Young Scientist Program

We are happy to introduce new and robust programming designed specifically for young scientists like you! Registration/Ticket required for all events. Unless otherwise noted, all events are free to attend.

Premeeting Workshops

Entrepreneurship and What You Need to Know

Saturday, July 15 • 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Sick of writing job applications and doing interviews? How about employ yourself and bring your ideas to life by turning them into useful products! This workshop will give you the chance to meet entrepreneurs who have started their own companies. Come and hear true stories about the ups and downs, gain valuable insights into what is required to drive this exciting opportunity, and get guidance on how to start up your own research. Be inspired by the Boston entrepreneurial spirit and maybe this could be your first step in building the next disruptive platform in health and medicine.

Workshop Chairs:

  • Patrick Baumhof, CureVac GmbH, Germany
  • Ester Caffarel-Salvador, MIT, U.S.A.
  • Kaushalkumar Dave, FDA, U.S.A.


  • Pravin Chaturvedi, Co-founder & CEO, Oceanyx Pharmaceuticals, U.S.A.
  • Arthur Hiller, CEO, Antyllus Therapeutics, Inc., U.S.A.
  • Samir Mitragotri, Professor, University of California-Santa Barbara, U.S.A.

Gaining Your Career Edge: CV and Interview Techniques

Sunday, July 16 • 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Have you just graduated? Are you transitioning from academia into industry? Or, even entering the next phase of your career? This workshop will equip with you with the knowledge, skills, and mindset to overcome the rejection and obstacles that you could experience in today’s tough job market. Learn CV and interview techniques that will help you gain an edge in your next application, which you can test out directly during the new CV on a Poster event on Monday, July 17.

Workshop Chairs:

  • Jennifer Wong, GSK, Australia
  • Adriana Avila Flores, Auburn University, U.S.A.


  • Teresa Virgallito, Executive Vice President, Chemistry Holdings, U.S.A.

Additional Programming

Young Scientist Meet and Greet

Sunday, July 16 • 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Meet fellow young scientists from all over the world at this casual meet and greet straight after the Sunday morning workshop. . 

Start with a Luminary

Monday, July 17 • 7:00 – 8:15 a.m.
Cost: $5.00

Throwback the sheets, gulp down some coffee and head to this early morning event that will provide young scientists an opportunity to get to know and network with luminaries in the CRS community. This session aims to inspire the next generation of young scientists by giving direct access to a luminary on any topic related to their career. Questions about their story, how they got to where they are today, what they would do differently and what advice would they give to early career scientists today can all be answered in this informal and relax set-up. Bring plenty of business cards and plan on starting connections that could last a lifetime.


  • Kaushalkumar Dave, FDA, U.S.A.
  • Lily Lee, Covar Pharmaceuticals Inc., Canada


  • Christine Allen, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Daniel Bar-Shalom, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Justin Hanes, Theraly Diabetes, Inc., U.S.A.
  • Richard Korsmeyer, Pfizer, U.S.A.
  • Nicole Papen-Botterhuis, Maxima Medical Center, The Netherlands
  • Mark Prausnitz, Georgia Institute of Technology, U.S.A.

CV on a Poster

Monday, July 17 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

This event is a new initiative that will provide an opportunity for recruiters and job seekers to engage in a ‘no strings attached’ format, where students/postdocs/junior faculty can discuss their CV, presented in poster board format, to potential recruiters or anyone who is more broadly interested. It will also provide networking opportunities and a chance practice communication and interview skills. To display your CV at this event, you must be either a student or postdoc and be registered for the event.

Young Scientist Networking Event*

Loretta’s Last Call (offsite) • Monday, July 17 • 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Join your fellow young scientists for an evening of fun and networking. This event is free, with food and drinks available at additional cost.

*Food and beverages available for purchase.

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