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FEBS 60th anniversary activities

To contribute to the celebration of the 60th anniversary of FEBS in 2024, the 48th FEBS Congress will include some special activities, which will be gradually added to this page.

We warmly invite you to join in!

FEBS 60th Anniversary Session

Saturday June 29; 17:30-18:30

On the opening day of the Congress, there will be a special session marking the milestone of 60 years since the founding of FEBS. The session will include both reflection and looking forward, with a few words from former FEBS Secretary Generals looking back at the development of FEBS, followed by a Panel Discussion on “Molecular Life Sciences: Shaping the Global Future Together” with leaders of several organizations supporting the biosciences. The session will also include the presentation of two new FEBS prizes launched for this 60th anniversary year.

Former FEBS Secretary Generals (in person or via sent messages): Profs
Guy Dirheimer, Vito Turk, Julio Celis, Israel Pecht, Václav Pačes
Contributors to the panel discussion: Profs Maria Leptin, President of the European Research Council (ERC); Alexandra Newton, President of the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (IUBMB); Miguel A. De la Rosa, Secretary General of the Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS); Joon Kim, President of the Federation of Asian and Oceanian Biochemists and Molecular Biologists (FAOBMB); Bilbis Lawal, President of the Federation of African Societies of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (FASBMB); José Sotelo, Chairman of the Pan-American Association for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (PABMB). A FEBS Excellence Awardee will also join the panel. 

 Bio-Art Image Contest: “The beauty behind biological sciences”

As part of the FEBS 60th anniversary celebrations, we invite submission of photographs taken with the use of bio-imaging tools (microscopes of any type) in the course of scientific work, for an exhibition at the 2024 FEBS Congress.

The judges will be selecting ten images for display at the event, based on scientific significance, originality and artistic and/or visual impact. From these ten, five prizes will then be awarded after voting by participants of the FEBS Congress.

To submit an image to this contest you must be a registrant of the 48th FEBS Congress or a member of a FEBS Constituent Society.

Submissions of photos are invited by 1 June 2024.

Please check the contest guidelines pdf for the full rules and instructions on how to send in your image. We look forward to receiving your entry!

The contest is organized by FEBS in collaboration with the Polish Biochemical Society and the Italian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
Contest poster design: © Mirosław Pawlowski


A celebration of FEBS Constituent Societies through posters

As a Federation, FEBS brings together 39 learned Societies from countries of Europe and neighbouring regions as its 'Constituent Societies'. These are diverse in size and activities, and have their own unique founding stories and journeys of joining the FEBS family, yet all have similar aims of furthering molecular biosciences, providing opportunities to develop the careers of scientists in this research area, and creating a sense of community. As part of the FEBS 60th anniversary celebrations, and with the goal of fostering connections and networking, FEBS has invited its member Societies to showcase their unique history, accomplishments, current initiatives and future aspirations through poster presentations at the 48th FEBS Congress.

The Society posters will be on display throughout the Congress, culminating in a dedicated poster session on 2 July, where attendees can engage directly with presenters. Discover how academic Societies contribute to the research landscape and, if the Society from your own country is represented, get to know the Society and its members better!

FEBS has twin commitments to high-quality publications and the promotion of molecular biosciences. As a charitable academic organization,
FEBS uses income from the journals to fund its diverse activities, including support for the FEBS Congress.