Mission & Vision
The Hellenic Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (HSBMB) aims to promote research in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, Biophysics and Clinical Chemistry by forging tight links between researchers in these fields.
The Society organises local and international scientific conferences, seminars and workshops and issues various publications. It also informs and consults the Greek government, educational and research bodies as well as the general public on every aspect of modern biochemical research and its applications or its socioeconomic impact. The Society is governed by an Administrative Board, which is elected every two years by active members.
The main activity of HSBMB is its
- Annual conference, and in relation to this:
- Travel grants to a large number of graduate students for attending the conference and
- Three prizes for the best presentations.
which is organised alternately between Athens and other university towns. Attendance of the annual meeting increases steadily and in the last few years it has reached more than 700 registered participants.
There is particularly strong encouragement for graduate students and post-docs to present their work orally or in posters and extended abstracts are published in the meeting’s proceedings.
HSBMB actively participates since the last 20 years in the organisation of the Balkan Biochemical and Biophysical Days.
HSBMB was established in 1971 under its original name of Hellenic Biochemical and Biophysical Society. It changed to its current name (Hellenic Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) in 1999.
HSBMB is a founding member of the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (IUBMB) and the International Union of Pure and Applied Biophysics (IUPAB) and became a member of FEBS in 1976.
There are currently about 400 full members of the society and about 400 associate members (2005).
HSBMB accepts non-residents scientists as full or associate members. Additionally, HSBMB appoints the title of Honorary Member to distinguished foreign researchers. For example, Francis Crick and Arthur Kornberg have become Honorary Members of our society.
Full membership of the Society is accredited only to researchers holding a doctorate degree or those who have more than three original research publications, thus ensuring a high level of scholarship.
Prof. Achilleas Theocharis (Secretary General)