The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) welcomes Hungary as its newest prospect member state. In a Statement of Intent signed this month, Hungary and EMBL agree to explore possibilities for long-term cooperation, with a view to the country becoming a full member state within three years.
“Hungary has a strong tradition of research in the biological sciences,” says Iain Mattaj, EMBL’s Director General. “The country has a highly-developed life science sector, and we’re pleased to welcome them as a prospect member state.
As a prospect member state, Hungary will have observer status in EMBL’s governing body – the EMBL Council. Hungarian scientists will be able to access EMBL’s state-of-the-art facilities and services, and the country’s early career researchers will be eligible for scholarships in EMBL’s highly reputed PhD and Postdoctoral programmes. Additionally, EMBL and Hungary will work together on raising the visibility of EMBL in the country and promoting cooperation between Hungarian and EMBL researchers.
“We are very happy to join EMBL, to continue our investment in science and bring additional opportunities to the Hungarian scientific community,” says József Pálinkás, Hungarian Government Commissioner for Research, Development and Innovation.
Hungary joins prospect member state Slovakia, member states Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and associate member states Argentina and Australia.