EMBL

European Molecular Biology Laboratory

EMBL is Europe’s flagship laboratory for the life sciences, with more than 80 independent groups covering the spectrum of molecular biology.

EMBL is international, innovative and interdisciplinary – its 1,600 employees, from many nations, operate across six sites: the main laboratory in Heidelberg, and sites in Barcelona; Grenoble; Hamburg; Hinxton, near Cambridge (the European Bioinformatics Institute), and Monterotondo, near Rome.

EMBL: Microscope images of balls (cysts) of human kidney cells

A bundle of nerves that relays information from touch receptors on the skin to the spinal cord and ultimately the brain, imaged with the new technique (EMBL/L. Castaldi)

Founded in 1974, EMBL is an inter-governmental organisation funded by public research monies from its member states.

The cornerstones of EMBL’s mission are: to perform basic research in molecular biology; to train scientists, students and visitors at all levels; to offer vital services to scientists in the member states; to develop new instruments and methods in the life sciences and actively engage in technology transfer activities, and to integrate European life science research.

Around 200 students are enrolled in EMBL’s International PhD programme. Additionally, the Laboratory offers a platform for dialogue with the general public through various science communication activities such as lecture series, visitor programmes and the dissemination of scientific achievements.