Horizons in Molecular Biology Symposium

The 17th International Symposium "Horizons in Molecular Biology" will take place on 14th - 17th of September 2020 at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen, Germany. 

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Horizons 2019 Speakers ́ Reading Suggestions

After an exciting yet exhausting week of scientific talks, we asked our speakers for suggestions of books to enjoy in between the experiments or on your flight home. Here is what they came up with:


Andreas Laustsen

The Gene: An Intimate History by Mukherjee Siddhartha

Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History by Stephen Jay Gould

Fiodor Dostoievski


Asifa Akhtar

The Snail and The Whale  by Julia Donaldson

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

Harry Potter


Beata Mierzwa

The Cat in The Hat by Dr. Seuss

On the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss

The Magicians  by Lev Grossman

A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Solaris by Stanislaw Lem

The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi


Bernd Reichert

The Art of War by Sun Tzu

Reinventing Organizations by Frederic Laloux and Ken Wilber

Night Watch by Terry Pratchett

Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett


Christopher Vollmers

Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson

I, Claudius by Robert Graves

Kings of the Wyld  by Nicholas Eames

The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson

The Player of Games by Iain M. Banks


Deb Koen

The Wild Trees: A Story of Passion and Daring by Richard Preston

The Abundance: Narrative Essays Old and New by Annie Dillard

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover

Living Beautifully: With Uncertainty and Change by Pema Chodron


James Williamson

Hyperion by Dan Simmons

Malcolm Gladwell

The Innovators by Walter Isaacson

Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson


Jen Heemstra

Willpower Doesn’t Work by Benjamin Hardy

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel  Pink

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck

Bossypants by Tina Fey

The Push: A Climber’s Search for the Path by Tommy Caldwell

Creativity, Inc Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull

Podcasts: Work Life with Adam Grant  and  1-3-20 with Daniel Pink


Leo James

The Secret History by Donna Tartt


Leonie Ringrose

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley


Margaret McCarthy

Deep Work by Cal Newport and Jeff Bottoms

Water Music by T. Coraghessan Boyle

The Library Book by Susan Orlean

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Flu: The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus that Caused it by Gina Kolata


Mary Osborn

The Microbe Hunters by Paul de Kruif

Twelve Red Herrings by Jeffrey Archer


Max Cryle

The Player of Games by Iain M. Banks

Pandora’s Star by Peter F. Hamilton

Judas Unchained by Peter F. Hamilton


Michael Levine

The History of Rome by Theodor Mommsen

American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin


Miki Ebisuya

Scale by Geoffrey West

Haruki Murakami


Naama Barkai

From Berlin to Jerusalem: Memories of My Youth by Gershom Scholem


Needhi Bhalla

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin

Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Longbourn by Jo Baker

Hild by Nicola Griffith


Simone Meyer

Marie Curie and Her Daughters  by Shelley Emling


Sjors Scheres

A Mind at Play: How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age by Jimmy Soni

The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu

Seveneves by Neal Stephenson

The Martian by Andy Weir


Zoya Ignatova

Plastic Fantastic: How the Biggest Fraud in Physics Shook the Scientific World by Eugenie

Samuel Reich

Warte Nicht auf Bessere Zeiten by Wolf Biermann

Ilko Sascha Kowalczyk

Demian: The Story of a Youth by Hermann Hesse

Bertolt Brecht


Horizons Career Fair 2019

The Career Fair is organized annually in conjunction with the Horizons in Molecular Biology Symposium and this year will take place on the 9th of September.  As organizers of the 13th Horizons Career Fair, our goal is to bring together pre- and postdoctoral students from different molecular biology fields with representatives of fascinating career paths one could pursue. This year we have a very exciting list of speakers! Join us in listening about a wide range of opportunities and career paths one could pursue after obtaining a doctoral degree in Science.


This year's list of speakers includes:

Simone Mayer – academia – group leader at the Hertie Institute for Clinical Brain Research.

Christine Mieck – publishing – Associate editor at Nature Communications

Bernd Reichert – science policy – head of the European Innovation Council's SME Instrument in the European Innovation Council, EU Commission

Andreas Laustsen – bio-entrepreneurship – Associate Professor at the Technical University of Denmark & Biotech Entrepreneur

Beata Mierzwa – science art – scientist and artist, combining the two in Beata Science Art

Micheal Becker – industry  – head of laboratory in the area of kidney disease research at Bayer AG

Magdalena Wienken – industry/consulting – Manager Tissue Profiling Data Strategy and Operations at Definiens GmbH


Not only talks, but also workshops on important soft skills will be given during the Career Fair:

"Fundamentals of Grant Writing" with Angelika Hofmann

"Presentations that Pop: Bringing Science to Life" with Deb Koen

Impressions of Horizons 2018