Tuesday, July 12, 2011
To Berlin, for the latest general meeting of the BACTOCOM project. I'd never actually visited the city before, which came as a bit of a surprise, so I was glad that we had time to take a walking tour on Thursday morning, before the work began. I took some photos, which are available here. We got lots done (drafting our response to the first year review from the European Commission, and kicking ideas around for a follow-on project), before Nils and Ilka (and their numerous students!) put on a great BBQ. On Friday we put in a few more hours before breaking for lunch, followed by a seminar and then a visit to the adjacent Natural History Museum (the highlights being the World's Tallest Dinosaur Skeleton (officially), and the slightly creepy but strangely compelling storage room, with thousands of specimens held in glass jars). Friday was rounded off with dinner in the Schlesisches Tor district. I also got to chat (briefly) with li5a about DIYbio, so hopefully that will lead to a future link-up. All in all, a great meeting and visit.