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Alumni relations

Alumni Relations

Meet and connect with the EMBL Community, find out how EMBL Resources can benefit you, Make a difference to EMBL with your time, expertise, networks or through giving

The EMBL Alumni Relations programme is built to advance EMBL and the relevance of life science research in the scientific community and society at large, by fostering connections between the laboratory, its member states, current EMBL staff, EMBL alumni, and the public.

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Author: Tom Furnival-Adams

Tom Furnival-Adams

EMBL Alumni Relations in 2021: a year of growth

We’d like to share our deepest gratitude for the support given to EMBL by its alumni in 2021 — as members of the EMBL Alumni Association and, where relevant, as volunteers, ambassadors, participants and donors. Former staff are consistently staying in touch and making a real difference for…


Tom Furnival-Adams

Denis Duboule Selected as Inaugural Kafatos Lectures Speaker

EMBL alumnus Denis Duboule has been selected as the speaker for the 2022 inaugural Kafatos Lectures, which aims to bring groundbreaking, relevant science to the general public annually. The Kafatos Lecture series was launched in 2021 to bring groundbreaking life science research to the public and…


Tom Furnival-Adams

Together, We Can Make a Difference

Those who have worked for EMBL know the enormous power of its people, its ethos and its way of doing things. For nearly 50 years, our scientists have made major breakthroughs by approaching the mysteries of life with curiosity and openness. EMBL research has brought us closer to solving some of…



Tom Furnival-Adams

The Value of Basic Research

Would Einstein have received funding? In an era of 24/7 news and polarisation, politicians and policymakers are under pressure to deliver instant results, while the most innovative and disruptive scientists are fighting to attract funding. How, then, do we persuade leaders and funders of the value…


Tom Furnival-Adams

2020: EMBL alumni impact

2020 was a memorable and challenging year in ways none of us expected, but it was a year that brought fresh opportunities and new ways of thinking at EMBL too. Despite the uncertain landscape, more than 180 alumni generously gave back to EMBL by providing career support, written content, and by…


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Edith Heard previews EMBL’s future directions

EMBL Director General Edith Heard gave alumni around the world an insight into EMBL’s future directions as they celebrated EMBL World Alumni Day 2020 in July. Approximately 150 former and current staff members joined the annual event, which this year took place online. During World Alumni…


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Coffee with EMBL

Visit the Coffee with EMBL homepage to see previous recordings and upcoming events. Alumni from 35 countries meet digitally for the first Coffee with EMBL 150 alumni from 35 countries across every continent gathered online for the first Coffee with EMBL on Friday 24 April…

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