Welcome to EMBL-EBI

EMBL-EBI main buildingEMBL-EBI's Main Building on the Wellcome Genome Campus

At the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), we help scientists realise the potential of ‘big data’ in biology by exploiting complex information to make discoveries that benefit mankind.

We make the world’s public biological data freely available to the scientific community via a range of services and tools, perform basic research and provide professional training in bioinformatics.

EMBL-EBI is part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), an international, innovative and interdisciplinary research organisation funded by 22 member states and two associate member states. We are situated on the Wellcome Genome Campus in Hinxton, Cambridge, UK, one of the world’s largest concentrations of scientific and technical expertise in genomics.

We provide freely available data and bioinformatics services to the scientific community.

We maintain the world’s most comprehensive range of freely available and up-to-date molecular databases. Developed in collaboration with our colleagues worldwide, our databases and tools span the full range of molecular biology, from nucleotide sequences to full systems.

Our data services help scientists share data efficiently, perform complex queries and analyse the results in different ways. Users can work locally by downloading our data and software, or use our web services to access our resources programmatically. Our website serves millions of researchers, who are wet-lab and computational biologists in industry and academia working in all areas of the life sciences, from clinical biology to agri-food research.

We contribute to the advancement of biology through basic investigator-driven research.

EMBL-EBI provides a unique environment for bioinformatics research, and our broad palette of research interests compliments our data resources. In the era of personal genomics, our research is increasingly translational and related to problems of direct significance to medicine and the environment. We train the next generation of computational biologists in the EMBL International PhD Programme, and offer many opportunities for postdocstrainees

We provide advanced bioinformatics training to scientists at all levels.

We provide hands-on bioinformatics training courses to help experimental biologists make the most of our wide range of data resources. We also bring our training to host institutions throughout the world with our Bioinformatics Roadshows. Users can train in their own time and pace using our Train online resource.

We help disseminate cutting-edge technologies to industry.

Our Industry Programme is a forum for interaction between EMBL-EBI and industry R&D. Our member organisations, which include pharmaceutical and agribusiness companies, engage with us in bioinformatics research, service and standards development, and participate actively in pre-competitive projects and professional training. We also support small and medium-sized enterprises in a number of ways, including joint projects and events such as the annual SME Forum.

We support the coordination of biological data provision throughout Europe as an ELIXIR Node.

EMBL-EBI is a pivotal partner in several of Europe’s emerging research infrastructures, including the ELIXIR infrastructure for biological information. We are also central partners in many other initiatives that impact the global scientific community. 

Open Day 2016

EMBL-EBI Open Day 2016

Video about EMBL-EBI

Video about the history of EMBL-EBI

EMBL faculty

EMBL Faculty

Sex in Science Programme

Sex in Science programme
EMBL Alumni Programme