FEBS encourages effective scientific meeting formats and supports the cost of organization of scientific meetings in the FEBS area (Europe and neighbouring regions) through the various funding programmes summarised below.

Event grants open to individuals

Expert scientists interested in organizing a scientific event in their research area as part of the FEBS Advanced Courses programme can apply for funding from FEBS  that includes an event organization grant and an allocation for travel awards.

FEBS Advanced Courses cover important and timely topics in the molecular life sciences in the form of Lecture Courses, Workshops, Practical Courses, combined Practical and Lecture Courses, and Special Meetings. A strong educational element makes them particularly valuable for early-career researchers.

Calls for proposals are opened twice a year for  events to be run in the following year, and applications are assessed by the FEBS Advanced Courses Committee.

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Event grants open to FEBS Societies

Education and Science & Society events

Grants for workshops focused on teaching, training and learning in the molecular life sciences are open to Education Ambassadors from FEBS Societies to hold in their own country. This scheme is managed by the FEBS Education Committee.

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In addition, FEBS collaborates with FEBS Constituent Societies in the organization of joint education workshops. FEBS Societies interested in hosting a workshop should contact the Chair of the FEBS Education Committee.

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Grants for events (or activities) on a pre-set Science & Society topic are open to FEBS Constituent Societies. The Science & Society topic in a given year is the subject at the most recent Science & Society special session at the FEBS Congress. The scheme is managed by the FEBS Science & Society Committee.

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FEBS National Lectures

FEBS Constituent Societies can apply for FEBS support for a distinguished plenary lecture (a ‘FEBS National Lecture’)  to enhance a Society scientific meeting. An engraved glass award is provided by FEBS for presentation to the FEBS National Lecturer.

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FEBS3+ Meetings

The FEBS3+ Meetings programme supports scientific meetings equivalent to an annual national scientific meeting of a Constituent Society but organized through collaboration of at least three FEBS Constituent Societies. Applications for events in a given year are assessed in the preceding autumn/winter by the FEBS Congress Counsellor in consultation with the FEBS Secretary General and FEBS Treasurer.

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FEBS Congress

The hosting of this flagship event of FEBS is awarded to a different FEBS Constituent Society (or Societies) each year.  Bids, which should include provision of a pre-Congress Young Scientists’ Forum (YSF) satellite meeting, are invited from FEBS Constituent Societies approximately 3.5 years ahead of the event. More information is available from the FEBS Congress Counsellor.

Event grants open to institutes

FEBS and IUBMB collaborate with the four core research institutions of the ENABLE consortium to offer funding to new research institutions interested in hosting one of the yearly FEBS-IUBMB-ENABLE conference series. The 2022 event was awarded to the Institute of Biomedicine of Seville (IBiS), the 2023 to the University of Cologne, and the 2024 to the Nanyang Technological University – NTU Singapore. All host institutions are selected after an open call; the 2025 call will open in 2023. For more information on FEBS-IUBMB-ENABLE conferences, visit the event page on this website and the ENABLE website.