European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)
As Europe’s leading laboratory for basic research in molecular biology, our mission is to be at the forefront of life sciences research, technology development and transfer, and to provide outstanding training and services to the scientific community in our member states.
The Laboratory has five units: the main Laboratory in Heidelberg, and outstations in Hinxton, near Cambridge (the European Bioinformatics Institute); Grenoble; Hamburg, and Monterotondo, near Rome. Its 1,550 employees from over 60 nations represent scientific disciplines including biology, physics, chemistry and computer science. EMBL is funded by 20 member states (Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom) and associate member state Australia.
We believe that excellent basic research requires continuous training and exchange with other experts, and actively engage in advanced training activities like conferences and hands-on courses that enable scientists to improve their skills and expand their horizons, both within and outside EMBL.
We strive to construct and operate infrastructures that serve European life scientists: Every year, around 3,000 scientists use our structural biology services at Hamburg and Grenoble, while EMBL-EBI’s biomolecular data resources receive 300 000 (virtual) users every month.
In the course of their research, our scientists develop new methods and instruments in their fields. At EMBL we actively seek to facilitate and accelerate the transfer of such innovative technology from basic research to industry, allowing society to benefit from it. The technology transfer company EMBL Enterprise Management GmbH (www.embl-em.de), founded by EMBL in 1999, identifies, protects and commercialises the intellectual property.
The technology portfolio spans the life sciences in the broadest sense and includes enabling technologies, molecular tools, techniques, instruments and software programs and databases.