Last week, Jordi Heijman participated in the panel discussion ‘How to build your own lab’ together with Profs. Patrick Boyle, Ursula Ravens and Crystal Ripplinger during the 2019 edition of the Gordon Research Seminar on Cardiac Arrhythmia Mechanisms, which took place in Lucca (Barga) , Italy. During the lively discussion, a wide range of topics, including obtaining faculty positions, setting up a lab, and maintaining a reasonable work-life blend were addressed. The discussion was moderated by Drs. Axel Loewe and Mathilde Rivaud, chairs of this edition of the Gordon Research Seminar.