Members of EMBL’s Corporate Partnership Programme (CPP) convened at the EMBL Advanced Training Centre for its annual corporate event on 12 February, which this year focused on big data and bioimaging.
In a keynote address to participants, EMBL Director General Iain Mattaj discussed the activities and accomplishments of the Laboratory in its anniversary year, and revealed plans to build on these strengths and successes, including a sneak peek at EMBL’s next five-year plan for 2017–2021.
Dinner conversations were sparked by scientific presentations from EMBL scientists, senior and junior: EMBL-EBI Joint Associate Director Ewan Birney and Senior Scientist Detlev Arendt presented their latest research, rounded off by a captivating talk by PhD student Yin Cai, selected to represent EMBL’s young, passionate talents. Earlier, EMBL scientists met with representatives of the CPP’s founder partners – Leica Microsystems and Olympus – for a lively moderated discussion on big data and its relevance to the life sciences and bio-optic industry.
The programme, now in its sixth year, enables companies to support activities at the Advanced Training Centre, reinforcing EMBL in its mission to provide the best training to scientists the world over. The annual meeting, when EMBL leadership and scientists join Corporate Partners for networking and discussion, is part of a range of initiatives to acknowledge and reward the generous support of CPP members, and facilitate mutually beneficial interactions between industry and EMBL.