Visits to EMBL are generally unpaid. Financial support towards housing is up to the discretion of the group leader in accordance to their budget.



Please arrange for your individual travel to the EMBL site of your choice:

EMBL Grenoble

EMBL Hamburg

EMBL Heidelberg

EMBL-EBI Hinxton




We provide accommodation for visitors and scientists coming to EMBL, whether they visit for one or two days or for a couple of months. EMBL runs two Guesthouses nearby the Heidelberg site as well as the ISG Hotel for short-term accommodation. All of our guest houses are located in Heidelberg-Boxberg, at a short distance from the EMBL facilities. There is a Shuttle Service between the ISG Hotel and the Guesthouses and EMBL in the morning and in the evening. There are bus stops with connections to Heidelberg city centre (approximately 30 minutes) at a few steps from the accommodation.

For more information about the ISG Hotel please see

The EMBL Scientific Visitor Programme is happy to support you in booking accommodation in either the ISG Hotel or one of the Guesthouses.

Finding housing in Heidelberg can take some time. We therefore recommend you start looking in time and check many different sources of information and accommodation. Depending on the housing market, we might be able to support you in finding accommodation in downtown Heidelberg. Please contact us for assistance.

Insurances, bank account, visa/residence permit

EMBL Human Resources are your point of contact for all relevant information about practical aspects of your visit to Heidelberg such as health insurance, accident-at-work insurance, bank accounts, visa regulations, etc. Once accepted for a visit, EMBL will take care of the logistic organisation of your stay and get in touch with you regarding steps that have to be taken.