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Planetary Biology Lectures
Tuesday, 20 April 2021, 14:00Add to calendarArchaea and the evolving Tree of Life (ToL)Anja Spang, Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ), NetherlandsHost: Peer BorkVirtual, Virtual
Abstract: ZOOM Meeting ID: 984 5970 3567 PASSCODE: 085719 Ever since the recognition of Archaea as a separate domain of life, their placement in the Tree of Life (ToL) and role in life’s evolution has been controversially discussed. For a long time, data was limited to a restricted number of cultivated archaeal representatives, which were thought to be predominantly confined to extreme environments. However, recent improvements of sequencing technologies and the use of single cell and metagenomics approaches to reconstruct genomes of uncultivated microorganisms, has enabled the generation of a wealth of genomic data of previously unknown archaeal lineages of high taxonomic rank. Detailed analyses of genomes of these novel archaea taxa has not only provided fundamental new insights into the metabolic diversity and potential role of archaea in their natural habitats but enabled analyses aiming to robustly place Archaea in the ToL and determine their role in key evolutionary transitions such as the divergence between archaea and bacteria as well as origin of the eukaryotic cell. I will present a historical perspective of the ‘evolution’ of the archaeal tree of life and give a synopsis of our current knowledge of archaeal taxonomic and metabolic diversity today. In particular, I will discuss how genome analyses of the Asgard archaea have allowed fundamental new insights into the evolution of eukaryotes and how the investigation of enigmatic DPANN archaea has started to change our view on the earliest transitions in the tree of life.
Science and Society
Thursday, 22 April 2021, 12:00Add to calendarResearch Ethics & Integrity: Science & Society Discussion MeetingMichele Garfinkel, EMBO, NOT SPECIFIEDHost: Michele GarfinkelVirtual, Virtual
Abstract: Research integrity (or responsible conduct of research) describes a broad set of practices around how research is carried out. In the best case, these practices are embedded in day-to-day work, not separate from it. Depending on the setting, these practices can address everything from selection and design of a research project to decisions about how, where, and what to publish; and to promulgating results in policy and public settings. I will give a brief overview of the landscape of research integrity. In that context I will then focus my remarks on responsible data handling, from project conception to terminal storage and assuring access in perpetuity. I will describe current institutional and political views on the value of record-keeping tools such as electronic notebooks and data management plans. I will also discuss researcher, institutional, and funder responsibilities in helping to assure that good practices regarding data handling are made clear and easy to implement. Please note that Hamburg-based staff will be prioritised (as this has been arranged by the Hamburg Science & Society Committee). Places are limited, and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. If you would like to participate, please email Lucia von Bredow ( to reserve a place. The discussion meeting will take the form of an interactive workshop, and is open to anyone interested in learning more about research ethics, integrity, and responsible data handling.
Science and Society
Friday, 23 April 2021, 12:00Add to calendarHarnessing Big Data to Monitor and Tackle PandemicsEwan Birney, EMBL-EBI, United KingdomRolf ApweilerIlaria CapuaEnrico BucciHost: Ewan BirneyVirtual, Virtual
Abstract: Ewan Birney will chair a round-table discussion will three expert panellists - Rolf Apweiler, Ilaria Capua and Enrico Bucci.
External Faculty Speaker
Tuesday, 27 April 2021, 10:00Add to calendarKnowing when to stop transcriptionKinga Kamieniarz-Gdula, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, PolandHost: Wojtek GalejVirtual seminar, EMBL Grenoble
Abstract: Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 955 8387 3439 Passcode: 672833
Career Event
Friday, 14 May 2021, 11:00Add to calendarIndustry Postdoc PositionsNicci Smith, GSK, United KingdomSebastian Brosig, Novartis, SwitzerlandNadine Biesemann, Sanofi, GermanyHost: EMBL Fellows' Career ServiceVirtual, Virtual