The Crick and EMBL join forces to strengthen European science

Map showing EMBL member states across Europe

EMBL is an intergovernmental organisation supported by 26 member states and two associate non-European member states.


The Crick and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) – which has six sites across Europe – have signed a memorandum of understanding to strengthen pan-European scientific cooperation and advance life science for the benefit of European society.

This will stimulate cooperation between the leading life science researchers working at both institutes, supporting existing collaborations and encouraging new ones by tapping into EMBL’s already strong network of relationships across Europe. The institutes also plan to share facilities and expertise, supporting joint programmes to develop and apply new and innovative technologies.

Plans are in place to bring together early-career scientists from both institutes in order to share knowledge and ideas through collaborative projects and joint conferences.

At this stage, the Crick and EMBL have agreed a memorandum of understanding with the intention of building a closer relationship through future joint projects.

Paul Nurse, Director of the Crick, said: “Our shared mission is to advance science that will benefit society as a whole. Both of our institutes produce high quality discovery research that is ahead of the curve, and by working together we can achieve even more.

"Science needs fluidity, permeability and the interaction of ideas and people. This new Europe-wide collaboration helps to reinforce the region’s position as one of the world’s international science powerhouses.”

Edith Heard, Director General of EMBL, said: “This collaboration brings two of the leading life science laboratories in the world together, adding to the many deep ties EMBL has across Europe and beyond. It shows the solidarity of science and the importance of partnerships to tackle the problems facing society worldwide.

"Collaborations like this are important for everyone, not just scientists. Science creates knowledge that can improve our health, support the economy and help the environment, increasing quality of life. By working together, we can deliver greater benefits for people around the world.”

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