About FEBS, Biokemisk Forening, growing up and being involved

Publiceret April 2014

The Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS) was founded on 1st of January 1964. Thus, FEBS is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. FEBS is one of Europe’s largest organizations in the molecular life sciences. It has currently over 36,000 members across more than 35 biochemistry and molecular biology societies (its “Constituent Societies”; one of them being Biokemisk Forening) in different countries of Europe as well as in European neighboring regions. With its function FEBS provides assistance and visibility to the academic research and teaching community in biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, molecular biophysics and related research areas in Europe and beyond.

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Prof. Erwin F. Wagner from the Genes,
Development and Disease Group,
CNIO Madrid, Spain with his "FEBS
National Lecture Award" at the 40th
Annual Meeting of the Biokemisk
Forening 2013.

FEBS organizes and provides annual FEBS Congress, advanced courses and short- and long term fellowships as well as workshops on molecular life science education and worldwide lecture sponsorship. FEBS owns four publications: FEBS Journal, FEBS Letters, Molecular Oncology and FEBS Open Bio. They are published by Wiley and Elsevier on behalf of FEBS. As a charitable academic organization, FEBS uses the income from these journals to fund its diverse activities, including fellowships, advanced courses, congresses, and aiding researchers in poorer countries. Read about FEBS on www.febs.org.

In 2013 FEBS awarded Prof. Erwin F. Wagner from the Genes, Development and Disease Group, CNIO Madrid, Spain with the “FEBS National Lecture Award” at the 40th Annual Meeting of the Biokemisk Forening. The topic of the Annual Meeting of Biokemisk Forening was “Model Organisms in Molecular Biology and Biomedical Research” and it was held in Hotel Marienlyst in Helsingør, Denmark, 17–19 April 2013. Erwin Wagner’s National Lecture was entitled “Inflammation and cancer: lessons from AP-1 (Fos/Jun)-dependent mouse models and humans”. Erwin Wagner is one of the world’s foremost experts on mouse cancer models and one of the pioneers in knockout and transgenic mouse technology in Europe and we were very fortunate to have him and FEBS to give strength and visibility to our 40th anniversary meeting.

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FEBS 50th years birthday will be celebrated at the FEBS-EMBO Congress in Paris 30 August- 4 September (http://www.febs-embo2014.org). Everybody is welcome to attend this interesting and historic Congress. On the contrary to the open-access Congress, FEBS financial support for fellowships and courses is available for FEBS members only. So how to become a member? It is very simple. Every member of Biokemisk Forening is already automatically also a member of FEBS. Just join Biokemisk Forening if you have not done it yet