Blog – Course and Conference Office


Our mission is to train scientists. This blog is a platform for us to share updates on our annual programme, tips and tricks for scientists, new e-learning opportunities, and sometimes just something to make you smile.

The EMBL Course and Conference Office was established in 1983 to support EMBL scientists in the organisation of conferences, medium-sized workshops, practical courses, EMBL internal and one-off events. 
Vanessa Rowland

How does the environment play a role in biodiversity?

In 2020, a few weeks before much of the world came to a standstill as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, we held the symposium titled ‘The Organism and its environment’ where we talked about the impact the environment has on biodiversity and the role of research in solving global…

Rebecca Nicholl Three people gather around laptops and a sheet of paper taking notes

Using EMBL-EBI Training materials

EMBL-EBI Training has a wide range of bioinformatics training available for anyone around the world to learn from, but it’s also there for lecturers, teachers, and trainers to use in their teaching too.  In the on-demand section of the EMBL-EBI Training website you will find: Our training…

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Today is World Poetry Day

Held every year on 21 March, World Poetry Day celebrates one of humanity’s most treasured forms of cultural and linguistic expressions and identity. UNESCO first adopted 21 March as World Poetry Day during its 30th General Conference in Paris in 1999, with the aim of supporting linguistic…

Vanessa Rowland

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday celebrated on 17 March to commemorate the death of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. This day is traditionally associated with parades, parties, and the color green. However, there is also a significant connection between St. Patrick’s Day and science.…

Rebecca Nicholl Caricature style drawings of the 20 nominees for the International women's day best practice awards 2023 held at the Wellcome Genome Campus

International Women’s Day 2023

International Women’s Day (8 March) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality. Over at the Wellcome Genome Campus, where EMBL-EBI is located, an annual…

Ashley Dillow

Meet the EMBL Events Team: Claudia

Meet Claudia: She’s our Iceland-enthusiast, always greets you with a smile on her face, and helps hundreds of people come to EMBL as a scientific visitor each year! Claudia is always up for helping others improve their German, is an avid tea-lover, and has a lot of EMBL visitor pen pals who…

Rebecca Nicholl two workers discuss over a laptop

EMBL-EBI Training update | ‘my learning’ is now live!

Take a technical look behind the scenes at some new online features at EMBL-EBI Training. There’s been a lot happening in EMBL-EBI Training over the past two years, particularly online. There’s been changes to the look and feel of our tutorials, better navigation through the materials, and…

Rebecca Nicholl a white blond woman writes in a notepad

EMBL-EBI Training update | playlists

Collate and share on-demand bioinformatics training with EMBL-EBI Training’s playlists We’ve heard from many of you that you’re keen to share our on-demand bioinformatics training with others, so we’ve made it even easier.  You can now create your own playlists of EMBL-EBI on-demand…



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