European Molecular Biology Organization

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The European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO)
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Motto “excellence in the life sciences”
Formation 1964
1700 members[1][2]
Maria Leptin

The European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) is an organization of life scientists and a founding member of the Initiative for Science in Europe. The current EMBO Director is professor Maria Leptin,[3][4] a developmental biologist at the University of Cologne, Germany.

EMBO members[edit]

Since 1964,[5] scientists have been elected annually as members of EMBO[6] based on excellence in research. There are currently more than 1700 Members of the European Molecular Biology Organization, 84 of whom have received the Nobel Prize.[7]

EMBO conferences[edit]

EMBO organises over 80 meetings attracting more than 6,000 participants every year[citation needed] including the annual EMBO meeting.[8]

EMBO publishing[edit]

EMBO publishes four peer-reviewed journals: The EMBO Journal,[9] EMBO Reports,[10] Molecular Systems Biology,[11] and EMBO Molecular Medicine.[12] These span a broad spectrum of molecular biology topics and reflect how science is changing the world.

EMBO Awards[edit]

Annually awarded, the EMBO Gold Medal recognises significant contributions of European researchers to the advancement of science. EMBO also awards grants to scientists.[13]

EMBO also promotes Europe as a research location to foreign researchers, and increases awareness of options for research and training in the life sciences in Europe. This strengthens ties with scientific communities worldwide.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ashburner, Michael (1993). "EMBO membership list". The EMBO Journal 12 (2): i23–i44. PMC 413273. 
  2. ^ "EMBO membership list". The EMBO Journal 2 (4): 627–636. 1983. PMID 6354705. 
  3. ^ Leptin, M. (2010). "Spreading the Spirit of EMBO". Science 327 (5962): 126–126. Bibcode:2010Sci...327..126L. doi:10.1126/science.1185865. PMID 20056858. 
  4. ^ Professor Maria Leptin, EMBO Director
  5. ^ Nurse, P. (2014). "EMBO at 50". Science 343 (6167): 117. Bibcode:2014Sci...343..117N. doi:10.1126/science.1247701. 
  6. ^ Find an EMBO member
  7. ^ EMBO Nobel Laureates
  8. ^ Anon (2014). "The EMBO Meeting". European Molecular Biology Organization. Archived from the original on 2014-12-18. 
  9. ^ Rørth, P. (2005). "Authors, reviewers and editors at the EMBO Journal". The EMBO Journal 24 (22): 3831–3833. doi:10.1038/sj.emboj.7600851. PMC 1283950. PMID 16453402. 
  10. ^ Gannon, F. (2000). "A new journal-in more than one way". EMBO reports 1: 1. doi:10.1093/embo-reports/kvd007. 
  11. ^ Aebersold, R. (2005). "Molecular Systems Biology: A new journal for a new biology?". Molecular Systems Biology 1: E1. doi:10.1038/msb4100009. 
  12. ^ Caldeira, S. (2009). "Welcome to EMBO Molecular Medicine!". EMBO Molecular Medicine 1 (1): 1. doi:10.1002/emmm.200900010. PMC 3378109. PMID 20049694. 
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