Last year we made the difficult decision to postpone the IPSCC, hoping that this year would have seen a resolution to the Covid-19 crisis. While we still hope that the situation might settle by June, we preferred to move the 2021 edition online for everyone’s safety.

The programme will include oral and poster presentations from the student attendees, three presentations from high-profile keynote speakers. In addition, there will be career workshops focusing on a variety of scientific careers within and beyond academia. Students selected to give a talk may choose between present live or pre-record a video that will be streamed on the day.

While students from all years are invited to participate, students in the more advanced stages of their PhD are particularly encouraged to attend and give oral presentation of their work. In the event of over-subscription, preference will be given to students near the end of their PhD. All attendees will have to present their research, by either giving a talk or presenting a poster.

We will publish the full programme closer to the start of the event.

We are excited to announce the following keynote speakers:

Laura MacheskyCancer Research UK Beatson Institute, Glasgow, UK

Originally from Michigan, USA, Professor Laura Machesky moved to Scotland in 2007 to take up post as a MRC Senior Research Fellow and Professor of Cell Biology at the Beatson Institute for Cancer Research in Glasgow. Before this she was an MRC Career Development Fellow, MRC Senior Research Fellow & Professor of Cell Biology at the School of Biosciences University of Birmingham since 1999. Laura’s research is aimed at understanding how cells use their actin cytoskeletons to move during normal and diseased states, such as during development cancer metastasis. Specifically, she discovered the 7-subunit Arp2/3 complex and during her early career demonstrated that this was a major regulator of actin dynamics and cell migration. This work changed the way the field understands fundamental principles of signalling to actin dynamics and impacted on biomedical problems such as host-pathogen interactions, endocytic trafficking, phagocytosis and cancer cell invasion. At the Beatson, the Machesky’s group has discovered how Rho GTPases control developmental migration of melanocytic cells, to better understand how these processes go wrong in melanoma metastasis.

Christian FrezzaUniversity of Cambridge, UK

Christian Frezza is an MRC Programme Leader at the MRC Cancer Unit, University of Cambridge. He studied Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Padova, Italy, and gained his MSc in 2002, after a period of research on mitochondrial toxicity induced by photoactivable anticancer drugs. Christian then joined the laboratory of Luca Scorrano in Padova to start a PhD on mitochondrial dynamics and apoptosis. In 2008, he moved to the Beatson Institute of Cancer Research in Glasgow as recipient of an EMBO Long Term Fellowship, where he investigated the role of mitochondrial defects in tumorigenesis. He moved to the MRC Cancer Unit in 2012 and became a tenured Programme Leader in 2017. Christian’s research is focussed on understanding the role of altered metabolism in cancer, particularly investigating how small molecule metabolites affect the process of tumorigenesis. The major goal of his team is to exploit this knowledge to pioneer novel tools for cancer diagnosis and therapy.