European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

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European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)


EMBL is Europe's flagship laboratory for the life sciences, with more than 80 independent groups covering the spectrum of molecular biology. EMBL is international, innovative and interdisciplinary - its 1800 employees, from many nations, operate across five sites: the main laboratory in Heidelberg, and outstations in Grenoble; Hamburg; Hinxton, near Cambridge (the European Bioinformatics Institute), and Monterotondo, near Rome. Founded in 1974, EMBL is an inter-governmental organisation funded by public research monies from its member states.

The cornerstones of EMBL's mission are: to perform basic research in molecular biology; to train scientists, students and visitors at all levels; to offer vital services to scientists in the member states; to develop new instruments and methods in the life sciences and actively engage in technology transfer activities, and to integrate European life science research. Around 200 students are enrolled in EMBL's International PhD programme. Additionally, the Laboratory offers a platform for dialogue with the general public through various science communication activities such as lecture series, visitor programmes and the dissemination of scientific achievements.

EMBL Hamburg

Activities at EMBL Hamburg focus on state-of-the-art structural biology methods using synchrotron radiation. The unit is situated on campus of the German Synchrotron Research Centre (DESY), which hosts leading facilities for synchrotron radiation (PETRA-III) and free electron lasers (FLASH and XFEL, under construction).

EMBL operates a new integrated facility EMBL@PETRA III for applications in structural biology at the PETRA III ring. It comprises three state-of-the-art beamlines: two for macromolecular X-ray crystallography (MX) and one for small angle X-ray scattering of biological samples. These beamlines are complemented by facilities for sample preparation and characterisation and data evaluation. The High-Throughput Crystallisation facility, with a capacity for 10,000 trays, was opened to the research community in 2006.

Contact Information:

EMBL Heidelberg
Meyerhofstraße 1
69117 Heidelberg

+49 (0)6221 387-0

EMBL Hamburg

c/o DESY, Building 25A
Notkestraße 85
22607 Hamburg, Germany

+49 40 89 902-110 or 111