Human ingenuity at society’s service

Science and research have been at the root of progress, improved health and better lifestyles for centuries. Together with the arts they represent the finest of human ingenuity.

EMBL is the European flagship laboratory for basic research in the life sciences. Over the course of its 40-year history, producing two Nobel and six Leibniz Prize winners, it has led or significantly contributed to much of the progress in the field and to many discoveries we are nowadays taking for granted. Be it our knowledge of transporting genetic information, or the exact mechanisms of cell division, or the effects of evolution on the genetic information of the simplest or the most complex organisms, EMBL had a role in it.


Current project

EMBL ocean research

The two-and-a-half-year TARA Oceans expedition constituted the largest ever sampling of our oceans, with the main goal to learn more about the impact of climate change on ecosystems. Now, EMBL senior scientist Eric Karsenti coordinates an international consortium of researchers who will interpret and use the information collected by TARA for further research. EMBL is uniquely placed to use its advanced facilities and expertise to put the crowning analysis atop one of the most ambitious projects of our time. 

Read about EMBL's pivotal role in the TARA Oceans project