IUBMB Trainee Initiative

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Welcome to the website of the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (IUBMB) Trainee Initiative! Our goal is to bring together scientists around the world through initiatives and events covering educational, technical, and professional development. Our initiative is run by trainees for trainees – whether you are a student in a high-school, undergraduate, master’s, or PhD programme or a post-doctoral researcher, we hope that our activities and resources will help you navigate your journey into the wonderful world of biochemistry and molecular biology!


Who We Are

Our leadership committee represents all geographical regions, by including committee members from all four regional IUBMB member societies: FEBS (Federation of European Biochemical Societies), PABMB (Pan American Association for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology), FAOBMB (Federation of Asian and Oceanian Biochemists and Molecular Biologists) and FASBMB (Federation of African Societies of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology). Our current trainee representatives include our chair, Élyse Fischer (FEBS); co-chair, Osvaldo Contreras (FAOBMB); Oswald Yedjinnavenan Djihinto, Tatenda Murigo, Victoria Patten (all from FASBMB); Brianna Bibel, Sunnie Kong, Hannah Pletcher (all from PABMB); Nefeli Boni-Kazantzidou, and Patrick Penndorf (all from FEBS); and Ryan C.V. Lintao, Marta Orlowska, and Zainab Rafat (all from FAOBMB). You can find more about us by visiting our Trainee Leadership Committee page.


Our Aim

The aim of the IUBMB Trainee initiative is to provide opportunities for emerging researchers of all levels. That entails access to our network and opportunities for skills development, training resources and a supportive team to help them in their professional and scientific journeys! Accessibility, diversity, and inclusion are most important to us. Whether you have limited access to resources, are a first-generation scientist trying to navigate the world of academia, or face visible and invisible barriers – we want to make the “invisible curriculum” open to everyone who wants to explore the world of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. So, whether you are trying to build a career in academia or outside of it, advance your learning or just explore, we hope to have something for you!


A Message from our Chair and Co-Chair, Élyse and Osvaldo

“We are all scientists because someone else influenced us. Someone we admired, who might have mentored us, or simply a person who created a good feeling about doing science. We, early career researchers, now have so much power and energy to pay forward from what we have learnt from others. We can be the change we wish to see in science. As chair and co-chair, we (Osvaldo and Élyse), believe the new IUBMB Trainee Initiative can provide a place by which early career researchers can immerse themselves in the beauty of research, make connections with other passionate scientists, and collectively create a platform to both be inspired and to inspire others.”
– Osvaldo & Élyse, January 2022.


A Message from IUBMB President Professor Alexandra Newton

“Trainees are our future and the best investment we can make is to nourish their interests, provide opportunities for their research, education, and career development, and engage their passion in biochemistry and molecular biology. I am thus thrilled to welcome the leaders of tomorrow to the international biochemistry and molecular biology community. The IUBMB Trainee Initiative is run by trainees for trainees, with the full support of the IUBMB. I thank every member from Africa, Europe, the Americas, and Oceania/Asia for volunteering their time, energy, and ideas to engage trainees around the world and wish them much success as they rise to the challenge of building and shaping the initiative.” – Alexandra Newton, January 2022.


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Leadership Committee

The Trainee Initiative Leadership Committee is run by trainees and for trainees

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Terms of Reference

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Mailing List

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Upcoming Events

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Past Events

Webinar recordings are now available

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