What is EMBL curious about?

Find out how curiosity is driving some of the work we do here at EMBL

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Curiosity sits at the heart of scientific discovery. It helps us explore and make sense of our world. It kick-starts ambitious projects and it stirs our imagination. It has even been known to get us in trouble every now and then.

To celebrate curiosity as a driving force behind science, technology and engineering, in our latest editorial theme we explore what EMBL is curious about. Below are some of the articles that answer this question and more.

You can also join the conversation on social media using #EMBLcurious. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.

Curious genomes

All living things are made of the same stuff – DNA – but some genomes really show off the wonderful weirdness of Nature.

The future of training

EMBL experts outline the trends shaping scientific training in the coming years.

Alasdair McDowall’s slow road to flash freezing

How a research technician with a master’s degree contributed to Nobel Prize-winning work.

Behind the scenes in the Fly Room

Curious about what goes on in EMBL’s Fly Room? Prepare to be a fly on the wall.

Humans of EMBL: Curiosity 

EMBLers across all sites share how their curiosity about the world shapes their every day life.

Science in space 

EMBL alumna Sigrid Reinsch trained as a cell biologist – now she helps to run experiments in space.


Six curious questions and the EMBL community’s answers. Check back each week for the next question.

A curious case of serendipity 

EMBL alumnus and Nobel laureate Jacques Dubochet explains the role of serendipity, luck, and failure that led to the key aha moment that is part of the reason he was awarded the Nobel Prize.

A smart cabinet of curiosities

In the 16th Century, the desire to collect and enhance knowledge about our world gave rise to the cabinet of curiosities. Today, those same tendencies drive EMBL-EBI’s data resources. Find out how open data is changing our pursuit of scientific discovery.

Science at sea

A talent for organisation has taken EMBL’s Steffi Kandels-Lewis across the globe. Hear Steffi’s incredible behind-the-scenes stories that have given her ‘enough experiences for three lifetimes’.

What bizarre flies have taught us

Flies with oddly-coloured eyes, flies with multiple pairs of wings, flies with legs on their head. Since the early 20th century, scientists have been creating curious-looking flies. Here are some of the things we have learned from fruit fly research.

Science is universal – we must stand up for it

Following his speech at EMBL’s annual reception, Rolf Heuer, President of SESAME, discusses the importance of science, collaboration and of questioning everything.

To laugh and then to think

The Ig Nobel Prizes are renowned as a spoof alternative to the Nobel Prizes. From cats behaving like liquids to frogs levitating inside a magnet, Ig Nobel emcee Marc Abrahams has seen it all. Read our interview with Marc Abrahams in advance of his EMBL Science and Society talk in December.

Science from ice

Working on scientific instruments has taken EMBL alumnus Simon Sheldon to the ends of the Earth. Read more about his work on ice core drilling expeditions in Greenland and Antarctica.



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