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EMBO to support life scientists in Chile


Heidelberg, Dec. 20, 2017 - EMBO, together with its intergovernmental funding body, EMBC, has signed a cooperation agreement with the National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research in Chile (CONICYT) to strengthen scientific exchange and collaboration between Chile and Europe.

EMBO Director Maria Leptin says: "International collaboration beyond national borders is a vital component of successful science. We are very pleased to form this partnership with CONICYT, which will enable us to encourage and facilitate stronger interactions between life scientists in Europe and those in Chile."

The cooperation agreement will take effect on 1 January 2018. As a result, researchers working in Chile will be eligible to participate in EMBO programmes and activities. They will be able to apply for funding for fellowships, research exchanges, and scientific courses and workshops. They will also be eligible for the EMBO Young Investigator Programme.

The President of CONICYT Council, Mario Hamuy, says: "The study of the processes at the molecular level has become very important in the last decade. In this context, signing this agreement enabling Chilean researchers to access the programmes and activities offered by EMBO, such as fellowships, courses and workshops, is a great opportunity for researchers in Chile. It will help them to continue generating cutting-edge knowledge and to interact with the most prestigious researchers in this area."

"Increased interaction between scientists in Chile and Europe will support the formation of strong networks and collaborative activities," adds Gerrit van Meer, President of the European Molecular Biology Conference (EMBC). "We look forward to Chilean life scientists being able to benefit from EMBO activities."


About EMBO

EMBO is an organization of more than 1700 leading researchers that promotes excellence in the life sciences. The major goals of the organization are to support talented researchers at all stages of their careers, stimulate the exchange of scientific information, and help build a European research environment where scientists can achieve their best work.

EMBO helps young scientists to advance their research, promote their international reputations and ensure their mobility. Courses, workshops, conferences and scientific journals disseminate the latest research and offer training in techniques to maintain high standards of excellence in research practice. EMBO helps to shape science and research policy by seeking input and feedback from our community and by following closely the trends in science in Europe. For more information:

About EMBC

The European Molecular Biology Conference (EMBC) is an intergovernmental organization comprising 29 Member States. EMBC promotes a strong transnational approach to the life sciences. Within EMBC, Member States pool their resources to improve the quality of research at a national level and to contribute to the advancement of basic research in Europe. For more information:


The National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research (CONICYT) is the main funding agency for science and technology in Chile.

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