1st PhDay at i3S

From bench to stage, from desk to forum



Event Date

30th May 2018



The goal of the PhDay

The PhDay is an opportunity for the PhD students at i3S to share their projects and boost their sense of community. It will potentiate the discussion about the particularities of the Portuguese scientific system, and how it fits in a European and global network.



Who can participate?

The abstract submission will open for all the PhD students at i3s. The i3S community and external participants are welcome to join the symposium as audience and to participate in discussions, particularly in the roundtable session and the closure chill-out.



The meeting will be held at Mariano Gago Auditorium, in i3S – Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde.




Rua Alfredo Allen, 208  |  4200-135 Porto, Portugal

Tel: +351 220 408 800 | Site: http://www.i3s.up.pt/ | E-mail: events@i3s.up.pt

GPS coordinates: 41º 10’ 30.008’’ N, 8º 36’ 12.488’’ W.





Scientific Committee

Mário Barbosa, i3S Director

Catarina Leite Pereira, Microenvironments for New Therapies Group

Danica Drpic, Chromosome Instability & Dynamics

Estrela Neto, Neuro-skeletal Circuits Group

João Vinagre, Cancer Signalling & Metabolism

Pedro Mendes Rodrigues, Thymus Development and Function Group

Stefan Mereiter, Glycobiology in Cancer Group

Tiago Silva, Neurolipid Biology Group



Organizing Committee

Ana Moreira, Epithelial Interactions in Cancer

Ana Pestana, Cancer Signalling & Metabolism

Andreia Almeida, Nanomedicines & Translational Drug Delivery

Cláudia Azevedo, Nanomedicines & Translational Drug Delivery

Cláudia Brito, Molecular Microbiology

Fábio Ferreira, Ageing and Aneuploidy & Vertebrate Development and Regeneration

Filipe Marques, Bioengineering & Synthetic Microbiology

Georgina Alves, Molecular Parasitology

Helena Macedo, Nanomedicines & Translational Drug Delivery

Joana Loureiro, Genetics of Cognitive Dysfunction

José Henrique Teixeira, Microenvironments for New Therapies

Rute Oliveira, Bioengineering & Synthetic Microbiology

Sara Vaz, Ageing and Aneuploidy



8h30 Registration

9h00 Symposium Opening & Welcome


9h15 Oral communications I and II


10h45 Coffee break


11h15 Oral communications III and IV


12h45 Lunch and Poster Session


14h00 Social Activities (only i3S PhD Students)


15h30 Mass training session (only i3S PhD Students)


16h30 Coffee break


17h00 Round Table: A PhD for the XXI century


18h15 Closing address

18h30 Symposium chill-out and PhD in the kitchen


Social Program

Social Activities


Science Quiz

How much do you know about scientific topics? By taking our quiz, teams will undergo a challenge to test their knowledge of science/i3S-related categories.


i3S Treasure hunt

Do you really know i3S? Join a team and dare to enrol in an adventure in our institute.


Scientific Who am I?

The best skill of a PhD student is asking questions. Can you ask the right ones?


Speed dating

If you are interested in a simplified and informal way to learn about various specific areas of research that are happening right now in our institute, it’s time to put your social skills to work at our scientific speed dating.



PhD in the kitchen

PhD in the kitchen contest. Each participant should gather a small team of 3-4 PhD students. Teams will bring dishes to the chill-out that will be under evaluation during the evening by all the attendees. The team with the best dish will win the PhD in the kitchen prize.




The PhD Symposium is open to all i3S PhD students. PhD students at the early stages of their doctoral work are particularly welcome when they have a well-defined problem statement and some planned experiments that they would like to discuss. PhD students in a more advanced stage of their work should still benefit from the symposium experience.



Abstract Submission

All submissions will be reviewed by the PhDay Scientific Committee. A limited number of abstracts will be selected for oral communication. The event is organized in four sessions. Each session will open with a communication with the duration of 10 minutes, selected from the submissions, and continue with four short communications of four minutes. There will be time allocated for discussion of the works presented. Participants will also have the opportunity to showcase their work by presenting a poster panel.

Please, have your abstract ready to submit before you register to the PhDay

Abstract template




Registration is free but mandatory. Each participant should bring a small contribution to the PhDay chill-out.


i3S PhD students form >>

i3S community & external participants form >>


Abstract submission & Registration Closure: April 30th, 2018

Notification of acceptance: May 15th, 2018




The excellent oral and panel presentations will be awarded.



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