Prof. Edith Heard
Credit: INSERM

Director General

The Director General is the chief executive officer and legal representative of EMBL, and is responsible for overall leadership, strategic direction and management of the organisation.

Reporting to EMBL Council, the Director General is responsible for the development of the overall policy and strategy, and for establishing consensus around EMBL’s five-year programme.

The Director General guides the evolution of EMBL’s role, missions and programmes to best serve the needs of the scientific community and of broader European society, and thus achieve EMBL’s full potential to support the life sciences in Europe for the benefit of all stakeholders.

The Director General provides intellectual leadership for the multidisciplinary and international community of EMBL staff and fellows, and has overall responsibility for EMBL’s day-to-day operations and the performance of all parts of the organization, with the assistance of the senior management team.

The Director General is the spokesperson for EMBL and serves as an advocate and communicator with all stakeholders and interested parties including the scientific community, policy makers, industry groups, funding organizations, the media and the general public.

Director General's Office

Kirsi Heerde
Personal Assistant to the Director General
Tel: +49 6221 387-8201

Michael Thompson
Assistant to the Director General
Head of Council Secretariat
Tel: +49 6221 387-8288

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