Students and young researchers of some FEBS Constituent Societies have come together to create the FEBS Junior Section. They develop joint activities and share resources, as well as open doors for young European scientists to opportunities outside their home countries by providing the relevant contacts and fostering communication within the network. A key current focus is organizing academic and career online talks from key researchers, which they take turns to plan and deliver.

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For upcoming activities, and links to follow the FEBS Junior Section on social media, visit the FEBS Junior Section Room on the FEBS Network platform.

Speaker: Duncan Wright, Managing Editor, FEBS Open Bio, FEBS Press.
Topic: “Ethics of peer review”
Time: 1 December 2023, 17:00 (CET)
For more information, vist the talk’s post on the FEBS Network.

2023 online talks series and other activities

Current and past talks and events, as well as links to some of the recordings, are also listed in a post on the FEBS Network. To stay updated with new information, you can join the FEBS Network to set up alerts to new postings in the FEBS Junior Section Room.

Background on the FEBS junior section

Both FEBS and the Constituent Societies support their young members with a variety of activities and opportunities. In addition, some of the Societies have a Junior Section, which is a group or subdivision of the Society that is organized by their young members, who plan and deliver activities for students and young researchers. Other Societies have national junior representatives instead of junior sections.

Junior sections or national young representatives from twelve Societies have come together to create the FEBS Junior Section. These include ÖGMBT (Austria), HDBMB (Croatia), CSBMB (Czech Republic), BioBio (Finland), GBM (Germany), MBKE (Hungary), SIB (Italy), NVBMB (the Netherlands), PTBioch (Poland), SPB (Portugal), SRBBM (Romania), SBS (Serbia), SBD (Slovenia), SEBBM (Spain), and the Biochemical Society (UK).

The FEBS Junior Section encourages students and young scientists in the molecular life sciences to join their initiative (by joining their Constituent Society and then joining the FEBS Junior Section). They also invite FEBS Constituent Societies without a Junior Section to create one, or select a national young representative. To raise awareness of their initiative, the FEBS Junior Section organizes activities, such as online talks with key researchers, and hosts a room on the FEBS Network, where they have written and given interviews on how to set up a Junior Section.


The aims of the individual Junior Sections align with those of their Societies, with an enhanced focus on the needs of younger members. Moreover, by coming together as the FEBS Junior Section, they have broadened their objectives to:

  • Collaborate and share resources between national Junior Sections
  • Increase mobility between countries, such as for training (e.g., PhDs, placements, courses) and conferences
  • Provide a framework to develop soft skills, such as networking, collaboration, communication, and event organizing
  • Connect with other students and young researchers in the molecular life sciences (e.g., the IUBMB Trainee Initiative)
  • Encourage students and young researchers to join their Constituent Society or become more active if already a member
  • Encourage students and young researchers and their Societies to create a Junior Section and join the FEBS Junior Section
  • Promote and collaborate with other FEBS activities for young scientists, such as the Young Scientists’ Forum and FEBS-IUBMB-ENABLE conferences
  • Become involved with and promote other FEBS activities as appropriate (e.g., FEBS journals)