2014: The French Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (SFBBM) in the spotlight
The French Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (SFBBM; Société Française de Biochimie et Biologie Moléculaire) is one of the oldest Constituent Societies of FEBS, and has played an important role in the development of biochemistry and molecular biology research and education. 2014 is a special year for the Society for two reasons. First, this ‘Old Lady’, still fit and well, will celebrate the centennial of her foundation by Maurice Nicloux. Second, this year will be engraved in the memories as the SFBBM is the host organizing society of the FEBS–EMBO 2014 Conference in Paris. The Society will be under the spotlight and will thus amplify its international visibility.
The FEBS–EMBO 2014 Conference is a major international event celebrating not only the SFBBM centennial but also the 50th anniversaries of both FEBS and EMBO. The Conference will bring together at the Palais des Congrès in Paris, from Saturday 30th August to Thursday 4th September 2014, more than 2000 scientists from across the world working on all aspects of the molecular life sciences. An excellent range of lectures from speakers at the forefront of molecular life science research and from all over the globe has been assembled, with the programme covering the breadth of the life sciences from fundamental biochemistry and molecular biology to cell biology, neurobiology, immunology, microbiology and physiology.
A special session dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the SFBBM will take place in the afternoon of August 30th, just ahead of the opening of the Conference. This will include scientific talks by the Maurice Nicloux and Dina Surdin Foundation prizewinners, as well as a slide show of SFBBM history from Guy Dirheimer, a former president of the SFBBM (and also a former Fellowships Chairman, Secretary General and Executive Chairman of FEBS). A history of the SFBBM from the very beginning, written by Guy Dirheimer, has been published (in French) in an exciting and very well documented special issue of the SFBBM newsletter ‘Regard sur la Biochimie’ (http://sfbbm.fr/index.php?option=com_docman&task=cat_view&gid=1&Itemid=122).
The medal picture (above right) shows Maurice Nicloux, founder of the SFBBM (formerly ‘Société de Chimie Biologique’) in 1914; the SFBBM awards the Maurice Nicloux Prize and medal to promising young scientists every year.
Helping young scientists to attend scientific meetings has always been one of the major preoccupations of the SFBBM. In this regard, the Society is happy to inform young French scientists that a large number of bursaries will be available to support attendance at the Conference. The closing date for application is March 23. For more information, please see http://www.febs-embo2014.org/registration-abstracts/sfbbm-bursaries/69. (For scientists from outside France looking for financial assistance for attendance at FEBS–EMBO 2014, please see the information on FEBS/EMBO bursaries.)
Lastly, Paris is Paris. The Palais des Congrès is the greatest venue in Paris for hosting such a prestigious Conference. It is central to Paris with easy connections to airports and train stations and is located on a metro line; and it has a large auditorium (3700 seats), a lecture hall (820 seats), several meeting rooms and a spacious exhibition hall for poster sessions, two hotels on site and several others in the vicinity. For the Conference dinner on September 3, attendees will have the unique opportunity to (re)discover its magnificent monuments viewed from a cruise on the river Seine; please register for this on the Conference website.
Alain Krol, Secretary General, SFBBM
Marie Sissler, SFBBM administrator
SFBBM website: http://sfbbm.fr