Leadership and guidance

Rolf Apweiler, Janet Thornton and Ewan Birney, EMBL-EBIDr Rolf Apweiler, Joint Associate Director; Professor Dame Janet Thornton, Director and Dr Ewan Birney, Joint Associate Director

EMBL is an inter-governmental organisation with 21 member states and two associate member states. EMBL is led by the Director General, Professor Iain Mattaj, as appointed by EMBL Council. The Council is composed of all member states of the Laboratory. You can read more about EMBL leadership and guidance on the EMBL website.

The Director of EMBL-EBI is Professor Dame Janet Thornton, who is also a Senior Research Group Leader and heads the EMBL-EBI Research Programme. As Joint Associate Directors, Dr Rolf Apweiler and Dr Ewan Birney are responsible for the smooth running of EMBL-EBI services, which serve millions of researchers worldwide.

EMBL Programme 2012-2016

EMBL Programme

Strategy and management committee (SMC)

At EMBL-EBI, strategic decisions including budget, funding and the creation of new posts are deliberated by this committee. It comprises Senior Scientists, Senior Team Leaders, the Head of Administration and select others chosen by the Director.

Group and Team Leaders

In addition to the SMC, EMBL-EBI Group and Team Leaders are a crucial element in decision making. These include:

Scientific Advisory Committees

EMBL Scientific Advisory Committee

Council establishes a Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC), which shall give advice to Council, in particular with regard to proposals from the Director General on the realisation of the programme of the Laboratory. Current SAC members are listed on the EMBL website.

Bioinformatics Advisory Committee

EMBL-EBI has an established guidance structure in the form of a Bioinformatics Advisory Committee (BAC). The Committee gives advice to the institute with regard to scientific strategy, future directions and proposals on the realisation of its programme.

The BAC is composed of distinguished scientists appointed in their own right, not as representatives of member states. Membership of the Committee is drawn from experts in the field of bioinformatics and other relevant scientific disciplines. Some are also members of EMBL's Scientific Advisory Committee and data resource advisory boards.

2012 Membership
  • Philippe Sanseau of GlaxoSmithKline, United Kingdom
  • Roderic Guigo of the Centre de Regulacio Genomica, Barcelona, Spain
  • Tim Hubbard of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Hinxton, UK
  • Olli Kallioniemi, Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland (FIMM), University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Jonathan Knowles, Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland (FIMM), University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Matthias Uhlén of the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden

Scientific Advisory Committees - Services

Our bioinformatics services largely represent global collaborations, and these are advised by individual scientific advisory boards and committees. A full list of members is available here.

Contact: Deborah Howe
Assistant to the Director
EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute
Tel: +44 (0) 1223 494 648
Fax: + 44 (0) 1223 494 468 
E-mail: doffice@ebi.ac.uk 

All EMBL faculty

EMBL Faculty