Scientific Services

A unique approach to scientific services in Europe

EMBL provides life science researchers in Europe and beyond with access to the very latest in scientific technologies, infrastructure, and data resources.

Scientific services are at the heart of all of EMBL's missions

EMBL scientific services, combined with our scientific and technical expertise, provide researchers with the highest quality results, and enable significant fundamental research that is essential to solving global societal challenges.

EMBL’s unique portfolio of integrated scientific services enables researchers from our Member States and around the world to access a broad range of world-class infrastructures and resources through a single Europe-wide partner.

EMBL’s scientific services encompass over 40 bioinformatics and data resources, and more than 20 experimental services in the fields of structural biology, imaging, genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, in vivo gene editing, and chemical biology.

EMBL impacts

Independent reviews have noted the impact EMBL Services have on the scientific community. A 2021 report from Technopolis found that EMBL’s experimental services are ‘critical’ for research. Likewise, a study by Charles Beagrie Ltd found that the data resources that EMBL EBI manage offer exceptional value for the money.

Our commitment to Open Science

Wherever possible our databases and software are freely available to the scientific community, and we strongly encourage open access publication.

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EMBL’s European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) develops and maintains numerous community databases, tools, and software that are freely available to all.

EMBL-EBI data resources and tools

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Structural biology and imaging

Structural biology and imaging services enable life to be visualised across scales: from atomic snapshots of moving proteins to detailed videos of molecules within cells, tissues or organisms.

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EMBL Imaging Centre

The EMBL Imaging Centre, which opened in the summer of 2021, encompasses cutting-edge electron and light microscopies technologies.

Multi-omics facilities

EMBL supports researchers in performing functional omics analyses, to better understand the genome, transcriptome, proteome, and metabolome.

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Chemical biology services

Chemistry biology services at EMBL offer infrastructure and expertise to researchers interested in optimising biologically-relevant chemical compounds and gaining insights into protein function.

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In vivo gene editing services

EMBL’s in vivo gene editing services harness new technologies to experimentally modify or edit genomes to understand their function.

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Sample preparation

EMBL supports users by preparing samples for use as part of EMBL’s structural biology and imaging services.

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EMBL IT Services provide IT infrastructure, services and support to EMBL’s scientific community and administration in Heidelberg, Rome, Barcelona, as well as other EMBL sites. Our mission is to empower our users by providing a state-of-the-art, affordable and easy-to-use IT environment.

EMBL's scientific services

Providing a unique European portfolio for life scientists

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