Due to the efforts of our Centre, Republic of Serbia becomes prospect member of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), starting a three-year process toward full membership, opening new opportunities for mutual exchange and collaboration. The presentation to the EMBL Council, which has confirmed Serbia’s membership process in EMBL, was given by Ivana Vukašinović, Assistant Minister of Science, Technological Development, and Innovation, Dr. Jelena Begović, and Branko Tomić, an Associate Research Professor at the Institute of Molecular Genetics and Genetic Engineering, University of Belgrade.
“Serbia is strongly committed to improving the overall quality of life for our citizens through science and technology, and we believe that our membership will bring benefits to both Serbia and EMBL,” stated Dr. Jelena Begović, Minister of Science, Technological Development, and Innovation, regarding the prospect membership of the Republic of Serbia in EMBL.
EMBL Director General Professor Edith Heard, said that Prospect Membership will support Serbia’s goals to expand its research and innovation environment by providing national researchers with full advantage of EMBL’s facilities, training, and professional network, and access to EMBL’s highly sought-after PhD and postdoctoral programmes.
Serbia’s prospect membership aligns with EMBL’s mission to bring together and integrate life sciences across Europe and our member states, to ensure the development and circulation of talent, collaborations and the shared use of infrastructures. Heard added that EMBL was thrilled with the delegation’s visit from Serbia to the European Bioinformatics Institute in the United Kingdom in January of this year, and that discussions have already identified many areas for further collaboration, which will now be further strengthened with Serbia’s associate membership.
During the three-year membership process, Serbia will attend EMBL’s governing Council during the prospect member phase as an Observer. EMBL has 28 full member states, one associate member state, and two prospect member states.