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The International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - founded in 1955 - unites biochemists and molecular biologists in 79 countries that belong to the Union as an Adhering Body or Associate Adhering Body represented by a biochemical society, a national research council or an academy of sciences. The Union is devoted to promoting research and education in biochemistry and molecular biology throughout the world and gives particular attention to areas where the subject is still in its early development. It achieves this in several ways.

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IUBMB Mission Statement

IUBMB seeks to advance the international molecular life sciences community by:

  • Promoting interactions across the diversity of endeavors in the molecular life sciences
  • Creating networks that transcend barriers of ethnicity, culture, gender and economic status
  • Creating pathways for young scientists to fulfill their potential
  • Providing evidence-based advice on public policy
  • Promoting the values, standards, and ethics of science and the free and unhampered movement of scientists of all nations.

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Provides opportunities for the development of both biochemistry and molecular biology educational programs and educators. Guidelines and Application Forms are available on this website.

NOTICE: Applicants to the Tang Education Fellowships should contact Janet Macaulay at janet.macaulay@monash.edu for an update on their applications.

Important update

All applications the IUBMB Research Fellowships (Mid-Career, Wood-Whelan) and Tang Education Fellowships for travel in January to June 2021 are due on the 1st October 2020.   Please contact Professor Janet Macaulay (Chair of the IUBMB Committee for Education and Training) for any further information.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and rescheduling of 2020 meetings, the IUBMB Focus Meeting application for 2021 will not be available this year.


28th FAOMOM & 2nd CBSL Conference June 11-13

28th FAOBMB & 2nd CBSL Conference: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology for the Future - CANCELLED

This conference will bring together the Biochemists and Molecular Biologists as well as researchers of related disciplines from Asia and Oceania to a single platform where knowledge would be exchanged on how best the potential scientific research needs of the region could be addressed.

Deadline for Registration
30th March 2020

FEBS 2021

The 45th FEBS Congress - Molecules of Life: Towards New Horizons
It is our great pleasure to invite you to participate in the 45th FEBS Congress, entitled ”Molecules of Life: Towards New Horizons“, which will be held from July 3rd to July 8th, 2021, in Ljubljana, Slovenia, hosted by the Slovenian Biochemical Society together with the Croatian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Early Registration Deadline
4th March 2021

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16th FAOBMB Congress

The 16th FAOBMB Congress will be hosted by five life science societies from New Zealand and Australia.

Reflecting the breadth and depth of the five partner societies, indicative session topics include: computational biology; gene regulation and signal transduction; genetics and genomics; molecular basis of disease; molecular evolution; molecular microbiology; plant biology and biochemistry; and proteins – structure, function and engineering.

Early Bird Registration Deadline: 27th August 2021
Contact: faobmb@composition.co.nz


FASEB Science Research Conference (SRC): The Cell Signaling in Cancer Conference: From Mechanisms to Therapy

This virtual FASEB Science Research Conference (SRC) is focused on exploring the fundamentals of cell signaling and how aberrated signaling networks can be targeted in cancer.

The conference will bring together academic, clinical, and industrial partners covering a range of approaches, from fundamental biology to clinical application.

Early Registration Deadline: 17th September 2020

Miami Winter Symposium 2021

The 2021 edition of the Miami Winter Symposium #MWS2021 is dedicated to Molecular Neuroscience: Focus on Sensory Disorders. Abstracts invited on sensory neuroscience and hearing, vision, smell, taste and pain/itch/touch by Oct 2. @umiamimedicine @iubmb bit.ly/3g6zzol

Focused Meetings

In 2017, IUBMB Conferences and Symposia were replaced by IUBMB Focused Meetings. Up to three Focused Meetings will be supported per year in the amount of US$ 30,000-60,000. The deadline for applications to host an IUBMB Focused Meeting is June 1st for Focused Meetings to be held during the subsequent calendar year. Guidelines and Application and Report Forms are available on this website. Further information can be obtained from the Chair of the Committee on Congresses and Focused Meetings, Prof. Ilona Concha Grabinger: conchagrabinger@uach.cl. Please note that triennial IUBMB Congresses will continue unchanged.


IUBMB Focused Meeting "Crosstalk between Nucleus and Mitochondria in Human Disease (CrossMitoNus)"
Seville, Spain
May 18-21, 2021 (Rescheduled Date)
Contact: Dr. Irene Díaz-Moreno: (jidiazmoreno@us.es)
visit: https://crossmitonus2021.iubmb-febs.org/


  1. Molecular Targets for Anti-aging Interventions
    5-10 May 2021 (Rescheduled Date)
    Spetses Hotel, Spetses Island, Greece
    Contact: Assoc. Res. Prof. Aleksandra Mladenovic Djordjevic (anamikos@ibiss.bg.ac.rs)
    visit: https://antiaging2020.febsevents.org/
  2. Redox Alterations and Cellular Responses: From Signalling to Interventions
    20 - 26 September 2021 (Rescheduled Date)
    Spetses Hotel, Spetses Island, Greece
    Contact: Dr. Aphrodite Vasilaki (Vasilaki@liverpool.ac.uk)
    visit: https://redoxalterations2020.febsevents.org/
  3. ICGEB-IUIS-ALAI-ASCAI2 Immuno-Argentina
    Immunological memory in infection and vaccination: current knowledge and future directions
    10-15 May 2021 (Rescheduled Date)
    Uthgra Hotel, Los Cocos, Argentina
    Contact: Dr. Andriana Gruppi (ascai2cordoba2020@gmail.com)
    visit: https://www.icgeb.org/advanced-immunology-course-2020/


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Latest News

Announcement of a new enzyme class
The IUBMB Nomenclature Committee has added a new class of enzymes to the Enzyme classification and nomenclature list that was first approved by the International Union of Biochemistry in 1961, Translocases (EC 7). This represents an important update that will impact textbooks of enzymology and basic biochemistry.
Translocases EC 7
Readers will also find the following guide to enzyme nomenclature and classification very useful:
A Brief Guide to Enzyme Nomenclature and Classification

"Revisiting the Central Dogma of Molecular Biology at the Single-Molecule Level" - Biophysical Society Thematic Meeting
Lima, Peru, July 18-21, 2019

Wiley-IUBMB Young Investigator Prizes 2019
Congratulations to Dr. Romuald Loutre (winner of the Wiley-IUBMB Life Young Investigator Prize) and Dr. Amanda R. Gross (winner of the Wiley-BioFactors Young Investigator Prize). Details can be found at:
Wiley-IUBMB Young Investigator Prizes 2019

Election results from the IUBMB General Assembly, Seoul, Korea, June 6, 2018
EC Announcement

25th IUBMB Congress

The 25th IUBMB Congress to be held in Lisbon, Portugal in 2021 has been postponed until July 2022.

26th IUBMB Congress

The IUBMB Executive Committee is pleased to announce that the 26th IUBMB Congress will be held in Melbourne, Australia from September 22-26, 2024 (https://www.asbmb.org.au/iubmb-2024-melbourne/).

25th IUBMB Ordinary General Assembly

The 45th FEBS Congress and IUBMB General Assembly will be held in Ljubljana, Slovenia (3-8 July 2021).


IUBMB is pleased to provide a number of programs in support of young scientists. These include:

Wood-Whelan Research Fellowships
Advanced Schools
Educational Activities including workshops
Young Scientists Programs in conjunction with Congresses
Standards for doctoral degrees in the molecular biosciences
South American Research and Travel Fellowships
Promoting Research Opportunities for Latin American Biochemists
The IUBMB Edward John Wood Fund promoting education in biochemistry and molecular biology


Dr. Dafna Bar-Sagi, NYU Langone Medical Center, USA
“Ras oncogene in cancer pathogenesis and therapy”

To be given at The Cell Signaling in Cancer Conference: From Mechanisms to Therapy
September 21-22, 2020 (Virtual Meeting)

Dafna Bar-Sagi, PhD, is the Saul J. Farber Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology and Professor of Medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Bar-Sagi is a world-renowned cancer biologist whose work has had a major impact on the understanding of mechanisms that control tumor initiation and progression. Her seminal contributions to the field of tumor biology were recognized by election to the National Academy of Sciences. Her recent research focuses on oncogenic Ras-dependent drivers of pancreatic cancer.