Hello from Vienna

By Chris Mooney | September 7, 2010 7:56 am

Lake BalatonSo: I’ve just arrived in Austria, where I’m the guest of three scientific institutions–or at least their postdocs: The Gregor Mendel Institute of Molecular Plant Biology (GMI), the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology (IMBA), and the Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP), all of them comprising the Campus Vienna Biocenter. Vienna clearly prides itself on its support of the life sciences, and this campus is the center of it all.

So far, I’ve just gotten here and am a bit groggy, but at least architecturally, the place kind of reminds me of MIT.

I’m not here for research–the postdocs are taking a retreat to Lake Balaton in Hungary (above) and I am providing some, er, intellectual entertainment. It might be along these lines.

Other speakers will be Carl Djerassi, the chemist, author, and playwright who contributed to inventing the birth control pill, and Charalambos Kyriacou, a University of Leicester behavioral geneticist who studies, among other things, sex and agression in drosophila.

Postdocs are just about my favorite people in the world (fun, optimistic, scientific) so this should be quite a blast. Blogging may be light–we’ll see. If anyone has recommendations for what to do in Vienna, let me know!


Comments (2)

  1. I was at a workshop at the Institute for Astrophysics in Vienna several weeks ago. Such a beautiful city! When you have some time, you should definitely check out the Inner Ring and some of the museums housed in old palaces. I didn’t have the time to do museums but if you like art, you should. Also, there is a nightly film festival at the Rathaus until the 12th. Every night is a free movie of a concert or opera. There are food and beer vendors there and it seems to be a pretty popular place to be–if you like music. Get some coffee at a cafe for sure–far better than anything I’ve had in the United States. The main building of the University of Vienna has a courtyard with busts of famous faculty–Schrodinger, Boltzmann, ect. Enjoy the time there.


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About Chris Mooney

Chris is a science and political journalist and commentator and the author of three books, including the New York Times bestselling The Republican War on Science--dubbed "a landmark in contemporary political reporting" by Salon.com and a "well-researched, closely argued and amply referenced indictment of the right wing's assault on science and scientists" by Scientific American--Storm World, and Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future, co-authored by Sheril Kirshenbaum. They also write "The Intersection" blog together for Discover blogs.For a longer bio and contact information, see here.


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