Following in the footsteps of cities like Amsterdam, Paris and Barcelona, we welcomed participants, speakers and exhibitors at the Rosengarten conference centre in Mannheim on Saturday 10 September.
The scientific programme encompassed more than 100 speakers. The keynote and plenary lectures, concurrent sessions, flash talks and poster presentations covered the breadth and depth of the life sciences, from molecules and cells to the whole organism and populations.
In addition to sharing scientific knowledge, the focus of the meeting was on networking. The exhibition, 'Meet the Speaker' lunch sessions and informal events provided plenty of opportunity to do so.
We recognised and celebrated the contributions that young researchers make to the life sciences in Europe by awarding the EMBO Gold Medal for the 20th time. EMBO Director Maria Leptin presented the two recipients with their medals as part of the award lectures.
Two science policy sessions and a panel debate offered participants the chance to engage in discussions on science advice, research integrity and Open Science.
Jan-Marco Müller from the European Commission talked about science advice to governments in general and the Science Advice Mechanism in particular...