EMBL and SciLifeLab foster new connections

Joint workshop brings researchers together on site and virtually to discuss broad range of planetary biology topics.

EMBL DG Edith Heard with SciLifeLab Director Olli Kallioniemi.
EMBL DG Edith Heard with SciLifeLab Director Olli Kallioniemi. The workshop brought together more than 60 participants in person, with many more participating online. Credit: Kinga Lubowiecka/EMBL

One of EMBL’s core missions is the coordination and integration of European life sciences. While the pandemic dealt a blow to many physical gatherings, the Heidelberg site is now once again buzzing with international visitors.

On Monday and Tuesday, more than 60 participants gathered for a joint workshop between EMBL and the Swedish Science for Life Laboratory (SciLifeLab). Sessions covered a broad range of topics including data-driven planetary biology, biodiversity genomics, ecology, and evolution.

“Following the very stimulating virtual kick-off event last year, this in-person workshop provides a great opportunity for our researchers to exchange ideas and identify areas for further collaboration,” said EMBL Director General Edith Heard. “We have much to discuss and plan together, so it’s great to be able to meet up face-to-face, and we are thrilled to be able to host the SciLifeLab delegation on site.”

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