Greetings from the FANTOM meeting in Vienna – a three-day event that seamlessly blended academia and industry. Day one kicked off with insightful lectures on epigenetics, setting the stage for an intellectually stimulating experience. The talks not only broadened our understanding but also sparked inspiration for our future research.
The following day, the first year PhD students took the spotlight, presenting their projects and engaging in lively discussions about their research aspirations. Industry associates shared practical insights, fostering valuable connections. The day concluded with a fascinating tour of the anatomical wax museum at the Josephinum, complemented by a soulful piano concert and a delightful dinner.
The final day was dedicated to our partner organisations and collaborators that introduced new technologies and invited to engage in science communication. Their commitment to innovation and outreach added a valuable dimension to the event. A special lecture on health and well-being rounded out the program.
Attendees shared their impressions, collectively praising the talks by professors, clinicians, industrial partners, and collaborators as inspiring and insightful. Specifically, one participant expressed appreciation for the focus on well-being and scientific communication, along with the chance to connect with associated companies.
The sense of camaraderie among students stood out as a favourite aspect of the meeting. One participant expressed excitement about the prospect of collaborative growth over the next three years, emphasizing the quick bonds formed and the mutual support within the student community.
Another participant found the meeting insightful, citing the diverse perspectives of fellow young researchers that enriched their understanding and sparked new ideas. They found satisfaction in the project’s ability to unite people from different backgrounds for a common cause.
The common feeling among attendees was a shared excitement for the collaborative research efforts that await us. As we look forward to our next meeting, the blend of academic curiosity, industrial innovation, and a touch of Viennese charm sets the stage for an exciting journey ahead.