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EMBO Council is the governing body of EMBO, responsible for ensuring the development of the organization. It consists of 15 members who serve for a period of three years and who may be reelected for one additional term of office.


EMBO Council Members 2018

Elected terms of office
Name Country
2016-2018, 2019-2021 Karen B. Avraham IL-Tel Aviv
2017-2019 Adrian Bird UK-Edinburgh
2014-2016, 2017-2019 Victor de Lorenzo ES-Madrid
2013-2015, 2016-2018 Anne Ephrussi DE-Heidelberg
2018-2020 Matthew Freeman UK-Oxford
2017-2019 Michael N. Hall CH-Basel
2015-2017, 2018-2020 Carl-Henrik Heldin (Chair) SE-Uppsala
2014-2016, 2017-2019 Regine Kahmann DE-Marburg
2015-2017, 2018-2020 Jürgen Knoblich AT-Vienna
2018-2020 Michel Labouesse FR-Paris
2016-2018, 2019-2021 László Nagy HU-Debrecen
2013-2015, 2016-2018 Paul Schulze-Lefert DE-Cologne
2016-2018, 2019-2021 Titia Sixma NL-Amsterdam
2017-2019 Claudio E. Sunkel PT-Porto
2015-2017, 2018-2020 Karen Vousden UK-London


Ex officio Council Member

Maria Leptin Director, EMBO



Paul Nurse Secretary General, EMBO
Gerrit van Meer President, EMBC
Anne Paoletti Secretary General, EMBC
Iain Mattaj Director General, EMBL
Philippe Sansonetti Chair, EMBO Membership Committee
Karim Labib Chair, EMBO Young Investigator Committee
Christian Lehner Chair, EMBO Course Committee
Luca Scorrano Chair, EMBO Fellowship Committee

Carl-Henrik Heldin

Carl-Henrik Heldin
Chair of the EMBO Council
EMBO Member since 1989


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Gitta BourkeGitta Bourke
EMBO Council & EMBC
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Heike Lorenzen-SchmidtHeike Lorenzen-Schmidt
EMBO Council & EMBC
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