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EMBO appoints Bernd Pulverer as Head of Scientific Publication


Heidelberg, Germany, 19 November 2009 – The European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) today announced the appointment of Bernd Pulverer, PhD as Head of Scientific Publication. Pulverer will lead the development and execution of publication strategy in support of the organization’s peer-reviewed research journals.


Bernd Pulverer takes on the position following the retirement of Les Grivell who joined the management team in 2000 and has led EMBO publications for the past five years.


“We are delighted to welcome Bernd to EMBO to lead our family of peer-reviewed journals,” said Hermann Bujard, EMBO Director. “His publishing experience combined with his scientific acumen will serve him well as he further develops and maintains the reputations of our journals.”


EMBO currently publishes four peer-reviewed journals - The EMBO Journal, EMBO reports, Molecular Systems Biology and EMBO Molecular Medicine - that span a broad spectrum of molecular biology topics and reflect how science is shaping the world*.


Reporting directly to the EMBO Director and to the EMBO Council, Pulverer is responsible for editorial policies and overall management of the journals including business development, publication and marketing. Consulting with an advisory board, he will develop coherent strategies that ensure existing and potential future journals attain leading positions in the highly competitive and dynamic field of peer-reviewed research publication. He will lead the EMBO team of research editors – currently 14 PhD scientists supported by five editorial assistants across the four journals.


Immediately prior to joining EMBO, Bernd Pulverer served as editor-in-chief of Nature Cell Biology since 2002, after previously working for three years as associate and then senior editor for Nature. The Austrian biologist obtained his PhD in 1994 from the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research in London, UK, and pursued an academic career in Canada, the United States and Austria for a decade before entering scientific publishing.


To learn more about EMBO scientific publications visit the website.


Or visit the websites of each journal:

The EMBO Journal 
EMBO reports 
Molecular Systems Biology
EMBO Molecular Medicine


* The EMBO Journal and EMBO reports are published for EMBO by Nature Publishing Group. Molecular Systems Biology is published jointly by EMBO and Nature Publishing Group. EMBO Molecular Medicine is published for EMBO by Wiley-Blackwell.


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