EMBL celebrates 43 new PhDs

The new graduates hail from all six EMBL sites and have conducted research in diverse molecular biology fields

Group photograph of people facing the camera holding certificates.
EMBL Graduating Class. Credit: Stuart Ingham/EMBL

By Anna Alasalmi, Programme Officer, EMBL International PhD Programme

On Friday 21 April 2023, EMBL held a graduation ceremony to celebrate its newest group of PhDs who graduated during the last 12 months. The graduating class comprised 43 fellows representing 17 nationalities and all six EMBL sites.

The graduation ceremony took place in a hybrid format, welcoming the graduates and their families, friends, and colleagues in the Klaus Tschira Auditorium at EMBL Heidelberg, but also virtually to congratulate the graduates who couldn’t attend the event in person.

The graduating class included the first three EMBL Barcelona graduates, who joined their groups in 2018 following the opening of the site in 2017.

Janet Thornton, EMBL Senior Scientist and former Director of the EMBL-EBI, gave the keynote address during the ceremony, sharing with the graduates her journey and experiences through her scientific career.

Over 200 students from around 50 countries carry out PhD research at EMBL at any given time. Every year, about 60 new students join the institute.

The EMBL International PhD Programme exemplifies one of EMBL’s missions – to provide first-class training and education. Internationality, dedicated mentoring, and early independence in research characterise the programme, which is committed to providing EMBL PhD students with the best foundation for a successful career in science.

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