The German Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Mission & Vision

The aim of the Gesellschaft für Biochemie und Molekularbiologie, GBM, e.V. (GBM) is to promote basic and applied research as well as education in the fields of biochemistry, molecular biology and molecular medicine.

In addition, the GBM advocates the major role of modern life sciences in the general scientific community, society and politics.

Key Activities

As the German constituent society of FEBS and the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (IUBMB), the GBM is an active member of the worldwide scientific community and open to colleagues from other countries.

The GBM supports the exchange of scientific information by:

  • Two major annual international meetings held in English. The spring conference “Mosbacher Colloquium” focuses each year on a selected topic chosen by GBM members, and the biannual fall meeting “GBM Molecular Life Science” covers the whole range of biochemistry and molecular biology,
  • Numerous conferences organised by the 16 study groups of the GBM and focusing on specific subjects in the respective field,
  • The publication of the bimonthly periodical “BIOspektrum” (in German) and close cooperation with the scientific magazine “Biological Chemistry”.
  • Moreover, the GBM awards several prizes and honorary lectures to outstanding scientists. The most prestigous GBM award is the Otto Warburg medal. In collaboration with FEBS the GBM provides the Theodor Bücher Lecture and Medal and the FEBS Anniversary Prize.

The GBM supports junior members with travel funds, students awards and special seminars and discussion groups about educational matters and questions about the recent and future job market.


The GBM was founded in 1947 as “Gesellschaft für Physiologische Chemie”, and is a FEBS founding member (1964).


The GBM is an association of about 5500 scientists working in the field of Molecular Life Sciences. Most members are German scientists from universities, industry and other research institutions, covering the entire spectrum of basic and applied Molecular Life Sciences.

The GBM accepts non-residential scientists as members.

The meeting language of most GBM meetings is English; the members’ magazine BIOspektrum is provided in German only.


Dr Anke Lischeid (Managing Director)
Frankfurt, Germany

[email protected]

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