Council establishes the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC), which gives advice to Council, in particular with regard to proposals from the Director General on the realisation of the programme of the Laboratory.

SAC is composed of distinguished scientists appointed in their own right, not as representatives of member states. Membership of the committee is drawn from scientists in a wide range of relevant fields of science in order to cover as far as possible both the field of molecular biology and other appropriate scientific disciplines. After due consultation with, in particular the EMBO Council and appropriate national institutions, the Director General and the Chair of EMBO Council propose to the Council a list of candidates which the Council considers in appointing the members of SAC.

2019 Membership

Brenda Andrews, Toronto, Canada (2019-2021)

James Briscoe, London, United Kingdom (2018-2020)

Elena Conti, Martinsried, Germany (2017-2019, 2020-2022)

Susan Gasser, Basel, Switzerland (2016-2018, 2019-2021)

Anthony Hyman, Dresden, Germany (2014-2016, 2017-2019)*

Kai Johnsson, Heidelberg, Germany (2016-2018, 2019-2021)

Edda Klipp, Berlin, Germany (2015-2017, 2018-2020)

Jan Löwe, Cambridge, United Kingdom (2017-2019, 2020-2022)

Edward Marcotte, Austin, United States of America (2016-2018, 2019-2021) - Vice Chair

Poul Nissen, Aarhus, Denmark (2017-2019, 2020-2022)

Paul Nurse, London, United Kingdom (2016-2018, 2019-2021) - Chair

Dana Pe'er, New York, United States of America (2018-2020)

Jan-Michael Peters, Vienna, Austria (2018-2020)

Stefano Piccolo, Padua, Italy (2014-2016, 2017-2019)*

Félix Rey, Paris, France (2019-2021)

Bas van Steensel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2019-2021)

Fiona Watt, London, United Kingdom (2016-2018, 2019-2021)

Mihaela Zavolan, Basel, Switzerland (2018-2020)

* Turning over 31 December 2019

New Members starting from 1 January 2020

Irene Bozzoni, Rome, Italy (2020-2022)

Fabian Theis, Munich, Germany (2020-2022)

SAC Chairs and Vice Chairs

List of SAC Chairs and Vice Chairs 1977-2019

Rules Establishing the SAC





Michael Thompson
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Judit Gulyás (On Maternity leave until September 2020)
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