Hamburg, Heidelberg, General, 2 August 2019 We all come from the ocean While he was the head of EMBL’s Cell Biology and Biophysics Unit, Eric Karsenti read Darwin’s book The Voyage of the Beagle, and was fascinated by the story it told. Karsenti, a passionate sailor, dreamed of a sailing boat going around the world and popularising topics such as evolution, cell biology and the work of EMBL. But first, there were some obstacles to overcome.
Hamburg, 21 June 2019 EMBL joins Tara stopovers in London and Hamburg EMBL joined Tara at its first stopovers for Mission Microplastics in London (11–13 June) and Hamburg (16–19 June). In London, EMBL Director General Edith Heard and Director of EMBL-EBI Ewan Birney joined a reception on board, together with UK policymakers and funders. In Hamburg, EMBL staff and their families boarded Tara for a tour of the ship. Journalists, the French ambassador to Germany Anne-Marie Descôtes, and the French consul in Hamburg Laurent Toulouse came aboard for a joint EMBL–Tara press conference.
Hamburg, 17 June 2019 EMBL and Tara: Hamburg Mission Microplastics, the Tara Ocean Foundation’s expedition studying the microplastics entering European waters, recently brought the schooner Tara to the German city of Hamburg and the estuary of the river Elbe. Here, head of EMBL's Hamburg Unit, Matthias Wilmanns, discusses plastic pollution and infectious disease research at EMBL.