IGC researchers elected as EMBO Members

07 jul 2020

Caren Norden and Luís Teixeira are the IGC researchers elected EMBO (European Molecular Biology Organization) members in 2020. Mariana Gomes Pinho, from Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica António Xavier (ITQB NOVA) joins the two researchers. These are the three researchers in Portugal that become now part of this select group.

“The new Members have contributed to the success of research in the life sciences in Europe and around the world,” said EMBO Director Maria Leptin. “As EMBO Members they can help to shape the future through EMBO’s work to support talented researchers, bring ideas together, and promote an international research environment conducive to excellent science.”

Today, the organization has more than 1800 renowned researchers, including 88 Nobel laureates. Portugal has more than two dozen of researchers in the organization, reaching now 23 in total.

Researchers are elected by peers, in recognition of their work in areas like cell biology, immunology and molecular medicine, among others. 63 leading scientists have been elected in 2020 – 52 European and 11 from third countries. Besides the researchers now elected, IGC adds up six more and ITQB three more.

The three Portuguese researchers elected this year are based in Oeiras, a municipality that has been pursuing a Science and Technology Strategy focused on partnerships with research institutions headquartered in Oeiras. This election acknowledges also the value of fundamental research in life sciences and the importance of recruiting and supporting the best researchers in Portugal.

“From early on EMBO was an important part to foster my research career. I was awarded a long term fellowship in 2006 and profited a lot from this support. I was very honoured when, in 2015, I became an EMBO Young Investigator. Being part of this network was priceless for me, and now I am flattered and grateful to become an EMBO member. It is a fantastic network that will allow me to move science into future directions.” Caren Norden

“EMBO is one of the main European scientific societies and has an important role in funding and promoting research in life sciences. By becoming an EMBO member, I will be able to contribute to and help define science policy at the European level.” Luís Teixeira


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