General, 11 October 2019 European Research and Innovation Days Edith Heard and Jana Pavlic were among a diverse group of European policymakers and other experts who gathered in Brussels from 24–26 September for the first annual European Research and Innovation Days. The aim of this policy conference was to co-create Horizon Europe: Europe’s next framework programme for funding research and innovation.
General, 10 October 2019 EMBL in the USA: future facing The upcoming EMBL in the USA event promises a lively discussion of big questions and challenges to be addressed in life science research across institutions and continents. EMBL Director General Edith Heard and a number of EMBL senior scientists will be among the speakers at the two-day symposium, which will take place at Stanford University from 8–9 November. EMBL alumnus and EMBL | Stanford Life Science Alliance member Georgios Skiniotis, and Director of the Life Science Alliance and EMBL senior scientist Lars Steinmetz look ahead to the event.
Barcelona, 2 October 2019 EMBL and Tara: Barcelona As part of Mission Microplastics, the schooner Tara will dock within view of the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB) from 4–9 October. The PRBB is home to EMBL Barcelona and five other leading biomedical research centres.interviewed one of the guest speakers, EMBL alumna Teresa Sardón, and Marco Milán, one of the co-organisers of the EMBL in Spain event.
Barcelona, 30 September 2019 EMBL in Spain: a wide vision of science On 7 October, EMBL staff, alumni, and their colleagues will gather in one of the largest scientific buildings in Southern Europe, the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB). The event is free and open to all. Group leaders and specialists from various scientific institutions will give speeches about their work, and breaks between sessions will offer plenty of time for networking. We interviewed one of the guest speakers, EMBL alumna Teresa Sardón, and Marco Milán, one of the co-organisers of the EMBL in Spain event.
Grenoble, 26 September 2019 EMBL and Tara: Marseille The scientific crew aboard the Tara research vessel are continuing their mission to explore the origins of microplastic waste and its transfer from river to sea. For the past few months, they have been collecting samples from some of Europe’s major rivers, in a voyage that has taken them around the coastlines of the UK, Germany, Spain, Portugal, France and Italy. From 27–30 September, Tara will be docked in the port of France’s second largest city, close to the mouth of the Rhône. The same weekend, EMBL alumni and friends from France and beyond will converge on Marseille to attend the EMBL in France event.
Hinxton, 13 September 2019 B cells linked to immunotherapy Researchers at EMBL’s European Bioinformatics Institute and the Medical University of Vienna have found evidence that B cells might play an important role in immunotherapy for melanoma. Currently, immunotherapy is primarily focused on T cells, but the results suggest that B cells could also provide an interesting research avenue.
Rome, 12 September 2019 EMBL and Tara: Rome Tara’s next stopover, from 12–14 September, will take place a few miles downriver from Rome. It will be accompanied by various events, including a scientific conference about the environment and life, named ‘On the waves of science’, and a press conference with speakers from EMBL Rome and Tara. There will also be outreach activities, such as group visits on board Tara, an opportunity to build a fluorescence microscope, and stalls with games and science-related activities.
Hinxton, 6 September 2019 25 years of EMBL-EBI In September 1994, a small group of researchers from EMBL Heidelberg travelled to a remote campus in the Cambridgeshire countryside to set up a home for the growing volumes of biological data being generated around the world: the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI).
Grenoble, 5 September 2019 EMBL in France: where science meets the sea EMBL alumni and friends will gather in Marseille on 29–30 September for a meeting with a difference. In addition to an intellectually inspiring programme of talks from scientists at some of France’s leading research institutes, the participants will have the opportunity to go aboard the Tara research vessel on the final day of its Marseille stopover. They will also take to the seas onboard the Green Calanques for a trip around the Frioul Islands, dinner and cocktails, and some relaxed networking.