DIF-day 2018

The DIF-Day is an annual symposium that gathers research groups (25-30 laboratories) from the Ile-de-France region that use the fruit fly as a research model. We hold monthly DIF seminars in the Campus of UPMC and we conclude the academic year in June with an entire day-mini symposium called DIF-Day where around 12 speakers of the Ile-de-France community will present their work. This year, two “flash-talk” sessions will be organized. Our meeting is crucial to strengthen the links between Drosophila researchers of the regional community and allow us to share scientific results and technical advances. The previous DIF-Days were a great success by gathering together more than 100 participants at any stage of their career (undergraduate students, PhD students, as well as post-doctoral and senior researchers). This year, the 5th DIF-Day will be held on the 14th June at the Collège de France in Paris. Traditionally this meeting has no registration fees to allow every researcher to attend.

 

Welcome to the DIF-day 2018
5th Annual meeting of Drosophilists in and around Paris

Save the date! Thursday, 14 June 2018
Location: Collège de France, Amphitheater 5, Paris

 

MEETING REPORT

The 5th « Drosoph’Ile de France » meeting (or « DIF-Day ») has been held in the renowned « Collège de France » in Paris the whole day of June 14th 2018.

The DIF-Day is an annual symposium that gathers research groups from 25 to 30 laboratories from the Ile de France region that use the fruit fly as a research model. Traditionally this meeting has no registration fees to allow every researcher to attend. This enables in particular young students to communicate with senior scientists.

The “Collège de France” (https://www.college-de-france.fr) is a unique and prestigious institution in France created in 1530 in the heart of Paris. It is dedicated to fundamental research and free teaching in a vast domain of disciplines covering Mathematics, Astronomy, Medicine, Natural Sciences or Philosophy.

This year the meeting gather 110 participants. The list of participants, titles of the talks and their summaries can be consulted on the website dedicated to this meeting: http://drosoph-ile-de-france.fr/

The meeting was organized in 4 sessions, grouping 11 talks in total. The length of the talks was 15min and was followed by 5min of discussion. We also invite a keynote speaker for a talk of 50min, Benjamin Loppin (LBBE, Lyon University) thanks to the funds provided by the Company of Biologists.

In addition 8 short talks called « flash talks » (3-5 min) were also presented by students and young researchers allowing them to inspire later fruitful discussions with experienced scientists.

These talks covered many aspects of the research using Drosophila as a model system. Among the different themes discussed where the mechanisms of apoptosis, memory, cancer progression, centrosome biogenesis, mitosis, longevity, zygote formation, and more.

Overall this meeting took place in a very friendly atmosphere at a great historical place. The quality and the originality of the presentations reflect our dynamic research community. The meeting gave us the opportunity to share our latest research and to give new impulses to our work. In addition this was an excellent occasion for the youngest to integrate into the Drosophila researchers community.

We are grateful to the Collège de France, the UFR des Sciences de la Vie (Sorbonne Université), the societies Cytoskeleton, Dominique Dutscher and Universal Biologicals who helped us to organize this event.

We would like also specially thanks France Maloumian for the perfect establishment of lunch and coffee breaks.

The DIF-Day 2018 Organizing Committee

Clément Carré (clement.carre@upmc.fr)

Alain Debec (alain.debec@ijm.fr)

Michael Lang (michael.lang@ijm.fr)