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Travel to EMBO

 

By plane

 

Frankfurt International Airport is the closest (about 80 km) and most convenient airport for Heidelberg.

 

The Lufthansa Bus to Heidelberg leaves from Terminal 1 on the Arrivals Level, Exit B4 and it arrives in the city centre in Heidelberg Crowne Plaza Hotel, Kurfürstenanlage 1–3. You do not need to be a Lufthansa passenger in order to use this service.
 Please reserve your seat three days in advance.

 

There are two railway stations at Frankfurt Airport with routes to Heidelberg as follows:
The long distance trains leave from the Fernbahnhof and are the faster but more expensive option. It is usually necessary to change at Mannheim.

 

The regional trains leave from the Regionalbahnhof and are cheaper but slower. You must usually change at Frankfurt main station.

 

Frankfurt Hahn Airport is a small airport west of Frankfurt International Airport. It offers cheap air fares. There are shuttle buses running to and from several cities. Travel time from and to Heidelberg is approximately two hours.

 

Baden-Airpark is a small airport near Baden-Baden. It offers cheap air fares and can be reached easily by car being situated close to motorway A5 (Basel-Karlsruhe). Travel time from and to Heidelberg is approximately one hour. How to travel by train & bus from and to Baden-Airpark.

 

Stuttgart Airport is an international airport. It offers cheap air fares and can be reached easily by car being situated close to the motorway A8 (Munich-Karlsruhe). Travel time from and to Heidelberg is approximately an hour and a half. How to travel by train from and to Stuttgart Airport.

By train

Heidelberg Hauptbahnhof (main train station) is located in the city centre. There are express services to all countries in Europe by fast national and international trains as well as regional trains. Search train connections.

By car

From the motorway A5 (Karlsruhe-Frankfurt), take the exit Heidelberg-Schwetzingen and head for Heidelberg-Boxberg-Emmertsgrund. Go up the hill, turn left at the Aral petrol station into Boxberg and go straight through the Boxberg residential area, keeping left after the EMBL guesthouse. EMBL and EMBO are located in Meyerhofstraße in the forest on your right, shortly after you have left Boxberg.

 

From the motorway A6 (Mannheim-Heilbronn), take the exit Wiesloch–Rauenberg. Follow the signs to Heidelberg (B3). You will finally reach a fork in the road where you stay on the right, direction of Boxberg–Emmertsgrund. Go up the hill, turn left at the Aral petrol station into Boxberg and go straight through the Boxberg residential area, keeping left after the EMBL guesthouse. EMBL and EMBO are located in Meyerhofstraße in the forest on your right, shortly after you have left Boxberg.


By taxi

The easiest way to get to EMBO | EMBL from the city centre is by taxi. Taxis are available outside the Heidelberg main train station or can be telephoned at 06221 302030. The journey to EMBL | EMBO from the train station / city centre will cost between EUR 10,- and 15,-.

By local public bus

Both bus SF (direction EMBL) and bus 39 (direction Königstuhl) leave from Heidelberg Bismarckplatz in the city centre.

 

The bus SF leaves every hour between 6:33-9:33 and once at 10:03.

 

The bus 39 runs from 06:00-19:00 always on the full hour. Get off at the bus stop 'Bierhelderhofweg', turn right down the hill, turn left into Bierhelderhofweg, walk down past the farm, turn left into Meyerhofstraße (approximately 20 minutes walk from the bus station). A one way fare costs 2,30 euros (1,90 euros with a Bahncard) to be paid cash to the conductor. Even if your journey is a combination of a tramway and bus ride, you just pay once.

 

Visit the local transport company website (RNV) for further information.

Committees 2014

 

Dedicated EMBO Members serve on committees to guide core programmes and publications. Committee members normally serve for a period of four years.

 

 

Course Committee

2009 Frank Uhlmann (UK) (Chair) 2012 Paul Schulze-Lefert (DE)
2012 Frédéric Allain (CH) 2013 Anne Spang (CH)
2014 Nils Brose (DE) 2014 Janet Thornton (UK)
2012 Søren Brunak (DK) 2011 Isabelle Vernos (ES)
2014 Javier Cáceres (UK) 2014 Arturo Zychlinsky (CH)
2013 Christian Lehner (CH)  

 

Fellowship Committee

2012 Sarah Bray (UK) (Chair) 2012 Liam Dolan (UK)
2013 Andres Aguilera (ES) 2013 Fabrizio d'Adda di Fagagna (IT)
2012 Anna Akhmanova (NL) 2013 Santiago F. Elena (ES)
2010 Cecilia Maria Arraiano (PT) 2014 Eric Miska (UK)
2013 Claudia Bagni (BE) 2011 Thomas Nystroem (SE)
2012 Naama Barkai (IL) 2013 Luca Scorrano (CH)
2010 Yinon Ben-Neriah (IL) 2012 Brigitta Stockinger (UK)
2013 Michael Boutros (DE) 2011 Nektarios Tavernarakis (GR)
2013 József Burgyán (HU) 2014 Antoine Triller (FR)
2013 Elena Conti (DE) 2013 Pierre Vanderhaeghen (BE)

 

Young Investigator Committee

2011 Gisou van der Goot (CH) (Chair) 2011 Yrjö Helariutta (FI)
2011 Bruno Amati (IT) 2012 Robert Kaptein (NL)
2013 Christer Betsholtz (SE) 2014 Karim Labib (UK)
2011 Anne Ferguson-Smith (UK) 2013 Dietmar Schmucker (BE)
2012 Michael Hall (CH) 2013 Maria Sibilia (AT)

 

Membership Committee

2009 Jane Langdale (UK) (Chair) 2014 Edith Heard (FR)
2013 Ewan Birney (UK) 2011 Francesc Posas (ES)
2011 Irene Bozzoni (IT) 2013 Jacques Pouysségur (FR)
2012 Nils Brose (DE) 2011 Catherine Rabouille (NL)
2014 Tim Clausen (AT) 2012 Hans-Georg Rammensee (DE)
2013 Maria Pia Cosma (ES) 2014 Philippe J. Sansonetti (FR)
2012 Carlos Dotti (BE) 2013 Michel O. Steinmetz (CH)
2011 Andreas Engel (NL) 2013 Giulio Superti-Furga (AT)
2014 Urs Greber (CH) 2012 Olivier Voinnet (CH)
2011 Gillian M. Griffiths (UK) 2014 Kenneth H. Wolfe (IE)

 

Science Policy Advisory Group*

2012 Geneviève Almouzni (FR) 2012 Toivo Maimets (EE)**
2012 Ioannis Economidis (BE)** 2012 Claudio Sunkel (PT)
2013 Anne Ephrussi (DE) 2012 Richard Treisman (UK)

 

EMBO | EMBL Symposia Committee*

2010 Maria Leptin (DE) (Chair) 2008 Matthias W. Hentze (DE, EMBL)
2008 Iain Mattaj (DE, EMBL) (Chair) 2013 Jan Korbel (DE, EMBL)
2008 Anne Ephrussi (DE, EMBL) 2011 Frauke Melchior (DE)
2013 Anne-Claude Gavin (DE, EMBL) 2013 Ramesh Pillai (FR, EMBL)
2008 Darren Gilmour** (DE, EMBL) 2014 Frank Uhlmann (UK)
2011 Michael O. Hengartner (CH)  

 

Publications Advisory Board*

2010 Reinhard Jahn (DE) (Chair) 2011 Robert Kiley** (UK)
2010 Peer Bork (DE, EMBL) 2010 Linda Miller** (US)
2013 Pietro De Camilli (US) 2010 Iain Mattaj (DE, EMBL)
2009 Ivan Dikic (DE) 2013 Frank Uhlmann (UK)

 

FEBS | EMBO Women in Science Committee

2013 Cecilia Arraiano (PT) 2014 Sean Munro (UK)
2011 Erik Boye (NO) 2013 Erich Nigg (CH)
2013 Ingrid Grummt (DE) 2013 Anna Tramontano (IT)
2012 Oscar Marin (ES) 2014 Gerrit van Meer (NL)

 

*Committee includes EMBO Members and external advisers**

Council

 

EMBO Council is the governing body of EMBO, responsible for ensuring the development of the organization. It consists of 15 members who serve for a period of three years and who may be reelected for one additional term of office.

 

EMBO Council Members 2014

Elected terms of office
Name Country
2011-2013, 2014-2016 Geneviève Almouzni FR-Paris
2010-2012, 2013-2015 Pascale Cossart FR-Paris
2014-2016 Victor de Lorenzo ES-Madrid
2012-2014 Caroline Dean UK-Norwich
2013-2015 Roberto di Lauro IT-Napoli
2012-2014 Denis Duboule CH-Geneva
2013-2015 Anne Ephrussi DE-Heidelberg
2010-2012, 2013-2014 Leszek Kaczmarek PL-Warsaw
2014-2016 Regine Kahmann DE-Marburg
2011-2013, 2014-2016 Mart Saarma FI-Helsinki
2013-2015 Paul Schulze-Lefert DE-Cologne
2011-2013, 2014-2016 Dimitris Thanos GR-Athens
2010-2011, 2012-2014 Richard Treisman (Vice Chair) UK-London
2010, 2011-2013, 2014 Veronica van Heyningen UK-Edinburgh
2010-2012, 2013-2015 Detlef Weigel (Chair) DE-Tuebingen

 

Ex officio Council Member

Maria Leptin Director of EMBO

 

Observers

Paul Nurse EMBO Secretary General
Toivo Maimets EMBC President
Patrick Cramer EMBC Secretary General
Iain Mattaj EMBL Director General
Jane Langdale Chair, EMBO Membership Committee
Gisou van der Goot Chair, EMBO Young Investigator Committee
Frank Uhlmann Chair, EMBO Course Committee
Sarah Bray Chair, EMBO Fellowship Committee
Reinhard Jahn Chair, EMBL SAC

EMBC Member States

 

Support for EMBO programmes and activities comes from the European Molecular Biology Conference (EMBC). The EMBC, which was founded in 1969, is an inter-governmental organization that comprises 27 Member States, including most of the European Union and some of the neighboring countries. The following countries are currently members of this organization:

 

Austria Greece Poland
Belgium Hungary Portugal
Croatia Iceland Slovak Republic
Czech Republic Ireland Slovenia
Denmark Israel Spain
Estonia Italy Sweden
Finland Luxembourg Switzerland
France Netherlands Turkey
Germany Norway United Kingdom

 

 

EMBO has signed cooperation agreements with the following countries / institutions:

Singapore South Africa National Science Council of Taiwan and Academia Sinica

Subject areas

 

EMBO aims to define molecular biology in the broadest terms possible, encompassing research on the molecular mechanisms of life at all levels, from single molecules to organisms and ecosystems. To be able to group and retrieve information from a particular area, the EMBO programmes and activities apply a system of 19 broad and non-exclusive categories to their projects, communities, and events.

 

Below is a brief list of keyword terms that define the scope of these subject areas.

 

Cell Cycle

regulation of cell growth and division in eukaryotes and prokaryotes, mitosis, cytokinesis, mitotic spindle formation, cyclins and other regulatory proteins, aberrant cell cycle regulation in cancer cells, etc.

 

Cell & Tissue Architecture

cell polarity and shape, cytoskeleton, extracellular matrix, adhesion and tissue organization, cell migration and taxis, invasive growth, neurite growth, axon pathfinding, morphogenic aspects of angiogenesis, etc.

 

Cellular Metabolism

primary and secondary metabolic processes, energy metabolism, bioenergetics, including photosynthetic and respiratory processes and the respective organelles in which they take place, etc.

 

Chromatin & Transcription

prokaryotic and eukaryotic transcription mechanisms; initiation, elongation, termination; epigenetics, chromatin remodelling, DNA and histone modifications, regulation of individual or complex loci; chromatin domains; heterochromatin formation, mechanisms of X chromosome inactivation and dosage compensation, positional effects, imprinting, reprogramming, etc.

 

Development

embryonic and post-embryonic development; germ line cells, fertility and reproduction, meiosis; sex determination; stem cells in a developmental context; cellular senescence and aging in a developmental context, etc.

 

Differentiation & Death

differentiation and maturation of cell types, de-differentiation, post-mitotic cells, survival and death, apoptosis, stem cells, senescence, aging, etc.

 

Evolution & Ecology

molecular study of evolution; environmentally or ecologically oriented subdisciplines of population biology, evolutionary biology, genomics or systems biology; behavioral ecology; ecological genomics and evolutionary ecology; environmental microbiology & metagenomics; population genetics & genomics; experimental & computational evolution, etc.

 

Genome Stability & Dynamics

replication, recombination, damage and repair of genomes; transposition, integration and excision, restriction-modification, telomeres, genome organisation in chromosomes, genomic rearrangements and chromosomal aberrations, etc.

 

Genomic & Computational Biology

large-scale analysis of genomes, bioinformatics analysis of genome, gene, or gene product structure and evolution, structural modelling and simulations, etc.

 

Immunology

molecular mechanisms underlying innate and adaptive, cellular and humoral, immune defenses; antigens and their receptors, antigen presentation; NOT including: plant pathogen responses

 

Membranes & Transport

structure and function of cellular membranes and compartments; membrane composition and function, including membrane lipid signalling; trafficking and transport of macromolecules, metabolites or ions across membranes, into and out of cellular organelles and compartments; active cytosolic transport of membranous vesicles, particles, and macromolecules; exo- and endocytic processes; protein and vesicle sorting; molecular motors and pumps; channels and pores

 

Microbiology, Virology & Pathogens

molecular biology of viruses, bacteria, archaea, protozoa, fungi, pathogenic microorganisms

 

Molecular Medicine

molecular mechanisms and genetic factors underlying human disease; animal models of human disease; cancer research; human disease genetics; development of vectors, vaccines, molecular diagnostics and therapeutics

 

Neuroscience

molecular aspects of differentiation, (patho)physiology and (dys)function of the nervous system; structure and function of central and peripheral nervous system, neuronal cells; neurosecretion, synapse formation and function, neuroendocrine cells; neuronal plasticity, memory and learning; behaviour, cognition, psychiatric disorders; neuron survival; neuropathologies

 

Plant Biology

molecular studies focusing on unicellular and multicellular autotrophic organisms

 

Proteins & Biochemistry

protein biosynthesis, translation, post-translational modifications, protein folding, complex and filament assembly; proteolytic processing, maturation, degradation; aggregation, amyloid formation; biochemistry and enzymology of biological macromolecules

 

RNA

RNA maturation, modification, folding, cleavage, splicing, polyadenylation, degradation and stability, localization and transport, RNP complexes, catalytic activity of RNA, non-coding RNA, miRNA, siRNA, aptamers; may also include translation-related processes and molecules, eg, tRNA charging or ribosomal RNA maturation and ribosome biosynthesis, but not translation itself (see Proteins & Biochemistry)

 

Signal Transduction

mechanisms involved in sending, receiving and integrating biological signals; signals for growth, replication, differentiation, stress responses; circadian rhythmicity; neuronal and synaptic signalling; signal-transducing oncogene products

 

Structural Biology & Biophysics

multi-dimensional structures and dynamics of biological macromolecules; biophysical approaches; high-resolution electron microscopy; AFM; crystallography; NMR; NOT including primary structure (sequence) or purely biochemical analysis of macromolecules

 

Systems Biology

analysis or prediction of properties and behaviour of complex biological systems in terms of their molecular components and their interactions

Contact us

 

Email - To contact individual staff members, please use firstname.lastname @ embo.org

Phone - To reach a particular extension, please dial +49 (0)6221 8891- followed by the extension number indicated below.

 

Staff by role

 

Director's office

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - 101 EMBO Director
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This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - 121 Administrator EMBO Membership, The EMBO Meeting

 

EMBO Courses & Workshops Programme

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EMBO Fellowship Programme

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- 115 Administrator, Short-Term Fellowships
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EMBO Global Activities

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EMBO Science Policy Programme

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EMBO Young Investigator Programme, Installation Grants and Women in Science

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - 112 Programme Manager, EMBO Deputy Director
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Scientific Publications
EMBO Molecular Medicine

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EMBO reports

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This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - 502 Editor
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Molecular Systems Biology

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The EMBO Journal

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This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - 402 Editorial Assistant
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Administration / Finance

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - 113 Head, Administration & Finance
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Information Support & Resources

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Public Relations & Communications

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Alphabetical staff list

 

A – E


Laura Alvarez - 121 Administrator EMBO Membership, The EMBO Meeting
Sandra Bendiscioli - 119 Administrator, EMBO Science Policy
Gitta Bourke - 117 Administrator, EMBC and EMBO Council
Seán Bourke - 130 Reception and Building Maintenance
Holger Breithaupt - 415 Features Editor, EMBO reports
Roberto Buccione - 412 Editor, EMBO Molecular Medicine
Samuel Caddick - 414 Editor / Co-ordinator, EMBO reports
Martin Cairns - 106 Conference Officer, The EMBO Meeting
Bronagh Carey - 409 Administrator, EMBO Courses & Workshops, EMBO Global Activities
Céline Carret - 411 Editor, EMBO Molecular Medicine
Jana Christopher - 402 Editorial Assistant, Molecular Systems Biology, The EMBO Journal
Rachel Coulthard - 110 Administrator, EMBO Young Investigator, Installation Grants and Women in Science
Eilish Craddock - 102 Personal Secretary to the Director
David del Álamo Rodríguez - 309 Editor, The EMBO Journal
Karin Dumstrei - 406 Editor, The EMBO Journal

 

F – J


Kevin Fleming - 308 Web & Database Developer
Michele Garfinkel - 552 Science Policy Manager
Anne-Marie Glynn - 104 Programme Manager, EMBO Courses & Workshops, EMBO Global Activities
Susanne Hofner-Harris - 302 Editorial Assistant, EMBO reports
Bernhard Huber - 113 Head, Administration & Finance
Andrea Hutterer - 122 Programme Manager, EMBO Fellowships

 

K – O


Yvonne Kaul - 111 Communications Officer
Alexander Kohlmaier - 405 Editor
Sandra Krahl - 563 Graphic Designer, Graphics Editor scientific publications
Aditya Kusuma Jati - 131 Web and Graphic Design Assistant
Andrea Leibfried - 417 Editor, The EMBO Journal
Thomas Lemberger - 413 Chief Editor, Molecular Systems Biology; Deputy Head of Scientific Publications
Maria Leptin - 101 EMBO Director
Uta Mackensen - 551 Graphic Designer, Graphics Editor scientific publications
Benardine Ngu - 107 Administrator, Finance & Fellowships
Anne Faerch Nielsen - 408 Editor, The EMBO Journal
Zsuzsanna O'Donoghue - 115 Administrator, Short-Term Fellowships

 

P – T


Fiona Panayi - 403 Editorial Assistant, The EMBO Journal
Nonia Pariente - 305 Editor, EMBO reports
Barbara Pauly - 109 Editor, EMBO reports
Maria Polychronidou - 410 Editor, Molecular Systems Biology
Eva Portik - 114 Accounting Officer
Bernd Pulverer - 501 Chief Editor, The EMBO Journal; Head of Scientific Publications
Elena Ratcliff - 105 Administrator, EMBO Courses & Workshops
Esther Schnapp - 502 Editor, EMBO reports
Meryl Schneider - 301 Editorial Assistant, The EMBO Journal
Gerlinde Schuster - 310 Editorial Assistant, EMBO Molecular Medicine, The EMBO Journal
Thomas Schwarz-Romond - 407 Editor, The EMBO Journal
Inga Strazda - 561 Administrator, Long-Term Fellowships

 

U – Z


Hartmut Vodermaier - 401 Editor, The EMBO Journal
Gerlind Wallon - 112 Programme Manager, EMBO Young Investigators, Installation Grants and Women in Science; EMBO Deputy Director
Barry Whyte - 108 Head, Public Relations & Communications
Volker Wiersdorff - 118 Head, Information Support & Resources

Leadership & oversight

 

EMBO actions are directed and guided by members of the organization. Scientists who have made outstanding contributions to the life sciences are nominated and elected annually by the membership.

 

EMBO

Professor Maria Leptin is Director of EMBO. Professor Leptin was elected as a Member of EMBO in 1996. She served as chair of the EMBO Membership Committee (2005 – 2007), as a member of the EMBO Membership & Publications Committee (2002 – 2004) and was elected to EMBO Council in 2008.

 

EMBO Council

EMBO Council is the governing body of EMBO, responsible for ensuring the development of the organization. It consists of 15 members who serve for a period of three years and who may be re-elected for one additional term of office. The Chair of EMBO Council is Detlef Weigel and the Vice-Chair is Richard Treisman. The Secretary General of EMBO is Paul Nurse.

 

EMBO Committees

EMBO Members serve on committees and advisory editorial boards to guide programmes and the activities of EMBO Press.

 

EMBC

The European Molecular Biology Conference (EMBC), an intergovernmental organization comprising 27 member states, is the funding body of EMBO. The EMBC was founded in 1969 to support the activities of EMBO. Both the EMBC and EMBO share a common commitment to quality research and cooperation at the European level.

Jobs

 

EMBO is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organization.

 

Unfortunately, there are no current vacancies.

 

You may also wish to check the jobs pages at EMBL.

 

History

 

The origins of EMBO date back to 1963, when a group of leading European biologists gathered in Ravello, Italy. They came together to discuss proposals by John Kendrew and Conrad Waddington to establish an organization and laboratory for cooperation in molecular biology. Both proposals were endorsed and in July 1964, the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) was officially born.

The Ravello meeting laid down two initial goals for EMBO – the creation of a central laboratory and the establishment of networking activities to enhance interactions between scientists across Europe. To pursue these goals, two committees were set up. The efforts of the Laboratory Committee led to the establishment of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL).  

The Federal Organization Committee became the motor for the EMBO Fellowship Programme and Courses & Workshops Programme. The Ravello meeting also saw the election of Max Perutz as the first EMBO Chairman and John Kendrew as Secretary General. Thanks to the efforts of Eduard Kellenberger, EMBO was awarded official legal status on 12 July 1964.

The Volkswagen Foundation provided start-up funding for the organization and EMBO initiated its first networking activities including fellowships, practical courses and the election of 140 biologists as the first EMBO Members.

Through the formation of the European Molecular Biology Conference (EMBC) as a permanent intergovernmental body in 1969, EMBO was able to gain the necessary political support for its long-term projects. Fourteen governments joined the EMBC initially, providing the organization with stable funding and scientific independence.  

Timeline

 

2013EMBO Press launched
2012Cooperation agreement between EMBO, EMBC, and the National Science Council of Taiwan
2011 – EMBO signs cooperation agreement with Singapore
2009 – Professor Maria Leptin is appointed as the fifth Director of EMBO
2008EMBO Molecular Medicine launched
2008 – EMBO assumes responsibility for The EMBO Meeting and oversees its first meeting
2008 – EMBO signs cooperation agreement with South Africa
2007 – EMBO welcomes Hermann Bujard as new Director
2006Installation Grants scheme launched
2005 – First issue of the online journal Molecular Systems Biology
2001 – EMBO moves from EMBL offices to its present building on EMBL campus
2000EMBO reports launched
2000Young Investigator Programme comes into being
1996EMBO lectures and EMBO Members Meeting established
1996EMBO Fellows network started
1996 – Science & Society activities initiated
1994 – Frank Gannon appointed Executive Director of EMBO
1986EMBO Gold Medal launched
1982The EMBO Journal launched
1976 – EMBO publishes statement on recombinant DNA technology
1974 – Foundation of EMBL and appointment of its first Director General, Sir John Kendrew
1973 – John Tooze appointed Executive Secretary of EMBO
1969 – The European Molecular Biology Conference established
1966 – Funding for nine long-term and two short-term fellowships and the first three practical courses is secured with the support of the Volkswagen Stiftung
1965 – Raymond Appleyard appointed first Executive Secretary of EMBO
1964 – EMBO is incorporated as a non-profit organization. It appoints 200 members.

About EMBO

 

EMBO stands for excellence in the life sciences.

 

EMBO is an organization of more than 1500 leading researchers that promotes excellence in the life sciences. The major goals of the organization are to support talented researchers at all stages of their careers, stimulate the exchange of scientific information, and help build a European research environment where scientists can achieve their best work.


EMBO helps young scientists to advance their research, promote their international reputations and ensure their mobility. Courses, workshops, conferences and EMBO Press publications disseminate the latest research and offer training in techniques to maintain high standards of excellence in research practice. EMBO helps to shape science policy by seeking input and feedback from our community and by following closely the trends in science in Europe.


EMBO supports talented researchers, selected through impartial evaluation processes, to allow them to do great science. The wide scientific scope across the full range of life science research coupled with the broad geographical reach of more than 1500 members and associate members – some of the best researchers in Europe and around the world – positions EMBO optimally to serve Europe’s life science community.

Professor Maria Leptin, EMBO Director

 

Maria Leptin received her PhD in 1983 for work on B cell activation carried out at the Basel Institute for Immunology under the supervision of Fritz Melchers. She switched to the study of development in Drosophila when she joined the laboratory of Michael Wilcox at the Medical Research Council’s Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) in Cambridge, UK, for her postdoctoral work on Drosophila integrins. After a research visit at the lab of Pat O’Farrell at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), where she began studying gastrulation, she spent the years from 1989 to 1994 as a group leader at the Max Planck Institute in Tübingen. In 1994, she became Professor at the Institute of Genetics University of Cologne.

 

In January 2010 Maria Leptin became the Director of EMBO and established a research group in Heidelberg at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL). The group studies the development of complex cell shapes in the respiratory system of Drosophila and the role of RNA localisation in generating cell shape. Professor Leptin is an elected member of EMBO and the Academia Europaea. She also serves on the editorial boards of Developmental Cell, Developmental Biology and on advisory boards of several academic institutions. She chairs one of the evaluation panels for ERC Advanced Investigator Grants.

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