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Keynote Lectures by EMBO Members



Meeting organizers can apply for funding for an EMBO Member or Associate Members to give a keynote lecture at their major international scientific meeting. This provides participants with an opportunity to find out about the recent research findings from EMBO Members' laboratories.


The lecture must be given the status of a keynote lecture, featured prominently within the programme and entitled "The EMBO Lecture”. Applications are handled via the online application system.


Funding will only be provided for one EMBO Member per meeting.


Please note that funding is not available for EMBO Keynote Lectures at EMBO Conferences, EMBO Workshops or EMBO | EMBL Symposia (but it is available for EMBO | FEBS Lecture Courses).


Application deadlines: 1 February, 1 June and 1 October. Applicants will be notified within six weeks of the deadline.


Apply online via the online application system and please:

  • Apply at least 6 months in advance of the meeting. Applications for keynote lectures that take place shortly after the deadline may not be considered.
  • Provide a complete programme of the meeting, clearly indicating the proposed "The EMBO Lecture" slot.
  • Ensure that the spectrum of speakers and attendees is international in its scope.
  • Ensure that the invited speaker, who must be an EMBO Member or Associate Member, resides outside of the host country.
  • Ensure that either the scientific meeting is held in or the EMBO Member is working in an EMBC Member State.

Each application is reviewed by at least one member of the EMBO Course Committee. The This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. will answer any questions concerning the application. Contacting individual members of the EMBO Course Committee to influence the decision process will result in disqualification of the application.


A maximum of 1,000 euro (Europe) and 2,000 euro (international) to cover travel, accommodation and subsistence costs will be reimbursed to the speaker, who will be requested to submit an expense claim form together with related receipts to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


The following costs will not be covered:

  • stipend for the speaker;
  • meeting registration fee;
  • costs towards the general organization of the meeting.

Conditions of Funding

Application should be made by the meeting organizer and fulfill the following requirements:

  • Support will only be provided for a speaker who is an EMBO Member.
  • Funding will only be provided for one speaker per meeting. The EMBO Member must be working and/or be going to an event in an EMBC Member State.
  • The lecture has keynote lecture status, is featured prominently within the meeting programme and entitled "The EMBO Lecture".
  • The speaker should be introduced at the meeting as an EMBO Member. The EMBO Courses & Workshops office will ask the speaker to make some general comments about EMBO and its activities and will provide a Powerpoint slide for this purpose. A selection of EMBO publicity material may be sent to the organizer for display at the meeting.
  • The EMBO logo should be included on all publicity related to the meeting.


1 February, 1 June and 1 October


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Gerlind Wallon
Programme Manager
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Luis Valente
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