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Lab retreat

 

The first IGFL lab retreat was held overnight June 4th and 5th in Aussois, Savoie.

Early Monday morning, the 110 participants left - on time. After lunch, proceedings kicked off with a now classic 3 minute presentation of the research conducted in the lab by group leaders. A balalakaÏ musician kept the time - masterfully. The 'riposte' presentation by the group members were surprisingly diverse and creative - as was the sequencing team's remake of OrelSan's single Basique. Practice for the evening's karaoke program.

During the student research slam, the assembly discovered proposals for genetically engineered solutions to societal questions (many beer related). Another highlight was embarking on a life sized Cluedo.  The "suspects" interpreted by students and post docs were unnervingly convincing!

The evening program included a hearty regional apéro - before tartiflette dinner. After the much anticipated reveal of the IGFL music video, to great acclaim, energy stores were expended on & around the dancefloor until late.

Early the next morning, participants could meditate with view of the Alps. After breakfast, career progression discussions were held outside in the sun. A big brainstorming, led by researchers (but not group leaders), was as opportunity to discuss the results of a recent poll on the issues that matter to IGFL personnel. For a young institute that has welcomed 9 new times over 9 years, there is scope to improve how we communicate. The retreat (and its preparation) provided many opportunities for interactions and evidence that we have much to gain from sharing our talents and enthusiasm.

After the closing session, the assembly headed out for a picnic lunch, scenic walk and outdoor games before the buses departed (on time!) for the return to Lyon.

Huge thanks to the organisation committee, spearheaded by Kiran, and everyone's contribution to making the retreat so much fun and a success. As we look to and plan the future, fingers crossed it includes another Lab retreat.     

Group photo by JF Metifiot.