Our impact

We simply could not function without the core, reliably maintained data collections and world-leading expertise of EMBL-EBI for the organisation and analysis of biological data." - From our annual user survey in 2015

A real-time visualisation of requests to EMBL-EBI data resources.

EMBL-EBI: why does it matter?

Understanding how genetics affects the health of humans, plants and animals is essential to advances in disease prevention, food security and biodiversity. We collaborate with scientists and engineers all over the world, and provide the infrastructure needed to share data openly in the life sciences. 

We develop databases, tools and software that make it possible to align, verify and visualise the diverse data produced in publicly-funded research, and make that information freely available to all. But tracking and measuring the impact of these efforts can be a challenge.

Here, we provide examples of how our users in different sectors perceive our value to their work, and report on how we meet the needs of researchers throughout the world.

Big data, big demand


EMBL-EBI’s public data and services are used by millions of researchers all over the world, and are freely available 24/7.

3.2 million

Scientists at over 3.2 million unique sites use EMBL-EBI websites every month.

62 countries

In 2016, EMBL-EBI had 186 grants jointly funded with researchers and institutes in 62 countries throughout the world.

27 million

Every weekday, well over 27 million requests are made to EMBL-EBI websites.

120 Petabytes

EMBL-EBI data centres can store over 120 Petabytes (120,000 Terabytes) of data.

12.6 million

EMBL-EBI handles 12.6 million jobs on average every month.

€150 million

Volume of activities dependent on EMBL-EBI services of one large industrial user since entering EMBL-EBI Industry Programme: €150 million (conservative estimate)*

13 000 people

In 2016, EMBL-EBI participated in 300 training, outreach and knowledge-exchange events, connecting with over 13 000 people.

350 000 addresses

In 2016, our online training resource was accessed by over 350 000 unique IP addresses.

*Figure from an assessment by EvaRIO, the Evaluation of Research Infrastructures in Open innovation and research systems, in 2013.

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