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DDA Postdoc Summit 2022

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Event info

Event date: 

25/09/2022 - 13:00 to 30/09/2022 - 12:00

Registration deadline: 

14/08/2022 - 23:45

This September, the DDA invites postdocs to Bornholm, Denmark for our yearly Postdoc Summit (formerly known as the Winter School).

The purpose of the summit is to strengthen the diabetes and metabolism research community through scientific and professional development at the postdoc level.

By gathering early career researchers, Danish and international experts for an immersive week-long event, we aim at gaining a broader scientific perspective on diabetes research by bridging fundamental discoveries with clinical science and public health.

We will also present opportunities for self-reflection through career seminars and discussions about the challenges faced by early career researchers. 

During the five-day Postdoc Summit you will attend scientific lectures by Danish and international experts, learn how to pitch a message effectively, be inspired to broaden your career horizon, present and get feedback on your own research and be challenged to examine the role of the postdoctoral researcher in the scientific community. 

Be sure to mark your calendars if you want to expand your professional network, engage in and give your perspective on highly topical themes within diabetes and metabolism research, and have fun with new and old peers in a relaxed, informal and beautiful environment.   


Dates: 25-30 September 2022
Place: Green Solution House, Strandvejen 79, 3700 Rønne, Bornholm, Denmark


The Postdoc Summit is open for Danish and international postdoctoral researchers and clinicians on a postdoctoral level working within any field of diabetes and metabolism, including both clinical, basic and translational research/work and/or interdisciplinary research/work within fields related to diabetes and metabolism.

Please note, that you are not guaranteed a seat at the course if you do not meet the target group requirements. Priority is given to participants employed at Danish research and health institutions or in life science industry. A number of seats are reserved for participants employed at research and health institutions or life science industry abroad. If the event is overbooked, the DDA reserves its right to select participants based on the defined requirements.

Advanced PhD students in their final year are welcome to apply, but seats are prioritised for postdocs.

Please be aware that the registration is not first-come, first-served, but based on abstract review. Therefore, you are welcome to apply right up to the deadline.

All participants are informed by e-mail from the DDA whether they have been allocated a seat at the course after the registration deadline in primo August.


During the five-day summit, it is our aim to give you a broader scientific perspective on diabetes research and the opportunity to expand your professional network.

Therefore, each day will have one themed main session, focusing on a scientific topic, followed by other activities such as poster sessions, career seminars, networking events and work on a "challenge" in groups.

As we believe that interactivity improves learning outcome, we expect you to be actively involved in the group work and discussions with other participants and speakers throughout the event. We kindly ask you to bring your own laptop to look up materials and to prepare group presentations.

The following topics will be covered during the Postdoc Summit:

Diabetes – From Genotype to Phenotype
Diabetes and metabolic disorders are complex and develop due to an interplay of multiple factors across organs. Subtle genomic variations can contribute to progression, and understanding the underlying causality can help us prevent these conditions more efficiently. After this session, participants will be able to describe and explain the interplay between genomics, phenomics and diabetes development.

Diabetes & Mental Health
Historically, diabetes has been considered a condition involving the "traditional" metabolic organs, such as muscle, liver, pancreas, and adipose tissue. However, it is also a condition involving neurons and the brain, as behavioral patterns will affect energy intake and the development of metabolic disorders. Moreover, many people with diabetes are dealing with stress, shame and anxiety related to their condition. After this session, participants will be able to explain the dynamic of the role of the brain in the regulation of energy homeostasis, and about mental disorders in people with diabetes.

Throughout society, we see a wish towards living in a more sustainable manner. Leading organizations such as the Novo Nordisk Foundation are getting involved, and are setting aside resources to develop sustainable foods. After this session, the participants will be able to describe and discuss how food production can be made more sustainable and how sustainable actions like dietary changes and bike exercising can affect the cardio metabolic health.

Diabetes in Developing Countries
When metabolic disorders and diabetes are discussed by the scientific community, the debate tend to focus on Europe and the United States. However, these conditions are a major challenge in developing countries, where condition management and medicine is harder to come by. In this session, participants will learn about the unique challenges faced by people with diabetes in the developing world. We will examine, identify and discuss how we as researchers can become better at including developing countries, when doing our research.

Career Paths for Postdocs
As a postdoctoral fellow, your career can go in many directions. In this session, participants will have the opportunity to broaden their career horizon by meeting people with diverse scientific career paths, discuss different career approaches and get valuable advice.
By talking with people working in different sectors such as academia and the industry, the participants will get a greater understanding of which pathways their future career can take.

DDA Postdoc Challenge 2022
It is a tradition at the DDA Postdoc Summit to work on a challenge throughout the week in smaller groups. The topic relates to the scientific community and you will end up having a non-traditional output, which will be published after the summit.

This year, the organisers invites the participants to take a closer look at the challenges faced by early career researchers, and how we can improve conditions for future generations. We will focus on three aspects of postdoc life: "Within", "Together" and "Beyond" touching on themes such as mental health, collaborations and building your future.

Together, we will discuss, learn and reflect on each other's experiences in the past and present and look to the future, aiming to improve our own skills.
With the help from an animations company, your ideas will be transformed into short videos that will be shared on social media to create awareness on how to improve the work environment for postdocs. This will be a chance for you to influence how the future will look for the next generation.

Pre-challenge work
Prior to the Postdoc Summit you will meet the other participants at a 1-2 hour online "kick-off-workshop" where you will be introduced to effective communication tools. These tools will become useful in the challenge work and for your poster presentation at the Postdoc Summit.
Please already now know, that you will be asked to reserve the time for this workshop in your calendar as it is required for all participants to attend it.

If you have been confirmed a seat at the Postdoc Summit (informed by e-mail in August), you will receive an in-depth description of each challenge topic before signing up for one of the topics.


See the programme

Read the biosketches of the speakers and organisers here

Keynote Speakers:
- Antoine De Morrée, Assistant Professor, Aarhus University (DK)
- Mark Febbraio, Professor, Monash University (AU)

- Chittaranjan Yajnik, King Edward Memorial Hospital and Research Centre, Pune (IN)
- Ebele Mogo, Founder and Principal, ERIM Consulting (NG)
- Ermelinda Porpiglia, Assistant Professor, Aarhus University (DK)
- Frans Pouwer, Professor, University of Southern Denmark (DK)
- Johanne Bay Mogensen, Scientist, Twelve Bio (DK)
- Karoline Kragelund Nielsen, Senior Researcher, Steno Diabetes Center Copenhagen (DK)
- Katharina Herzog, Lead Data Scientist, Novo Nordisk (DK)
- Keren Papier, Senior Scientist, Oxford University (UK)
- Khalida Ismail, Professor, King's College London (UK)
- Lora Heisler, Professor, University of Aberdeen (UK)
- Mathias Ried-Larsen, Senior Research Scientist, CFAS Rigshospitalet (DK)
- Robert W. Morton, Scientific Manager, Novo Nordisk Foundation (DK)
- Sisse Marquina-Jongberg, Scientific Manager, Novo Nordisk Foundation (DK)
- Tuomas Kilpeläinen, Associate Professor, University of Copenhagen (DK)


The Postdoc Summit is organised by the Danish Diabetes Academy in collaboration with the Postdoc Summit Organising Committee consisting of:

- Ajeetha Josephrajan, Postdoc, University of Southern Denmark (DK)
- Anne-Marie Wegeberg, Postdoc, Aalborg University Hospital (DK)
- Christopher Lewis, Postdoc, University of Copenhagen (DK)
- Daniel Borch Ibsen, Postdoc, Steno Diabetes Center Aarhus, Aarhus University, University of Cambridge, University of Copenhagen (DK)
- Julie Abildgaard, Postdoc, Center for Aktiv Sundhed, Rigshospitalet (DK)
- Maria Hauge Pedersen (Chair of the organising committee), Postdoc, International
Researcher, University of Copenhagen, University of Columbia (DK)
- Morten Dall (Chair of the organising committee), Postdoc, University of Copenhagen (DK)


Registration deadline:
14 August 2022

Deadline for submission of abstracts:
14 August 2022

Abstract guidelines:
Be sure your abstract contains the following information and adheres to the following formatting guidelines before submission:

You may download the template here.

The abstract should be max 1500 characters incl. spaces and written in Arial 10.

    • Title of abstract (Use a short and specific title with title-style capitalization and put it in bold)
    • Presenting author name(s) (Underline the presenting author’s name)
    • Affiliation (Include unit, institution/company/hospital, city and country for all authors and put it in italics)

The body of the abstract contains the following content: 

    • Background and aim:
      Text in Arial 10
    • Material and methods:
      Text in Arial 10
    • Results (if obtained to-date)
      Text in Arial 10
    • Conclusion (and perspectives)
      Text in Arial 10

No images, figures, charts or tables should be included in the abstract.
Please proofread carefully before submission and submit a word file.

Format of poster:
Size of poster: A0 or A1 - width max. 1 m/height max. 1.25 m
(“Portrait format” is visually preferred)


Accommodation at Green Solution House, Bornholm incl. all meals is covered by the DDA from 25-30 of September 2022.

It is possible for all participants to sign up for joint transportation by bus from Copenhagen-Rønne, Rønne-Copenhagen upon registration. The bus transport is sponsored by the DDA. However, all other travel costs and costs to overnight accommodation before or after the 25-30 September are on the participants' own expense.

A course certificate will be sent to all participants upon request at the end of the course.

No-show fee
Please note that it is free of charge to participate in the course however the DDA will charge a no-show fee of 2000 DKK if you do not show up and have not unregistered from the course prior to its start.

Covid-19 Code of Conduct
To ensure safe events, the DDA’s activities are organised in compliance with our Interim COVID-19 Code-of-conduct.