Plenary Lectures

The Chester Beatty Lecture

Seoul, Korea2018Feng Shao, USA
Seville, Spain2012Kazutoshi Mori, Japan
Shanghai, China2009Victor Ambros, USA
Kyoto, Japan2006T. W. Mak, Canada
Birmingham, England2000S. Cory, Australia
San Francisco, USA1997S. Nagata, Japan
New Delhi, India1994M. Salas, Spain
Jerusalem, Israel1991P. Berg, USA
Prague, Czech Republic1988T. Murachi, Japan
Amsterdam, Netherlands1985T. Sugimura, Japan
Perth, Australia1982P. Leder, USA
Toronto, Canada1979P. Handler, USA

A profile of Chester Beatty

Alfred Chester Beatty was a brilliant British businessman who was the Chairman of Selection Trust Ltd., sold at the time of his retirement for a sum said to have represented the largest financial transaction in British commercial history.

His father, of the same name, is much better known, through the Chester Beatty Cancer Research Institute in London and the Chester Beatty Art Gallery in Dublin. Chester Beatty Sr made his own fortune out of mining precious metals and the son expanded on this using scientific exploration techniques that led to an increased rate of discovery of precious metal deposits.

He had a great love of horses and was a master of foxhounds. And an art connoisseur. Van Gogh painted several copies of the Sunflowers. Chester Beatty bought one in the early 1930s for a few thousand pounds. When it was sold, after Mr. Beatty’s death, it achieved a record for the sale price of any painting up to that date.

His interest in the precious metals led him into biochemistry where he became fascinated with the Krebs™ Cycle and carried out theoretical investigations which convinced him that Krebs was wrong on a certain number of points. W. J. Whelan, then General Secretary of the IUB, was introduced to Mr. Beatty via his physician and got to know him quite well such that in 1978 Mr. Beatty gave the IUB a sum of money that permanently endowed the Chester Beatty Plenary Lecture, given at each IUB/IUBMB Congress since 1979.

IUBMB Plenary Lectures at Regional Organization Meetings

Lisbon, Portugal2022Sarah Teichman, UK
Ljubljana (virtual)2021Hermona Soreq, Israel
Debrecen, Hungary2019Martha Cyert, USA
Krakow, Poland2019Csaba Szabo, Switzerland
Seoul, Korea2018Narry Kim, Korea
Prague, Czech Republic2018Martin Jinek, Switzerland
Jerusalem, Israel2017Feng Zhang, USA
Miami, USA2017Bruce Spiegelman, USA
Vancouver, Canada2016Nahum Sonenberg, Canada
Miami, USA2016Charles Serhan, USA
Berlin, Germany2015Xiaowei Zhuang, USA
Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil2015Martin Chalfie, USA
Taipei2014Greg Petsko, USA
Puerto Varas, Chile2013Guy Salveson, UK
Marrakech, Morocco2013Patrice Courvalin, France
Seville, Spain2012Tim Hunt, UK
Mérida, Mexico2011Richard Flavell, USA
Naples, Italy2011Konrad Sandhoff, Germany
Torino, Italy2011John Mattick, AUS
Gothenburg, Sweden2010Susan Lindquist, USA
Prague, Czech Republic2009Tom Blundell, UK
Athens, Greece2008Naoyuki Taniguchi, Japan
Hanoi, Vietnam2008Robert Huber, Germany
Vienna, Austria2007Angelika Amon, USA
Bangalore, India2003Dieter Söll, USA

The IUBMB Life Lecture

(inaugurated: 2006 in Kyoto)

Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil2015Salvador Moncada, UK
Seville, Spain2012Sai-Juan Chen, China
Shanghai, China2009Kurt Wüthrich, Switzerland
Kyoto, Japan2006G. Hart, USA

The PABMB Lecture

(inaugurated: 1997 in San Francisco)

Lisbon, Portugal2022Jerson L. Silva, Brazil
Montreal, Canada2003A. Kornblihtt, Argentina
Birmingham, England2000L. Herrera-Estrelia; Mexico
San Francisco, USA1997A. Parodi, Argentina

Osamu Hayaishi Lecture

Seoul, Korea2018John Hardy, UK
Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil2015José Onuchic, USA
Seville, Spain2012Ferid Murad, USA

Feodor Lynen Lecture

Miami, USA2019Robert Gallo, USA
Miami, USA2018Joshua Hare, USA
Miami, USA2016Arlene Sharpe, USA
Miami, USA2012Robert Langer, USA
Miami, USA2012George Whitesides, USA
Mérida, Mexico2011Joan Massagué, USA

Edward Wood Lecture

Seville, Spain2012Bruce Alberts, USA

Severo Ochoa Lecture

Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil2015Kurt Wüthrich, USA
Seville, Spain2012Carlos Bustamante, USA
Montreal, Canada2003Jean-Marc Egly, France

EC Slater Lecture

Lisbon, Portugal2022Costantino Iadecola, USA
Seoul, Korea2018Craig Thompson, USA
Vancouver, Canada2016Alexandra Newton, USA
Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil2015Tom Steitz, USA
Seville, Spain2012Robert Huber, Germany

Kunio Yagi Lecture

Lisbon, Portugal2022Masayuki Yamamoto, Japan
Seoul, Korea2018Aaron Ciechanover, Israel
Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil2015Johann Deisenhofer, USA/Germany
Mérida, Mexico2011Scott Lowe, USA