EMBL joins Tara stopovers in London and Hamburg

Tara in the harbour in Hamburg.
Tara in the harbour in Hamburg. PHOTO: Massimo Del Prete/EMBL

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Tara schooner welcomes on board journalists, policymakers, funders and scientists

EMBL joined Tara at its first stopovers for Mission Microplastics in London (11–13 June) and Hamburg (16–19 June).

In London, EMBL Director General Edith Heard and Director of EMBL-EBI Ewan Birney joined a reception on board, together with UK policymakers and funders.

In Hamburg, EMBL staff and their families boarded Tara for a tour of the ship. Journalists, the French ambassador to Germany Anne-Marie Descôtes, and the French consul in Hamburg Laurent Toulouse came aboard for a joint EMBL–Tara press conference. Afterwards, the stopover was celebrated with a reception in Hamburg City Hall, hosted by Katharina Fegebank, Second Mayor and Senator for Science, Research, and Gender Equality of the City of Hamburg. The day concluded with a visit by the Tara crew to the EMBL Hamburg site.

Tara schooner in the London docks.

Tara schooner in the London docks. PHOTO: Phil Mynott

Tara schooner in London at dusk.

Tara schooner in London at dusk. PHOTO: Phil Mynott

Romain Troublé (Director of the Tara Ocean Foundation) explaining the scope and impact of Tara expeditions.

Romain Troublé (Director of the Tara Ocean Foundation) explaining the scope and impact of Tara expeditions. PHOTO: Phil Mynott

Ewan Birney, Edith Heard and Romain Troublé on the Tara schooner in London.

Ewan Birney, Edith Heard and Romain Troublé on the Tara schooner in London. PHOTO: Phil Mynott

Tara arriving at the harbour in Hamburg.

Tara arriving at the harbour in Hamburg. PHOTO: Massimo Del Prete/EMBL

Tara in the harbour in Hamburg.

Tara in the harbour in Hamburg. PHOTO: Massimo Del Prete/EMBL

EMBL Hamburg staff and their families touring Tara.

EMBL Hamburg staff and their families touring Tara. PHOTO: Massimo Del Prete/EMBL

Matthias Wilmanns (Head of EMBL Hamburg), Anne-Marie Descôtes (French ambassador to Germany), Romain Troublé (Director of the Tara Ocean Foundation), Edith Heard (Director General of EMBL), Eric Karsenti (EMBL alumnus and initiator of the Tara Oceans Expedition) and Laurent Toulouse (French consul in Hamburg) after the press conference on Tara.

Matthias Wilmanns (Head of EMBL Hamburg), Anne-Marie Descôtes (French ambassador to Germany), Romain Troublé (Director of the Tara Ocean Foundation), Edith Heard (Director General of EMBL), Eric Karsenti (EMBL alumnus and initiator of the Tara Oceans Expedition) and Laurent Toulouse (French consul in Hamburg) after the press conference on Tara. PHOTO: Massimo Del Prete/EMBL

Katharina Fegebank (Second Mayor and Senator for Science, Research, and Gender Equality of the City of Hamburg) speaking during the reception at Hamburg City Hall.

Katharina Fegebank (Second Mayor and Senator for Science, Research, and Gender Equality of the City of Hamburg) speaking during the reception at Hamburg City Hall. PHOTO: Massimo Del Prete/EMBL

The reception at Hamburg City Hall was attended by – amongst many others – Laurent Toulouse (French consul in Hamburg), Anne-Marie Descôtes (French ambassador to Germany), Matthias Wilmanns (Head of EMBL Hamburg), Edith Heard (Director General of EMBL), Katharina Fegebank (Second Mayor and Senator for Science, Research, and Gender Equality of the City of Hamburg) and Romain Troublé (Director of the Tara Ocean Foundation).

The reception at Hamburg City Hall was attended by – amongst many others – Laurent Toulouse (French consul in Hamburg), Anne-Marie Descôtes (French ambassador to Germany), Matthias Wilmanns (Head of EMBL Hamburg), Edith Heard (Director General of EMBL), Katharina Fegebank (Second Mayor and Senator for Science, Research, and Gender Equality of the City of Hamburg) and Romain Troublé (Director of the Tara Ocean Foundation). PHOTO: Massimo Del Prete/EMBL

Thomas Schneider gives the Tara crew and other guests a tour of the EMBL Hamburg facilities at PETRA III.

Thomas Schneider gives the Tara crew and other guests a tour of the EMBL Hamburg facilities at PETRA III. PHOTO: Massimo Del Prete/EMBL