Students’ Corner

Posted on July 4, 2017

G’day all,

Incoming Student Representative

I’d like to begin by introducing your new Student Representative for the 2017-19 term, Melissa Boswell.  Melissa is a Bioengineering PhD student at Stanford University.  She will take over official duties at the end of the Brisbane Congress.  Congratulations Melissa!



 ISB2017 is right around the corner!  I can’t wait to meet those of you who are making the trip Down Under.  As you are all probably aware, we have three exciting student activities lined up.

  1. Student Night Out*

This will be a great opportunity to meet students from all across the globe, learn about the exciting work they do, and of course - to make some new friends!

Dandy’s is right across the street from the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre and is a part of the Fox Hotel (the official watering hole of ISB2017).  All the important details are below.

Date:  Monday June 24, 2017

Time:  7:30pm

Location:  Dandy’s Rooftop Bar (

Address:  71-73 Melbourne Street, South Brisbane

Dress:  Smart Casual

Tickets:  Provided with your registration package (required for entry).

ID Requirements:  18+ years of age, a form of photo identification will be required to enter the venue (note international travellers require a passport, domestic citizens can use a drivers license or government issued photo ID card)

  1. Student Roundtable Lunches*

Chat with an expert in your field over lunch!  Due to popular demand, we will be hosting two student mentor round table lunches.  If you originally registered for the event, you would have recently received an RSVP request to attend one of the following sessions:

Session One

Date: Tuesday 25 July 2017

Time: 1:00-2:00pm

Location: Room M1

Tickets: Provided with your registration package (required for entry)

Catering: Lunch service available outside Room M1 for all attendees

Session Two

Date: Wednesday 26 July 2017

Time: 12:00-1:00pm

Location: Room M1

Tickets: Provided with your registration package (required for entry)

Catering: Lunch service available outside M1 for all attendees

  1. Mentor-Match Program*

Over 190 students attending ISB2017 have been matched with a mentor who they will meet with during the Congress.  A huge thank you to all our mentors who volunteered to be a part of this exciting event.  Mentees - don’t forget to come armed with some career or field-specific questions for your mentor to make the most of the time you have together!

*Please note, all events were opt-in fields on the registration form, while the night out and roundtable lunches required further RSVPs via an email link sent to original attendees.

For all attending, I hope you enjoy the activities.  If you have any questions about the events, please feel free to get in touch.


ISB Fellows Recommended Reads

 Earlier this year, our ISB Fellows were asked if they would like to contribute some recommended reading relevant to their various fields of research.  The responses have been compiled and uploaded to the ISB website.  Personally, I feel like I’ve already gained a lot from following the links on the list, and I hope you will too!  This resource is exclusively for you, our members, and can be accessed at the following link (once logged in):

A huge thank you to all the ISB Fellows who kindly contributed content for this project!


Advice to Students

The final video in our eight-part series, ‘Advice to Students’, is available online now.  In this instalment, we hear from Dr. Veronique Feipel from the Université libre de Bruxelles who speaks to the importance of collaboration, with specific reference to clinical applications.  You can view Dr. Feipel’s contribution here. You can also access the entire playlist here.

Once again, thank you very much to our eight contributors!



This is my final ISBNow.  While I will continue as Student Rep until the end of the Brisbane Congress, I would just like to take this opportunity to thank you all for making this such a fun and fulfilling experience!  I hope to meet many of you Down Under!

As always, if you have any questions, feedback or suggestions, please feel free to get in touch.

Kind regards,

Kirsty McDonald

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