Staff and PhD students from the Department of Neurobiology and Biophysics of the VU Life Sciences Centre, as well as neuroscientists from other departments of the VU LSC, actively participated in the international conference FENS (Federation of European Neurosciences Associations) Forum 2022. This conference took place in Paris (France), 9-14 July. 

In total, over 7800 participants took part in the conference, 17 from Lithuania (15 out of them were from VU LSC), and over 4000 poster presentations were presented at this conference. VU LSC scientists also presented their posters.

The Presidium of the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences (LAS), on the basis of the proposals of the expert commissions for LAS Young Scientists' Fellowships of the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences (LAS), has awarded 15 fellowships to the best young scientists in the fields of humanities, social sciences, physical sciences, biomedicine, technology and agriculture. Six of them were awarded to scientists from Vilnius University (VU), one of them to a VU LSC scientist Dr Inga Songailienė.

Today, 8 June 2022, seven outstanding female scientists from the Baltic States have been announced as winners of the L'Oréal-UNESCO Baltic young talent programme “For Women in Science” awards. This year, the awards and EUR 6,000 prizes in Lithuania went to Dr Gintarė Kručaitė and PhD student Greta Jarockytė. In addition, three of the winning scientists, one from each Baltic country, will be nominated for the prestigious L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Rising Talent Award.

A group of scientists from the Department of Immunology and Cell Biology, Institute of Biotechnology (BTI), Vilnius University Life Sciences Centre (VU GMC), led by Dr Arvydas Kanopka, has implemented the project Hypoxia as a cellular stress inducing mRNA diversity and ageing' (Nr. S-SEN-20-17) under the National Science Programme 'Healthy Ageing' of the Lithuanian Council of Science, and has made a recommendation based on the main results obtained during the implementation of this project.

The VU Senate elections held at the VU Life Sciences Centre on 16-17 May saw the election of 3 members of the Senate, who received the required number of votes from more than 50% of the voters who took part in the elections. On 23 and 24 May, a by-election will take place to elect the fourth LSC representative to the Senate.

For the second consecutive year, the devil's tongue (aka voodoo lily) plant (Amorphophallus konjac) decided“ to delight the LSC community with its extraordinary blossom. The intense smell of rotting meat is almost gone, but in the next few days, the unusual appearance of this plant can be enjoyed in the resting area of the 4th floor near office V429.

'Thermo Fisher Scientific Baltics' UAB in cooperation with Vilnius University invites prospective 1-year masters students from VU Life Sciences Center, Faculty of Chemistry and Geosciences, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics to prepare Master final thesis at the Company.

The ARQUS AL7 International Forum on ‘Diversity, interdisciplinarity and social challenges‘ took place at the University of Granada, Spain, from 2-6 May. More than 40 students from the Universities of Vilnius, Bergen, Granada, Gratz, Leipzig, Lyon and Padua participated.

The new Director of the Life Sciences Centre of Vilnius University, Prof. Daumantas Matulis, started his work today. Prof. Gintaras Valinčius, the former Director of the VU GMC, handed over the keys of his office to the new Director on Friday.

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