The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)is the flagship of Europe’s molecular biology research, receiving annual funding from its 21 member states to support five research facilities. EMBL’s missions are to:

  • Perform cutting-edge research in molecular biology
  • Offer services to scientists
  • Provide advanced training to researchers at all levels
  • Develop new technologies and instrumentation
  • Actively engage in technology transfer to the benefit of science and society

In March 2008 Australia became an Associate Member of EMBL. As EMBL’s first Associate Member, Australian life scientists will have access to state-of-the-art core facilities, technologies, and expertise in Europe. Associate Membership will open new opportunities for Australian scientists to forge collaborations with European research networks and institutions and to access European funding sources.

The ARC and The University of Sydney are supporting Australia’s first recipient of an EMBL Group Leader position, Dr Marcus Heisler. Dr Heisler will spend five years from 2009 at EMBL Heidelberg, and an additional four years from 2014 at The University of Sydney.

The ARC will provide a total of $2.5 million (AUD) covering the five year period from 2009 to 2013.