Established in 1974, the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) is supported by twenty countries (member states) and one associated member state, including nearly all of Western Europe and Israel.
The European Molecular Biology Laboratory is a non-profit organisation and a basic research institute funded by public research monies from 20 member states and one associate member. Research at EMBL is conducted by approximately 85 independent groups covering the spectrum of molecular biology. The Laboratory has five units: the main Laboratory in Heidelberg, and Outstations in Hinxton [the European Bioinformatics Institute], Grenoble, Hamburg, and Monterotondo near Rome.
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, and to develop new instruments and methods in the life sciences, and technology transfer.
EMBL's international PhD Programme has a student body of about 170. The Laboratory also sponsors an active Science and Society programme. During the course of its 35-year history, EMBL has had a profound impact on European science in all of these areas. It has achieved so much because it is a truly international, European institution, because it has acquired a critical mass of services and facilities driven by cutting-edge biological research, and because it regards education - at all levels - as a way of life.
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