Rui Costa elected as Member of EMBO
The Champalimaud Neuroscience Programme's Rui Costa has become a Member of EMBO - the European Molecular Biology Organisation.
EMBO brings together more than 1600 scientists, including 66 Nobel Laureates, who promote excellence in the Life Sciences. This organisation’s main objective is to support the most talented investigators throughout all phases of their careers, stimulating the exchange of scientific information and helping to build a European research environment in which scientists can reach their full potential in their fields.
EMBO announced today, May 7th 2014, that prominent investigators in the life sciences have been elected as Members of the organisation. On the occasion of its 50th anniversary celebrations, EMBO decided to strategically expand the number of elected members in tribute to the progress made in the fields of neuroscience, ecology and evolution. The new members for 2014 include 50 scientists who have made exceptional contributions to these areas of research.
“For the 50th anniversary of EMBO we are extremely pleased to welcome significantly more researchers to our membership than in previous years,” EMBO Director Maria Leptin said. “In the past decades, many of the concepts, techniques and insights of molecular biology have been applied to fundamental questions in other disciplines of the life sciences. Molecular explanations are now emerging for the origins and functions of complex systems like the brain and the living world around us. We wanted to reflect more of these exciting developments in our membership.”
Among the scientists distinguished by EMBO in 2014 are two Portuguese investigators. In addition to the Champalimaud Foundation’s Rui Costa, Margarida Amaral, from the Department of Chemistry and Biology of Lisbon University’s Faculty of Sciences was also elected.