EMBL was set up in order to promote molecular biology across Europe, and to provide an attractive alternative to the United States as a workplace for Europe's leading young molecular biologists. To accomplish this, the cornerstones of EMBL's mission are to:
- perform basic research in molecular biology
- provide advanced training at all levels
- offer services to scientists in our member states
- develop new instruments and methods
- actively engage in technology transfer.
EMBL's international PhD Programme has a student body of about 170. We also sponsors an active Science and Society programme.
Many scientific breakthroughs have been made at EMBL, most notably the first systematic genetic analysis of embryonic development in the fruit fly, by Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard and Eric Wieschaus, for which they were awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1995.
EMBL is an international research organisation with its main laboratory in Heidelberg (Germany), and four outstations in Hinxton, (UK) (the European Bioinformatics Institute, EBI), Grenoble (France), Hamburg (Germany), and Monterotondo (Italy).
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