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Annual meeting brought together EMBO Fellows


A picture of the Fellows from the EMBO Fellows Meeting 2019 


Heidelberg, 19 June 2019 – 57 EMBO Long-Term Fellows came together at the annual EMBO Fellows’ Meeting in Heidelberg between 13 and 16 June 2019. Each year EMBO invites the postdoctoral researchers reaching the end of their EMBO Fellowship to this four-day meeting to talk about their research and meet each other.


Each of the participants gave a presentation of their research. 46 Fellows gave 15-minute overviews of their work, while 11 presented their work as a poster and in a shorter flash-talk format.


“The #EMBOFellowsmtg19 was one of the best example of interdisciplinarity ... when will I get the opportunity [again] to present drug targeting in the same session with a sniff response talk to detect consciousness or a Trypanosoma brucei full life cycle?” commented Melania Zauri from the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre in Madrid Spain on Twitter.


Rudra Nayan Das, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehvot, Israel, also expressed his appreciation for hearing about scientific areas outside his own expertise: “#EMBOfellow Anat Arzi … gave a beautiful talk on how she is using sniff response for prognosis of level of consciousness in coma patients. Superbly articulated for non specialists in the audience like me.”


The programme also included several presentations by external speakers, including former EMBO Fellow and recently elected EMBO Young Investigator Taco Kooij from Radboud University Medical Centre and former EMBO Young Investigator Tomás Marqués-Bonet from the Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies in Barcelona, Spain. Both speakers talked about their path in academia and their current research.


In addition to scientific talks, the participants heard about the importance of picking the right people to work with from former EMBO Fellow and Young Investigator Patrick Meraldi from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. And Sam Krahl, EMBO Project Coordinator and Lab Leadership trainer, shared insights into science communication.


Gonzalo Parra, EMBL Heidelberg described the session as an “amazing "Science Communication" workshop at the EMBO Fellows Meeting #EMBOFellowsmtg19. We scientists have the responsibility to communicate our work to the society that pays for it with their taxes and we have to do it in the right way.”



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