Established in 1969, the European Molecular Biology Conference (EMBC) is an inter-governmental organisation dedicated to the promotion of molecular biological research in Europe. It encourages the training and exchange of information between European researchers.
Austria, Belgium, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, and the United Kingdom are all members of the EMBC.
Based in Heidelberg, the EMBC is also responsible for funding the General Programme of the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO).
The EMBO is an association of Europe's leading molecular biologists. The funding that it receives from the EMBC is used to run its General Programme of short-term and long-term fellowships and to organise continuing training courses, workshops and scientific congresses in member countries.
Swiss researchers have benefited greatly from the EMBO's fellowship programme and are also heavily involved in the organisation's other activities. This success is one of the reasons why our fundamental research in the field of modern biology is at such globally high standards.
Because of the high attractiveness of Swiss laboratories, the proportion of foreign visiting scientists doing research with an EMBO fellowship is very high. The performance of this highly qualified and largely free workforce is today the greatest benefit that Switzerland derives from its membership in the EMBC.
Switzerland's financial contribution to the EMBC amounts to roughly 3.65% of its respective annual budget of around EUR 22 million. The State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) represents Switzerland in the EMBC and is responsible for Switzerland's financial contribution to this organisation.