stem cells in their environment

Science in the countryside

26 June 2015
By Gernot Walko

With summer at our doorstep (at least according to the calendar), the time had come for the annual Wattlab retreat. A definite highlight of the year, we spent 8th-10th of June at The Dower House – a proper posh British manor set in 2.5 acres of its own gardens, orchards and woodland at the edge of the tiny peaceful hamlet of Hexton, in the beautiful Hertfordshire Chiltern Hills. With a well-balanced mix of science-focused discussion sessions and fun social activities, time flew by very quickly.

The Dower House

I should also not forget to mention the yummy meals prepared by the superb Wattlab chefs. Among the many important topics discussed this year were a career outlook for postdocs; outreach activities; how to measure scientific impact; translational research; as well as new research technologies. Definitive highlights of the social activities were a murder mystery led by Fiona and the fabulous PI Pinkerton (a.k.a. our Tyler) which saw us travelling back to the roaring 20's and a night of mystery and intrigue; plus the legendary cocktail competition. Congratulations again to this year's winners!

All in all, the retreat was again a great experience for everyone, and we came back to the lab feeling very motivated and inspired.

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