The European Molecular Biology Laboratory opens its first new headquarters in 20 years in Barcelona

Wed Apr 19 23:00:00 UTC 2017

The Minister for Business and Knowledge, Jordi Baiget, participated in the presentation of the sub-headquarters of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) to be opened in Barcelona. The Catalan headquarters is the first office that the EMBL opens in 20 years and joins the list of existing offices in Grenoble (France), Hamburg (Germany), Hinton (United Kingdom) and Monterotondo (Italy). According to EMBL Director General, Iain Mattaj, “The site will be one of the few places in the world where scientists can access state-of-the-art microscopy and modelling technologies specifically designed for studying tissues”, and added that “EMBL Barcelona will be in a unique position to lead those advances”.

Minister Baiget emphasised that “being home to the new EMBL headquarters in Barcelona is a historic milestone for the ambitious and successful research system established in Catalonia 15 years ago”. The EMBL’s Catalan sub-headquarters will be located in the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB). Baiget reiterated the “political and economic commitment” of Catalonia with the EMBL. “The PRBB and all the other research bodies in Catalonia contain an ambitious scientific community, undergoing pioneering and innovative research, undoubtedly making Catalonia the perfect place for the EMBL”, added the Minister.

Eight groups will work in the EMBL’s Barcelona sub-headquarters, seven of which will be research groups focusing their research on the development of tissue biology and pathology modelling, in order to contribute to scientific progress with groundbreaking technologies and encourage the transformation of new discoveries into practical applications in health fields. Researchers will have the most advanced pathology imaging and modelling technology that will enable them to obtain complex 4D data on tissues and organs.

The EMBL is Europe’s leading laboratory for life sciences, an intergovernmental agency with its headquarters in Heidelberg, founded in 1974, and made up of 20 member states. It offers its services to the scientific community, trains future generations of scientists and is dedicated to promoting life sciences throughout Europe.

It is an international, interdisciplinary body, with a highly innovative capacity. 1,600 people of 80 different nationalities work for the institution, out of Barcelona, Grenoble, Hamburg, Heidelberg, Hinxton and Monterotondo.