EMBL was founded in 1974 with the goal to create a supranational centre focusing on basic research in molecular biology in Europe.
Today, EMBL is considered Europe's flagship laboratory for the life sciences. Its five sites in Germany, Italy, France and the UK attract young investigators and established scientists from all over the world.
Among the myriad achievements of EMBL scientists is a Nobel Prize awarded to Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard and Eric Wieschaus in 1995 “for their discoveries concerning the genetic control of early embryonic development”.
In 2014, EMBL celebrated its 40th anniversary, while the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO) turned 50. The occasions were marked with numerous events, ranging from conferences and meetings to festive gatherings, public lectures and outreach activities.
The EMBO-EMBL Anniversary Science and Policy Meeting on 2 and 3 July in Heidelberg focused on science, policy and politics. This event featured scientific talks from leading researchers, the participation of European science ministers, and sessions concentrating on policy issues in areas such as biotechnology and research infrastructures.
The EMBL 40th Anniversary Reunion on 18 and 19 July in Heidelberg was the central event for current and former staff, with both groups involved as organisers, speakers and participants.
Also in Heidelberg, a Research Camp for the public took place 25-26 July.
A gala event featuring Nobel Prize Winners Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard and Eric Wieschaus on 12 September and a public vernissage of Horst Hamann’s exhibition DNA | portraits on 13 September rang in the finale of EMBL’s 40th anniversary celebrations.
EMBL staff were invited to take a first glimpse at Hamann’s EMBL portraits at a staff pre-opening of the exhibition on 8 September.
Staff and alumni events at the outstations
EMBL-EBI 20th Anniversary celebrations
12 June 2014, EMBL-EBI, Hinxton, UK
EMBL Monterotondo celebrations
20 June 2014, EMBL Monterotondo, Italy
EMBL Hamburg 40th Anniversary celebrations
27-28 November 2014, EMBL Hamburg, Germany
Throughout the year
Sunday Matinee series "Mehr vom Leben." (German)
EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
Additionally, further events for the public that focus on some of the most important topics in the life sciences were organised across EMBL’s sites.