The abstract review process has been finished, and we are happy to announce that Petnica will host the most international YES Meeting so far: we have received applications from 31 countries and six continents, covering all of the SETAC World area!
You may know that the set-up of this meeting is a bit different compared to the previous ones. This is the first time that full-board accommodation will be provided for free, along with an impressive selection of hands-on laboratory courses and soft skills training.
This arrangement means that this time we are not able to provide travel grants for all participants, nor promise to cover full travel cost of students who do receive the grant. However, we will do our best to make this meeting a reality for all participants who had their abstracts accepted.
The Student Advisory Council has decided to incorporate the travel grant application process within the meeting registration. The Council will address each of these applications on individual basis, and we will do our best to award the travel grants to participants who need them the most.
We still urge all of you to choose the most cost-effective itinerary by using low-cost companies or looking for flight promotions. Please consider that for some participants the most cost-effective itinerary means taking ground transport. We are aware that for some participants this may mean spending more time traveling, flying out from smaller airports (and/or at an inconvenient time), or taking trains/buses. We urge all participants to do this so that additional money can be invested in order to have the most enriching experience for as many students as possible.
Finally, we urge you to approach your supervisors and research groups for support. Remember that in case you do not receive a travel grant, your travel to Belgrade is the only cost you incur for the meeting, which is similar to previous years where participants had to pay for their own accommodation. For this YES meeting there are no registration fees, and accommodation and all meals and social activities are for free, as well as an assortment of hands-on lab and professional training courses.
Looking forward to seeing you in Petnica!
Student Advisory Council of SETAC Europe