EMBnet – The Global Bioinformatics Network

EMBnet’s goal is to provide bioinformatics support to global scientific communities, spear-headed by its Operational and Executive Boards, by offering specialised expertise, and access to biodatabases, software and especially training.

The EMBnet Stichting

EMBnet is a group of collaborating organisations and individuals across the world. It is organised as a foundation called ‘The EMBnet Stichting’, registered in The Netherlands.

The Annual General Meeting (AGM), in which each representative has an equal vote, is the main decision-making body of EMBnet.


EMBnet is managed by a four member Executive Board (EB) with the support of an Operational Board (advisory committee), Project Committees and Special Interest Groups (SIGs).


EMBnet’s mission is:

  • to provide education and training in bioinformatics
  • to assist biotechnology- and bioinformatics-related research
  • bridging between commercial and academic sectors
  • promoting global cooperation through its community networks


The EMBnet Stichting is funded by membership fees, sponsorships and grants.

Goals & Scope

EMBnet achieves its goals by, among other activities:

  • harnessing the knowledge, expertise and technologies of its members;
  • responding strategically to matters of joint importance, whether technological, financial or political;
  • functioning as a dissemination network for bioinformatics tools and resources;
  • organising regular meetings and workshops to provide training in the use of bioinformatics tools and resources;
  • acting as a focus for attracting financial support and administering its accrued funds for activities agreed by its Boards.

Education & Training

Education & Training in Bioinformatics is one of the most important commitment of EMBnet. Indeed, EMBnet was the first European bioinformatics organisation that provided specialised courses and training in Bioinformatics.

Quick Guides

EMBnet QuickGuides are short, practical tutorials that provide step-by-step instructions on the use of a range of basic bioinformatics tools.


Since 2010, EMBnet has produced EMBnet.journal as a successor to the EMBnet.news magazine, published by EMBnet since 1994.


EMBnet’s Operational Board produces a monthly bulletin to bring the latest news of what’s going on in EMBnet to its members.

Courses & Events


EMBnet both is and has been an active participant in a number of EU consortia, including SeqAhead, AllBio and EMBER. EMBnet also enjoys productive collaborations with several international societies and networks, including the ISCB, the ISB, the BTN and Itico, and has been spear-heading the global initiative on bioinformatics training – Global Organisation for Bioinformatics Learning, Education and Training (GOBLET).

As global bioinformatics network, EMBnet shares common interests and works closely with other international organisations, networks and scientific societies, including the ISCBAPBioNet, SoIBio, ASBCB, ISBBTNBioCANET, and GOBLET; in addition, it provides links and support to many smaller collaborative and thematic networks.

Become a member!

EMBnet offers academics, postdoctoral researchers, students, teachers and industrialists access to a wide range of opportunities and facilities.

EMBnet incubates multidisciplinary research projects

SeqAhead: Next-Generation Sequencing Data-Analysis Network (COST Action BM1006). This Action is developing a strategic communication, dissemination and education plan for NGS bioinformatics, distributing knowledge and expertise across international boundaries.

AllBio: Broadening the bioinformatics infrastructure to unicellular, animal and plant science (Coordination Action KBBE.2011.3.6-02). This is a Coordination and Support Action that concerts the efforts of 10 bioinformatics academic institutes to generalise and broaden the applicability of the many existent human-­centric bioinformatics facilities to life-science research fields related to unicellular organisms, plants and animals.

The iAnn Community Project

EMBNet is part of the iAnn community project which collects and distribute life science events. All the events submitted to EMBNet are shared with other organisations through the iAnnplatform.


EMBnet was established in 1988 as an initiative of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL). At that time, high-speed data communication across Europe was in its infancy, and the EMBL was facing increasing difficulties serving its growing collection of sequence data to its European nodes and their local research communities.

Moving forward

EMBnet has been, and continues to be, both a pioneer and a provider of bioinformatics services, expertise and training, across Europe and beyond. It has supported the growth of bioinformatics and computational biology in many countries, aiding both the implementation of bioinformatics infrastructures and the development and use of the most advanced bioinformatics tools and resources (see Achievements).

Want to know more about EMBnet?
Read our Statutes and Byelaws.