Why should I come to the Student Council Symposium? What is in it for me? What motivates the people who organize events like this, and why do people participate?

We asked ourselves the same, and we asked previous organizers as well. Here are some answers:

February 21st, 2018 - Daniele Parisi: Daniele is a PhD student at ESAT/STADIUS of the KU Leuven (Belgium). He quickly became involved with the RSG Belgium, finding in it a place to share ideas and meet new people. After that, things escalated... He is now the chair of the organizing committee of the ESCS 2018, and as such a very easy first target for an interview.

May 22nd, 2018 - Gonzalo Parra: Gonzalo studied Bioinformatics in Argentina and is currently a postdoc in the Soeding lab, at the MPIBPC in Göttingen (Germany). He has held various positions in student bodies - from being a founding member of RSG Argentina to being a member of the Student Council executive committee - and if you hear him describe it, it seems like a series of inevitable steps, that logically followed each other.

June 11th, 2018 - Manuel Corpas: Manuel got his PhD in Bioinformatics from the Manchester University and moved to the Wellcome Sanger Institute as a postdoc to contribute to the development of a database for diagnosis of rare genomic diseases. He was a founding member and the first chair of the Student Council of the iSCB. He is also known for being the lead author of the first crowdsourced analysis of a family set of genomes (his family). Among other things, he has led the BioJavaScript open source community for visualisation of biological data on the web and served as Chair of the Technical Committee of the Global Organisation for Bioinformatics Learning, Education and Training.

July 30th, 2018 - Alexander Junge: Alexander Junge was just another Master's student, alone in the first big conference he ever attended. The Student Council Symposium desk caught his eye; everything changed when he went to have a closer look. He is now a postdoc in Copenhagen university, co-founder of RSG Denmark, and member of REBBLS, a group trying to bring innovators in science and industry closer together.

August 3rd, 2018 - Jeroen De Ridder: Prof. Dr. Jeroen De Ridder went from organizing a Student Council Symposium (2009) to delivering a keynote in one (2014). We had the chance to catch up with him and he was more than happy to answer our questions.