An artist’s view of EMBL Rome
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by Cornelius Gross
4y ago
Horst Hamann is an idiosyncratic artist – a photographer who combines an unpretentious, jovial, and down-to-earth style with a sparse, black-and-white aesthetic. Horst is best known for his vertical series coffee table photo books – starting with New York Vertical. It was his passion for football, however, that led him to create his more intimate works – a series of full height portraits of famous German football players, men and women, that bring out the warmth and uniqueness of each subject. Horst knows EMBL well, having been commissioned to create a book with over one hundred portraits of E ..read more
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Let’s stay home…
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by yasmin
4y ago
Warning: this is NOT a fun blog post. I’m doing my PhD at EMBL Rome, but I’ve lived most of my life in Milan, and I have family, friends and acquaintances a bit everywhere in Northern Italy. I know that many people out there, in Italy, but especially in other European (and non-European) Countries which haven’t been affected as much as we have yet, still don’t believe that the Covid-19 pandemic is a serious issue. Many people still take it lightly, many people still think we are exaggerating, they still go to concerts, parties, pubs, to dinner with their friends, and even to the lab (J’accuse ..read more
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Reflections on the COVID-19 pandemic
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by saraformichetti
4y ago
Part 2: COVID-19 and me living the biggest pandemia since 1918 Two weeks ago, EMBL Rome was shut down. Not long after, the whole city followed. This means I cannot leave my home in Monterotondo except for doing groceries or going to the doctor or a pharmacy. Since a couple of days, I cannot even go running. How do I feel about this? In terms of adapting to ‘smart-working’ from home, I have always liked working in a quiet place. Furthermore, thanks to modern technology, we can continue to be in contact with our colleagues for virtual lab meetings, one-on-one meetings and journal clubs. As Corne ..read more
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Reflections on the COVID-19 pandemic
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by saraformichetti
4y ago
Part 1: COVID-19 and me as a scientist (and scientists in general) Some days ago a friend and colleague told me that in situations like the COVID-19 emergency she would like to be more ‘directly useful’ as a scientist. Like the doctors who are saving lives every day. Or the virology labs that are trying to find a vaccine or an effective treatment as fast as possible. Just a couple of weeks before, my dad posed me a very interesting question: why are scientists not speaking more loudly as a single ‘scientific community’, and therefore giving a more united view – one based on scientific data – t ..read more
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Lab life under lockdown
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by Cornelius Gross
4y ago
Played this with my kids last night.EMBL Rome sent all its non-essential personnel home at the beginning of this week. One day later the Italian Government imposed a blanket shutdown across all Italy. We are now in lockdown. People are at home and go out only to shop for food, take out the trash, or buy medicine. Maybe to sneak a short walk to the local park to stretch your legs, but always crossing the street when someone approaches. Restaurants, pubs, bars, and all non-essential shops are closed. To wait to enter the supermarket one-by-one, people stand ten feet apart making lines that snake ..read more
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The perks of being a science intern
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by Ayshan Aliyeva
5y ago
There is no stage of a scientific career more glorious than being an intern. It’s a truly brilliant time – having the opportunity to engage in science with a fresh mind and unrestrained enthusiasm, unspoiled by the hardship of rejection or the torture of self-doubt. An internship is a relationship with no strings attached, where you are curious about the field, not quite ready to commit, but won’t mind having a fling. Walking into a lab as an intern for the first time, I felt like Alexander the Great walking before his army. I felt the imaginary wind playing in my hair, excited to touch every ..read more
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On my way to EMBL Heidelberg
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by jimeno
5y ago
Today I woke up and followed my usual routine. I caught the train from Rome to Monterotondo, albeit a bit earlier than usual. But my final goal was not to arrive at the lab – it was to make it to EMBL Heidelberg by hopping on a few more trains. As an EMBL PhD student, I have the chance to travel around the world to attend courses and present my research. But this great opportunity for my scientific and personal development comes with a price for the environment. Have you ever wondered how much carbon dioxide (CO2) you’re putting in the air every time you take a plane? Each one-way plane trip t ..read more
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Horst Hamann captures EMBL Rome
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by Cornelius Gross
5y ago
Horst Hamann with one of his signature triptych images.Horst Hamann recently visited EMBL Rome. Horst is an artist and photographer who has published a highly successful series of black and white art books, several of which use his signature vertical and triptych formats. He is passionate about football, and has published several photo books of famous footballers and stadiums. Fortunately, he is also passionate about Rome, and on the occasion of our 20th anniversary we invited him to capture the atmosphere at EMBL Rome in the form of still images and a short promotional film – all in black and ..read more
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Tara sails to Ostia
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by Sara Verstraeten
5y ago
by Sara Formichetti It took me a while to metabolise the last two days I spent at the Porto Turistico of Ostia, close to Rome (the city where I was born and raised). We – Italian-speaking volunteers from EMBL Rome – took part in an outreach event organised by the educational association Adamas Scienza and EMBL Rome on the occasion of the Italian stopover of the boat Tara. Why is this boat so special? Because it’s a private boat at the service of the international scientific community. The crew of researchers are studying the global oceanic ecosystem and the impacts of ongoing climate change an ..read more
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EMBL vs. EMBO – What’s the difference?
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by Cornelius Gross
5y ago
This is one of the most frequently asked questions I hear, so I thought there should be a place on the web to explain. The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) runs six research sites across Europe where it carries out fundamental research and service in molecular biology. The European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) is an academy for the life sciences, provides funding, and publishes five scientific journals. In short, EMBL is a research institute, while EMBO is an academy, funder and publisher. Admittedly, the organizations are related. Both are international organizations fund ..read more
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