Registration for the first on-site NLSEB PhD/Postdoc meeting is also now open! 

Important: The registration for the PhD/Postdoc meeting is independent from the main NLSEB meeting. If you want to attend both events, you must register through both links! 

Afternoon of Monday 27 June, Akoesticum, Ede

Registration link, deadline 10 June!

Purpose of the meeting:

The NLSEB PhD/Postdoc meeting is the first on-site meeting organised by the NLSEB Junior Board. Our aim is to bring together early-career researchers for networking, skill building opportunities and social interactions. To achieve this goal, we offer an afternoon program in which participants can pitch their research interests to facilitate networking conversations, join diverse workshops for improving both transferable and specialised skills, and listen to an exciting plenary talk by Nico van Straalen.

Overview of the meeting:


12:30-13:00 arrival and hotel check-in for overnight guests (breakfast included on June 28th)

13:00-13:30 introduction & participants’ elevator pitches (part 1)

5 min break

13:35-14:20 plenary lecture (Nico M. van Straalen, Em. Professor of Animal Ecology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)

15 min break

14:35-14:00 participants’ elevator pitches (part 2)

10 min break

15:10-16:20 parallel workshops – session 1 (3 separate topics)

20 min break

16:40 – 17:50 parallel workshops – session 2 (another 3 separate topics)

18:00-19:00 dinner

19:00 onwards – socialising activities


Session 1

–       “Storytelling with data (part 1): an academic perspective” by Liam Bailey

–       “Leaving academia” by Jolien van Hooff, Eva Deutekom & Lidija Berke

–       “CPM cell modelling” by Oane Gros & Sam von der Dunk

Session 2

–       “Storytelling with data (part 2): an academic perspective” by Liam Bailey

–       “Creating a research vision” by Sebastian Lequime 

–       “Making your bioinformatics FAIR and open” by Kim Ferguson, Cees Hof & Maaike Verburg

**Please see below for a description of the workshops.

Plenary talk:

”The soil as an evolutionary transition zone” by Prof Nico M. van Straalen Soil is a transition zone. It presents very strong gradients of abiotic and biotic factors. To live in soil is to live in a twilight zone: you can either go down and seek stability, constancy, rest (and boredom), or you can go up and face environmental variation, heat, cold, challenges and activity. The soil was also a crucial intermediate environment when the various invertebrate lineages colonised the land. In this lecture I will review the terrestrialization scenarios of soil invertebrates and the kaleidoscope of physiological, reproductive and behavioural adaptations that followed.

Overnight stay

If you are also attending the main NLSEB Conference on Tuesday June 28th, you have the opportunity to stay overnight at the Acoestikum for an additional fee. See below for registration fees.

**Please note you must register separately for the main NLSEB Conference! Please visit

Registration and registration fees:

Use this form to register for the PhD/Postdoc meeting 2022. Registration closes on June 10, 2022. Cancellation and reimbursement of the meeting fee is only possible until June 10, 2022. Conference fees include coffee, snacks and dinner. During registration you will be asked whether you plan to stay overnight.

PhD-Postdoc afternoon only: 40 euros

PhD-Postdoc afternoon + double room overnight (2 persons/room): 77.50 euros

PhD-Postdoc afternoon + single room overnight (1 person/room): 115 euros

Elevator pitch introductions:

Meeting other researchers for potential collaborations or to share struggles or successes is hard in the current COVID-19 times. Therefore, participants will be able to present themselves and their work with pitch introductions at the start of the meeting. You can even compete for the prize of the best pitch presenter! We expect everyone to participate. Please make a PowerPoint slide in widescreen (16:9) size and convert it to PDF format. Send your PDF to before Friday June 17 (23.59 CET) 2022 stating your full name and registration number in the email. Keep in mind that your pitch presentation cannot be longer than 1 minute. Please note that the slides will be shared with all other participants for the purpose of presenting them and the competition.

Workshop descriptions:

The NLSEB PhD/postdoc meeting includes five interesting workshops for transferable and specialised skills. 

Liam Bailey

Title: Storytelling with Data: An academic perspective

Description: Figures are one of the most important parts of any published paper, yet academic data visualization can often be cluttered and confusing. In this workshop (run over 2 sessions) we’ll look at how data visualization is done outside of academia and learn how we can apply these techniques in our own research. In session 1, we’ll learn about best practice data visualisation in the business sector through the book ‘Storytelling with Data’ and discuss whether these approaches are appropriate for academia. In session 2, we’ll apply what we’ve learnt on some real-world data, with a practical focus on using the R package ggplot2. Participants do not need to be R experts, but some basic experience with R and ggplot2 is expected.

Sebastian Lequime

Title: Creating a research « vision »

Description: Achieving a vision, either short or long-term, is one of the most difficult but vital aspects to develop oneself as an independent scientist. As a young PI, I will share with you my own (ongoing) path towards developing my research vision, and try, as best as I can, to answer your questions.

Kim Ferguson, Cees Hof & Maaike Verburg

Title: Making your bioinformatics FAIR and Open 

Description: Within your research career, you are bound to come across the terms “FAIR” and “Open,” whether it is from your institution or a funding body, or your own interest in sharing your results. Examples of this can include depositing your data in a public repository, reusing existing data, posting a preprint, or publishing your manuscript in an Open Access journal. Some funding bodies require this. Furthermore, researchers that perform their work using FAIR and Open principles are being rewarded for their efforts. 

But what does this mean for bioinformatics analyses? Are you aware of what it means to be FAIR? What tools and data repositories are suitable for your research? And what support is available for you along the way? In this session, you will gain hands-on practice with tools and engage in discussions on being FAIR. We will also provide you with a variety of resources you can explore further, and answer any questions you have about FAIR and Open bioinformatics.

Oane Gros (& Sam von der Dunk)

Title: CPM cell modelling

Description: The Cellular Potts Model (CPM) is a powerful framework for modelling many different biological processes, from T cell migration, amoeboid movement, to multiscale evolution. Recently, the Artistoo toolbox was released (Wortel and Textor, 2020), which allows easy and flexible implementation of such models in Javascript. In this workshop, you will play around with models of cellular competition, which form the foundation on which more complex (e.g. evolutionary) models rely. The workshop is for anyone interested in discovering the beauty of modelling, and is suited for any level of prior modelling experience (the minimal examples can easily be extended to be more challenging).

Jolien van Hooff, Eva Deutekom & Lidija Berke

Title: Leaving academia

Description: Many people leave academia after their masters or PhD. While the career path within academia is straight-forward, at least on the surface (i.e. PhD – postdoc – PI), it is often hard to know your options outside academia. In this workshop, three people from a similar background will present three different prospective careers, in government, education and industry, to help you think about your own opportunities.

Financial support:

We are most grateful to The Graduate Schools for Production Ecology & Resource Conservation (PE&RC) and the Groningen Institute for Evolutionary Life Sciences (GELIFES) for financial support of the meeting.

NLSEB Junior board:

In case you have any questions or problems with the registration, please contact us (

We are looking forward to meeting you! 

Melanie Lindner | Alanna Leale | Nadja Brait | Sam von der Dunk | Yumi Nakadera