The one-day PhD symposium 2011 will take place on Thursday, the 7 April 2011 at the main building of the Technische Universität München (TUM). Presentations and posters of PhD students will be the main focus of the symposium, serving as a platform for interdisciplinary discussion. The symposium is open to participants from all areas of life science interested in presenting their work to a broad scientific audience. All contributions are structured into blocks of topics by a pre-selection process of posters and talks. The two renowned keynote speakers John Nicholls and Andrei Lupas will provide the framework for the symposium.