POLAR18 Abstract fee waiver

Planning to go to Switzerland next year? Abstract submission for the big POLAR2018 conference is open since a couple of days.

Short on funds? The organizers offer some abstract fee waivers, but you have to apply before the end of the abstract submission period! Find all info here.



Job offer for scientist/curator in the BCCM/ULC collection of cyanobacteria

Last application date : 10/09/2017
Department : Life Sciences
Contract: Limited duration
Degree : Master degree in Sciences: Biology, or a discipline that is declared admissible by the
selection committee, or an equivalent degree
Occupancy rate : 100%
Vacancy Type: Research staff

The ULC collection is one of 7 decentralized biological resource centers integrated within the Belgian Coordinated Collections of Microorganisms (BCCM) (http://bccm.belspo.be/). The consortium with complementary expertise offers high quality microbial and genetic
resources as well as a broad-ranging service portfolio and scientific expertise for industry and academia. BCCM runs a multi-site ISO 9001 quality management system. The ULC collection is specialised in cyanobacteria (http://bccm.belspo.be/about-us/bccm-ulc), with a majority of Antarctic, Arctic and Siberian strains.

For more details on the position and how to apply get in touch with Dr. Annick Wilmotte
awilmotte <at> ulg.ac.be

APECS Workshop at SCARBio17

One day ahead of the recent 2017 SCAR Biology Symposium, APECS organized an early career scientist workshop for conference participants (and anyone else interested). Lovely weather, sci-comm, fabulous guests, … read further for some impressions.

APECS workshop at SCARBio17 highlights

from “Piled Higher and Deeper” by Jorge Cham http://www.phdcomics.com

Our overall schedule for the workshop on July 9th immediately prior to SCARBio17 is generally finalized. In the morning we will have exciting talks & time for questions with five invited speakers, in the afternoon we will proceed to a hands-on practice session. In between lunch will be provided. The workshop is centered on science communication and data management, which is interesting not only for biologists!


José Xavier (scientist at BAS & U. Coimbra):
“Polar Science, Education and Policy Making: the three major parts of the puzzle to be a young scientist today?” 

Anne-Claire Bihan-Poudec (journalist at UPT):
“Sharing science through Exploration”

Siska Waelkens (science comm expert at KU Leuven):
“Scientists on the bridge – handling the gap between scientific complexity and low-threshold communication”

Stéphanie Brabant (journalist at Thalassa/France TV):
“How to communicate or explain science easily to journalists”

Grant Humphries (data scientist at Black Bawks):
“Scientific ibuprofen: Preventing headaches with data management”
Some registrations can still be accepted, make sure to be fast, if you haven’t signed up yet!

PhD scholarship in global change ecology

Apply until 30/05/2017 23:59 CEST
→   Faculty of Sciences
→   Department WE11 – Biology

    →   AAP temporary appointment – 100%
→   1 position(s)


Ghent University is a world of its own. Employing more than 8,000 people, it is actively involved in education and research, management and administration, and technical and social services on a daily basis. It is one of the largest, most exciting employers in the area and offers great career opportunities. With each of its 11 faculties and more than 100 departments offering state-of-the-art study programmes that are grounded in research in a wide range of academic fields, Ghent University is a logical choice for its employees as well as its students.


  • At least 50% of your assignment will be spent on academic research on the diversity of microorganisms and their contribution to ecosystem functions in freshwater and terrestrial habitats in preparation of a doctoral dissertation.
  • You will assist in the teaching activities at the department, such as in global change ecology, community and systems ecology, biodiversity of microalgae and protozoa, limnology and biogeography.
  • You will assist in the internal and external services of the department.


  • You hold a Master’s degree in Master of Science Biology, Marine Biodiversity and Conservation, Marine and Lacustrine Science and Management, or Bio-engineering or an equivalent degree. The degree requirements need to be fulfilled at the start of your appointment.
  • You are interested in academic and/or project-based research and services and coaching students.
  • Any teaching experience or participation in extra training, conferences, etc. is recommended.
  • You have excellent teaching and communication skills in English and preferably also in Dutch.


  • We offer you a two-year appointment, which may be renewed twice for two years, on condition that the previous term was given a positive evaluation. Attention: If you have been previously appointed as a junior assistant or doctoral fellow at a university within the Flemish Community, this appointment will be deducted from the maximum term of appointment, which is six years at the most according to the Codex of Higher Education.
  • Your appointment will start on 1 October 2017 at the earliest.
  • Your remuneration will be determined according to salary scale AAP3. More information is available on our website.
  • All Ghent University staff members enjoy a number of benefits, such as a wide range of training and education opportunities, 38 days of paid leave, bicycle commuting reimbursement, ecocheques, etc. A complete overview of all our fringe benefits can be found on our website (in Dutch).


Apply online via this application before last application date (see above). Make sure you upload the following documents:

  • application letter
  • cv, including an overview of study results (merged into one file of maximum 5 MB)
  • a transcript of the required degree (if you already have it)
  • for diplomas awarded outside the European Union: certificate of equivalence (NARIC) (if you already have it)

We do not accept applications that are sent by e-mail or applications that lack (one of) the above-mentioned documents.

As Ghent University maintains an equal opportunities and diversity policy, everyone is encouraged to apply for this position.


For more information about this vacancy, please contact prof. Elie Verleyen (elie.verleyen@ugent.be, + 32 9 264 96 29).