Valencia, 30 December 2013 Domingo Barettino Domingo Barettino, former EMBL postdoc, passed away on Friday 6th November in Valencia. Domingo was a researcher at the Institute of Biomedicine in Valencia, and Professor in the Department of Biotechnology in the Politechnical University of Valencia. Rest in peace.
Heidelberg, 18 December 2013 EMBL Heidelberg RNK Stammtisch Following the success of the first Heidelberg alumni "Stammtisch" in October, the second was extended to alumni of the Rhine Neckar region. More than twenty alumni gathered together at the busiest period - just before the Christmas break - to strengthen ties with their community.
Heidelberg, 13 December 2013 Stay connected with EMBL! The Alumni Relations Office launched a campaign to increase the number of Alumni Association members on 9th December, as many alumni do not realise that membership requires an online registration process. A personalised mailing campaign has proven successful so far.
Heidelberg, 2 December 2013 New - The Lennart Philipson Award A new award that commemorates EMBL’s second Director General, Lennart Philipson will be open for applications in 2014, thanks to sponsors EMBLEM. The Lennart Philipson Award confers a cash prize of €5,000, is open to all alumni, and recognises translational research in human health and technology innovation.
Zurich, 29 November 2013 John Kendrew Award winner 2014 "The award really highlights why basic research matters - even seemingly obscure discoveries, such as our work on the molecular mechanism of the bacterial CRISPR systems, can have a major impact not only on other scientists' research but also lead to new applications in biotechnology and biomedicine." Martin Jinek
Hinxton, 21 November 2013 22nd EMBL Alumni Association board meeting On 21 November, the EMBL Alumni Association (EAA) board held their 22nd meeting at EMBL-EBI, followed by a reception for staff and UK-resident EMBL alumni. Janet Thornton, EMBL-EBI Director, welcomed the 60 participants to the new South Building – which houses state-of-the-art training facilities and the ELIXIR Hub.
Cambridge, UK, 25 October 2013 30 years of the EMBL PhD programme On the 30th anniversary of the EMBL International PhD Programme, we spoke to one of the first class of '83, Stella Hurtley, now Editor of Science, to see what attracted her to the programme and how her stay at EMBL impacted her career. See also list of other members of the class of '83.
Cork, Ireland, 22 October 2013 Engineering interns become enthusiastic alumni EMBL Core Facilities alumni are doing a great job at University College Cork (UCC) communicating the benefits of internships at EMBL. Ciaran Behan, EMBL Senior Technology Development Specialist, returned to UCC to host a small gathering of his intern alumni and to interview the next batch of top students.
Lisbon, 18 July 2013 Margarida Amaral, Ivo Telley, Erin Tranfield - EMBL exports to Portugal EMBL alumni were involved as co-organisers, speakers and participants of an event in Lisbon dedicated to molecular biology in Portugal, at EMBL and by EMBL alumni. We spoke to three alumni about the event and their research.
Heidelberg, 14 June 2013 John Kendrew Award Ceremony 2013 This year’s John Kendrew Award winner, Katharina Ribbeck, captivated her audience with her niche subject – something essential to all of us, yet understudied: slime as she likes to refer to it; or mucus, as it is more commonly known; and biological hydrogels, to get technical.
Heidelberg, 13 June 2013 21st EMBL Alumni Association board meeting EMBL Alumni Association (EAA) board members united in Heidelberg on 13th June to hold the first of their two annual meetings. “The meeting was particularly successful in terms of work done and decisions taken”, the Chair of the EAA board, Giulio Superti-Furga, summarized.
Paris, 7 June 2013 Alumni meet in Paris Former EMBL postdoc, Cameron Mackereth, now group leader at the IECB Bordeaux, brought together EMBL alumni in France to explore opportunities for grants, networks and resources. Generously hosted by Scientific Director of Institut Curie, EMBL alumnus, Daniel Louvard.
Brussels, 28 March 2013 Emmanuel Lacroix - working in industry in Belgium Former predoc from the Structural and Computational Biology Unit, Emmanuel Lacroix, talks about his rewarding career at UCB Belgium - mixing science with business as Senior Director of Global Business Development. "Inspired by patients. Driven by science." as the UCB logo goes.
Leuven, 27 March 2013 Claudia Bagni - working in academia in Belgium Former postdoc from the Directors' Research Unit, and Professor of Rome Tor Bergata, Claudia Bagni, tells us why she moved to the Center for Human Genetics at the University of Leuven in Belgium, where she is now Director of the Neurogenetics Program.