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This month I had the pleasure to visit Heidelberg, meet with the EMBL leadership team and tour some of the wonderful scientific core facilities. I was particularly excited to see the clear scientific synergies across the EMBL community and the present and future opportunities that exist for technological linkages between European-based and Australian-based core technology platforms.

Across Australia, June also saw the release of the peer review comments in relation to our research grants. Every year our funding environment becomes more and more competitive but, conversely the scientific questions we seek to answer grow in scale. Accordingly, our ability to cement close and productive international scientific linkages, such as is afforded by our Associate membership of EMBL, will be critical for the long-term competitiveness of the life science community. 

I am also delighted to bring to your attention the upcoming visit by EMBL Heidelberg Director, Matthias Hentze as our special guest at the EMBL Australia showcase at ANU. Matthias will also be giving a public guest lecture at ANU while he is here (see details below). The showcase will be a perfect opportunity for all that attend to learn about the depth and breadth of research being undertaken across the EMBL Australia network and to gain an understanding of EMBL Australia’s goals and objectives in the coming years. I encourage all of you to make the most of this meeting, generously exchange ideas, make new connections outside your usual circles of influence and support each other’s professional development and knowledge growth.

In other news, we would like to sincerely congratulate A/Prof Max Cryle on his award of the Otto Schmeil Prize (see details below). It is an outstanding achievement and we would like to wish Max every continued success. 

In training news, we have study options available in mathematical and computational biology (see article below on ARC Winter school) and some exceptional postgraduate activities for students to access (including the EMBL Australia PhD symposium and EMBL Heidelberg travel grants). We also have new postdoctoral opportunities on offer (EI3POD programme and EMBL Heidelberg postdocs). 

Best regards,

James Whisstock

Professor Matthias Hentze, Director, EMBL Heidelberg – public lecture ANU, 4th July

Professor Matthias Hentze is giving a special public lecture: Learning from Life - Life Sciences in the 21st Century.

When: Monday 4 July 5:30 – 6:15pm (refreshments to follow)
Where: The Finkel Lecture Theatre, The John Curtin School of Medical Research, 131 Garran Rd, ANU

Download the flyer for full details. 

Enquiries and RSVP via or telephone 02 6125 2577.

EMBL Australia showcase – 5th July, 2016, John Curtin/ANU College of Medicine and Environment

Hear how EMBL Australia researchers are contributing to Australia’s research output. This is a great opportunity for early career researchers to come and hear internationally recognised stars – entry is free.
When: 9:00am - 4:30pm (AEST)
Where: The Finkel Lecture Theatre - The John Curtin School of Medical Research, 131 Garran Road, ANU Canberra ACT 0200
Host: Professor Simon Foote, Director - The John Curtin School of Medical Research, ANU
For general enquiries about this event send an email to Silvio Tiziani,
Special guest, Professor Matthias Hentze, EMBL Director, Heidelberg.
For more information and a list of speakers, please visit the EMBL Australia events page

Congratulations Max Cryle – awarded Otto Schmeil prize

Max Cryle has been awarded the Otto Schmeil prize at a ceremony in Heidelberg, Germany. The inaugural prize is awarded by the Heidelberg Academy of Arts and Sciences to a young academic with their own group, who is deemed to have been the most successful working in biology/medicine in the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg (in Germany) in the preceding year.

Max recently joined the EMBL Australia fraternity from the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research in Germany. The prize also comes with a €15,000 award for personal use. Max is an EMBL Australia Group leader in the Victorian Node, based in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Monash University. Congratulations Max!

Australian student travel grants now open for 18th EMBL (Heidelberg) PhD Symposium 

Travel grants are now open for students wanting to attend the EMBL PhD Symposium in Heidelberg, Germany. EMBL Australia is offering up to ten travel grants for students to attend the EMBL PhD Symposium which is being held at the EMBL Advanced Training Centre, EMBL Heidelberg, 17 - 19 November 2016. The theme this year is:

Life by Numb3rs: Towards Quantitative Biology

Opens online: Monday, 6 June 2016
Deadline: Monday, 15 August 2016

For more information about the symposium, please visit:

or contact Jane McCausland, EMBL Australia Student Programs Coordinator, at
For further information on travel grant application process from EMBL Australia, please visit:
Applications are online

Calls for applications for EI3POD program (EMBL Europe) now open 

EI³POD: EMBL Interdisciplinary Postdocs in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering and Molecular Medicine

Candidates are invited to propose and design an interdisciplinary project of their choice, which should involve at least two EMBL groups from any of the five EMBL sites in France, Germany, Italy and the UK. Funding is open to all nationalities and over 20 positions are offered annually.

Learn more about the EMBL Interdisciplinary Postdocs initiative at:

Access an overview of the EI3POD Programme:

Read a list of FAQs relating to applications for EI3POD Interdisciplinary Postdocs.
Website link:

Third EMBL Australia PhD student symposium, 16-18 November, 2016 SAHRMI

The aim of the EMBL Australia PhD Symposium is to allow research students to present their work to a professional but less intimidating audience than open-level symposiums, growing their professional network, networking skills, presentation experience and ultimately, scientific knowledge. The central theme for this years’ EMBL Australia 2016 Symposium will be Unravelling Nature’s Secrets- Using science to see beyond. 

Key dates:
  • 15 June 2016 Registrations open
  • 26 August 2016 Early bird registrations and travel grant applications close


For more information visit the EMBL Australian PhD Symposium website

EMBL - Heidelberg Postdoc Opportunities

Dr Jan Ellenberg (Head, Cell Biology and Biophysics unit) has two exciting research opportunities for postdocs in his group at EMBL headquarters in Heidelberg. He is currently seeking outstanding junior scientists to join his group who want to pursue ambitious interdisciplinary research in molecular cell biology and have recently completed or are about to finish their PhD.

Jan’s two projects are briefly described below: 

1. New genome labelling technologies for super-resolved live imaging
In this project, we are aiming at unraveling the dynamic 3D folding principles of the genome in single human cells. We will utilize 4D high- and super-resolution imaging technology combined with new tools of sequence specific fluorescence labelling of genomic loci to look at dynamic changes of chromosome organization during the cell cycle.

The ideal candidate should have experience in at least one of the following areas: advanced fluorescence microscopy/molecular biology/biochemistry.

2. Second generation inverted light-sheet microscopy
To unravel fundamental questions of cell division errors in early mammalian embryonic development we are aiming at designing and building a 2nd generation of our recently published inverted light-sheet microscope. The purpose of the new instrument is to enable long-term tracking of individual chromosomes over several embryonic divisions and to track the fate of aneuploidy cells in the living preimplantation mouse embryo. Key technical innovations will include new illumination and detection schemes to be able to image all blastomeres with single protein complex resolution, while maintaining the low photo toxicity and high throughput of light-sheet microscopy. Additionally, new image analysis tools will need to be developed to analyze the complex data generated by the microscope.

The ideal candidate should have experience in at least one of the following areas: optical engineering/software engineering for microscope control/computational image analysis. 

More details regarding these positions are available at:

Or for further information, you can contact Dr Jan Ellenberg on: e t +49-6221-3878391, f +49-6221-3878512 and visit the Ellenberg Group page on EMBL

ARC – Winter school course in mathematical and computational biology, 4-8 July

The ARC winter school will be hosted at the University of Queensland.
Registration is now open and available online until the 26 June 2016.
Themes are:
  • Next generation sequencing & bioinformatics
  • Bioinformatics methods, models and applications to disease
  • Advanced bio-data visualisation
  • Ecogenomics
Featured Speakers:
  • Professor Burkhard Rost, Technische Universität München (TUM), Munich, Germany
  • Professor Ed DeLong, University of Hawaii, USA
  • Dr Seán O’Donoghue, CSIRO
  • Dr Mathieu Bourgey, Research and Development Canadian Centre for Computational Genomics (C3G), Canada
For more information, visit:
2016 Winter School web site:
Or contact: Professor Mark Ragan ARC Centre of Excellence in Bioinformatics Institute for Molecular Bioscience, University of Queensland St Lucia QLD Australia 4072 Phone: +61 7 3346 2616 Fax: +61 7 3346 2101 E:

EMBL-ABR hosting Galaxy Australasia meeting (Melbourne, 3-9 February 2017)

EMBL-ABR will be hosting the Galaxy Australasia Meeting 2017 in Melbourne from 3-9 February 2017 (GAMe2017). Galaxy is an open, web-based platform for data intensive biomedical research. It enables researchers to perform, reproduce, and share complete data analyses. It is also the platform upon which the Australian-made Genomics Virtual Laboratory is built. This meeting creates opportunities for life scientists to attend a whole day workshop on using Galaxy, includes a conference for all who use or are interested in Galaxy, and ends with a 3-4 day workshop for administrators who service users around the Australasian region. The meeting website is:

 For the latest news on EMBL -ABR you can visit their website (see bottom of page) and read interviews by Assoc Prof Vicky Schneider on our most experienced bioinformatics practitioners and what they want EMBL-ABR to achieve. You can also find out more on the formation of the Science Advisory Group, bringing together a number of highly-regarded scientists from around the world to discuss and advise on EMBL-ABR strategy, activities and priorities.
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