Nina Marn Wins the SymBioSE 2011 Prize for the Best Ph.D. Student Presentation
Nina Marn, B.S., a research assistant at the Laboratory for Informatics and Environmental Modeling, Division of Marine and Environmental Research, won the first prize in the category of "Best Ph.D. Student Presentation" at the international symposium SymBioSE 2011, held from July 27 to August 6 in Basel, Switzerland. In her presentation, entitled "Differences That Distinguish Us and Similarities That Bring Us Closer. Dynamic Energy Budget (DEB) Theory – What Do Bacteria and Humans Have in Common?” she gave an overview of the Dynamic Energy Budget (DEB).
SymBioSE (Symposium for Biology Students of Europe) has been held annually since 1996, with the aim of connecting biology students from different European universities and institutes and broadening their horizons. This year, 85 students were chosen among 400 applicants and were given a chance to present their work in an oral presentation, poster or interactive workshop. Prizes were given for the best poster and for the best B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. student presentations.
In addition to student presentations, leading biologists from the University of Basel, University of Bern, University Hospital Basel and Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (TPH) gave lectures about their ongoing research. During a three-day excursion, participating students visited the Alpine Research and Education Station Furka in the Swiss Alps to learn about current ecological field research. Furthermore, participants had the opportunity to learn about different cultures in Europe, especially the Swiss culture.