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EMBL Science & Society Seminar: Manuel Franco
Our Science & Society Seminars take place either online, or in-person across different EMBL sites. These talks create a platform for dialogue and debate, allowing EMBL to examine the ethical, legal, and social implications of scientific research.

In this session, Dr. Manuel Franco will present "Understanding Urban Environments in Relation to Population Health: The Heart Healthy Hoods European Research Council Project".
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Dr. Manuel Franco
Social Epidemiologist @University of Alcalá and adjunct faculty at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Dr. Manuel Franco is the Principal Investigator of the European Research Council Starting Grant Heart Healthy Hoods, studying urban characteristics in relation to eating patterns, physical activity levels, smoking and alcohol consumption. He is also the PI of the Participatory Project on food in the cities: Photovoice Villaverde. Manuel Franco trained in Medicine both in Madrid and Berlin. As a Fulbright Scholar he joined the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Department of Epidemiology to obtain his PhD and Post Doctoral fellowship focusing on social epidemiology and urban health.
Irene Ayuso Jimeno
Predoctoral Fellow and Science & Society Committee Member @EMBL Rome
Irene Ayuso Jimeno, who will chair this session, obtained her BSc in Health Biology at the University of Alcala (Spain), and an MSc in Neurobiology at the universities of Strasbourg (France), Freiburg (Germnay) and Basel (Freiburg). Irene is doing her PhD in the Gross lab (EMBL Rome), aiming to understand the neural circuits that control instincts, such as defensive behaviors. Irene is a member of the Rome Science and Society committee. She is very interested in raising awareness within the scientific community of the impact of our research on society.
Lucia von Bredow
Science & Society Manager @EMBL Heidelberg
Lucia von Bredow, who will host this seminar, runs the Science & Society Programme at EMBL. She has a background in law, public affairs and stakeholder engagement in the healthcare and life science sectors. The Science & Society Programme has been running for over twenty years. It seeks to create a bridge between EMBL, external stakeholders, and cross-sectoral experts, by undertaking analysis of, and discussion on the societal impact of scientific research. We act as a neutral facilitator, providing an impartial forum to explore the societal context in which scientific research operates.