Heidelberg, 20 February 2020 Welcome: Lucia von Bredow EMBL’s Science and Society Programme aims to create a platform for dialogue and debate, allowing EMBL to explore the ethical, legal, and social implications of scientific research. EMBL’s new Science and Society Manager, Lucia von Bredow, comes to the role with a broad range of experience covering law, policy, and stakeholder relations in science-related fields. Here, she discusses the forthcoming EMBL Science and Society Conference, and the opportunities she sees for enabling dialogue between science and society.
Heidelberg, 19 February 2020 Welcome: Claire Deo In her lab, Claire Deo develops fluorescent molecules that enable scientists to observe dynamic biological phenomena occurring at extremely small scales. Before joining EMBL Heidelberg, she worked at École Normale Supérieure Paris-Saclay and at HHMI, where she designed novel biosensors to visualise calcium fluctuations in cells. Here, she shares insights into the research of her new group at EMBL and tells us what allows her to occasionally free her mind from science.
General, 18 February 2020 Luxembourg funds research collaborations with EMBL Under a Framework Agreement signed in 2013, EMBL member state Luxembourg allocates funding for bilateral research projects between scientists in Luxembourg and those at EMBL. The aim is to stimulate and support new collaborations of mutual interest.
Heidelberg, 13 February 2020 Edith Heard wins L’Oréal–UNESCO For Women in Science Award Edith Heard, Director General of EMBL, has been selected for a L’Oréal–UNESCO For Women in Science Award. The Awards, presented annually to five exceptional women scientists from different regions of the world, are this year honouring the achievements of women in the life sciences.
Heidelberg, 10 February 2020 Building microscopes to learn biology EMBL’s ‘Microscope in Action’ project introduces teenagers to the basics of fluorescence microscopy through learning by doing. It combines an easy-to-assemble, research-grade modular microscope with teaching resources suitable for teenagers from the age of 15 onwards. Agnes Szmolenszky, Head of EMBL’s European Learning Laboratory for the Life Sciences (ELLS), reports on the project’s progress and future plans.
Heidelberg, 6 February 2020 Scientists explore how females shut off their second X chromosome In their landmark research published in Nature on 5 February, the scientists reveal how SPEN targets and silences active genes on the X chromosome, providing important new insights into the molecular basis of X-inactivation.
Heidelberg, Hinxton, 5 February 2020 Scientists identify new genetic drivers of cancer The discovery of genetic drivers of cancer can have critical implications for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer patients, yet genome analysis has focused primarily on only 1–2% of the whole genome – the part that contains the code for making proteins. What about the rest? Does it also play a role in driving the disease?