Scientific Symposium

“EXPLORING LIFE DYNAMICS: In and out of equilibrium”

ENABLE is more than just a regular conference. Participants will have opportunities for a scientific exchange through short talks and poster presentations, and will also be able to share their personal experiences with other peers and guests during career chats and networking activities.

The scientific program will cover a broad range of topics, from fundamental biology to translational medicine, and touch upon multidisciplinary research projects and integrative omics approaches.

This year, the symposium will feature lectures from 8 highly-renowned keynote speakers grouped into four sessions that cover driving topics of modern research.

Scientific sessions and keynote speakers

Fundamental Biology

The many hats of the cell

Radboud University
Nijmegen, Netherlands
IRCCS Ospedale San Raffaele
Milan, Italy

Integrative Omics

Towards personalised medicine: solving the enigma of bytes

University of Oxford
Oxford, UK
University of Trento
Trento, Italy

Translational Medicine

Bridging the gap between bench and bedside

The Ohio State University
Ohio, USA
University of Zurich
Zurich, Switzerland

Multidisciplinary Research

Life sciences join forces to push biomedicine forward

University of Navarra
Navarra, Spain
Max Planck Institute
Dresden, Germany

Further scientific activities

Round table with peers

On Wednesday, 12th of May, we will organize a Round Table debate where our attendees will have a unique opportunity to interact with scientists and leaders from academia and industry and gain insight into their career paths, obstacles they have encountered and how they overcame them as well as their general views on life in Academia. Moreover, attendees will be able to choose topics and lead the flow of discussion.

Round Table speakers:

  • Borgermann Nikoline, Sustainable Research Consultant, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Duits Linda, Public Speaker and researcher at the Utrecht University, Netherlands
  • Kalebic Nereo, group leader at Neurogenomics center, Human Technopole, Milan Italy
  • Vassena Rita, Scientific Director EUGIN group, Barcelona, Spain

Short talks

PhD and PostDoc attendees will be selected to present their current results and goals, alongside renowned speakers, in 15-minute presentations, including questions from the audience.

Poster sessions

Students are invited to present their own work in four poster sessions during the scientific days of the symposium.

Cross-disciplinary session

We will organize a public discussion in collaboration with the eXtemporanea, a “small temporary scientific community” comprising students and researchers located all around Italy and Europe. The topic of this session will be Machine learning and it will be in English.

The main aim of the cross-disciplinary session is to encourage the participation of the general public in a dynamic discussion with speakers coming from different fields.

The final goal of the whole event is of course to offer people a different point of view on science and on scientist life.


Harry Collins, Distinguished Research Professor School of Social Sciences Cardiff University, UK


Matteo Polettini, Researcher, Complex Systems and Statistical Mechanics group, University of Luxemburg, Luxemburg


This year the ENABLE conference will be entirely online!

However, while everyone will be able to join the event and all its features from the safety of their homes, we are preparing for you some online content of the best landmarks of our host city: Milan!

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 724115.