Seminar Colour Guide:              
Seminar given by an external postdoc
Tuesday, 22 May 2018, 11:00Add to calendarStructural Determinants for Membrane FissionSrishti Dar, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, IndiaHost: Maria LeptinSmall Operon, EMBL Heidelberg
EMBL Distinguished Visitor Lecture
Friday, 25 May 2018, 11:00Add to calendarOur Dynamic Microbiomes and Gut HealthRob Knight, University of California, San Diego, USAHost: Peer BorkLarge Operon, EMBL Heidelberg
Abstract: We change our microbiomes every day through the foods we eat, the environments we experience, even the people we live and work with. The implications of these changes in the microbiome for our health are just beginning to be understood. Through the American Gut Project, the largest crowdsourced and crowdfunded citizen-science project yet conducted, we now know about the microbiomes of many types of people, from the healthiest (student-athletes, centenarians) to the sickest (cancer patients, ICU patients, those with C. diff). Amazingly, diet has an especially profound effect on our microbiomes, often outweighing the effects of disease or medications. This raises the prospect of a system for real-time analysis of our microbiomes that helps guide our daily decisions in a way that optimizes our microbiomes for life-long wellness.
Seminar given by an external postdoc
Monday, 28 May 2018, 14:00Add to calendarA microscopy-based siRNA screen in microglia identified RhoE as neuroprotective drug targetVeronika Neubrand, IPBLN - CSIC, SpainHost: Rainer PepperkokSmall Operon, EMBL Heidelberg
EMBL Distinguished Visitor Lecture
Monday, 4 June 2018, 11:00Add to calendarTo be announcedRudolf Jaenisch, MIT, The Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, USAHost: Nadezhda AbazovaLarge Operon, EMBL Heidelberg
Science and Society
Monday, 4 June 2018, 15:00Add to calendarUsefulness of Useless KnowledgeRobbert Dijkgraaf, Institute for Advanced Studies, USAHost: Halldór StefánssonLarge Operon, EMBL Heidelberg
Abstract: In his classic essay, The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge, Abraham Flexner, the founding director of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and the man who helped bring Albert Einstein to the United States, describes a great paradox of scientific research. The search for answers to deep questions, motivated solely by curiosity and without concern for applications, often leads not only to the greatest scientific discoveries but also the most revolutionary technological breakthroughs. In short, no quantum mechanics, no computer chips. Robbert Dijkgraaf, the Institute s current director, explains how Flexner s defense of the value of the unobstructed pursuit of useless knowledge may be even more relevant today than it was in the early twentieth century. Dijkgraaf describes how basic research has led to major transformations in the past century and explains why it is an essential precondition of innovation and the first step in social and cultural change.
External Faculty Speaker
Wednesday, 6 June 2018, 15:00Add to calendarMalignant networks in the brainFrank Winkler, DKFZ Heidelberg, GermanyHost: Carsten Schultz, Gerard Drewes, Kai JohnssonSmall Operon, EMBL Heidelberg
Seminar given by an external postdoc
Thursday, 7 June 2018, 10:00Add to calendarTailor made aclar for correlative imaging by light microscopy and FIB-SEM tomographyMarianne Sandvold Beckwith, NTNU: Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NorwayHost: Yannick SchwabSmall Operon, EMBL Heidelberg
Abstract: I will describe a new method of patterning identical aclar substrates for Correlative Light and Electron Microscopy (CLEM). Aclar is a transparent polymer film that is suitable for growth of adherent cells, and compatible with sample processing for EM. Importantly, aclar is also thermomoldable, meaning it can be shaped at high temperatures. We have demonstrated that this characteristic can be used to pattern aclar with a stamp, transferring a custom-made micrometer sized pattern optimized for CLEM into the substrates. To make the stamps, we employ photolithography workflows to etch a master design into a silicon wafer. This stamp can then be used to pattern a large number of identical aclar substrates. We have optimized our design for imaging by Focused Ion Beam-Scanning EM (FIB-SEM), and used it for investigating Mycobacterium tuberculosis infections in human macrophages. I will present the method along with our newest results.
External Faculty Speaker
Monday, 11 June 2018, 11:00Add to calendarEcological interactions in polymicrobial
urinary tract infections
Tobias Bollenbach, University of Cologne, GermanyHost: Nassos TypasSmall Operon, EMBL Heidelberg
Seminar given by an external postdoc
Thursday, 14 June 2018, 09:00Add to calendarTranslating thyroid hormone-based therapeutics for CNS diseaseMeredith Hartley, Oregon Health and Science University, USAHost: Jan EllenbergRoom 202, EMBL Heidelberg
Tags: Cell Biology
External Faculty Speaker
Thursday, 14 June 2018, 10:15Add to calendarNGLY1 deficiency: Huge Potential of a Rare DiseaseUlla Gerling-Driessen, Stanford University, USAHost: Jan EllenbergRoom 202, EMBL Heidelberg
Tags: Cell Biology
EMBL Distinguished Visitor Lecture
Monday, 18 June 2018, 11:00Add to calendarTo be announcedJudit Villen, University of Washington, USAHost: Mikhail SavitskiLarge Operon, EMBL Heidelberg
Seminar given by an external postdoc
Thursday, 21 June 2018, 11:00Add to calendarTBCAynur Kaya-Copur, Muscle Dynamics Group, Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Martinsried, Germany, FranceHost: Anne EphrussiSmall Operon, EMBL Heidelberg
Science and Society
Friday, 22 June 2018, 14:00Add to calendarSlow, closed, expensive and ineffective: How science publishing is killing science and how to fix itMichael Eisen, University of California, Berkeley, USAHost: Halldór StefánssonLarge Operon, EMBL Heidelberg
Abstract: The Internet was invented so that scientists could communicate their research results with each other. Yet twenty years after the birth of the modern Internet most of the the scientific literature one of greatest public works projects of all time remains locked behind expensive pay walls.

Every year universities, governments and other organizations spend in excess of $10 billion dollars to buy back access to papers their researchers gave to journals for free, while most teachers, students, health care providers and members of the public are left out in the cold. Even worse, the stranglehold existing journals have on academic publishing has stifled efforts to improve the ways scholars communicate with each other and the public, slowing scientific progress and increasing the divide between researchers and the public.

In my talk I will describe how we got to this ridiculous place. How twenty years of avarice from publishers, conservatism from researchers, fecklessness from universities and funders, and a basic lack of common sense from everyone has made the research community and public miss the manifest opportunities created by the Internet to transform how scholars communicate their ideas and discoveries. I will also talk about various ongoing efforts to liberate the scholarly literature where we have succeeded and where there is more work to be done. And finally, with these efforts gaining traction, I will describe where I think scholarly communication is headed in the next decade.
External Faculty Speaker
Friday, 6 July 2018, 11:00Add to calendarTBCJerome Solon, Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG), Barcelona, SpainHost: Takashi HiiragiSmall Operon, EMBL Heidelberg
Career Day
Thursday, 19 July 2018, 09:30Add to calendarEMBL Career Day 2018Various speakers, EMBL Heidelberg, GermanyHost: EICAT (PhD and Postdoctoral Programmes)ATC Auditorium, EMBL Heidelberg
Abstract: The EMBL Career Day 2018 features a programme of Speakers from a range of career areas including science innovation who will share their experiences
of career change.
Science and Society
Tuesday, 11 September 2018, 14:00Add to calendarGenetic history: What ancient and modern DNA tells us about our human pastStephan Schiffels, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, GermanyHost: Halldór StefánssonLarge Operon, EMBL Heidelberg
External Faculty Speaker
Friday, 21 September 2018, 10:30Add to calendarTo be announcedProfessor Daniel Fletcher, UC Berkeley Department of Bioengineering, USAHost: Alba Diz-MunozSmall Operon, EMBL Heidelberg
Tags: Cell Biology
EMBL Distinguished Visitor Lecture
Monday, 24 September 2018, 14:00Add to calendarTo be announcedMasayo Takahashi, Riken Center for Developmental Biology, JapanHost: Anne EphrussiLarge Operon, EMBL Heidelberg
EMBL Distinguished Visitor Lecture
Tuesday, 9 October 2018, 11:00Add to calendarTo be announcedCraig Thompson, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, USAHost: Joel Perez-PerriLarge Operon, EMBL Heidelberg
Science and Society
Tuesday, 16 October 2018, 18:00Add to calendarDer Tod - ein Kunstgriff der Natur, das Leben zu erhaltenVolker Storch, Centre for Organismal Studies, Heidelberg University, GermanyHost: Halldór StefánssonPrint Media Academy, EMBL Heidelberg
EMBL Distinguished Visitor Lecture
Friday, 9 November 2018, 11:00Add to calendarTo be announcedMartha Bulyk, Harvard University, USAHost: Aleksander JankowskiLarge Operon, EMBL Heidelberg
Science and Society
Friday, 9 November 2018, 14:00Add to calendarHow should we value "novelty" in science?Barak Cohen, Washington University School of Medicine, USAHost: Halldór StefánssonLarge Operon, EMBL Heidelberg
Abstract: Scientist are under increasing pressure to do "novel" research. Journals and funding agencies often specifically list novelty as a key criterion for judging the impact of research. In this lecture, Barak Cohen will examine whether novelty is an important component of good science and will introduce concepts from philosophy and sociology to argue that we currently over emphasise novelty in science. Furthermore, Cohen will discuss the negative effects of this emphasis and will suggest alternatives measures of good science.
EMBL Distinguished Visitor Lecture
Friday, 14 December 2018, 11:00Add to calendarTo be announcedPetra Schwille, Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, GermanyHost: Rainer PepperkokLarge Operon, EMBL Heidelberg