1 December 2020

Simon Bekker-Jensen

Professor Simon Bekker-Jensen selected as new member of prestigious international network

EMBO Young Investigator has just announced that professor Simon Bekker-Jensen from Center for Healthy Aging is appointed new member of the prestigious international network. Globally 30 young researchers under the age of 40 are admitted to the network – including two researchers from Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research.

EMBO is an international organization of life scientists and directs funding from member states towards research fellowships, courses, workshops, conferences, and science policy initiatives. EMBO also has a stable of prestigious life science journals. The administrative headquarters is in Heidelberg, Germany.

I am very happy to have been selected and internationally acknowledged as a talented scientist and I am very much looking forward to participate in the network of young investigators. I am sure that I will gain useful knowledge and strengthen my network globally among highly esteemed colleagues, says professor Simon Bekker-Jensen from Center for Healthy Aging. 

Through the Young Investigator Programme, EMBO identifies and supports some of the best young researchers in the life sciences. EMBO Young Investigators are group leaders in the early stages of setting up an independent laboratory in EMBC Member or Associate Member States. They receive financial and practical support for a period of four years to help them develop skills and connections that will help them during this career stage.

We are delighted to welcome the new Young Investigators to the EMBO community and look forward to supporting them in leading and further developing their independent laboratories, says EMBO Director Maria Leptin.

These 30 life scientists have demonstrated scientific excellence and are among the next generation of leading life scientists. Their participation in the EMBO Young Investigator Programme will help them in this critical phase of their careers.

As part of the Young Investigator Programme the new members have access to a wide range of benefits including networking opportunities and access to core facilities at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL). Young Investigators receive an award of 15,000 euros in the second year of their tenure, and can apply for further funding, travel grants and take advantage of mentorship opportunities amongst many other benefits. 

More information on EMBO.

More information on Novo Nordisk Foundation for Protein Research.