Throughout the year, EMBL hosts and organises a multitude of events, seminars and lecture series across its five European sites that are open to the general public as well as non-EMBL scientists.

Science and Society programme

Science and Society programme

The Science and Society initiative at EMBL aims to promote a better and broader understanding of the growing social and cultural relevance of the life sciences. We organise a variety of activities and events where members of our scientific community, scholars from other disciplines as well as members of the public meet to engage in a dialogue.

The formats of the programme range from the annual EMBL-EMBO joint Science & Society Conferences, to regular forum lectures, symposia, discussion meetings and the Heidelberg Forum "Biosciences and Society".

Upcoming highlights

3-4 November 2016 EMBL Heidelberg 17th EMBL | EMBO Science & Society Conference: The Past in the Present – The Making of Memories
Friends of EMBL

Friends of EMBL annual programme

The Friends of EMBL initiative is an entry portal for the interested public and a diverse group of life science aficionados. EMBL researchers are on a constant quest to discover more about the science of life. To make this fascination accessible to a broad and public audience, EMBL holds a number of events as part of the Friends of EMBL annual programme. We invite you to participate in the Science Movie Night, our Friends of EMBL event open to the general public, and pass on the inspiration you receive to your own networks. By doing so, you are making a key contribution to our cause. To find out more about other Friends of EMBL events, visit our Support EMBL pages

More information on the EMBL Discovery Pages (German, English available soon)

Recent highlights

12 May 2016 EMBL Heidelberg Science Movie Night: X-Men
Distinguished Visitor Lecture

Distinguished Visitor Lectures

For the EMBL Distinguished Lectures series, which started in the 1990s, eminent scientists in biology are invited by EMBL to give a lecture of broad interest on their work.

Upcoming lectures

Open days and anniversaries

Open days and anniversaries

Every couple of years, EMBL invites members of the public to visit the Laboratory during an Open Day or join us in various anniversary celebrations. Please see below for some impressions from past events.


2014 EMBL 40th Anniversary
2013 EMBL Heidelberg Open Day 2013