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

3.3 million

Scientists at over 3.3 million unique sites use EMBL-EBI websites every month.

38 million

Every weekday, well over 38 million requests are made to EMBL-EBI websites.

140 million

During 2017, we ran 140 million jobs for our users working in both industry and academic settings.

155 Petabytes

EMBL-EBI data centres can store over 155 Petabytes (155,000 Terabytes) of data.

64 countries

In 2016, EMBL-EBI had 190 grants jointly funded with researchers and institutes in 64 countries throughout the world.

18 000 people

In 2016, EMBL-EBI participated in 340 training, outreach and knowledge-exchange events, connecting with over 18 000 people.

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