Germany breaks ground on state-of-the-art European research centre
Construction recently began on the Advanced Training Centre (ATC), an initiative undertaken by several European countries to provide young researchers with cutting-edge facilities to carry out their work in life sciences. The Centre is located on the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) campus in Heidelberg, Germany, and is the result of the combined efforts of The German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF), the Klaus Tschira Foundation, the federal state of Baden-Württemberg and the EMBL member states.
In addition to research activities, the goal is also to make the ACT an international hub welcoming major conferences on life sciences.
“The BMBF supports the construction of the ATC as a groundbreaking
project in the areas of scientific exchange, education and training
in the life sciences. Such a modern and high-quality centre
will allow us to host many of the most prestigious conferences
in Germany,” says the German Minister for Education and
Research, Annette Schavan.
“Scientists never really complete their education; there
are always new things to learn. This is why our foundation is
especially concerned with training projects and the promotion
of young talents,” says Klaus Tschira, whose foundation
supports the natural sciences, computer science and mathematics.
“The transparent architecture of the ATC, designed like
a DNA molecule in the shape of a double helix, does not only
offer ideal functional conditions, but also creates an inspiring