The EMBL community provides bioinformaticians with excellent opportunities for collaboration with experimental scientists and other bioinformaticians, access to state-of-the-art computing resources and other support infrastructure. Computational analysis of biological data is important at all EMBL locations, including almost 200 bioinformaticians in Heidelberg and 500 at the EMBL-EBI in Hinxton.
Since 2004, EMBL has used pioneering cross-disciplinary centres (EMBL Centres and the Bio-IT project) to link bioinformaticians and experimental biologists across the organisation. These provide training, networking, support, and consulting on topics including network biology, imaging, mathematical modelling, statistics, and core bioinformatics activities.
EMBL bioinformaticians also have strong ties to local scientists and institutes, including many highly-productive collaborations. In Heidelberg, several EMBL bioinformaticians contribute to HUB (Heidelberg Unseminars in Bioinformatics), which brings together people interested in bioinformatics for bi-monthly social and scientific gatherings.