European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

  • Description
  • The Euro­pean Mol­e­c­u­lar Biol­ogy Lab­o­ra­tory (EMBL) is one of the world’s lead­ing research insti­tu­tions, and Europe’s flag­ship lab­o­ra­tory for the life sciences.

    EMBL Locations

    EMBL oper­ates from five sites across Europe:

    Gov­er­nance of EMBL

    EMBL is an inter-​governmental organ­i­sa­tion funded by pub­lic research monies from 20 mem­ber states, includ­ing much of Europe and Israel, and one asso­ciate mem­ber, Aus­tralia. EMBL is cur­rently led by the Direc­tor Gen­eral, Pro­fes­sor Iain Mat­taj, appointed by the gov­ern­ing body, EMBL Coun­cil. The Coun­cil is com­prised of rep­re­sen­ta­tives of all mem­ber, and asso­ciate mem­ber, states.

    EMBL’s missions

    The cor­ner­stones of EMBL’s mis­sion are to:

    • per­form basic research in mol­e­c­u­lar biology
    • train sci­en­tists, stu­dents and vis­i­tors at all levels
    • offer vital ser­vices to sci­en­tists in the mem­ber states
    • develop new instru­ments and methods
    • actively engage in tech­nol­ogy transfer.

    Research at EMBL

    Research at EMBL empha­sises exper­i­men­tal analy­sis at mul­ti­ple lev­els of bio­log­i­cal organ­i­sa­tion, from the mol­e­cule to the organ­ism, as well as com­pu­ta­tional biol­ogy, bioin­for­mat­ics and sys­tems biology.

    Research is con­ducted by approx­i­mately 85 inde­pen­dent groups cov­er­ing the spec­trum of mol­e­c­u­lar biol­ogy. EMBL is inter­na­tional, inno­v­a­tive and inter­dis­ci­pli­nary. Its 1,400 employ­ees from 60 nations rep­re­sent sci­en­tific dis­ci­plines includ­ing biol­ogy, physics, chem­istry and com­puter science.

    Train­ing opportunities

    Out­stand­ing train­ing is avail­able at mul­ti­ple lev­els: PhD stu­dents, post­docs and vis­it­ing sci­en­tists. EMBL hosts a com­pre­hen­sive sched­ule of courses, con­fer­ences and work­shops, many organ­ised in col­lab­o­ra­tion with EMBL’s sis­ter organ­i­sa­tion, the Euro­pean Mol­e­c­u­lar Biol­ogy Organ­i­sa­tion (EMBO).

    Sci­en­tific services

    Ser­vices pro­vided by EMBL include:

    • core bio­mol­e­cualr data­bases and bioin­for­mat­ics tools, par­tic­u­larly at EMBL-​EBI
    • the pro­vi­sion of beam­lines, instru­men­ta­tion and high-​throughput tech­nol­ogy for struc­tural biol­ogy at the Ham­burg and Greno­ble oustations.
    • Core Facil­i­ties, which pro­vide cost-​effective and effi­cient access to meth­ods and tech­nolo­gies that are expen­sive to set up or main­tain, or that require con­sid­er­able expense.


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