Science Is Global

Science Is Global

9 Jan 2017 - 12:30

EMBL-EBI’s 570+ members of staff represent over 60 nations, which is not unusual for a scientific institute. The whirlwind of technical and scientific advances we’ve experienced over the past decades has been fuelled by internationality, which provides a rich environment for exchanging knowledge and skills and for inspiration.

But like most things we experience day-to-day, many of us have taken for granted the easy coming and going of our colleagues between nations.

To celebrate the diverse origins of our staff, and the many places that have welcomed them, people from all walks of life on the Wellcome Genome Campus gathered to put themselves on the map – literally.

At home in many places

On 30 November 2016 Amelie Baud, Alvis Brazma and Maša Roller of EMBL-EBI, and Qasim Ayub and Gosia Trynka of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute shared their stories. The speakers reflected on how the many places they’ve lived have influenced their lives, and those of their families.

Funny, touching and surprising in turns, their stories had a profound effect on the audience.

EMBL-EBI researcher Amelie Baud: “Shared interests, inspiring people, exceptional methodology or technologies - there are many reasons why researchers want to move around. Those reasons have brought me to move a lot already – to France, the UK, Italy, and the US – and I’ve benefited from incredible opportunities.”

Maša Roller, Ensembl team member at EMBL-EBI: “While I was still a child, my family moved around Europe, giving me the opportunity to attend International Schools with students from more than 60 different countries. I returned to Croatia to complete my education, but longed to go back to a more international community.

“EMBL-EBI appealed to me both because of the excellence of its research and its position as a ‘hub’ in European and international research networks. Science and discovery thrive on diversity, so it is not surprising that some of the best work is done in places with the most international communities.”

Encouraging partnership

The Science is Global statement and #ScienceIsGlobal social media campaign were initiated by the European Academies of Science to draw attention to the value of international science and research collaborations. The Academies stand together to support national governments in encouraging countries and institutions to work in partnership.

EMBL-EBI supports and actively promotes these values. This event was the first of what we hope will be many that celebrate the diversity and internationality of science.

Maša Roller, EMBL-EBI scientist, on a panel at a #ScienceIsGlobal event in 2016.Maša Roller, EMBL-EBI scientist, on a panel with Amelie Baud, Alvis Brazma of EMBL-EBI, and Qasim Ayub and Gosia Trynka of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute at the 2016 #ScienceIsGlobal event on the Wellcome Genome Campus. [Photo credit: Robert Slowley/EMBL-EBI]

Pablo Porras of EMBL-EBI's Molecular Interactions team marks his professional journey on a map.Pablo Porras of EMBL-EBI's Molecular Interactions team marks his professional journey on a map of the world. [Photo credit: Robert Slowley/EMBL-EBI]

Alvis Brazma, Senior Scientist at EMBL-EBI, tells the story of his scientific career, from East to West.Alvis Brazma, Senior Scientist at EMBL-EBI, tells the story of his scientific career, from East to West. His was one of many compelling stories told at the #ScienceIsGlobal event.

EMBL-EBI staff members listen to their peers sharing their scientific journeys.JJ Thikumporn, EMBL-EBI intern, Anath Prakash and other EMBL-EBI staff listen to their peers sharing their journeys at an event celebrating the internationality of science. [Photo credit: Robert Slowley/EMBL-EBI]

Science Is Global event on the Wellcome Genome Campus 2016Map of the world, on which Wellcome Genome Campus mark the country of their birth and places they've worked and studied. [Photo credit: Robert Slowley/EMBL-EBI]

Contact the news team

Mary Todd Bergman
Senior Communications Officer
mary@ebi.ac.uk
+44 (0)1223 494 665

Oana Stroe
Communications Officer
stroe@ebi.ac.uk
+44 (0)1223 494 369

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