Hungarian research institutes and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) will further strengthen their already close cooperation by jointly tackling biological and environmental challenges, including infectious diseases Minister of Innovation and Technology László Palkovics and EMBL Director-General Edith Heard announced.
Established in 1974, the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) plays a leading role in coordinating European physiological research and training professionals. It operates high-quality molecular biology and strategically important bioinformatics at its six sites. Hungary has been a member of the intergovernmental organization working on the development of new life science technologies and methods since 2017.
Director General Edith Heard said that it is critical to understand how life works in its natural environment at the molecular level to effectively address the many challenges humanity is facing. “We are pleased that Hungarian professionals will further strengthen EMBL’s position at the heart of European life sciences,” she said.
EMBL’s new five-year science program also undertakes to move the economy in a greener direction by encouraging interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral collaboration. The membership offers many opportunities for Hungarian researchers, from access to world-class tools and databases to PhD and postdoctoral programs to knowledge and technology transfer. Hungarian universities, research institutes and companies are currently participating in 14 international research and collaborations as EMBL partners.
Palkovics said that global threats such as the coronavirus epidemic require cross-border cooperation and joint action. EMBL’s network of contacts creates a unique opportunity for Hungarian expertise in the field of life sciences research to be put into practice throughout Europe.
The minister added that EMBL’s natural ally is the Hungarian Center for Excellence in Molecular Medicine (HCEMM), which entered into an interinstitutional partnership with EMBL three years ago. HCEMM, included in the National Laboratories program, summarizes the best skills and strengths of Hungarian professional workshops. Its new center in the Incubator House of the Szeged Science Park will be ready as early as this year.
Palkovics expressed his hope that with the help of the HCEMM partnership, stronger cooperation, several joint projects and a number of successful joint EU tenders can be realized.