The EMBL wishes to warn invited speakers for conferences and courses taking place at the EMBL Advanced Training Centre of fraudulent schemes purporting to offer housing services on behalf of EMBL or affiliated with EMBL officials. Acting with fraudulent intent, agencies contact speakers by email or telephone under the false pretention that as the official housing partner of the conference they require the credit card details of the speakers. 

The EMBL does not solicit any credit card details from its invited speakers at any stage in the organization of the conference. The EMBL makes its own hotel bookings for all invited speakers. If you are coming to EMBL as an invited speaker, EMBL will have made the necessary hotel arrangements for you and you will be notified accordingly by the same organizer here at EMBL who is already in contact with you for all other matters related to the event. The EMBL does not have agreements with any housing services and none of these housing services represent EMBL, nor are they authorized to contact our speakers. The EMBL also does not share the contact database of invited speakers or event attendees with such housing services (more information about the recipients of your data herein; Information for data subjects).

The EMBL strongly urges prospective speakers to ignore all requests from any housing services and to carefully consider the above before sharing any details about their bank account. Any such request should be rejected. Suspicious communications purportedly from, for or on behalf of the EMBL should be reported to the EMBL at the following email address Fraudulent schemes shall be reported to the local law enforcement authorities for appropriate action.

As for other participants and exhibitors to conferences and courses taking place at the EMBL Advanced Training Centre, the EMBL strongly recommends to book accommodation independently from any agencies contacting them and to use a service provider that they know and trust. The EMBL provides a list on the individual event website with trusted hotels and we encourage you to contact those hotels directly.

We look forward to welcoming you in Heidelberg.

Your EMBL Events team