After onboarding the Institute of Biomedicine of Seville (IBiS) last year, we now welcome the University of Cologne (UoC) to embrace the ENABLE initiative and join the FEBS-IUBMB-ENABLE consortium. As a new partner, the UoC will be hosting the FEBS-IUBMB-ENABLE conference in 2023. “The University and the City of Cologne will profit from the FEBS-IUBMB-ENABLE 2023 conference”, say Debora Grosskopf-Kroiher and Isabell Witt, who applied to FEBS-IUBMB-ENABLE to become a host.

The University of Cologne (UoC) has two well-established life-science-oriented graduate programs providing high-level training and covering disciplines ranging from molecular medicine, molecular biology, biochemistry, biophysics, bioinformatics, and genetics, including microbial, animal, and plant models organisms. These programs serve as an umbrella structure for over 550 doctoral researchers – with ca. 40% being international – and for over 12 third-party-funded graduate programs in specific research fields.

A vibrant interdisciplinary Life Sciences Campus and a proven track record of success with extensive practical experience in managing international conferences, including close cooperation with young researchers, make the University of Cologne an ideal partner to host the conference in 2023.

On May 12-13, 2022 the FEBS-IUBMB-ENABLE consortium, which comprises PhD students from Cologne and from the previous host institutions, met in Cologne for a kick-off meeting. “This was a fantastic experience. We are all extremely motivated and we are already working intensively together to deliver an exciting conference in 2023”, say Franziska Baumann and Julia Glebe, members of the organizing committee from Cologne.

Group photo of the University of Cologne and ENABLE organizers at the kick-off meeting in May 2022
Image: University of Cologne and ENABLE organizers at kick-off meeting in May 2022.


Find out more about the FEBS-IUBMB-ENABLE conference series and about the 2022 event, which will be hosted by the Institute of Biomedicine of Seville (IBiS), in Spain, on 16-18 November. Early bird registrations and travel grants are available until 29 July.