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Career Event
Thursday, 25 February 2021, 11:00Add to calendarEMBL Careers Webinar | Scientific Sales & MarketingGundula Sprick, Account Manager Biotechs, Life Sciences Solutions, Thermo Fisher Scientific, GermanyScott Brouilette, Associate Director, Regional Marketing EMEAHost: EMBL Fellows' Career ServiceVirtual, Virtual
Science and Society
Friday, 26 February 2021, 14:00Add to calendarChallenging the Misrepresentation of Science and Evidence in Public LifeTracey Brown, OBE, Sense About Science, United KingdomHost: Lucia von BredowVirtual, Virtual
Abstract: There is much concern about the public regard for standards and norms of evidence and anxiety that carefully assembled facts and data are becoming seemingly dispensable. In 2016, ‘post-truth’ officially entered the dictionary; in the years since, commentators have worried that societies are no longer interested in the carefully assembled data and conclusions of scientific inquiry. Across Europe, conferences have sprung up among research and regulatory bodies asking how to operate in a world of Facebook filter bubbles and alternative facts. Amid this anxiety, we are in danger of seeing only memes that reinforce it, of believing that people just hear what they are already disposed to hear, that there is no scope for persuasion and factual credibility is pointless. Sense about Science’s experience of working with the public tells a different story - in fact, many different stories, of the public interest in sound science and evidence. That interest in science and evidence is borne out in surveys: scientists are still trusted to tell the truth and are the only group to enjoy consistently strong public trust since the 1970s. In the UK, an Ipsos MORI 2016 poll found that 86% of people want the government to consult experts on complex subjects. Working with the public reminds us that monitoring and analysing are key to public empowerment and democratic accountability; and it expands our imagination about how researchers can collaborate with the public more effectively. Sense about Science's public-led, expert-fed approach has served up some interesting lessons for discussion. The question before the research world therefore is how to equip people to make sense of their natural and social systems: how can we truly embark on those journeys together, with the public and in the public interest?
Planetary Biology Lectures
Friday, 26 February 2021, 14:00Add to calendarHow environments shape microbiome innovations in the natural worldJillian Petersen, Centre for Microbiology and Environmental Systems Science University of Vienna, AustriaHost: Detlev Arendt, Peer Bork, Rainer PepperkokVirtual, Virtual
Abstract: Virtually every living organism, including humans, relies on symbiotic microbial partners that provide a range of health benefits including synthesizing food and vitamins, protecting against pathogens, and detoxifying the environment. These symbiotic partnerships evolved in a complex environmental context, but our understanding of how the environment drives the function and evolution of host-microbe interactions is still in its infancy. In the marine environment, ‘extreme’ or challenging habitats are characterized by symbioses between animals and the microbes that underpin their survival. One ubiquitous example is lucinid clams, which burrow in sandy coastal sediments, a challenging habitat for animals due to the complete lack of oxygen, and abundance of the toxin sulfide. However, they have teamed up with bacterial symbionts that use this toxic sulfide to power primary production, turning toxins into food for their hosts. These partnerships are so successful, the animal hosts have diversified into one of the most species-rich animal families in the oceans today, and have dispersed to a range of coastal and deep-sea habitats worldwide. Thanks to their reliance on environmental energy sources, and the natural ‘simplicity’ of this symbiosis between one host and one prominent bacterial symbiont species, they are ideal for understanding how environments shape microbiomes at the molecular level. I will outline the genomic innovations that underpin the ecological and evolutionary success of these symbioses from seagrass meadows to the deep sea.
Career Event
Thursday, 15 April 2021, 11:00Add to calendarEMBL Careers Webinar | Core facility managementAlexander Botzki, Head of VIB Bio-informatics Core, BelgiumKim Remans. Head of EMBL Protein Expression and Purification Core FacilityLucy Collinson and Raffaella Carzaniga - Head + Deputy Head, Electron Microscopy Science Technology Platform, Francis Crick InstituteHost: EMBL Fellows' Career ServiceVirtual, Virtual
Science and Society
Friday, 16 April 2021, 13:00Add to calendarSESAME*: Defying borders in the Middle EastZehra Sayers, Sabanci Universitesi, TurkeyHost: Lucia Von BredowVirtual, Virtual
Abstract: Science and principles of scientific conduct are universal leading to free communication of ideas and sharing of results, as we have seen in the race for finding solutions for the global threat of the COVID-19 pandemic. Scientists have easily reached and collaborated across borders to achieve shared goals. In this lecture I will talk about a different collaborative project, SESAME, that does not recognize conventional borders. This advanced synchrotron radiation infrastructure, located in Jordan, came to being through joint efforts by Cyprus, Egypt, Israel, Iran, Jordan, Palestinian Authority, Pakistan and Turkey, and is supported by several observer countries. SESAME creates a positive dynamism in the region by providing scientists with new tools at its beamlines and by opening possibilities for collaborations among scientists coming from diverse cultural and political backgrounds. As well as science that is produced at SESAME, I will also discuss different aspects of this project including how SESAME can become a truly international lab and how this scientific endeavor can reach society at large, beyond scientists. *Synchrotron light source for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East
Science and Society
Thursday, 22 April 2021, 12:00Add to calendarResearch Ethics & Integrity: Science & Society Discussion MeetingMichele Garfinkel, EMBO, NOT SPECIFIEDHost: Michele GarfinkelVirtual, Virtual
Abstract: Research integrity (or responsible conduct of research) describes a broad set of practices around how research is carried out. In the best case, these practices are embedded in day-to-day work, not separate from it. Depending on the setting, these practices can address everything from selection and design of a research project to decisions about how, where, and what to publish; and to promulgating results in policy and public settings. I will give a brief overview of the landscape of research integrity. In that context I will then focus my remarks on responsible data handling, from project conception to terminal storage and assuring access in perpetuity. I will describe current institutional and political views on the value of record-keeping tools such as electronic notebooks and data management plans. I will also discuss researcher, institutional, and funder responsibilities in helping to assure that good practices regarding data handling are made clear and easy to implement. Please note that Hamburg-based staff will be prioritised (as this has been arranged by the Hamburg Science & Society Committee). Places are limited, and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. If you would like to participate, please email Lucia von Bredow ( to reserve a place. The discussion meeting will take the form of an interactive workshop, and is open to anyone interested in learning more about research ethics, integrity, and responsible data handling.
Science and Society
Friday, 23 April 2021, 12:00Add to calendarHarnessing Big Data to Monitor and Tackle PandemicsEwan Birney, EMBL-EBI, United KingdomRolf ApweilerIlaria CapuaEnrico BucciHost: Ewan BirneyVirtual, Virtual
Abstract: Ewan Birney will chair a round-table discussion will three expert panellists - Rolf Apweiler, Ilaria Capua and Enrico Bucci.