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Web Retreat Number 3

Mark Boulton

Last week, the Digital team – together with a few people from Heidelberg IT – spent a couple of sunny days at EBI with our friends in Web Dev. The aim of this third retreat was to discuss and plan the EMBL.org roadmap and identify projects that would address three core areas: technical…


Faster scientific websites through reusability

Ken Hawkins

Growing an EMBL-EBI solution into a Visual Framework for the life sciences Building a website is easy. Building a good website is trickier. Building that good site quickly is hard. And if you want a beyond-hard challenge, also match your organisation’s look, feel and brand requirements.


Adhering to our principles in latest corporate design sprint

Tabea Rauscher

Joint blog post by Ed Dadswell and Tabea Rauscher Our latest Corporate Design sprint was intended to bring us closer to our goal: develop prototypes and examples of how the EMBL master brand could be implemented across products. The kick-off meeting made it clear that we should keep our design…


Modern user research: What is it? How is it done? And why?

Mark Boulton

Digital products are designed for use. Even simple, text-based websites are consumed by users with a task in mind. Mostly they want to find something specific. Sometimes they might want to get in touch with a real person to ask a specific question. Or apply for a job. ‘Just surfing…


Digital communications update: July/August 2018

Mark Boulton

Every month, for a few months, we’ve been sending an update to our department an update in a simple format: what we did last month, and what we’re planning to do next month. Of course, as the team grows, this makes for a longer update but we think the detail is important. It helps us…


Unshackling content, and their authors

Ken Hawkins

A Content Hub for better content at EMBL Even organisations of modest size have web presences where content is hard to reuse and compromised editorial experiences. Even a robust CMS and internal development team is not enough.


ESOF 2018: big science, little me

Emma Steer

To put it simply, EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) is big. At the 2018 conference in Toulouse, there were more than 150 panel sessions, 200 outreach events and 4000 people attending. I’ll admit, I was a little overwhelmed. I’d spent a good chunk of my childhood (and adult life, if I’m honest)…



Hello my name’s Patrick

Patrick Müller

Hello world, My name is Patrick Müller and I joined the EMBL crew as a Trainee in July. Before my time here, I was doing a PhD in physics in Berlin. After a year of shooting my laser at stuff, I quit, turned to science journalism and did an apprenticeship in Hamburg. In the StratCom […]


Building your blog

Laura Howes

A little while ago now I ran a blogging workshop in Rome for writers on their “On brains & beer” blog. But while we tailored the work there to the people in Rome, a lot of the things we discussed are more universal. So in the spirit of openness, this is some of what we […]

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