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Sunday, November 9 2014

PM –Drinks Reception

  • Attendees are invited for drinks and networking with colleagues, speakers, and Cell Press editors at our opening reception. The reception will take place at the symposium venue Raffles Beijing.
  • More details to follow soon.

Monday, November 10 2014

PM – Author Workshop with Cell Press Editors

  • Build your network and interact with our Cell Press editors at this Q & A session, a great opportunity to ask them their tips for publishing at Cell Press and learn what’s new in the world of scientific publishing.
  • This informal Q&A session is a great opportunity to get an editorial perspective on effectively communicating about your research.  Emilie Marcus, CEO of Cell Press, offers her opinion on the workshop:

I’m delighted to be joining my colleagues Jiaying Tan from Cell, Helena Yang from Cancer Cell, Sabbi Lall from Cell Reports, and Angela Messmer-Blust from Cell Symposia in Beijing for our first Cell Symposium in Asia. The Author Workshop will provide an opportunity for us to help demystify the editorial process, provide insights for authors on how to communicate a compelling scientific finding, and engage with cancer researchers of all career levels to hear about and discuss their exciting science."

PM – Meet the Speakers Dinner

  • Over the course of your scientific career, networking will be the one of the most effective methods of advancing your career.  Engage in networking with the speakers and potential future collaborators at our ‘Meet the Speakers’ Dinner.
  • The Meet the Speakers Dinner will take place at the Wangfujing QuanJuDe Roast Duck Restaurant on Monday, 10 November 2014. Tickets are priced at US$50 when ordered in advance with registration and include a Roast Duck banquet menu including wine, beer and soft drinks.
  • Quanjude is probably the most famous Roast Duck restaurant in China, if not the world. In a city renowned for Peking Roast Duck, this is quite an accolade!.


Being is the capital of the People's Republic of China and is the nation's political, economic, cultural, educational and international trade and communication centre. Located in northern China, close to the port city of Tianjin and partially surrounded by Hebei Province, it also serves as the most important transportation hub and port of entry. As one of the six ancient cities in China, it has been the heart and soul of politics and society throughout its long history and has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, with about 140 million Chinese tourists and 4.4 million international visitors in a year.

The conference will take place at the iconic Raffles Beijing Hotel. Perfectly positioned at the crossroads of Chang An Avenue and the district of Wangfujing, this iconic landmark sits at the heart of the business and commercial districts, just moments from Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Bei Hai Park as well as the historical Lama Temple and the famous Silk Market.


One of China's most interesting regional cuisines, Beijing or northern Chinese cuisine reflects a variety of influences. It has been shaped by chefs at the Imperial Court, Mongol invaders in the 14th century, the cuisine of eastern Shangdong province, and a harsh climate elsewhere.

Imperial Cuisine

Imperial Cuisine has evolved over time to be enjoyed by all of the country's people, characterized by complex preparation techniques, the freshest ingredients and elaborate presentation including colourful vegetable carvings. It is the foundation of Beijing cuisine. Probably the finest expression of classic imperial cooking is the Tan Jia cuisine served at the Beijing Hotel which adjoins the Raffles Beijing Hotel.

Peking (Beijing) Duck

Peking (Beijing) duck is the local flavour of Beijing and a “must” for those visiting Beijing for the first time. The traditional method of preparing Beijing Duck has a history of over a hundred years and boasts a great reputation to this day. If you ask which is the best Beijing duck house in Beijing, different people will offer you different answers but you will never be far from an excellent restaurant.

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