As part of the public lecture series “Akademische Mittagspause” held by the faculty of biosciences our symbiosis research was brought to church! You can check out the ongoing talks here. You can check out the ongoing program here.
After the big success of COSmic and SpartaCOS, this year´s motto of the COS party was CirCOS. And as expected, the party was awesome: great decoration, music and of course lots of creative costumes!
A handcrafted Flea Circus consortium was the contribution of the Guse lab:
And here are some more official lab pics of my favourites:
The Wittbrodt Freakshow
The Lemke Circus Protesters
The Acebron Circus Victims
The Guse Flea Circus
As part of the benefits of being an EMBO YIP lab, the Guse lab did a 1.5 day Creative Problem Solving (CPS) workshop at Seissmo in Mannheim. The CPS technique aims to generate a bunch of new and unforeseen ideas and solutions to issues that may occur in teams. The specific goal of our workshop, however, was to create a scientific roadmap for the lab by visualizing and integrating all ongoing and some future projects. Along the way we learned a lot about working as a team and of the internal lab communication. Of course, we can now also apply the versatile CPS techniques to any other topic to come up with new and unique ideas. All in all the workshop was, thanks to our fantastic coach Natacha, a big success and a lot of fun.
Going to the Christmas Market as a lab outing to start the holiday season? Boring, isn’t it? Let’s do something much more serious: a Kohlwanderung. No clue what that is? In short: a Kohlwanderung (cabbage hike) is a traditional event done with a group of friends or colleagues in winter that includes a hike, some alcoholic beverages and a hefty meal made from green cabbage (kale) and a serious number of sausages cooked together with the cabbage in a meaty broth. The long description of that absolutely fabulous tradition can be found here.
I promise we did a hike – just forgot to take pics.
Madeline! Congratulations! Well done, Dr. Bucher.
Killer hat, killer food. Please note Madeline´s speciality: “half-eaten cakes…”
The ASCB|EMBO Meeting 2017 took place at the beginning of December in Philadelphia. It was the first joint meeting of two of the most influential international organizations, ASCB and EMBO, within the field of molecular cell biology.
After the bis success of last year’s special interest group on emerging models in cell biology, Bob Goldstein and Mansi Shrivastava organised again a similar session with a complete new line up of speakers including a talk about Aiptasia:
After the session, all speakers participated in a Q & A session where general topics concerning labs establishing and working with emerging models are facing: small scientific communities, difficulties in finding funding for painstaking but crucial technique development and finding the right journals for publishing. However, overall everybody agreed that emerging models are incredibly rewarding and encourage young researchers to give them a try. To continue the discussions and strengthen the community, all speakers and friends went out for food and drinks. All in all, a big success and I truly enjoyed my meeting participation and immersion into the constantly growing Emerging Models Community.
Each year EMBO YIPs organizes the famous PhD course for advanced PhD students from EMBO YIP labs. This year Philipp is one of those lucky students to participate. If you want to get updated on what´s happening there, please check out updates on Twitter.
(1) Philipp got married: CONGRATULATIONS to him and Sarah, his beloved wife. Pictures of the wedding are still to come. For now I only have the lab present for the happy couple: Champagner glasses with some nerdy and/or fun hand-made engravings.
(2) Liz´s birthday: CONGRATULATIONS! Again, only pics of the awesome American style sweets without anybody actually eating them. Please note the arts 3-D effect of the cinnamon roles. In fact Liz herself had to do some serious pipetting that particular day but we left her some of that deliciousness of course.
Earlier this month, a group of children from the Marie Curie German/French pre-school visited COS. The visit was organised by Alexis Maizel and in total 5 labs from COS including us participated. Every lab gave a short general presentation, and then groups of 6-7 childrens rotated through 5 different stations to learn about DNA extraction, chromatography, plants and flies and anemones. Thanks to the help from Marie, Diana, Gideon and Victor the children had a fun time (at least that´s what it looked liked when I had a peek). Thanks so much for investing your time into educating the next generation.