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From 30 January to 2 February 2013 we had a joint lab retreat with the group of Damian Brunner in Vals, Graubünden.

Informal presentations and lengthy discussions were perfectly mixed with skiing, enjoying the thermal baths, great cheese fondue in a remote chalet accessible by a closed tunnel halfway on the Silvretta horn, down-hill sledging at night, and lots of evening fun!

Special thanks to Mathieu Frechin for organising this great event.

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On 11 January, we had the farewell party of Berend Snijder and Frank Wippich at Lucas’ place.

After some obligatory traditions, they received their trophy for surviving the lab and a particularly good (!!) bottle of wine for a special occasion. We will miss them a lot and wish them all the best in their future careers.

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Great video by Frank Wippich filmed with his new GoPro camera on the annual pre-Christmas lab cleaning day: