The European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) announced today the names of 17 young scientists who have been selected for the 2009 "EMBO Young Investigator Programme". The Programme, which was launched almost 10 years ago, selects annually the most promising and creative European scientists working in Life Sciences. Simona Polo, the only Italian amongst this year’s winners, was awarded the title in recognition of the high standard of her research. She will join a prestigious network of approximately 230 EMBO Young Investigators. The main objectives of the EMBO Programme are to raise the profile of young group leaders and to create new opportunities to attract funding and establish collaborations. The Programme offers scientific leaders of tomorrow unique benefits to support them in establishing their reputation as excellent scientists and also acknowledges their contribution to European research.