NCCR meetings - difficult to interest everyone

It is almost 4 years ago that the NCCR, as one of the seven partner sites within the DZHK, has been established. The NCCR unites groups from Hamburg, Lübeck, and Kiel. 
The goal is to establish close collaborations in the field of cardiovascular research between clinicians and basic scientists to finally translate research results into the clinic.
Every second month we meet either in Hamburg, Lübeck or Kiel for a lecture held by scientists from the partner site or by a distinguished cardiovascular researcher ("key note lecture"). 
This time "Hamburg" invited Prof. Mauro Giacca from Trieste, Italy to talk about "New genes for old hearts". 
Prof. Giacca is highly interested in the development of novel biotherapeutics for cardiovascular disorders, with special emphasis on the identification of growth factors and microRNAs able to induce new blood vessel formation and cardiac regeneration in patients with myocardial infarction or heart failure. 
His research focus fits very well to the NCCR and DZHK, so it was a great opportunity to get to know him.

Lecture hall.

Discussion after the very interesting talk of Mauro Giacca.

However, attending this lecture in Hamburg from Kiel and Lübeck is always challenging because it takes a while to get there by bus (almost 70-80 km, 1.5 hours drive). 
It is always very hard to motivate all of us to join these events, especially people who are not directly involved in experimental studies. 
But maybe this is a more general conflict between people who are interested in "wet-lab" or "dry-lab" work. 
However, I think that it is essential to be as open as possible for the research of others; only interdisciplinary work will lead to new results.
So hopefully the next NCCR meeting will be attended by a few more people from Lübeck.