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European Molecular Biology Organization
Organization of researchers in the life science
The European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO)
Promote life science research in Europe and beyond
The European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) is a professional organization of more than 1,800 life scientists. Its goal is to promote research in life science and enable international exchange between scientists. It co-funds courses, workshops and conferences, publishes five scientific journals and supports individual scientists. The organization was founded in 1964 and is a founding member of the Initiative for Science in Europe. As of 2021[update] the Director of EMBO is Maria Leptin, a developmental biologist at the University of Cologne, Germany.
Conferences and journals
EMBO funds or co-funds over 90 meetings attracting more than 11,000 participants every year.
The EMBO Gold Medal is awarded annually in recognition of significant contributions of European researchers to the advancement of science.
EMBO also awards grants to scientists. These include post-doctoral fellowships (over 2,500 fellowships awarded since 2001), young investigator grants (over 300 group leader grants awarded since 2001) as well as lecture, travel and childcare grants.
The FEBS/EMBO Women in Science Award highlights major contributions by female scientists to life sciences research. Winners of the award are inspiring role models for future generations of women in science. The award is a joint initiative of EMBO and the Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS). The winner receives 10,000 euros, a bronze statue by Dutch artist Marloes Eerden and the opportunity to give a plenary lecture at the FEBS Congress.
The European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) was officially launched in July 1964 after a group of European biologists had discussed the idea earlier at a meeting in Ravello. In that meeting, the initial goals of EMBO were set, which consisted of creating a central European laboratory for life sciences and increase scientific interactions between researchers in Europe. At the Ravello meeting, Max Perutz was elected as the first EMBO Chairman and John Kendrew as Secretary General.
In 1982, the EMBO Journal was launched, in 1986, the EMBO Gold Medal was established, an annual award for young scientists. The "Young Investigator Program" which awards grants to young professors was established in 2000 and four additional journals were launched in 2000 (EMBO Reports), 2005 (Molecular Systems Biology), 2008 (EMBO Molecular Medicine) and 2019 (Life Science Alliance). Life Science Alliance is co-published with Rockefeller University Press and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press. In 2010, Maria Leptin was appointed fifth director of EMBO succeeding the previous EMBO directors Raymond Appleyard, John Tooze, Frank Gannon and Hermann Bujard.
In 2011, EMBO established the "Science Policy Programme" which interacts with policy makers and provides analysis of concerns emerging from advances in scientific research.
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