Since January 2004, Ireland has been a member of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL). EMBL is an Inter-governmental Research Organisation (IGRO) established in 1974 by European countries to develop molecular biology throughout Europe.
Membership of EMBL enables researchers across a range of disciplines, in both public and private research, to have access to the facilities and opportunities afforded by EMBL’s world-class facilities. This allows Europe to provide an attractive alternative to the United States as a workplace for Europe’s leading young molecular biologists.
Ireland’s membership of EMBL complements Ireland's significant investment in the biotechnology area in terms of presenting opportunities for research training, networking and enhanced international collaborations. Ireland is represented at EMBL's Council by the Office of Science and Technology and Science Foundation Ireland.