News & Views – 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…

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…

Carolina Cuadras

VIZBI 2023: where science and art meet

If you have been to VIZBI before, you know it is an unmissable event! If you have never attended, this year is your chance to get involved! VIZBI is held annually, alternating locations between Europe and the USA, and this year EMBL Heidelberg will be hosting the 13th edition! The EMBO Workshop:…

Rebecca Nicholl EMBL-EBI logo. Webinar.

How green is your computing? 

Have you ever thought about the carbon footprint of your data analysis?  As we take a closer look at the environmental impact of everything we do, a growing number of people are looking at the ways in which we use our computing resources and minimise effects. The EMBL-EBI Training team has…

Ashley Dillow

The 2023 EMBL Annual Poster is here!

Are you ready for another year full of groundbreaking science? We sure are! Our 2023 EMBL Annual Poster is out now, and we’re already looking forward to welcoming you to EMBL for a new year of scientific exchange, training and development, and networking amongst peers. New meetings on topics such…

Julie Heinecke

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…

Rebecca Nicholl

Competency-based training in bioinformatics

This article was written by Victoria Hill, Chemistry PhD student at the University of Sheffield. Recently, EMBL-EBI, in collaboration with a number of our EU project partners, launched the Competency Hub. This is a free platform where students and professionals can evaluate their abilities against…

Rebecca Nicholl

What’s new in EMBL-EBI on-demand training

What’s new for EMBL-EBI training: June 2022 At EMBL-EBI training we have a dedicated on-demand library of free to access training courses, materials, and recordings. Read on to see what each section of our 200+ strong catalogue entails. Training materials We’ve all had our fair share of…