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How far is India from Europe?

Posted by on February 12th, 2016

The launch of a new partnership between EMBO and India made me think about what international connections mean to European research. One of the pleasures of being a research scientist is the opportunity to travel and explore different parts of the world. I’ve visited many countries and I have friends living and working all over,[…]

An interview with Caroline Dean

Posted by on August 18th, 2015

This interview first featured in Development.   Caroline Dean is a plant biologist based at the John Innes Centre in Norwich, UK. She helped to establish Arabidopsis as a model plant organism, and has worked for many years on the epigenetic mechanisms that regulate vernalisation, the process by which plants accelerate their flowering after periods of[…]

EMBO celebrates 50 years

Posted by on July 12th, 2014

  The European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) is an organization that ‘promotes excellence in the life sciences’ in Europe and beyond. With more than 1500 members (leaders in their respective fields), it is a driving force in European science. Since its inception in 1964, EMBO has played an active role in promoting research in the life sciences, organising meetings[…]

An interview with Maria Leptin

Posted by on July 16th, 2013

Maria Leptin is a successful group leader in the developmental biology and immunology fields, running labs in both Cologne and Heidelberg. In 2010 she also became the director of the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO). The Node interviewed Maria at the recent International Society for Developmental Biology (ISDB) meeting, and we talked about her career,[…]

A coming of age of Developmental Biology in Oxford: thou shall measure and think critically about your data

Posted by on July 7th, 2013

Alfonso Martinez Arias ( An EMBO workshop organized by Alex Schier and James Briscoe, assembled a cast of young and seasoned biologists in Oxford to discuss progress and controversies on Morphogen Gradients, a central topic in Developmental Biology. I could only stay for half of the meeting but the message was clear: there is a[…]

Interview with Linda Partridge

Posted by on October 29th, 2012

At the EMBO meeting in late September, Linda Partridge gave a keynote talk about the role of the nutrient-sensing insulin/IGF/TOR signaling network in ageing. In her talk she showed, for example, how dietary restriction extends the lifespan of several organisms. I had a chance to talk to her later that day, and I asked her[…]

Interview with Jiří Friml

Posted by on October 19th, 2012

At the EMBO meeting last month, Jiří Friml was awarded the EMBO Gold Medal. This medal is awarded annually to a researcher under the age of forty, who has contributed to the field of molecular biology. Friml got the award for his work on auxin transport and morphogen gradient formation in plants. In his Gold[…]

Polarity and Prejudice – EMBO Meeting Day 3 and 4

Posted by on October 2nd, 2012

The last two days of the EMBO meeting were quite busy, with lots of interesting plenary talks, concurrent sessions, and special symposia. On Monday evening two interesting non-biology talks were happening at the same time: one about Women in Science, and one about Science Policy & Publishing. I attended the Women in Science talk. The[…]

Presentation tips from the EMBO meeting

Posted by on September 27th, 2012

At the EMBO meeting earlier this week, I had the opportunity to ask a few of the plenary speakers how they prepared for their talks. These speakers all had clear presentations that were easy to follow, even if you didn’t know much about the background of their field. It turns out that that was no[…]

From molecules to ecosystems – EMBO meeting day 2

Posted by on September 24th, 2012

Biology is studied at different levels of size: molecules, cells, organisms, and entire ecosystems. The second day of the EMBO meeting covered all of these. The plenary opening session on RNA covered the molecular. David Tollervey and Elisa Izaurralde described biochemical processes in RNA processing and post-transcriptional regulation, and Rob Singer showed techniques to follow[…]