TropiCOS Party 2020

“TropiCOS” – This was the theme of the this years COStume party, that takes place every year at the Centre Of Organismal Studies (COS) Heidelberg. According to the theme we dressed as colourful poison dart frogs. Amazing decoration, costumes and drinks got us in the tropical mood and we had a great party together.

Team activity 2019

For our this year’s lab outing we went to a climbing forest -an areal with platforms in the trees, which are connected by ropes, zip lines and other little obstacles. Making our way through the parkours, we all reached our limits, but had a lot of fun and thrilling moments. At the end of this sportive challenge we were all looking forward to the barbecue, for which Sergio invited us to his house. We had (once again) very good food and let the day all together find a comfortable end.

NCT Run 2019

This year we and other colleagues from the 6th floor put together a team and participated in the NCT Run against cancer. Defying the heat and the crowds of people everyone successfully crossed the finish line and at the end we collected 22nd rounds for the good cause. In total 7 people participated in the round run, 4 people went for the 10 km and 2 people faced the 21 km run.
Let’s see whether we can beat this next year. 😉

Christmas Party 2018

…And another beautiful year has passed! We had a nice Christmas party and delicious home-made dinner at Sergio’s house with perfectly prepared pimientos de padrón, Spanish cheese, clams, butter chicken, panna cotta and of course adequate wines. We are ready to roll into the next year now.

The Acebrón Lab wishes you a merry Christmas!

#microCOSmos at the European Researchers’ Night

Did you know that you can use foldable microscopes and your smartphone to discover the microcosmos at 100-times magnification?

We teamed up with the Raissig group and the Engel group for the European Researchers’ Night in Heidelberg and packed our stations with Foldcopes. During few hours at Friday night, over 300 children and adults explored samples from nature including plant tissues and animal models such hydras, as well as cell culture samples such mouse embryonic stem cells and lung cancer cells. This #microCOSmos exploration could not be hosted in a better place: The incredible botanic garden of Heidelberg, which was illuminated with colourful LEDs and sparked with a great cocktail bar. We were also well-accompanied by the microscopes of the Nikon Imaging Center and the symbiosis station of the Guse lab, all part of the initiative of the Centre for Organismal Studies (COS Heidelberg) for the Nacht der Forschung Heidelberg.

We thank all the PhD researchers and master students that helped organising this activity!

You can see more images in twitter searching for #microCOSmos

Lab outing 2018

For our Summer lab outing, we decided to go canoeing at the Enz and Neckar rivers. Temperatures rose over 35°C and we finalised the 17 km exhausted (More distance if you consider the extreme zig-zagging that we pulled there with our chaotic canoe). A well-deserved BBQ with sausages, chorizos and vegetables was a perfect way to finish the day.


The Centre for Organismal Studies COS celebrated its anual party on the 26th of January coinciding with the German carnival. This year’s theme was CirCOS and we decided to dress up as The cabinet of Dead Magic: a group of victims of failed magic and circus tricks:

The cabinet of Dead Magic: The snake enchanter choked to death by a boa. The magician assistant sawed in pieces. The human target, pierced by the arrows of the inaccurate William Tell. The Houdini-look alike, who failed to scape from his chains and drowned in the water tank. The reluctant lion tamer, who poked the beasts and ended up in the food chain.

Christmas Party 2017

Two parties are better than one!

First, we celebrated Christmas with our colleagues at the 6th floor (Guse lab, Holstein lab). We enjoyed delicious self-made food and prepare the classic Feuerzangenbowle, which consists of rum soaked on sugar that is set on fire and poured into mulled wine (Pics below).

On the same week the Acebron lab met for a home-made dinner with the following menu:

  • Cold starters: French & Spanish Cheese, jamon Iberico, homemade Pesto & Aioli, steak carpaccio with mango, bread selection
  • Warm starters: Green peppers from Padron, grilled prawns.
  • Main dish: Cod Wellington sided with grilled vegies & tomatoes
  • Marinade: Beer, red & white Spanish wine, water and long drinks.

Somehow, we managed to eat all of it, as well as drink until 3 am without taking a single pic. So you have to trust us on that!

All in all, I ended up with a Group Leader emergency kit, which I highly appreciate! It really comes with everything: