Behind the Scenes – 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. 
Ashley Dillow

The gardeners of EMBL: a portrait

Have you ever stopped to marvel at the beautiful landscaping of the EMBL campus, full of fascinating flowers, colourful foliage, and diverse plants? We have three dedicated gardeners to thank for making EMBL Heidelberg’s grounds comparable to that of a botanical garden. Georg Körber, Head…

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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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…

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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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EMBL-EBI Training joins LinkedIn

EMBL-EBI Training now has its own showcase page on the popular social network. Join us on LinkedIn! We’ve been exploring ways to increase our reach across social networks, and let even more people know about the portfolio of training available from EMBL-EBI Training: the home of world-class…

Ashley Dillow

The road back to event catering: an interview with Viktor Schmidt

An integral part of any event is, of course, the food! At EMBL, we’ve got an incredible Food Services Team who take care of our cafeteria, canteen, and event catering needs. We spoke to Viktor Schmidt, Catering and Service Coordinator, about the transition back to on-site events after the…

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Meet the EMBL Events Team: Asal

Asal wears many hats in the EMBL Events team. She is our sponsorship guru, taking care of everything from raising money for our courses and conferences to working with different journals and societies for in-kind partnerships. During the pandemic, she was our technology wiz spearheading a project…