Another highlight of the conference was the so-called “James Watson Master Class”. This was a round table talk, for which people needed to apply separately. I was lucky to be among the 17 chosen scientists to participate in a round table discussion with James Watson, who, as one of the discoverers of the structure of the double helix, is truly a living legend. James Watson gave some advice for young researchers, talked about his life and emphasized the importance to pursue a cure for cancer.
Altogether I can say that this was one of the most interesting conferences that I have attended as a graduate student. I would strongly recommend this type of meeting to all young researchers, regardless of their chosen career path, as it encourages graduate students to think beyond the boundaries of the lab and to put research into the bigger picture including education, communication and the society as a whole.
Elisabeth John and Jianguo Ding for LuxDoc