The third “Molecules of Life” retreat took place in Traunkirchen, Austria, continuing and strengthening the tradition of choosing locations next to Europe’s most beautiful lakes. The VDS’s mission of promoting research across many disciplines was reflected in the attendance of over 100 PhD students, postdocs and group leaders in disciplines ranging from Life Sciences, to Chemistry and Molecular Biology. Participants enjoyed networking opportunities and teambuilding activities such as a boat race across the beautiful lake Traunsee, where everyone clearly was a winner on this sunny day!

“It is always so rewarding to watch all the participants having a great time. Thanks to the beautiful location and the scientific program with a large number of talks and posters, the retreat was a great success, and I hope that many fruitful scientific collaborations will stem from it,” says VDS Manager Gerlinde Aschauer.