On 28 January 2021, the newly elected VU LSC Council met in the first meeting.
This year’s Nobel Prizes are being presented in Stockholm and Oslo this week. On Tuesday, Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Anne Doudna were officially awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. On this occasion, Vilnius University decided to symbolically honour Prof. Virginijus Šikšnys, a scientist who was eligible for the Nobel Prize in Chemistry and deserved it for his achievements.
On December 9, 2020, on the eve of the Nobel Prize awards ceremony Vilnius will celebrate it by honouring one of the most prominent Lithuanian pioneers in life sciences – Prof Virginijus Šikšnys – whose contributions led to important discoveries in the Nobel Prize-worthy CRISPR-Cas9 technology. Vilnius is funding a scholarship in the name of the scientist and has commissioned a sculpture for the achievements made in the life sciences field.
Lithuania made news at the largest international competition of synthetic biology iGEM held on 13–22 November. The Vilnius-Lithuania iGEM team, which has been participating in this prestigious competition for six years, won the grand prize of the competition and became the best iGEM team in the world in 2020.