Communication and Outreach
As a publicly funded organisation, the EMBL has both a responsibility and an interest to feed back on its work; communicating its innovative research programmes and cutting-edge science, and bringing the questions, concerns and responses of the public to the laboratory. This is achieved through a number of different initiatives aimed at making sophisticated science understandable to a range of audiences, from high-school students, to journalists, to politicians.
The EMBL Press Office aims to provide high quality information to the media, covering important research news and technological developments, representing the best of EMBL. With more than 1,000 media contacts worldwide receiving its press releases, EMBL regularly hits the headlines. The press office also hosts journalists’ visits to EMBL, organising interviews, background briefings with scientists and even placements.
EMBL supports many different outreach initiatives strengthened by the active involvement of the EMBL scientific community and directed at the wider scientific community, journalists, students, teachers, high-school students and the public. These include sponsorship of an active Science and Society programme, hosting public open days to showcase EMBL research, and co-ordinating tours and visits to EMBL facilities for interested groups, individuals, or the press. EMBL also runs the European Learning Laboratory for the Life Sciences (ELLS), an educational programme supporting secondary school biology teachers. A strong EMBL presence at career fairs and at scientific conferences is ensured to support its scientists and promote EMBL activities. On a European level, EMBL is a member of several larger organisations for the promotion of science, for example hosting the editorial team of the EIROforum journal “Science in School”, and contributing to the SET-Routes and iNEXT projects.
Several comprehensive EMBL publications are produced every year, written for various audiences, including scientists (e.g. Research at a Glance) and the non-specialist public (e.g. the Annual Report). Please contact us to subscribe to our publications firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’d like to write a news article, interview or feature for the EMBL&cetera newsletter, which comes out 6 times a year and is distributed in-house and to more than 3,000 readers worldwide, please contact email@example.com. You can either propose your own story idea or we will give you an assignment, and editorial support will be supplied.
EMBL maintains websites for the EMBL sites that are kept up to date with comprehensive information about the organisation, its research programmes, latest news, events, and details of the various services and training programmes the EMBL provides.