20 March, 2013

Latest Meeting Summary and Updates

Dear alumni,

Please, find below some news regarding issues discussed in our latest Meeting, held at CNIC, Madrid, on June 8th, 2012. Also María gives us some update about the Action Points decided there.

EMBL alumni in Spain met at the CNIC in Madrid on 8th June 2012 for their 7th Annual Meeting.

[from an e-mail written by María del Mar Vivanco, March 14th, 2013]
Dear colleagues in Spain,

I hope you have all had a good start to 2013.

As you remember last June we had our 7th Alumni Meeting in Spain at the CNIC in Madrid. A summary of the meeting and the action points is available on the EMBL alumni web pages:


One of the action points was to explore how alumni in Spain can influence science policy at the European level. To this end, Iain put me in contact with the International Relations Officer at EMBL who I met in November 2012. It appears that this is a long process of working together with the Spanish Member of the European Parliament (MEP) and has to begin long before the end date of the Framework Program. In the case of Horizon 2020 this should have started at the end of 2011 - start of 2012. In fact, the text is now being finalized, and it was already too late for the EMBL alumni to have any influence when this issue was raised. The time to make a difference for the 9th Framework program for the period 2021-2027 is in 2018.

Another key point referred to the request at the meeting to collect individual research interests and keywords for alumni. While this information has always been collected by the EMBL Alumni Office through our alumni records, it has now been made searchable via the enhanced features of the Alumni Members Directory. This will be explained in an e-mail that will be sent by the Alumni Relations office later today. This will be of great help to all of us in finding relevant potential collaborators and we should help make it effective by updating our own research interests in the record, while taking full advantage of the information available.

I am happy to inform you that the EMBL Alumni Association board has agreed to support our next alumni meeting, as it did last year. Hopefully, we can schedule this for Autumn 2013. I will keep you posted.

Best wishes,

María dM Vivanco, PhD
Cell Biology and Stem Cells Unit
Parque Tecnológico de Bizkaia, Ed 801A
48160 Derio (Bizkaia)
Tel: +34 94 406 1322
email: mdmvivanco@cicbiogune.es
web: www.cicbiogune.es