ÖGMBT - YLSA (Young Life Scientists Austria)

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ÖGMBT Young Life Scientists Austria was established in 2016 and is a network organized by and for young scientists (Masters, PhDs, Post-Docs) within the Austrian Association of Molecular Life Sciences and Biotechnology. The aim of YLSA is to form an Austrian wide network among young life scientists to address the particular needs of this group. Examples in this respect are career development options (“Shall I do a PhD or not?”, “I want to find a job in industry but how?”…), public relations activities (“why is public promotion of research important for the location Austria and young scientists?”, “what are the working conditions in academia and young scientists?”) and mentoring programs, but also off-topic events are organized.

As the topics covered of YLSA are based on the input of the peers (which means you!), we encourage everybody with a “hot topic” to just get in contact with us.

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YLSA Zweigstelle OST



MSc Jonas Ramoni
PhD Fellow - Molekulare Biotechnologie
TU Wien
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Elisabeth Fitz, Judith Frei & Nilay Patel

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 YLSA Zweigstelle WEST






MSc Christoph Sonderegger
PhD Fellow -  Medizinische Universität Innsbruck
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"So far there are only unsatisfactory island solutions to connect young life scientists at their local institutions.
To me, ÖGMBT offers a perfect platform to establish a countrywide network needed to leverage interdisciplinary synergies"



YLSA Zweigstelle SÜD



BSc Pascal Mülner
Institut für Umweltbiotechnologie
TU Graz
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Julian Taffner, Melanie Obermeier, Carina Hasenöhrl & Pablo Zardoya-Laguardia

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 YLSA Zweigstelle NORD



 Wolfgang Gruber, Msc, PhD
 Department of Molecular Biology
 University of Salzburg
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 Team YLSA Nord:
 Felix Locker, Bianca Chichirau

"Be part of the future of life sciences"



"The ÖGMBT YLSA provides a unique opportunity for students and young life scientists to get in touch with like-minded peers on the local and national level"








Company visit at Gebro Pharma


Gebro Pharma, Fieberbrunn



Together with the Standortagentur Tirol the ÖGMBT is organising an

excursion to the pharmaceutical company, Gebro Pharma, in Fieberbrunn on Mai 25th.

Gebro Pharma develops and manufactures medicinal products, medical devices, food supplements/dietary products and cosmetics in various pharmaceutical forms. Foundet in 1947 Gebro Pharma has a presence in more than 25 countries and around 300 employees in its headquarter in Fieberbrunn, a small tourist town in the Kitzbühel Alps.

Participation is for free!

All costs are covered by the Cluster Life Sciences Tirol and the ÖGMBT - Young Life Scientists Austria.

Please register until Mai 14th!

Further information and registration HERE.


Departure (!) from Innsbruck
CCB Center of Chemistry and Biomedicine, Innrain 80-82, Innsbruck

Arrival in Fieberbrunn at Gebro Pharma


Welcome Reception


Tour through the facility



Return to Innsbruck

 15:00 (approx.)
Arrival at the CCB

Company visit at ZETA
7:00 - 19:30

Lieboch, near Graz
ZETA invites master and PhD students of BOKU, TU Vienna and TU Graz to take part in an excursion to visit their facilities in Lieboch, near Graz on Tuesday, May 29th. This includes the visit of an industrial bioreactor plant. Prior to the company visit you will listen to a varied set of talks about ZETA Biopharma (Important note! While presentation slides are in English, the talks are given in German!!). As a special feature a representative of Boehringer- Ingelheim will inform about carrier opportunities at this global company.
For more detailed information take a look at the agenda

Do you want to join? Then simply register to this event by sending a mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. using “ZETA” as an eMail Betreff/ subject and provide your name, if you are joining from Vienna or Graz and if you want to take advantage of the organised transportation (see below). Also, please, provide proof of membership.
Deadline for registration is Wednesday, May 17th. Spots might quickly fill up! So do not hesitate and book your place!

Important info regarding transportation.

For our members joining from Vienna: ZETA provides a bus to bring all participants from Vienna to hotel Ramada and also from ZETA back to Vienna. Our members have the opportunity to get on both busses. When registering, notify us if you want to take this opportunity, so we can forward the information to ZETA. The bus leaves at 7.00 o´clock from Vienna and estimated arrival back to Vienna is 19:30.

For our members joining from Graz: We will jointly travel to and from the event locations using public transportation (bus and train) (public transportation spans 2 zones). ÖGMBT will provide respective bus/ train tickets. Let us know if you need transportation tickets when registering, so we can take according arrangements. Meeting point is Radetzkystraße 5 at 9:15 (latest!). The bus leaves at 9:20. Estimated arrival back to Graz is 18:00 at the main train station.

The transport from the Hotel Ramada to ZETA is provided by ZETA for ALL participants.

ÖGMBT Science Dinner - eatdrinkconnect

Die Herzl
Prokopigasse 12, 8010 Graz

The dinner will take place at 19:00 in the Herzl Stube (Prokopigasse 12, 8010 Graz). Our 2 guests are: Dr. Vera Niederkofler representing the industry (from QPS Austria located in Grambach) and Dr. Julia Kargl (from the department of Pharmacology at the Medical University of Graz). You will have the opportunity to hear their professional experiences and to ask personally anything you want to know regarding academia or industry.
The event is exclusively for ÖGMBT members. Food and drinks will be covered for everyone attending the event. Maximum number of participants is limited to 10 people. Registration via email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (send your full name and the confirmation of your membership) in a “first come, first served” basis.


2nd Monday each month

at 18:00

Uni Cafe, Innrain 55, Innsbruck

Upcoming regulars' tables in 2018:





Join us for a relaxed get-together and find out more about Innsbruck’s  
life science community.
We will meet every 2nd Monday each month.
The first drink is at our expense (restricted to ÖGMBT members).
We look forward to seeing you!



3rd monday each month

at 18:00
Molly Malone, Färdergasse 15, Graz

3. MOnday each MOnth at MOlly malone

Join us at our regularś table for a chat over a drink in laid-back  
atmosphere and socialise with your fellow students and peers. Your  
first drink is at the expense of ÖGMBT (restricted to members)- so get  
yourself a pint and join us for the craic.

we look forward to see you there,
carina, julian, pascal & mel






YLSA Kick-off Event

June 29th, 2016 in Vienna

17 young researchers from TU Wien, BOKU, IST Austria, MUW, Vetmed, Uni Wien, MFPL and even from TU Graz.
It was a great evening and a strong signal for a strong network & many great activities for the future!

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YLSA Info Event

September 13th, 2016 in Graz

Presentation of YLSA during the 8th ÖGMBT Annual Meeting by Jonas Ramoni & Pascal Mülner

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YLSA Social Event - Billard

October 20th, 2016 in Vienna

Relaxed get together @ Billardcafe KÖÖ7 with Andreas (IST), Lisa (BOKU), Franziska & Nikolaus (AIT), Elisabeth & Jonas (TU Vienna) and Julian (MFPL)

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YLSA Social Event - Bowling

October 24th, 2016 in Graz Relaxed get together @ Kegelbahn Scheff with  Carina (MUG), Maria, Peter, Marielies, Christoph and Pascal (TU Graz).

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Role Model Talk: Scientific Publishing Springer January 19th, 2017 in Vienna

Dr. Silvia Herold, Editor in Biomedicine / Life Sciences @ SpringerNature talked about what her daily work looks like and about scientific publishing in general. Great opportunity for networking and a relaxed conclusion with drinks & snacks afterwards.

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Company visit at the ERBER Group February 16th, 2017 27 young researcher participated at the Company Visit of  the ERBER Group Campus in Getzersdorf and the BIOMIN Research Center in Tulln.

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Science Dinner - eatdrinkconnect February 23rd, 2017 in Graz Mag. Dr. Karin Schaupp and Univ.-Prof. Dr.rer.nat. Robert Kourist discussed in a relaxed atmosphere with young reserachers about the topic “Academia vs. industry: Einstein or Bayer- who are you going to be?”

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YLSA NORD Kick-off  Event
March 2nd, 2017 in Salzburg

18 enthusiastic young researchers participated at this this Kick-off Event in Salzburg.

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OUT OF THE BOX TALK May 18th, 2017 in Vienna

Dr. Matthias Brunner, Trainee as Patent Attorney @ Sonn & Partners Vienna, showed us how his daily work looks like, and wgave insights into which skills are needed to be successful in this profession.


 COMPANY VISIT - LACTOSAN  May 24th, 2017 in Kapfenberg

 17 young researcher visited the  styrian based biotech and pharma company LACTOSAN.

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YLSA WEST Kick off - BBQ
June 1st, 2017, Innsbruck

more than 50 young researchers came together at the Kick-off event in CCB Innsbruck

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Dr. Jernej Zupanc - Effective Visual Communication of Science September 21, 2017, Graz When reading research papers, grant proposals, conference posters or viewing slide presentations, researchers look at visuals first. If created properly, scientific figures are the most effective way to explain complex ideas and research results. This seminar gave an introduction to how researchers search and read scientific literature and how we can use basic principles of visual communication to attract the readers' attention and guide their eyes through composition.

 1st ÖGMBT YLSA WEST Stammtisch  Oktober 9, 2017 Innsbruck

 Relaxed get-together with discussions about Innsbruck’s life science community.

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YLSA Süd Semesterstart: Pizza Roulette October 20, 2017
Get together of the YLSA SÜD with interesting discussions and exchange of ideas for next life science activities
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Out Of The Box Talk
November 9th at 19:00
MFPL, Dr. Bohrgasse 9, 6.Stock
1030 Wien

 ÖGMBT YLSA Out of the Box Talk with Dr. Michael Wildauer, Management Trainee @ Shire

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Company Visit @ Sandoz Ljubljana

November 20th
starting at 7:00, Graz

The company visit to Sandoz located in Ljubljana was very successful!  Sandoz, the generic division of Novartis, is a pioneer in the field of biosimilars and the second-largest generic pharmaceutical company in the world.


YLSA Törggelen & Netwörggelen
 November 20th at 19:00
Tiroler Bauernkeller, Meinhardstr. 13, Innsbruck

The ÖGMBT YLSA West networking event in the form of Törggelen, a mouthwatering tradition from South-Tirol with wine and chestnuts!

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Trip to Salzburg Christmas Market
December 18th at 18:00
Pond of the NaWi Salzburg
Hellbrunnerstr. 34
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YLSA/ÖGMBT members and interested life scientists met at the Salzburg Christmas Market to got to know each other and talked how to expand and foster the YLSA/ÖGMBT community in Salzburg and Upper Austria.


“Start New- Start Up”

Wednesday, 17.01.2018 at 17:30




Company visits

14.2.2018, 10 am, ThioMatrix, Innsbruck


YLSA visits ThioMatrix, one of Europe´s leading drug delivery companies, specialised on the development of non-invasive drug delivery systems.


1-day workshop on:

Effective Visual Communication of Science: how to visualize your scientific ideas and help your audience effortlessly grasp the essence of your research

Monday, 26th of February 2018

CCB, Innrain 80, Seminar room M01.392

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The workshop was a great success!


 Read a article from the Medical University of Innbruck online!

Career day for biologists
February 28th, Salzburg

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More than 80 students participate at the Career day and get in contact with 9 speakers from different life science companies.

YLSA OST: Out of the box talk 15.3.2018, 7 pm, FH Campus Wien Vienna Biocenter
Helmut Qualtinger-Gasse 2, stair 2, ground floor,
conference room

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The Out of the box talk with Dr. Chantal Rodgarkia-Dara was very successful! After the interesting talk the students have taken the opportunity  to an intensiv exchange. 


Company visit

21.3.2018, ViraTherapeutics, Innsbruck ViraTherapeutics



Bio Goes Business
Karriere in der Biologie
ABA-Tagung 2018
 7.4.2018, Universität Wien, Biozentrum UZA I, HS 1


The latest events and activities of YLSA EAST were presented at a booth at the “Bio Goes Business - Karriere in der Biologie” conference organized by the Austrian Biologists Association.



@ Life Science PhD Meeting Innsbruck 2018

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 Anna-Maria Dietl and Michael Schäfer are the winners of the ÖGMBT/YLSA - Best Poster Award of the Life Science PhD Meeting Innsbruck 2018. Congratulations!


Company visit


Oroboros Instruments, Schöpfstraße 18, Innsbruck

Oroboros is engaged in cancer research, with focus on metabolism and mitochondria for novel anti-cancer therapies.

Company visit at the ERBER Group
Getzersdorf & Tulln
The Company Visit of  the ERBER Group Campus in Getzersdorf and the BIOMIN Research Center in Tulln was again a great opportunity for young researchers to get first hand insights and information about job opportunities.


The Facebook group "ÖGMBT Young Life Scientists Austria (YLSA)" was created to facilitate communication and to announce the latest news and events.
Please visit also the ÖGMBT facebook page.