IUBMB Activities

The IUBMB is engaged in a variety of activities. For details follow the links to the left, and above (for Publications):

  • Every three years, the world’s biochemists come together at the IUBMB International Congress of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Travel awards and a special two-day pre-Congress program for young scientists, the Young Scientists Program (YSP), is a special feature attached to this event.
  • Up to three IUBMB Focused Meetings take place each year. They enhance the visibility of IUBMB in regions of significant or major biochemical activity and present opportunities for review of advances in a limited number of topic areas.
  • IUBMB sponsors Educational Workshops and Advanced Schools and holds or sponsors Symposia on Education at regional biochemical meetings around the world.
  • The Wood-Whelan Research Fellowships provide short-term fellowships for younger biochemists to travel to other laboratories to undertake research that cannot be done in their own laboratories.
  • Mid-Career Research Fellowships provide similar opportunities for more senior researchers.
  • Reaching individual biochemists is also the purpose of another very important function of the IUBMB, that of publishing journals containing news, reviews, information, original research and also maps, animaps and nomenclature.
  • At IUBMB Congresses several endowed Lectures feature prominently in the program and an IUBMB Plenary Lecture is delivered at each Congress of FASBMB, FAOBMB, PABMB and FEBS.
  • The IUBMB Jubilee Lectures were established to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first International Congress of Biochemistry held in Cambridge, UK in 1949, at which steps were taken that led to the formation of IUB (IUBMB since 1991).


Since 2010, the Bio-Unions have been meeting among themselves to plan interdisciplinary activities, including:
1. a presence at each others’ Congresses,
2. the joint sponsorship of meetings, and
3. joint sponsorship of teaching activities.

The 11 Bio-Unions are:

IBRO (International Brain Research Organization): Pierre Magistretti (President), Brain Mind Institute, Lausanne, Switzerland (www.ibro.info) pierre.magistretti@epfl.ch

IUBMB (International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology): Michael Walsh (General Secretary), University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada (www.iubmb.org) walsh@ucalgary.ca

IUBS (International Union of Biological Sciences): Nils Chr. Stenseth (President), University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway (www.iubs.org) n.c.stenseth@bio.uio.no

IUFoST (International Union of Food Science and Technology): Rickey Yada (President), PO Box 61021, Ste 19, 511 Maple Grove Drive, Oakville, Ontario, Canada L6J 6X0 (www.iufost.org) secretariat@iufost.org

IUIS (International Union of Immunological Societies): Jorge Kalil (President), Instituto do Coracao HC – FMUSP, Av Eneas de Carvalho Aguiar 44 Predio 2, 05403-000 Sao Paulo, Brazil (www.iuisonline.org) jkalil@usp.br

IUMS (International Union of Microbiological Societies): Yuan Kun Lee, Department of Microbiology, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, 5 Science Drive 2, Singapore 117597 (www.iums.org) micleeyk@nus.edu.sg

IUNS (International Union of Nutritional Sciences): Anna Lartey (President), University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana, West Africa (www.iuns.org) aalartey@ug.edu.gh

IUPAB (International Union for Pure and Applied Biophysics): Zi-He Rao (President), Laboratory of Structural Biology, Room 201-214, Life Science Building, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China (www.iupab.org) raozh@xtal.tsinghua.edu.cn

IUPESM (International Union for Physical and Engineering Sciences in Medicine): Herbert Voigt (President), Boston University, Boston, MA, USA (www.iupesm.org) hfv@bu.edu

IUPHAR (International Union of Basic and Clinical Pharmacology): S. J. Enna (President), University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Missouri, USA (www.iuphar.org) IUPHAR@kumc.edu

IUPS (International Union of Physiological Sciences): Walter Boron (Secretary General), Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA (www.iups.org) wfb2@case.edu