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EMBL Australia - 2018 Highlights

Annual Reports / 5 May 2019


In 2018, the EMBL Australia Partner Laboratory Network continued to expand, with four new group leaders and one new host institution joining the network. Our researchers published significant papers, were awarded a number of grants to expand their innovative research and strengthened international ties with the EMBL via a three-day delegation to tour facilities and initiate research collaborations.

EMBL Australia has continued to thrive as a research organisation with strong local and international linkages. In 2016, the Partner Laboratory Network almost doubled in size, with four new and promising early-career researchers establishing their laboratories at our existing host institutes and more institutes coming on board, and we continued to strengthen ties between the international and Australian research communities.

Annual Report 2015 cover

In 2015-16, EMBL Australia moved into a new phase with the renewal of Australia's associate membership of EMBL funded by the Australian Government and a new governance structure.

This coincided with a change in both the Chair of the EMBL Australia Council and Scientific Head of the organisation and the continued expansion of the Partner Laboratory Network.

The past year has seen EMBL Australia expand considerably, with our node at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute becoming firmly established and a new node created at the University of New South Wales. Both these nodes are recruiting group leaders for further expansion, as are the Victorian node at the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute at Monash University and a new node at the Centre of Excellence in Advanced Molecular Imaging, also based at Monash University.

EMBL Australia Annual Report 2013-2014 cover

2013 has been a year of growth and renewal for EMBL Australia.

Our biggest achievement this past year has been the establishment of the South Australian node at the new South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI). On behalf of the EMBL Australia Council, I’d like to welcome Ville-Petteri Mäkinen and David Lynn to EMBL Australia, and wish them all the best in their research endeavours.

EMBL Australia Annual Report 2011-2012 cover

Significant achievements for EMBL Australia in 2011 included the establishment of the first two EMBL Australia Partner Laboratories (under group leaders Edwina McGlinn and Nicolas Plachta at the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute, Monash University) and the launch and commencement of  operation of the EMBL Australia Mirror of the EMBL-EBI at The University of Queensland.

EMBL Australia Annual Report 2010-2011 cover

2010 was a seminal year in the EMBL Australia initiative. Our official launch by Minister Carr in March coincided with the announcement of several key developments. These developments included the appointments of our Scientific Head and first Partner Laboratory Group Leaders, along with the announcement of a second node and associated national network for bioinformaticians.

EMBL Australia Annual Report 2009-2010 cover

The vision for EMBL Australia is bold and ambitious. It aims to build on Australia’s strengths in biological research and biotechnology to maintain and grow our international position in these areas. Specifically, we aim to:

  • stimulate Australian research through local integrated networks that link with global partnerships.
  • drive enhanced research quality through the development of world-class scientific leaders.
  • boost Australia’s international competitiveness in the life sciences and strengthen our emerging position as a leader in the biotechnology industry.