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Our ENP Days 2018 meeting was held in Troyes, Sept 19th-21st

As every year, our 10th annual meeting offered an optimal opportunity for the ENP network to gather and exchange both between young researchers and established scientists.

 A Poster session, two blitztalks sessions (see Booklet) and a presentation of the social and scientific activities were given by ENP students. Congratulations to Sebastian Ceballo who won the 2018 Poster Prize.

Our 2018 program also included twelve plenary lectures. Invited speakers this year were Anne-Dominique Lodeho-Devauchelle and Sven Colette from Campus Biotech (Switzerland); Michael Halassa from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA); Songhai Shi from the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (USA); Dwight Bergles from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (USA); Andrea Volterra from the University of Lausanne (Switzerland); Hiroshi Kuba from Nagoya University (Japan); Fiona Doetsch from University of Basel (Switzerland); Jeremy Niven from University of Sussex (United Kingdom); Christian Lüscher from University of Geneva (Switzerland) ; Adèle Combesfrom Bioserenity (Troyes, Paris) Bassem Hassan from Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle (France); Daniel Pressnitzer and Yves Boubenec from Ecole Normale Supérieure (France). 

Lastly, a cocktail reception, a visit of Champagne cellars and a Gala dinner were fully valued as complementary social events in Troyes making this ENP Days 2018 meeting a real success.

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