Heidelberg, 11 June 2019 – EMBO announces today that 56 life scientists have been elected to its membership, joining a group of more than 1800 of the best researchers in Europe and around the world.
“EMBO Members are excellent scientists who conduct research at the forefront of all life science disciplines, ranging from computational models or analyses of single molecules and cellular mechanics to the study of higher-order systems in development, cognitive neuroscience and evolution,” says EMBO Director Maria Leptin.
EMBO Members actively participate in the execution of the organization’s initiatives by serving on Council, committees and editorial boards, by evaluating applications for EMBO funding, by mentoring young scientists and by providing suggestions and feedback on activities.
The 48 new EMBO Members reside in 17 Member States of the European Molecular Biology Conference (EMBC), EMBO’s intergovernmental funding body. The 8 new EMBO Associate Members are researchers currently working in Argentina, Australia, Japan, Singapore and the USA.
Ever since the very first EMBO Council, chaired by Max Perutz, was tasked with selecting and inviting the initial EMBO Members in 1963, new members are nominated and elected by the existing membership. This year, participation in the election process was especially high, with 65% of the eligible existing EMBO Members taking part.
EMBO will formally welcome its new Members and Associate Members at the annual Members’ Meeting in Heidelberg between 29 and 31 October 2019.
An online directory listing all EMBO Members, their affiliations and areas of expertise is available at people.embo.org.