Centre Director honoured for excellence in life sciences

Professor Richard Gilbertson
Congratulations to Professor Richard Gilbertson on his election to the European life sciences organisation, EMBO.

Professor Gilbertson, Dr Madeline Lancaster (a group leader at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology and Brain Cancer Virtual Institute member) and three other University researchers are among 67 new members and associate members elected to the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO) this year.

They join the community of more than 1,900 leading life scientists in Europe and beyond, including many Centre members.

Through this lifelong honour, new EMBO Members and Associate Members are recognized for their outstanding achievements in the life sciences.

Professor Gilbertson said: “It is such an honour to have been elected to EMBO and be part of this incredible group of scientists and colleagues from across Europe. I very much hope to continue to promote international collaborations and interactions through my membership of this terrific organisation.” 

The newly elected members reside in 22 countries. The 58 new EMBO Members are based in 15 member states of the EMBC, the intergovernmental organization that funds the major EMBO Programmes and activities. The nine new EMBO Associate Members reside in seven countries: Argentina, Australia, Canada, China, India, Singapore, and the US.

“The new EMBO Members and Associate Members are exceptional scientists, who carry out leading research across a variety of fields, ranging from cell biology and cancer to vaccine development and machine learning,” says EMBO Director Fiona Watt. “I am delighted to welcome them to EMBO, and I know that they will enrich the life of the organization immensely.”

Members provide guidance and support for EMBO activities, for example by evaluating funding applications, serving on EMBO Council and committees, or joining the editorial boards of EMBO Press journals. Through their involvement, members help to shape the direction of life sciences, foster the careers of young researchers, and strengthen the research communities in Europe and beyond.

New members are nominated and elected by the existing EMBO Membership. The annual process ensures a broad scope with the flexibility to expand into newly emerging fields in the life sciences.

EMBO will formally welcome the new members at the annual Members’ Meeting in Heidelberg between 26 and 28 October 2022.

An online directory listing all members, their affiliations, and subject areas is available here.

6 Jul 2022