks will cover both days of the congress and conclude with a summary and future actions to take.
The programme committee will select the abstracts with a keen eye for quality of the contributions, presence of opportunities for cross talk with other disciplines and a the look ahead to the future and diversity.

Deadline for poster abstract submission is April 7, 2019

Submit poster abstract


In addition to the oral and poster presentations there will be other elements in the congress promoting interaction, discussions and skills. More information about these elements and how you may contribute will follow soon.