The lonely yeast cell

We need your help to name Buddy’s bud! Head to our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages and write your name suggestions in the comments. EMBL Events will choose the best name on 8th April 🙂


Once upon a time there lived a yeast cell called Buddy
Who was loved and cared for by everybody
He lived in a palace of glass and steel
Right on top of a big green hill.

He loved to dress up, and play and travel
And was always ready for a nice warm cuddle.
But one thing bothered Buddy at night
When the palace staff all left the site.

He felt alone and scared in the dark
And couldn’t wait for the day’s first spark.
He was a cutie, slightly chubby
Yellow, green and purple, soft and fluffy.

He visited places all the time,
Even once pursued a crater climb.
He longed for someone just like him,
But thought the chances were quite slim.

As time passed by, the thought remained,
But no solution came to his lonely brain.
The pressure soon became too much
He grew so round he could hardly budge!

Soon he couldn’t walk or move,
So he just lay down, stuck in the groove.
Early next morning, he yawned and groaned
And suddenly his other side moaned.

There were four limbs, a belly and head,
That smiled at him and mischievously said:
“Good morning, how are you today?
What a wonderful place you have to play”

And suddenly Buddy understood,
His weight, his size, his changing mood.
He had his longed-for friend at last!
“But what shall I call him?” Buddy asks…

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EMBL bag around the world competition – win €350!!!

Have you attended an event at the EMBL Advanced Training Centre since it opened in March 2010 and kept your welcome bag as a souvenir? If the answer is yes, you have the chance to join a fun project and win a cash prize! Just post a picture of the EMBL or EMBO bag in any location around the world using the hashtag #EMBLbag and @emblevents, or send your photo to to enter the competition. Be sure to include the location in your post, and you’re in the running for a chance to win €350 for 1st place, €150 for 2nd place, and €50 for 3rd place! See terms and conditions below for more details.

Some of the entries from our 2013 competition – do you think you can do better?

Bag around the world competition – Terms and Conditions

  1. Your Picture

The picture must be submitted either by using the hashtag #EMBLbag and handle @EMBLevents on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook, or by submitting via the e-mail address We encourage creativity and ideally, it should be possible to recognise the location in which the picture was taken without any captions. The EMBL bag should be clearly visible on the picture.

  1. Conditions of Participation

This competition is run by the EMBL Course and Conference Office, and is open to everyone except EMBL Staff or family members. Participants are permitted to enter this competition more than once. Entries submitted after 31 December 2019 will not be accepted.

All participants must be at least 18 years old.

Any application that does not meet these criteria will not be eligible.

By entering the competition, participants agree to the terms and conditions of participation and the following:

  • Your entry to this competition constitutes your agreement to allow your photo (your name and country of residence) to be published and shared for an unlimited number of times on EMBL social media channels, and may be used for other purposes at the discretion of EMBL’s Course and Conference Office.
  • Participants retain ownership and all other rights to future use of their photos.
  • By entering, participants warrant that his or her entry materials are original, and do not infringe on any third party’s rights.
  • By entering, participants release EMBL and the members of the jury from any liability for any incorrect information, loss, claim or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with the photo competition or any prize won. EMBL shall have the right to verify, in its sole judgement, winner eligibility.
  • Decisions of EMBL shall be final and binding.
  1. Copyright and photo publishing

By submitting the picture you agree that EMBL receives the right to use the picture, your name and country of residence for the purposes of this competition. This includes, but is not limited to, making the picture available electronically on internet sites and adapting it where required for technical reasons.

All pictures will be published on one or more EMBL Events social media platforms (Facebook, Blog, Twitter, Instagram) and will be freely accessible to the general public. You agree that we publish your name (but not your e-mail address) alongside your picture.

  1. Prize

1st prize is a cash prize of €350.

2nd prize is a cash prize of €100

3rd prize is a cash prize of €50.

  1. Winner Selection

The EMBL Course and Conference Office will shortlist the best photos and the winner will be selected from these pictures by an online voting process which will take place between 3 February and 17 February 2020. The winners will be selected based on the number of votes received. Any entries suspected by the organisers of obtaining votes in an immoral manner (for example buying votes) will be disqualified from the competition. Voters may only vote once per entry per social media platform. The winners who have collected the most votes for his/her picture, will be announced on the competition website and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The winner will be contacted by the EMBL Course and Conference Office to request bank details for a bank transfer, and shall receive their prize within two weeks after that.


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Event Advent Challenge 2018

Every year we embark on a quest to encrypt our events in senseless images for our event advent competition and it was overwhelming to see that so many of our Facebook followers sent us emails with the correct answers last year. The five winners were notified yesterday and we look forward to welcoming them at one of our events this year. We thank everyone else for their time and engagement and wish them more luck in the next competition.

And for everyone who missed what it was all about, here is the artwork that got so many people having to refresh their Facebook feed repeatedly in December. For a complete list of our 2019 events, please visit our website.

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‘Tis the Season to be Jolly

Excitement! Our annual Facebook advent competition is coming up!

Over the past few years we have been putting a smile on your face and a strain on your brain with our event riddles to set the mood for the upcoming holidays. Now we are ready to roll again so head to our Facebook page and stay tuned for your chance to win one of 5 free registrations* for one of our 2020 conferences.

How it works:

  • Beginning 1 Dec, we post an image/picture/game each day on the EMBL Events Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages
  • You guess which of our 2020 courses or conferences is depicted. For a complete list of events, visit
  • Send your answer to by midday (CET) the following day, include the solution in the subject line
  • Only one entry per person per day is allowed
  • Winners will be selected from the correct entries randomly in January 2020

And to give you an idea of what you can expect, here are some examples from past competitions for you to practice:

EMBO | EMBL Symposium: New Approaches and Concepts in Microbiology (2015)
EMBO | EMBL Symposium: The Mobile Genome: Genetic and Physiological Impacts of Transposable Elements (2015)
EMBL Conference: Microfluidics 2016
EMBO Practical Course: Humanized Mice in Biomedical Research (2017)
EMBL Course: Shift Your DNA and RNA Sequencing Library Preparation into Hyper-Drive (2018)
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