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SEMM is an International partner of European networks and PhD students are directly involved in the organization of international meetings and internal events


The European Academy for BiomedicalScience(ENABLE) is a series of conferences, organized by and for young researchers in the molecular life sciences. They have an international and interdisciplinary scope, and combine a world-class scientific symposium with a range of career and outreach activities. The aim of the initiative is to empower young researchers by giving them the necessary tools and inspiration to successfully organize a conference for their peers.The first four conferences were held at IRB Barcelona (Barcelona), CPR (Copenhagen), RIMLS (Nijmegen) and SEMM (virtually from Milan), and were funded by the European Union Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme (2017-2020, grant agreement 724115). FEBS and IUBMB are now funding the conference series from 2022 to 2025, to ensure the continuation of this excellent initiative.

NEXT EVENT WILL BE HELD IN Sevile,Spain on 16-18 November 2022

International PhD students Cancer Conference (IPSCC)

SEMM is part of a network of 8 top cancer research institutes across Europe. An annual cancer conference is organized to provide the opportunity for students to present their work, get in contact with other PhD students working in the same field and interact with international renewed scientists invited as keynote speakers.


Students get involved as organizers or participants in a number of student-oriented events.

PhD networking days

Every year students organize a 2-days event that offers an amazing opportunity for PhD students to present their research, network with fellow students, identify non-canonical career paths, learn about and participate in dissemination of science to the public, and even win some exciting prizes.

See details of the 2020 event

Workshops and courses

Students can combine efforts to organize specific workshops or training course in order to build a scientifically active and involved community and to foster the students’ skills in networking. The Educational Committee and the SEMM graduate office will provide guidance and support in the organization of the workshop. Participation to these activities will also be open to external PhD attendees.

See the 2022 courses organized by the students.

Graduation day

Every year, during the last week of January, the SEMM graduate office organizes the graduation day, during which students that completed their PhD course discussed the thesis in front of the University examination board that will then award the PhD degree during the ceremony.