Seminar Colour Guide:              
EMBL Distinguished Visitor Lecture
Monday, 3 August 2015, 11:00 Add to calendar Functional implications of long noncoding RNAs Dr. ULITSKY Igor, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel, Israel Host: Ramesh Pillai
EMBL Seminar Room, EMBL Grenoble
Company Representative
Wednesday, 5 August 2015, 13:00 Add to calendar STED and RSFP-based RESOLFT nanoscopy of living and fixed cells
Benjamin Harke, Abberior Instruments, Göttingen, Germany Host: Marko Lampe
Room 13-518 a + b, EMBL Heidelberg
Hamburg Speaker
Friday, 14 August 2015, 13:00 Add to calendar Death-associated protein kinase regulation by Ca2+/CaM binding Bertrand Simon, EMBL Hamburg, Germany Host: Matthias Wilmanns
Seminar Room 48e, EMBL Hamburg
External Faculty Speaker
Tuesday, 18 August 2015, 15:00 Add to calendar Dynamics of gene expression analysis -- tools and first insights Christine Vogel, NYU Biology, Center for Genomics & Systems Biology, USA Host: Martin Beck
Small Operon, EMBL Heidelberg
Tags: Structural Biology, Biocomputing
External Faculty Speaker
Thursday, 27 August 2015, 11:00 Add to calendar To be announced Hagen Tilgner, Stanford University School of Medicine, USA Host: Judith Zaugg
Small Operon, EMBL Heidelberg
External Faculty Speaker
Monday, 31 August 2015, 15:00 Add to calendar Protein interactions of the acetate biosynthetic pathway. Michael Burkart, University of California, USA Host: Carsten Schultz
Small Operon, EMBL Heidelberg
Tags: Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Hamburg Speaker
Friday, 4 September 2015, 13:00 Add to calendar The clathrin adaptors Hip1R and epsins form a membrane protein complex that provides a stable scaffold for endocytosis Maria Marta Garcia Alai, EMBL Hamburg, Germany Seminar Room 48e, EMBL Hamburg
External Faculty Speaker
Thursday, 10 September 2015, 14:00 Add to calendar To be announced Nigel Kirby, Australian Synchrotron, Melbourne, Australia Host: Dmitri Svergun
Seminar Room 48e, EMBL Hamburg
External Faculty Speaker
Friday, 11 September 2015, 13:35 Add to calendar To be announced U-Ser Jeng, Department of Chemical Engineering, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan Host: Dmitri Svergun
Seminar Room 48e, EMBL Hamburg
External Faculty Speaker
Monday, 14 September 2015, 16:00 Add to calendar Living droplets - biomedical discovery at high throughput Christoph Merten, EMBL, Germany Host: Carsten Schultz and Gerard Drewes
Small Operon, EMBL Heidelberg
Seminar given by an external postdoc
Tuesday, 15 September 2015, 11:00 Add to calendar A CRISPeR view of Prokaryotic Defense Systems Alexis Cocozakis, AstraZeneca, Boston, USA Seminar Room 48e, EMBL Hamburg
EMBL Distinguished Visitor Lecture
Wednesday, 16 September 2015, 11:00 Add to calendar To be announced Thomas Pollard, Yale University, New Haven, Dept. of Molecular Cellular & Developmental Biology, USA Host: Peter Lenart
Large Operon, EMBL Heidelberg
Tags: Cell Biology
EMBL Distinguished Visitor Lecture
Friday, 18 September 2015, 10:00 Add to calendar Transplant-mediated repair of spinal cord GABAergic circuitry to treat the disease of neuropathic pain Allan Basbaum, Department of Anatomy, University of California, San Francisco, CA, USA Host: Philip Avner
CNR Seminar Room, EMBL Monterotondo
External Faculty Speaker
Friday, 18 September 2015, 13:00 Add to calendar To be announced Yimin Zou, Neurobiology Section, Division of Biological Sciences, University of California, San Diego, USA Host: Rob Meijers
Seminar Room 48e, EMBL Hamburg
Science and Society
Sunday, 20 September 2015, 14:00 Add to calendar EMBL Heidelberg Science & Society Symposium: What makes us human? Various speakers, MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology, Collège de France, University of Notre Dame Host: Halldór Stefánsson
The Operon, EMBL Heidelberg
Abstract: Humans are distinctly different from all the other animals, in ways both good and bad. But articulating what that difference consists of remains a complex and difficult task, tackled by biologists, anthropologists and brain scientists.

We are, presumably, the only known species with a mind set on unravelling who and what we are. Today, scientists are making use of genomics to realign H. Sapiens with respect to H. neanderthalensis, hominids and apes. But what are the assumptions that are built into these research projects? And what is the nature of the evolved cognitive faculties that allow people to relate and bond to one another in our species-specific way? Are some of our behavioral responses hardwired in neural networks as a result of our evolutionary history, or does the ultimate strength of the human species lie in its apparently unlimited neurological plasticity?

And while humans seem so fabulously well equipped to relate to one another and spin intricate webs of social relations, at the same time they tirelessly invent ways and means of destroying each other in warfare. Is such behaviour to be considered a part of our human nature? Globally speaking, what role do nature, culture and our social environment play in the crafting of humans?
EMBL Distinguished Visitor Lecture
Tuesday, 22 September 2015, 11:00 Add to calendar To be announced Christine Holt, University of Cambridge, Dept. of Developmental Neuroscience, United Kingdom Host: Jeroen Krijgsveld
Large Operon, EMBL Heidelberg
External Faculty Speaker
Wednesday, 23 September 2015, 11:00 Add to calendar To be announced Kieran Tuohy, Research and Innovation Centre-Fondazione Edmund Mach-IASMA, Italy Host: Kiran Patil
Small Operon, EMBL Heidelberg
EMBL Distinguished Visitor Lecture
Wednesday, 30 September 2015, 16:00 Add to calendar To be announced Mary Beckerle, Huntsman Cancer Institute, Salt Lake City, Host: Francois Nedelec
Large Operon, EMBL Heidelberg
Company Representative
Thursday, 1 October 2015, 16:00 Add to calendar New Tools for Successful CRISPR/CAS9 Genome Editing- Discover how to speed up your workflow with Guide- itTM Cornelia Hampe, Takara Bio Europe SAS, Germany Host: Vladimir Benes
Small Operon, EMBL Heidelberg
EMBL Distinguished Visitor Lecture
Friday, 2 October 2015, 10:00 Add to calendar Neuronal Plasticity and Genomic Diversity Fred Gage , Laboratory of Genetics LOG-G, The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, CA, USA Host: Philip Avner
CNR Seminar Room, EMBL Monterotondo
EMBL Distinguished Visitor Lecture
Monday, 5 October 2015, 11:00 Add to calendar To be announced Raymond E. Goldstein, University of Cambridge, Dept. of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, Center for Mathematical Sciences, United Kingdom Host: Predocs
Large Operon, EMBL Heidelberg
External Faculty Speaker
Friday, 9 October 2015, 13:00 Add to calendar Cell-attachment strategies of glycan-binding viruses Thilo Stehle , Interfaculty Institute of Biochemistry (IFIB), University of Tuebingen, Germany Host: Christian Löw
Seminar Room 48e, EMBL Hamburg
Abstract: Virus attachment to cells initiates infection and is also a key determinant of host range, tissue tropism and pathogenesis. Carbohydrates such as sialic acid are prominently displayed on many cell surfaces, and they are frequently used by many viruses as their initial, and sometimes only, attachment receptors. Understanding how viruses engage sialic acid is essential for combating infection and designing improved therapeutic viral vectors. Recent advances in studies of virus-glycan interactions have made it possible to rapidly identify specific receptors using glycan array screening, define the atomic level structure of virus-glycan interactions using crystallography, and generate recombinant viruses or pseudoviruses to rationalize the effect of glycan binding in cell entry, tissue tropism, and disease pathogenesis.
I will report on the current state of our ongoing efforts to define the receptor binding properties of human pathogenic viruses that use sialylated glycan receptors for their cell attachment. In combination with mutagenesis experiments and functional studies, structural analyses have enabled us to understand the determinants of specificity and offer an excellent platform for the development of antiviral agents. Furthermore, knowledge about glycan binding can also inform the retargeting of viruses to specific tissues, which is important for gene delivery as well as oncolysis.
External Faculty Speaker
Monday, 12 October 2015, 16:00 Add to calendar Controlling Biological Pathways with Photopharmacology Dirk Trauner, University of Munich, Germany Host: Carsten Schultz and Gerard Drewes
Small Operon, EMBL Heidelberg
EMBL Distinguished Visitor Lecture
Tuesday, 13 October 2015, 11:00 Add to calendar To be announced Dr Petr Svoboda, Institute of Molecular Genetics of the ASCR, Czech Republic, Czech Republic Host: Radha Raman Pandey
EMBL Seminar Room, EMBL Grenoble
EMBL Distinguished Visitor Lecture
Friday, 16 October 2015, 10:00 Add to calendar Mechanisms of cell reprogramming Thomas Graf , Centre for Genomic Regulation, Barcelona, Spain Host: Philip Avner
CNR Seminar Room, EMBL Monterotondo
EMBL Distinguished Visitor Lecture
Tuesday, 20 October 2015, 11:00 Add to calendar To be announced Irving Weissman, Stanford University, Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, Standford Ludwig Center for Cancer Stem Cell Research and Medicine, USA Host: Lars Steinmetz
Large Operon, EMBL Heidelberg
Hamburg Speaker
Friday, 23 October 2015, 13:00 Add to calendar To be announced Anne Tuukkanen, EMBL Hamburg, Germany Seminar Room 48e, EMBL Hamburg
EMBL Distinguished Visitor Lecture
Friday, 23 October 2015, 14:00 Add to calendar Postponed - new date to come Jennifer A. Doudna, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, USA Host: Ramesh Pillai
ILL Chadwick, EMBL Grenoble
EMBL Distinguished Visitor Lecture
Tuesday, 27 October 2015, 11:00 Add to calendar To be announced Cynthia Wolberger, John Hopkins University School of Medicine, Dept. of Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry, Baltimore, USA Host: Christoph Mueller
Large Operon, EMBL Heidelberg
Science and Society
Tuesday, 27 October 2015, 15:00 Add to calendar The Nazi Human Experiments and Post-War Legacies Paul Weindling, Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom Host: Halldór Stefánsson
Large Operon, EMBL Heidelberg
EMBL-La Sapienza Lecture
Friday, 30 October 2015, 11:00 Add to calendar Small RNAs mediate inheritance of memories in C.elegans Oded Rechavi, Department of Neurobiology, The George S. Wise Faculty of Life Sciences, Sagol School of Neuroscience, Tel-Aviv University, Ramat Aviv, Tel Aviv, Israel Host: Cornelius Gross / Andrea Mele
Sapienza Università di Roma - Aula Odeion - Museo dell'Arte Classica - P.le Aldo Moro, 5 - Roma
Science and Society
Wednesday, 4 November 2015, 18:00 Add to calendar Tomorrow's Table: Organic farming, genetics and the future of food Pamela Ronald, Genome Center, University of California, USA Host: Halldór Stefánsson
Print Media Academy
Abstract: In their book, Tomorrow's Table, Pamela Ronald, a geneticist, and her husband, Raoul Adamchak, an organic farmer, argue that a judicious blend of two important strands of agriculture--genetic engineering and organic farming--is key to helping feed the world's growing population in an ecologically balanced manner. Ronald will describe the challenges that farmers face, as they try to feed the world without further destroying the environment.

The lecture is for technologists, entrepreneurs, consumers, farmers, and policy decision makers who want to make food choices or create policy and businesses that will support ecologically responsible farming practices. It is also for anyone who wants accurate information about organic farming, genetic engineering, and their potential impacts on human health and the environment.
Science and Society
Thursday, 5 November 2015, 11:00 Add to calendar To be announced Gail Davies, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter, United Kingdom Host: Shane Morley
CNR Seminar Room, EMBL Monterotondo
Hamburg Speaker
Friday, 13 November 2015, 13:00 Add to calendar To be announced Nabil Hanna, EMBL Hamburg, Germany Seminar Room 48e, EMBL Hamburg
EMBL Distinguished Visitor Lecture
Monday, 16 November 2015, 11:00 Add to calendar To be announced Herwig Baier, Max-Planck-Institute Martinsried, Dept. for Neurology, Germany Host: Francesca Peri
Large Operon, EMBL Heidelberg
External Faculty Speaker
Tuesday, 17 November 2015, 11:00 Add to calendar To be announced Marina Ramirez-Alvarado, Mayo Clinic, USA Host: Anne Ephrussi
Small Operon, EMBL Heidelberg
Science and Society
Thursday, 19 November 2015, 15:00 Add to calendar Integrated omic studies for common complex traits & personalised medicine Tim Spector, King's College London, United Kingdom Host: Halldór Stefánsson
Large Operon, EMBL Heidelberg
Abstract: We are using a large-scale multi-omic study of 5,000 adult twins to explore the potential of omics in personalized medicine. The TwinsUK resource contains the most studied individuals on the planet with all subjects having over 3000 phenotypes and GWAS SNP chips. Over 3000 now have whole genome sequencing at 6-30X depth. The omics being explored includes sub-studies used to explore the basic heritability, QTLs and age relationships as well as disease associations. This includes (EpiTWIN) using whole genome methylation sequencing and 450k for epigenetics, which also uses the discordant twin design using for replication 30,000 twins from the Discotwin European consortium. The same individuals are tested using an integrated omics approach including- the Multiple Human Tissue Expression Resource (MuTHER) and with RNA array and sequencing in three tissues. In addition we have analysed 1000 blood metabolites using metabolomics (Mass Spec and NMR), >100 glycomics markers (IgG and total plasma), immunophenotyping (with 78,000 White cell sub-types) and gut microbiomes (16s and metagenomics) on the same twins. Most subjects are being followed longitudinally to assess prediction of incident disease. Examples of recent integrated Omic analyses include prediction of age, pain sensitivity, renal function, hypertension, cancer, depression, obesity and diabetes. Longitudinal twin studies with global collaborations are the ideal resource to study the potential of personalized medicine.
Hamburg Speaker
Friday, 20 November 2015, 13:00 Add to calendar To be announced Alexey Kikhney, EMBL Hamburg, Germany Seminar Room 48e, EMBL Hamburg
External Faculty Speaker
Thursday, 26 November 2015, 11:00 Add to calendar To be announced Eirikur Steingrimsson, University of Iceland, Iceland Host: Anne Ephrussi
Small Operon, EMBL Heidelberg
Company Representative
Thursday, 26 November 2015, 15:00 Add to calendar To be announced Jasmin Fisher, Microsoft UK, United Kingdom Host: Francois Nedelec/Karin Sasaki
Small Operon, EMBL Heidelberg
Tags: Cell Biology
EMBL Distinguished Visitor Lecture
Friday, 27 November 2015, 11:00 Add to calendar To be announced Nicholas Proudfoot, University of Oxford, Dept. of Molecular Biology , School of Pathology, United Kingdom Host: Eileen Furlong
Large Operon, EMBL Heidelberg
Hamburg Speaker
Friday, 27 November 2015, 13:00 Add to calendar To be announced Eike Schulz, EMBL Hamburg, Germany Seminar Room 48e, EMBL Hamburg
Seminar given by an external postdoc
Monday, 30 November 2015, 11:00 Add to calendar To be announced Katsuyoshi Takaoka, Developmental Genetics Group, Graduate School of Frontier Biosciences, Osaka University., Japan Host: Jan Ellenberg
Small Operon, EMBL Heidelberg
Tags: Cell Biology
Hamburg Speaker
Friday, 4 December 2015, 13:00 Add to calendar To be announced Anne-Sophie Huart, EMBL Hamburg, Germany Seminar Room 48e, EMBL Hamburg
External Faculty Speaker
Monday, 7 December 2015, 16:00 Add to calendar Precision tools to custom tailor proteins Edward Lemke, EMBL, Germany Host: Carsten Schultz and Gerard Drewes
Small Operon, EMBL Heidelberg
EMBL Distinguished Visitor Lecture
Thursday, 10 December 2015, 11:00 Add to calendar To be announced Marianne Bronner, California Institute of Technology, Division of Biology, Pasadena, USA Host: Detlev Arendt
Large Operon, EMBL Heidelberg
EMBL Distinguished Visitor Lecture
Tuesday, 12 January 2016, 11:00 Add to calendar To be announced Andrej Sali, Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences, University of California, San Francisco, , USA Host: Christoph Mueller
The Operon, EMBL Heidelberg
External Faculty Speaker
Monday, 18 January 2016, 11:00 Add to calendar To be announced Cassandra Extavour, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University, , USA Host: Anne Ephrussi
Small Operon, EMBL Heidelberg
External Faculty Speaker
Wednesday, 3 February 2016, 11:00 Add to calendar To be announced Ben Lehner, Centre for Genomic Regulation, Pompeu Fabra University, Spain Host: Kiran Paril
Small Operon, EMBL Heidelberg
External Faculty Speaker
Friday, 26 February 2016, 11:00 Add to calendar To be announced Dean Mobbs , Psychology Department, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA Host: Cornelius Gross
NEW CNR Seminar Room, EMBL Monterotondo
EMBL Distinguished Visitor Lecture
Friday, 1 April 2016, 10:00 Add to calendar To be announced Sheena Josselyn, Program in Neurosciences and Mental Health, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Host: Philip Avner
CNR Seminar Room, EMBL Monterotondo
EMBL Distinguished Visitor Lecture
Friday, 29 April 2016, 10:00 Add to calendar To be announced Emma Whitelaw, College of Science, Health and Engineering, School of Molecular Sciences, La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science, Melbourne (Bundoora), Australia Host: Philip Avner
CNR Seminar Room, EMBL Monterotondo
EMBL Distinguished Visitor Lecture
Friday, 6 May 2016, 10:00 Add to calendar To be announced Qiufu Ma, Professor of Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA, USA Host: Philip Avner
CNR Seminar Room, EMBL Monterotondo
EMBL Distinguished Visitor Lecture
Monday, 30 May 2016, 10:00 Add to calendar To be announced Eric Nestler, Laboratory of Molecular Psychiatry, Neuroscience Department, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY, USA Host: Philip Avner
CNR Seminar Room, EMBL Monterotondo
EMBL Distinguished Visitor Lecture
Friday, 24 June 2016, 10:00 Add to calendar To be announced Hans-Reimer Rodewald, Division of Cellular Immunology, German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Heidelberg, Germany Host: Philip Avner
CNR Seminar Room, EMBL Monterotondo
EMBL Distinguished Visitor Lecture
Friday, 21 October 2016, 10:00 Add to calendar To be announced Botond Roska, riedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical, Research, Basel, Switzerland Host: Philip Avner
CNR Seminar Room, EMBL Monterotondo