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.

This is achieved through a number of different initiatives aimed at making sophisticated science understandable to a range of audiences, from high-school students, to journalists, to the general audience.

Media Relations

The EMBL Press Office aims to provide high quality information to the media, covering important research news and technological developments, representing the best of EMBL. With more than 1,000 media contacts worldwide receiving its press releases, EMBL regularly hits the headlines. The press office also hosts journalists’ visits to EMBL, organising interviews, background briefings with scientists and even placements.

Engagement activities

EMBL supports many different engagement initiatives strengthened by the active involvement of the EMBL scientific community and directed at the wider scientific community, journalists, students, teachers, high-school students and the public. These include sponsorship of an active Science and Society programme, hosting public open days to showcase EMBL research, and co-ordinating tours and visits to EMBL facilities for interested groups, individuals, or the press. Discover more about EMBL’s activities and how you can participate on our EMBL Discovery pages. If you are a scientific visitor, please find more information on the Scientifc Visitor Programme pages. EMBL also runs the European Learning Laboratory for the Life Sciences (ELLS), an educational programme supporting secondary school biology teachers. A strong EMBL presence at career fairs and at scientific conferences is ensured to support its scientists and promote EMBL activities. On a European level, EMBL is a member of several larger organisations for the promotion of science, for example hosting the editorial team of the EIROforum journal “Science in School”.


Several comprehensive EMBL publications are produced every year, written for various audiences including scientists and the non-specialist public. Please contact us to subscribe to our publications.

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 Edward Dadswell with a brief proposal of what you’d like to write about.

Digital communications

EMBL maintains websites for the EMBL sites that are kept up to date with comprehensive information about the organisation, its research programmes, latest news, events, and details of the various services and training programmes EMBL provides.

Contact us

EMBL has communications staff at each of our sites.