Coffee with EMBL

Visit the Coffee with EMBL homepage to see previous recordings and upcoming events.

Alumni from 35 countries meet digitally for the first Coffee with EMBL

150 alumni from 35 countries across every continent gathered online for the first Coffee with EMBL on Friday 24 April 2020.

This pilot event offered the opportunity for EMBL alumni to hear first hand how EMBL is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, and to share some of the ways in which they’ve helped to combat the effects of the virus through research and volunteering efforts. 

Coffee with EMBL provides an accessible, informal online space for members of the EMBL community to connect, share and debate, as well as  giving participants access to outstanding scientists and thought leaders.

The first session was moderated by EMBL alumnus Angus Lamond, Professor, University of Dundee, and speakers included EMBL Director Matthias Hentze; Head of EMBL Barcelona James Sharpe; Interim Head of EMBL Rome Cornelius Gross; and EMBL Alumni Association Board Chair and Group Leader, Centre for Genomic Regulation Fatima Gebauer.

The next Coffee with EMBL event, on Friday 8 May, will be a continuation of the discussion around the coronavirus pandemic, with a greater focus on COVID-19 research and related activities being done by the community. There will also be the opportunity to chat with the community shortly before and after the session.

Find out what members of the EMBL community are doing to combat COVID-19 and share your story with the alumni team, or suggest speakers and topics for future Coffee with EMBLevents:

Quotes from alumni participants

“It was a fantastic meeting. I enjoyed it a lot. I hope there will be more of these meetings in the future.”
Veli Vural Uslu, Postdoctoral Fellow, Postdoctoral fellow, Centre for Organismal Studies (COS), University Heidelberg

“It was great. Thank you very much for organizing it. It was wonderful to see so many faces and to read the chat:”
Britta Schläger, Project Manager for Grants and Organisational Support, Kobris, Sandhausen

What is Coffee with EMBL?

  • Coffee with EMBL is an informal online space hosted by EMBL for its global community to regularly connect.
  • Each one-hour session will feature special guests, giving you access to outstanding scientists and thought leaders.
  • Gain an insight into the latest developments at EMBL and raise suggestions and comments.
  • Build networks and seek supporters and collaborators easily, effectively and enjoyably.