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EMBL Archive

The EMBL Archive captures, preserves and shares records and archival material from across the EMBL’s sites and activities, in analogue and digital formats. As a whole, these holdings bear witness to the Laboratory’s scientific research and institutional activities, and to the history of European molecular biology.

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Maria Papanikolaou

Remembering the moment EMBL was established

By Maria Papanikolaou and Anna Stanescu, EMBL Although the idea of a European laboratory for life sciences was conceived in 1962, it would take 11 more years, involving conversations between Nobel prize winners, an unusual endorsement from two female UK government officials, and the signatures of…


Maria Papanikolaou

Flashback May 1978: The EMBL Heidelberg Inauguration Day

The 5th of May 1978 is one of the historical moments of the EMBL development as it was the day of the inauguration of the EMBL Headquarters in Heidelberg. The decision for the site selection of the Laboratory was taken in 1971 by the European Molecular Biology Conference Working Group “Site…


Maria Papanikolaou

Tracing the history of women in science at EMBL

On the occasion of International Women’s Day 2023, EMBL archivist Maria Papanikolaou discusses the traces left by the women in science who have passed through EMBL, irrevocably changing the organisation in small and big ways By Maria Papanikolaou, Archive and Records Manager, EMBL The EMBL…


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