Data Center Description
The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) was established in 1974 and is supported by seventeen countries including nearly all of Western Europe and Israel. EMBL consists of five facilities: the main Laboratory in Heidelberg (Germany), Outstations in Hamburg (Germany), Grenoble (France) and Hinxton (U. K.), and an external Research Programme in Monterotondo (Italy).
EMBL was founded with a four-fold mission: to conduct basic research in molecular biology, to provide essential services to scientists in its Member States, to provide high-level training to its staff, students, and visitors, and to develop new instrumentation for biological research. Over its 25-year history, the Laboratory has had a deep impact on European science in all of these areas. EMBL has achieved so much because it is a truly international, European institution, because it has achieved a critical mass of services and facilities which are driven by cutting-edge biological research, and because it regards education ? at all levels ? as a way of life.
The Laboratory has a number of unique features. Its Outstations provide European biologists access to large instruments for the study of protein structures, some of the world's oldest and biggest databases of DNA and protein sequences, and a host of services operated by highly-trained biologists who are simultaneously involved in their own research. The Outstations are optimally located on campuses which foster links to a much larger network of European science ? neighbors including the Sanger Centre and the Welcome Trust, DESY, the ESRF and the ILL, EMMA, and a host of academic and industrial partners.
EMBL is designed as a way-station, not only for the large numbers of visitors and students, but also for its own staff. Nearly all of EMBL's scientific and administrative personnel will one day leave the institution, usually to a destination in a Member State, and when they do, they carry along a unique combination of experience and skills. The scientific networks created by EMBL alumni have contributed heavily to the development of a truly international scientific community throughout Europe.