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Alumni Association News 2011

16 December 2011

18th EMBL Alumni Association board meeting

Giulio Superti-Furga and Maria Vivanco

Giulio Superti-Furga and Maria Vivanco

Giulio Superti-Furga and Jacqueline Mermoud

Giulio Superti-Furga and Jacqueline Mermoud

Des Higgins, Maria Vivanco, Preben Morth

Des Higgins, Maria Vivanco, Preben Morth

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EMBL Grenoble campus

Friday 16th December was an occasion full of firsts when the EMBL Alumni Association board met at the Grenoble outstation. It was the first meeting of the newly elected board, the first visit to the Grenoble outstation in the Association’s 13-year history, and the first board dinner to be transformed into a staff-alumni get-together.

Board members selected two John Kendrew Award winners, assigned funds to reward the commitment of the Iberian and Greek local chapters for their 2012 meetings, reviewed the overwhelming response to the alumni feedback survey, composed four working groups to deal with Association business throughout the year and enjoyed general introductions and up-dates regarding alumni and EMBL news.

Over 40 people attended the festive buffet beautifully organized by Rokhaya Tounkara and Dominique Lancon from EMBL Grenoble Administration. “It was a nice balance between scientific and administrative staff from all levels together with local alumni”, commented Maria Vivanco, EMBL Alumni Association Vice Chair.

“We are delighted with the decision to hold one board meeting every year at an EMBL outstation, and with the interest of EMBL Grenoble staff today”, said Matthias Hentze, EMBL Associate Director, who represents EMBL at these meetings. “It’s great community building for both staff and alumni”.

What was neither a first nor a last was the security strikes at Grenoble airport causing the airport to shut down altogether. Despite this news, board members continued in high spirits on the bus back to their hotel with a long-lasting memory of the occasion…

The next EMBL Alumni Association board meeting will take place on Friday 6th July, scheduled to allow board members to enjoy EMBL Lab Day, the John Kendrew Award Ceremony and the Lab Day party with staff on 5th July. If you would like any items discussed, please send them to alumni@embl.org

 

 

 

 

 
Registered participants
Name Title Location
Elisar Barbar  Visiting Scholar  EMBL Grenoble
Imre Berger Group Leader

 EMBL Grenoble

Christoph Bieniossek Postdoc

 EMBL Grenoble

Florent Cipriani Team Leader

EMBL Grenoble

Elisa Cora Postdoc

 EMBL Grenoble

Stephen Cusack Head of Outstation

EMBL Grenoble

Alison Mary Foote Project Leader Centre Hospitalier Universitaire (CHU) de Grenoble
Matthias Hentze Associate Director EMBL
Des Higgins Professor of Bioinformatics, Conway Institute, University College Dublin
David Hulmes Research Director, CNRS, Institut de Biologie et Chimie des Protéines Lyon
Dominique Lancon Liaison Officer EMBL Grenoble
Regis Lengrand Head of Administration EMBL Grenoble
Oscar Martin-Almendral Finance University of Heidelberg
Nikolaos Mathioudakis Predoctoral Fellow EMBL Grenoble
Andrew McCarthy Team Leader EMBL Grenoble
Jacqueline Mermoud Scientific Staff The Babraham Institute, Cambridge
Preben Morth Assistant Professor Centre for Molecular Medicine Norway
Joep Muijrers Venture Capital LIfe Sciences Partners, Amsterdam
Gábor Náray Scientific Programmer EMBL Grenoble
Emily Newman Postdoc EMBL Grenoble
Yan Nie Predoctoral Fellow EMBL Grenoble
Andres Palencia Postdoc EMBL Grenoble
Radha Raman Pandey Postdoc EMBL Grenoble
Daniel Panne Group Leader EMBL Grenoble
Carlo Petosa Group Leader Structural Biology Insitute Jean-Pierre Ebel, Grenoble
Anastasia Politou Assistant Professor University of Ioannina Medical School
Mehrnoosh Rayner Alumni Relations Officer EMBL
Rob Ruigrok Professor Joseph Fourier University, Grenoble
Christiane Schaffitzel Team Leader EMBL Grenoble
Giulio Superti-Furga Director & CEO;  Chair of the EMBL Alumni Association CeMM, Vienna
Rokhaya Gisèle Tounkara Lacombe Administrative Officer EMBL Grenoble
Simon Trowitzsch Postdoc EMBL Grenoble
Maria del Mar Vivanco Group Leader CIC BIOGUNE, Derio (Bizkala), Spain
Winfried Weissenhorn Professor Unit for Virus Host-Cell Interactions (UVHCI), Grenoble