Director’s welcome to the 50th anniversary of EMBO
2014 is the 50th anniversary of EMBO and it is a pleasure to share with you information about our organization and our plans for celebration.
When I became Director in 2010, I was familiar with some of the remarkable work of EMBO since I had served on committees responsible for the membership and publications. Since then, my appreciation has deepened further by working more closely with its community of scientists and the staff at EMBO. We can be extremely proud of what EMBO has achieved. Since 1964, EMBO has created, developed and nurtured a network of some of the best life scientists who have helped to build a successful European research environment.
Over the course of 2014, we have planned activities and events to highlight the many contributions that EMBO has made to the life sciences. We will be looking back on achievements, reflecting on progress, and also taking a look at what is in store for our organization. I invite you to explore our anniversary web pages that describe the programme of events planned for 2014. The web pages include an anniversary timeline where you can learn more about EMBO and meet some of the people who have influenced the organization over the years. We will also be keeping you informed through our anniversary blog.
For our anniversary, we have been working with Georgina Ferry on a collection of interviews with scientists who have witnessed and influenced the history of molecular biology and EMBO. Selected material from the book will be made available via the anniversary timeline on our web site and the book will be published early this year. These personal accounts will bring together engaging information about the formative years of molecular biology and we hope this will be of interest to our wider audience.
Three anniversary events are planned in 2014, a science and policy meeting which will be held in Heidelberg, Germany, in July, a joint anniversary event with FEBS and the French Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology that will take place in Paris, France, at the end of August and a special membership meeting scheduled for October. Further details for all of these anniversary events are available here.
EMBO was founded in 1964 to promote molecular biology in Europe. Today molecular biology pervades all the life sciences, from agriculture and medicine to forensics and ecology, and it continues to be a foundation for essential scientific progress. The EMBO story is really about the growth of a scientific community in Europe. It is the spirit of this community that we hope to capture in our anniversary year.
I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to EMBO over the past fifty years. I would also like to thank all the people who have helped to organize the celebratory activities and events that will take place in 2014.
We are already looking forward to the next decades and further scientific achievements.