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.
Courses & Events
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.
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.
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).