EMBLers past and present living in Germany and Switzerland met in the ATC Courtyard Room on the morning of the EMBL summer party on Saturday, 2 July for a relaxed and enjoyable mini science and networking event.

The programme, organised by former predoc Freddy Frischknecht and EMBL Alumni Relations Officer Mehrnoosh Rayner, was informal yet informative, including speakers from academia and industry who shared details not only of their science but also the perks of the cities and institutes where they live and work. Each offered plenty of good advice, which was particularly appreciated by the EMBL pre- and postdocs who are now in the same boat as the speakers some years back.

One of the benefits of holding such meetings on the same day as the EMBL summer party is bumping into so many familiar faces! For this reason, EMBL alumni in Germany agreed to organize this event annually on the morning of the EMBL summer party, and look forward to increasing the staff participation both as speakers and audience.

"Returning to EMBL brought on a mixed feeling of joy, excitement, and ‘oh my god, I haven’t seen you since forever’. Even people I never met during my EMBL days had the same spirit: the moment we started talking, new ideas came along like in the old days. It felt as if I’d never left."
Markus Grabenbauer, Group Leader, MPI-Molecular Physiology, Dortmund

"These alumni meetings are important platforms for exchanging ideas and experiences of work done in different institutes, especially with today’s growing trends in interdisciplinary research. They provide the opportunity to maintain a network of former EMBL scientists, while strengthening connections with EMBL."
Gary Davidson, Group Leader, Institute of Toxicology and Genetics, Karlsruhe

"In the familiar atmosphere of the meeting, speakers talked openly about their career, results, challenges and tasks. It is very interesting to see the different paths taken after EMBL, and I gained great insight into work both in academia and industry."
Annelie Wünsche, Predoc, Ellenberg Group


Life Sciences in Germany. What's out there?
Time Speaker

Welcome and Introduction

11:00 - 11:15 Freddy Frischknecht
Group Leader, Heidelberg University


11:15 - 11:35 Giovanna Bergamini
Director, Cellzome AG, Heidelberg
11:35 - 12:00 Michael Hannus
Group Leader, Cenix Bioscience, Dresden
12:00 - 12:20 Markus Grabenbauer
Group Leader, MPI-Molecular Physiology, Dortmund
12:20 - 12:40 Maiwen Caudron Herger
Postdoc DKFZ, Heidelberg
12:40 - 13:00 Gary Davidson
Group Leader, Institute of Toxicology and Genetics, Karlsruhe
13:00 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 14:00 Discussion: Making the most of the EMBL alumni network
14:00 onwards EMBL summer party begins see programme


Registered participants

  • Julie Baron
  • Giovanna Bergamini
  • Iryna Charapitsa
  • Andre-Claude Clapson
  • Gary Davidson
  • Sven Fraterman
  • Freddy Frischknecht
  • Maria Cristina Gambetta
  • Ken Goldie
  • Markus Grabenbauer
  • Michael Hannus
  • Maiwen Caudron Herger
  • Sean Hooper
  • Isabelle Kos
  • Martin Kos
  • Tamara Marinkov
  • Fargol Mazaheri
  • David McLaughlin
  • Gitte Neubauer
  • Mehrnoosh Rayner
  • Petra Samenfeld
  • Andreas Schlattl
  • Britta Schläger
  • Olaf Selchow
  • Sarah Sternberger
  • Silvia Stabel
  • Matthias Wilm
  • Hanno Wolters
  • Annelie Wuensche
  • Regina Zahn

Overview of all local chapter meetings in Germany