General – 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. 
Rebecca Nicholl EMBL's transversal themes

Discover our new events

In line with EMBL’s transversal themes, we’ve introduced some new events for 2024’s calendar of courses and conferences. EMBL’s research aims to understand the basis of life, gaining a molecular understanding of organisms in the context of different environments. EMBL scientists…

Carolina Cuadras

Poster prize winners at BioMalPar XIX

This year the annual EMBL Conference ‘BioMalPar XIX: biology and pathology of the malaria parasite’ took place 23 – 25 May in a hybrid format. If you have been to BioMalPar before, you know how special this community is and that you wouldn’t want to miss the event! One essential…

Rebecca Nicholl

15 July: world youth skills day

Today marks the UN-declared day for world youth skills; something we are passionate about at EMBL. We aim to equip the next generation with the biological, bioinformatics, and data skills needed to enter a career in STEM. At EMBL-EBI we have a wide array of free-to-access tutorials, recordings, and…

Rebecca Nicholl

Upcoming deadlines at EMBL-EBI Training

Are you looking for computational training? These events are due to close their applications very soon, don’t miss your chance to join us in Hinxton, UK at EMBL’s European Bioinformatics Institute. Trainees look at files and computers together in the EMBL-EBI Training suite Trainer,…

Carolina Cuadras

Beyond disciplines: science and art converge at VIZBI 2023

Written by event reporter Patricia Bondia The VIZBI congress is a one-of-a-kind event that highlights the power of visualisation in comprehending complex scientific data. Experts from a wide range of disciplines — from genomics to ecosystems and art — come together to share their latest…

Vanessa Rowland EMBL ATC building with hands holding out a small tree ready for planting

Today is World Earth Day

World Earth Day is a day dedicated to raising awareness and appreciation for our planet and the many ways in which we can protect and preserve it. Every year on 22 April, people from around the world come together to celebrate this day and take action to help protect the environment. What is the…

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…

Vanessa Rowland black and white typewriter close-up

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…

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…