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Every other year S.A. LIFE organizes a grand Life Science Symposium, where close to 350 students and scientific staff members come together to listen to world renowned speakers. Within LIFE, the Life Science Symposium is one of the most prominent and diverse events, organized by students themselves. It is therefore that students, professors and teachers within our field think highly of our symposia.

The themes of the symposia mainly focus on fundamental life sciences or applied biotechnology, and are therefore strongly related to the study program Life Science & Technology. Themes of past symposiums have been: Evolution and Development, Synthetic Biology, Limits of Lifespan and Bioenergy – Engineering a Greener Future. Last year’s theme was Immunotherapy – Enhancing the Human Defense System. Speakers from around the globe gathered at Corpus Congress Center, Leiden, on the 17th of May to talk about their work in the field of Immunotherapy.

On the 17th of November 2020 we will take a deep dive into a sustainable theme at the 9th Life Science Symposium: ‘From Waste to Resource – Biotechnology for a Circular Economy’.
Top-of-the-field international academics and engineers will show how biotechnology can play a pivotal role in shifting towards a circular economy, which will be crucial to reduce pollution with an ever-growing world population. During the day, a diverse range of subjects will be covered, including the synthesis of second-generation biofuels from agricultural waste, microbial PET bottle recycling and wastewater treatment.
With this theme we hope to inspire students and academics with the new advances and possibilities within the field of biotechnology, and show how it can play a major role in the transition to a circular economy.

For more information on the Life Science Symposium, its speakers and tickets we would like to direct you to our website.