Buon compleanno! Celebrating 20 years of EMBL Rome

PHOTO: Massimo Del Prete/EMBL
Phil Avner, Head of EMBL Rome, in front of the anniversary cake. PHOTO: Massimo Del Prete/EMBL

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Friends old and new mark the occasion in style

Members of the EMBL community and friends gathered in Rome on 8 July to celebrate a special anniversary: EMBL Rome’s 20th. Phil Avner, Head of EMBL Rome, welcomed EMBL Director General Edith Heard and other guests to the event. The beautiful summer’s day provided the perfect backdrop for elegant al fresco dining, relaxed mingling, and an assortment of games. It was an occasion to reflect with pride on the achievements of the past 20 years, and to look forward to the planned refurbishment of the EMBL Rome site, and to more great science in the coming years.

Villa Livia on Via Appia Antica in Rome is ready for the celebrations. PHOTO: Massimo Del Prete/EMBL

Villa Livia on Via Appia Antica in Rome is ready for the celebrations. PHOTO: Massimo Del Prete/EMBL

Guests arrive at the EMBL Rome 20th anniversary event. PHOTO: Massimo Del Prete/EMBL

Guests arrive at the EMBL Rome 20th anniversary event. PHOTO: Massimo Del Prete/EMBL

EMBL Rome group leaders Jamie Hackett (left) and Santiago Rompani (centre) talk to guests. PHOTO: Massimo Del Prete/EMBL

EMBL Rome group leaders Jamie Hackett (left) and Santiago Rompani (centre) talk to guests. PHOTO: Massimo Del Prete/EMBL

Edith Heard, EMBL Director General, at the reception. PHOTO: Massimo Del Prete/EMBL

Edith Heard, EMBL Director General, at the reception. PHOTO: Massimo Del Prete/EMBL

Cornelius Gross, Deputy Head of EMBL Rome and Senior Scientist, gives a talk in Villa Livia’s Muse Hall about his research. PHOTO: Massimo Del Prete/EMBL

Cornelius Gross, Deputy Head of EMBL Rome and Senior Scientist, gives a talk in Villa Livia’s Muse Hall about his research. PHOTO: Massimo Del Prete/EMBL

Phil Avner, Head of EMBL Rome, with photographer Horst Hamann, who joined the anniversary event for a special project. PHOTO: Massimo Del Prete/EMBL

Phil Avner, Head of EMBL Rome, with photographer Horst Hamann, who joined the anniversary event for a special project. PHOTO: Massimo Del Prete/EMBL

Lunch and talks were followed by an afternoon of fun in the garden. PHOTO: Massimo Del Prete/EMBL

Lunch and talks were followed by an afternoon of fun in the garden. PHOTO: Massimo Del Prete/EMBL

Guests enjoyed various games, including pool and darts. PHOTO: Massimo Del Prete/EMBL

Guests enjoyed various games, including pool and darts. PHOTO: Massimo Del Prete/EMBL

Scale model of the planned refurbishment of the EMBL Rome site. PHOTO: Massimo Del Prete/EMBL

Scale model of the planned refurbishment of the EMBL Rome site. PHOTO: Massimo Del Prete/EMBL

PHOTO: Massimo Del Prete/EMBL

After aperitivi by the pool, presentations of group posters by EMBL Rome scientists, and a buffet dinner in the courtyard, it was time for Phil Avner, Head of EMBL Rome, to cut the anniversary cake. PHOTO: Massimo Del Prete/EMBL

To end the night, Rufus Band played live music in the Greenhouse. PHOTO: Massimo Del Prete/EMBL

To end the night, Rufus Band played live music in the Greenhouse. PHOTO: Massimo Del Prete/EMBL