News / 15 October 2022

An EMBL Australia delegation joined more than 300 other researchers from around the world at EMBL Heidelberg for the 4th EMBL Partnership Conference in September.

The conference brings together EMBL and its partner institutes to enable exchange of expertise and build new collaborations and research networks. 

Representing EMBL Australia, group leaders Professor Eduardo Eyras and Professor Barry Thompson, as well as Dr Avnika Ruparelia, Dr Jan Manent and Dr Derrick Lau, presented on a range of topics, including genomics and disease, stem cells and development and neurobiology.

EMBL Australia alumna Associate Professor Edwina McGlinn helped organise the event and chaired the ‘Cell to organ development’ session. 

Dr Lau, a postdoctoral researcher from the Gambin Group at UNSW’s EMBL Australia node in Single Molecule Science, said the conference was a wonderful opportunity to present his work on using single molecule strategies to diagnose Parkinson’s disease.

“It’s pretty fantastic,” Dr Lau said of the conference. 

“There’s a lot of different talks from very different fields. I think it opens up a lot of opportunities to explore something beyond my discipline.” 


The 4th EMBL Partnership Conference, open to staff at EMBL and EMBL Partner institutes, was held on 21 – 23 September 2022. 

The event started with a welcome from EMBL Director General Edith Heard, and a keynote speech from Andres Metspalu, Head of the Estonian biobank

Participants then chose from a diverse range of sessions across the three overarching themes, which also included flash talks, poster sessions, and networking opportunities. 

The 3rd EMBL Partnership Conference was held in September 2019 at EMBL Barcelona.

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