EMBL Communications

Informing, inspiring, and engaging society with EMBL’s research, services and training

As a publicly funded organisation, EMBL has both a responsibility and an interest to feed back on its work; communicating its innovative research programmes and cutting-edge science, and bringing the questions, concerns and responses of the public to the laboratory.


We seek to maximise the societal benefit of our knowledge and skills by helping to inspire the next generation of researchers, engineers, technicians, and other professionals, informing national and European policymaking, and providing opportunities to inform and engage society.

Our communications and outreach activities aim to raise awareness of our innovative research and training programmes, cutting-edge science and technology, and activities for the benefit of Europe.

Our audiences include high-school students and teachers, policymakers, funding agencies and elected officials, journalists, researchers and technicians, and members of the public in our member states and beyond.

EMBL has communications representatives in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom.

More than 1,000 media contacts worldwide regularly receive our media stories

EMBL provides high-quality information and advice to the media on research and technological developments and their societal, health, and environmental impacts. We also host journalist visits to EMBL sites and organise interviews and background briefings with scientists.

News from EMBL

EMBL shares updates from across its six sites via a range of channels. To read about our latest news, visit our website or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, or YouTube.

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EMBL supports many engagement initiatives to provide direct connections between our scientific community and secondary and tertiary students, teachers, and the public. These include tours and visits to EMBL facilities for interested groups, individuals, or the media.

EMBL’s science education department, the European Learning Laboratory for the Life Sciences (ELLS) shares the scientific discoveries of EMBL through inspiring learning and outreach experiences. The activities are open to European school science teachers, and to young learners of all backgrounds aged between 10 and 19 years. 

On a European level, EMBL is a member of several larger organisations for the promotion of science, and hosts the editorial team of the EIROforum journal Science in School.

If you are a scientific visitor, please find more information on the Scientific Visitor Programme pages.

EMBL produces several comprehensive publications every year, written for various audiences from scientists to the non-specialist public.

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If you’d like to write a news article, interview or feature for EMBL news or for EMBLetc. magazine, which is published twice a year and is distributed in-house and to more than 3,000 readers worldwide, please contact us with a brief proposal of what you’d like to write about.

Contact us

We prefer digital communication whenever possible.

The EMBL-EBI Communications team at Hinxton provides communications and engagement support for EMBL’s European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI):

You can also write to us at the head office:


EMBL Heidelberg
Meyerhofstraße 1
69117, Heidelberg

Latest blog posts

30 August 2021

EMBL.org: Putting our best footer forward

In partnership with colleagues from across EMBL and EMBL-EBI we have created and implemented this first in a range of subtle — but broad — improvements to support the footer and navigation across One EMBL.org.

19 May 2021 Illustration of elderly male scientist, bright green jellyfish in the background.

Osamu Shimomura

Difficult times couldn’t stop Osamu Shimomura from embarking on a successful research career. Grasping opportunities as they arose, he would later discover Green Fluorescent Protein – which has become an indispensable tool in labs around the world today.

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