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Alumni meet in Switzerland

Behind the scenes of the EMBL alumni chapter meeting in Zürich, Switzerland.

EMBL staff, alumni and their networks gather for the first Swiss chapter meeting. PHOTO: EMBL/Mehrnoosh rayner
EMBL staff, alumni and their networks gather for the first Swiss chapter meeting. PHOTO: EMBL/Mehrnoosh Rayner

The first EMBL alumni event in Switzerland took place at the University of Zürich on 6 November, bringing together EMBL staff, alumni and their networks from academia, industry and government.

Matthias Haffke, Postdoc, Novartis Pharma, Basel (EMBL Grenoble: PhD Student, 2010-2015); Christoph Bieniossek, Senior Scientist, Roche Pharmaceuticals (EMBL Grenoble: postdoc, 2009-2013); Michael Hennig, Director, F. Hoffmann - La Roche Ltd. (EMBL Hamburg: PhD Student, 1990-1993); Imre Berger, EMBL Grenoble Group Leader
Matthias Haffke, Postdoc, Novartis Pharma, Basel (EMBL Grenoble: PhD Student, 2010-2015); Christoph Bieniossek, Senior Scientist, Roche Pharmaceuticals (EMBL Grenoble: postdoc, 2009-2013); Michael Hennig, Director, F. Hoffmann – La Roche Ltd. (EMBL Hamburg: PhD Student, 1990-1993); Imre Berger, EMBL Grenoble Group Leader

“It is enormous to envision the complexity of developing a novel drug from the beginning to the end. This is possible only with intensive joint interdisciplinary efforts and a truly collaborative spirit. Our journey of transforming science into medicine starts and ends with the patient and builds on bringing together the right ideas and people. Switzerland is the ideal place as some of the world’s leading pharma companies are located here as well as top-notch academic science. Bringing these two partners together is incredibly powerful and a key step in order to maintain this sustainable world-class scientific landscape. It is great to meet EMBL alumni and to see their alternative career paths – such events are fundamentally important to make key contacts for the future, to foster new collaborations and to inspire young researchers for their path ahead.”
Christoph Bieniossek

It is great to meet EMBL alumni and to see their alternative career paths.

Judith Zaugg, EMBL Heidelberg group leader; Andrea Picco, Postdoc, University of Geneva (EMBL Heidelberg, Postdoc, 2008-2015); Peter Blattmann, Postdoc, ETH Zurich (EMBL Heidelberg, PhD Student, 2008-2013). PHOTO: EMBL/Mehrnoosh Rayner
Judith Zaugg, EMBL Heidelberg group leader; Andrea Picco, Postdoc, University of Geneva (EMBL Heidelberg, Postdoc, 2008-2015); Peter Blattmann, Postdoc, ETH Zurich (EMBL Heidelberg, PhD Student, 2008-2013). PHOTO: EMBL/Mehrnoosh Rayner

“The EMBL alumni event in Switzerland was a great opportunity to meet old friends and colleagues and to be introduced to new ones. I found it very interesting to learn about the diversity of career paths that each of us took, the histories behind each experience and how all of these relate to great science. Truly inspiring.”
– Andrea Picco

Tags: Alumni, Chapter meeting 2015

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