Iain Mattaj, EMBL Director General

Training and inspiring the next scientific generation – EMBL's tradition of excellence

As Europe’s only intergovernmental research organisation in the life sciences and as a leading laboratory in molecular biology, EMBL is dedicated to promoting excellence in the molecular life sciences throughout Europe. One of the best ways to achieve this goal is by inspiring and fostering talented young scientists to turn them into skilled and creative future leaders.

The EMBL International PhD Programme is Europe’s ‘best in class’ PhD programme for the life sciences. 240 students from over 40 countries are carrying out PhD research at EMBL at any time. Every year we admit an average of 60 new students, who belong to the top science graduates in their countries. They are carefully selected from a large multi-national pool of applicants that reached over 1700 applications in 2012. continue reading