Sarah Butcher becomes EMBO Member

EMBO announced on 14 May 2018 that 62 outstanding life scientists have been elected to its membership, joining a group of more than 1800 of the best researchers in Europe and around the world. One of the elected EMBO Members is Professor and Research Director Sarah Butcher from the Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences and Structural Biology and Biophysics Programme, Helsinki Institute of Life Sciences.

“I am really honoured and excited to join the EMBO Members Community. I respect the important societal work EMBO does in promoting science, and am looking forward to this new opportunity to discuss with great scientists from around the world. This election also reflects well on my research team, the University of Helsinki and my national and international funders which have supported my research for over twenty years.Thank you,” says Sarah Butcher.

“EMBO Members are leading scientists working across all of the life sciences. They also strengthen the research community in Europe and beyond through their international collaborations and connections,” says EMBO Director Maria Leptin.

The members are actively involved in the execution of the organization’s initiatives by serving on EMBO Council, Committees and Editorial Boards, by evaluating applications for EMBO funding, by mentoring young scientists and by providing suggestions and feedback on activities.

The 53 newly elected EMBO Members reside in 17 Member States of the European Molecular Biology Conference (EMBC), EMBO’s intergovernmental funding body. The nine new EMBO Associate Members are researchers currently working in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, India, Japan and the USA.

The new EMBO Members and Associate Members will be formally welcomed at the Members’ Meeting in Heidelberg between 24 and 26 October 2018.

An online directory with all existing and new EMBO Members is available at

Selected statistics about this year’s intake:

  • newly elected members reside in 24 countries
  • 22 new members (35.5%) are women
  • average age of newly elected members: 50.7 years

About EMBO
EMBO is an organization of more than 1800 leading researchers that promotes excellence in the life sciences. The major goals of the organization are to support talented researchers at all stages of their careers, stimulate the exchange of scientific information, and help build a European research environment where scientists can achieve their best work. Further information via