Life Sciences Switzerland (LS2)

Life Sciences Switzerland (LS2) is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing biological sciences within the Swiss Academic Community, and to addressing the social, ethical, and economic issues raised by the rapid progress of the biomedical and life sciences.

Richard Benton, winner of the National Latsis Prize 2015 (© SNSF/ Valérie Chételat)
  • 24.11.2015

LS2 member Richard Benton wins National Latsis Prize 2015

The National Latsis Prize 2015 has been awarded to biologist Richard Benton for his work on the fruit fly's sense of smell. Using an interdisciplinary approach he studies how chemical signals control the behaviour of insects.
How odours influence actions is one of the fundamental questions in neuroscience. Richard Benton, associate professor at the Center for Integrative Genomics at the University of Lausanne, follows the molecular trail of chemical messages from the nose to the brain of insects. For his work, the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) on behalf of the International Latsis Foundation awards Benton with the National Latsis Prize 2015.
Gisou van der Goot, EPFL
  • 04.02.2016

The first Lelio Orci Award will be presented to Gisou van der Goot (EPFL) at the LS2 meeting in Lausanne

In 2015, the Lelio Orci Award was initiated by Lelio Orci, emeritus professor at the University of Geneva (Faculty of Medicine). The objective of the award is to honor an outstanding scientist for his/her research achievements or a promising young researcher in the field of Cellular Biology.
The board of trustees of the Lelio Orci Fonds will award for the first time in 2015 the Lelio Orci Award 2015, a sum of 10,000 Swiss francs, to Prof. Gisou van der Goot at the Life Sciences Switzerland - LS2 – Annual Meeting in Lausanne, Amphimax/Amphipôle February 16, 2015. As part of the award ceremony, Gisou van der Goot will present her work in a public seminar in the lecture hall “Erna Hamburger” (Amphimax), at 16:45.


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