Research infrastructure

Life sciences

Research infrastructure

Life sciences

EMBL – European Molecular Biology Laboratory

An international institute for basic research in the life sciences, operating primarily in Germany.

EMBL is a molecular biology laboratory in Heidelberg with a high international profile. A number of countries in Europe, among them Sweden, contribute with funding. The researchers in these countries, in particular promising junior researchers, can come to EMBL to establish themselves or to attend courses and other educational programmes. EMBL operates a number of laboratories for microscopy, genomics and proteomics, as well as bioinformatics.

Since it started, EMBL has been supplemented with a number of nodes, known as “outstations”, providing services to researchers from across Europe: European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) for bioinformatics in the United Kingdom, the synchrotron light facility Petra III for structural biology in Germany, the synchrotron light facility ESRF in France, a laboratory for epigenetics and neurobiology in Italy, and one within tissue biology and medical modelling in Spain.

EMBL also operates a Nordic network for molecular medicine, where one of the nodes is located in Umeå (MIMS). This network is supported by Nordforsk as a Nordic Network of National Centres of Excellence.

EMBL has close links with EMBO (European Molecular Biology Organisation), which publishes scientific journals and conducts education and conference activities and a scholarship programme, EMBC.




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This infrastructure is funded by the Swedish Research Council.