Seminar Colour Guide:              
External Faculty Speaker
Wednesday, 19 February 2020, 14:00Add to calendarEarly Stage Venture Capital for spin-outs from research institutions and universitiesFrank Mühlenbeck, EMBL Ventures, GermanyHost: Marco MarciaEMBL Seminar Room, EMBL Grenoble
Abstract: Frank will cover the following topics:
introduction to venture capital and some industry facts.
How a Venture Capital company operates
Understanding the value of a typical asset (an antibody-based drug)
Typical investment mechanics
Interests of founders, research institutes and investors when it comes to spin-out s
Some examples out of Frank s investment history
Science and Society
Friday, 3 April 2020, 14:00Add to calendarChallenging the Misrepresentation of Science and Evidence in Public LifeTracey Brown OBE, Sense About Science, United KingdomHost: Lucia Von BredowIBS Seminar Room, EMBL Grenoble
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?
External Faculty Speaker
Monday, 15 June 2020, 11:00Add to calendarTo be announcedTariq Rana, University of California San Diego, USAHost: Marco MarciaEMBL Seminar Room, EMBL Grenoble
External Faculty Speaker
Friday, 18 September 2020, 11:00Add to calendarTo be announcedEsben Lorentzen, Aarhus University, DenmarkHost: Sagar BhogarajuEMBL Seminar Room, EMBL Grenoble