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EMBO-EMBL Anniversary Science and Policy Meeting

Wednesday 2 July and Thursday 3 July 2014

Location: EMBL Advanced Training Centre, Heidelberg, Germany

 

About

 

2014 is the 50th anniversary of EMBO, the 45th anniversary of The European Molecular Biology Conference, the inter-governmental organization that supports EMBO and which promotes molecular biology in the European Union and neighbouring countries, and the 40th anniversary of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory.

 

The EMBO-EMBL Anniversary Science and Policy Meeting will focus on science, policy and politics and will feature scientific talks from leading researchers, the participation of European science ministers, and sessions concentrating on policy issues in areas such as biotechnology and research infrastructures.

 

The meeting will recognize the contributions of EMBO, EMBC and EMBL to the advancement of molecular biology in Europe.

 

Speakers on Wednesday 2 July include Robert-Jan Smits, Director-General, DG Research and Innovation at the European Commission, Ada Yonath, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel, and Elizabeth Murchison, King's College, Cambridge, United Kingdom.  

For more details see the programme for Day 1.

 

Speakers on Thursday 3 July include Bruno Strasser, University of Geneva, Switzerland, Marc Heppener, European Space Agency, and Helga Nowotny, ERA Council Forum.

For more details see the programme for Day 2.

 

Programme day 1

 

2 July 2014

 

14.00-15.00

Registration

15.00-15.05

Welcome address:
Marja Makarow
Vice President for Research of the Academy of Finland
Master of Ceremonies

15.05-15.15

Opening remarks:
Maria Leptin
EMBO Director
Iain Mattaj
Director General EMBL

15.15-15.25

Georg Schütte
State Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education and Research | Germany

15.25-15.35

Robert-Jan Smits
Director-General, Research & Innovation, European Commission

15.35-15.50

From Basic Science to Advanced Medicine
Ada Yonath | Scientific talk
Weizmann Institute of Science | Israel
Nobel Prize Laureate in Chemistry 2009

15.50-16.00

Music

16.00-17.10

Science ministers' panel

17.10-17.25

Genome analysis of transmissible cancers in dogs and Tasmanian devils
Elizabeth Murchison | Scientific talk
King's College Cambridge | United Kingdom
Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute | United Kingdom

17.25-17.30

Closing remarks:
Claudio Sunkel
Chair, EMBL Council
Director, Institute for Molecular and Cell Biology | Portugal

Toivo Maimets
President, European Molecular Biology Conference (EMBC)
Director, Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of Tartu | Estonia

17.30-17.40

Music

17.40-18:30

Reception

 

Programme day 2

 

3 July 2014

 

Forum: Inclusion and Excellence in Science

 

08.30-09.00

Coffee & Tea

09.00-09.20

Welcome and overview
Michele Garfinkel
EMBO Science Policy Programme

09:20-09:30

Silke Schumacher
EMBL, International Relations

09:30-09:40

Carl-Henrik Heldin
Chair of the Forum
Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research | Sweden

09.40-10.30

Putting molecular biology on the political agenda:
The creation of the European Molecular Biology Conference
Bruno Strasser
University of Geneva | Switzerland

10.30-11.00

Break

11.00-12.15

Space: A platform for European scientific and technological excellence
Marc Heppener
European Space Agency | France

12.15-13.30

Lunch

13.30-14.45

Excellence attracts excellence — And what about the rest? Reflections on excellence and inclusion
Helga Nowotny
ERA Council Forum | Austria

14.45-15.00

Closing remarks
Angela Nieto
Vice President, European Molecular Biology Conference
Instituto de Neurociencias de Alicante | Spain

Iain Mattaj
Director General EMBL

Maria Leptin
EMBO Director

 

Venue

 

Address:

EMBL Advanced Training Centre

Meyerhofstraße 1

69117 Heidelberg

Germany 

 

The conference lectures will take place in the Klaus Tschira Auditorium in the Advanced Training Centre (ATC) on the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) campus.

 

Transport

 

Heidelberg is centrally located in Germany and Europe in general and is easily reached by car, train or plane. EMBL is located in Heidelberg's neighbourhood of Boxberg, which is approximately 10 minutes by car from Heidelberg's city centre.

 

Map of EMBL Heidelberg and Guesthouses

Map of EMBL Heidelberg Campus

 

Airports

 

Frankfurt International Airport

Frankfurt International airport is the closest (about 80 km) and most convenient airport for Heidelberg.

 

Frankfurt Hahn Airport

Frankfurt Hahn airport is a small airport west of Frankfurt International Airport. It offers cheap air fares.
There are Shuttle Buses running to and from several cities. Travel time from and to Heidelberg is approximately two hours.

 

Baden-Airpark Karlsruhe Baden-Baden

Baden-Airpark is a small airport near Baden-Baden, about one hour south of Heidelberg. It offers cheap air fares and can be reached easily by car being situated close to motorway A5 (Basel-Karlsruhe).

 

Stuttgart Airport

Stuttgart Airport is an international airport located 13 km south of Stuttgart city centre and about an hour and a half south of Heidelberg. It offers cheap air fares and can be reached easily by car being situated close to the motorway A8 (Munich-Karlsruhe)

 

Airport Shuttles

 

The Lufthansa Bus to Heidelberg leaves from Terminal 1 on the Arrivals Level, Exit B4. It leaves once an hour, seven days a week. It costs EUR 23,00 one way (EUR 42,00 return ticket) and it arrives in the Heidelberg Crowne Plaza Hotel, Kurfürstenanlage 1–3 (city centre). You do not need to be a Lufthansa passenger in order to use this service.

Please reserve your seat three days in advance.

Lufthansa Bus Schedule

 

Limousine transfer

 

The following companies offer reliable Limousine transfer from and to various airports:

 

A&S Airportservice

Phone: +49 (0) 6221 7274466
Mobile: +49 (0)172 7448856

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TRN Airport Transfer
Heinz Thews
Phone: +49 (0) 6226 60698
Mobile: +49 (0) 177 6781070

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Taxi Weinmann

Phone: + 49 (0) 6203 17245
Mobile: +49 (0) 172 9123 922

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Train

 

Heidelberg Hauptbahnhof (main train station) is located in the city centre. There are express services to all countries in Europe by fast national and international trains as well as regional trains.

Train schedules

 

Car

 

From the motorway A5 (Karlsruhe-Frankfurt), take the exit Heidelberg-Schwetzingen and head for Heidelberg-Boxberg-Emmertsgrund. Go up the hill, turn left at the Aral petrol station into Boxberg and go straight through the Boxberg residential area, keeping left after the EMBL guesthouse. EMBL is located in Meyerhofstraße in the forest on your right, shortly after you have left Boxberg.

 

From the motorway A6 (Mannheim-Heilbronn), take the exit Wiesloch–Rauenberg. Follow the signs to Heidelberg (B3). You will finally reach a fork in the road where you stay on the right, direction of Boxberg–Emmertsgrund. Go up the hill, turn left at the Aral petrol station into Boxberg and go straight through the Boxberg residential area, keeping left after the EMBL guesthouse. EMBL is located in Meyerhofstraße in the forest on your right, shortly after you have left Boxberg.

 

Public Transport

 

Bus 39

Click on the links at below to view the exact times for the stops between Bismarckplatz and EMBL.

 

Timetable for bus 39

 

Bus 39 (direction Königstuhl, EMBL or Rohrbach Süd) runs from Bismarckplatz. The former Schnellbus F has been integrated into this line effective 15 December 2013. The bus going to EMBL or Rohrbach Süd takes you directly to EMBL.
When taking the bus to Königstuhl, get off at Bierhelderhof bus stop, turn right down the hill and turn left onto Bierhelderhofweg. Walk down past the farm, turn left onto Meyerhofstraße. Continue up Meyerhofstraße, turning left in front of the EMBO building. The EMBL ATC is on your left; to reach EMBL's main entrance, continue up the hill and turn right after the bend.
The last bus from EMBL going downtown during weekdays is at 20.47. There are no direct buses from or to EMBL at the weekend. Please use the MPI Kernphysik stop instead.

 

RufTaxi

Timetable for RufTaxi 1004

The RufTaxi starts running once the bus service has stopped on weekedays from 21.52 and every hour (also at 0.22) until 0.52 from EMBL. You need to call 06221 30 20 30 at least 30 minutes before the departure time. A single ticket into Heidelberg with the RufTaxi costs 1.50 Euros or free when using a job ticket.

 

Taxi

Taxis are available outside the Heidelberg main train station or can be telephoned at 06221 302030. The journey to EMBL from the train station / city centre will cost between EUR 10,- and 15,-.

 

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