Symposia and Interest Groups
Distinguished Service Award
for IUBMB Congresses
IUBMB Congresses are held
triennially in countries that are members of the Union and have a record of
being outstanding and memorable scientific events for the world community of
biochemists. This tradition places an obligation on the organisers of all future
Congresses to ensure their success.
Special Features of IUBMB
unique occasions for expert review of international advances in biochemistry
being comprehensive in their coverage of biochemistry and molecular biology
and have an expected attendance of 2,500 - 6,000 persons.
concentrated opportunities to academic teachers and biochemists in
specialized research or in routine work to broaden and upgrade their
knowledge. They provide
occasions for those actively involved in specialized research to present and
discuss their work with an audience of very diverse interests.
A potential host
organization must provide a written statement at the time of application
giving assurances that the ICSU policy on free circulation of scientists,
including a timetable for visa application and issuance, as recommended in
the 1989 Resolution on the Free Circulation of Scientists, will apply.
This provides for written assurances that:
no obstacles will
be put to the granting of visas to bona fide scientists who wish to
information will be
supplied concerning the mechanism for applications for visas and the
time normally required between application for and receipt of a visa
If the application is
successful, the host organization will provide in writing an assurance to
undertake to continue to observe the ICSU recommendations up to and during
A host organisation
agrees, in writing, to observe the Guidelines for IUBMB Congresses.
will keep the Executive Committee of IUBMB well informed of the status of
their planning through the Chair of the Committee for Conferences and
Congresses, and consult with that Chair on any matter of direct concern to
IUBMB. Planning of a Congress
at all stages shall be made by the Organizing Committee and representatives
of the IUBMB. The organizers
will supply that Chair with copies of all minutes of planning meetings and
of all announcements and other publications.
That Chair is to be invited in the year that precedes the Congress by
two years and at the expense of the Organizing Committee, to attend a
meeting of that Organizing Committee. During
the same period, a member of the Organizing Committee will be invited, at
the expense of IUBMB, to attend an annual meeting of the Executive Committee
of IUBMB to discuss plans for the Congress.
Committee presents a tentative outline of the program for the Congress,
including topics for symposia and colloquia and possibly plenary lectures,
to the Executive Committee of IUBMB at least two years in advance of the
A host society for a
Congress selects the Organizing Committee and forms an Advisory Committee
including representatives of the Executive Committee of IUBMB, composed of
internationally distinguished biochemists from outside its country to serve
as Advisors who will help identify topics for each symposium and possible
Committee canvasses the Interest Groups and the Committee on Symposia of
IUBMB on the nature and scope of topics for symposia and colloquia, as well
as making an open invitation for suggestions from the Adhering Bodies.
Committee ensures that the scheduling of the Congress does not conflict with
any major scientific meeting.
Whenever possible a
Congress should be held in conjunction with national or regional meetings of
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and /or related disciplines.
Soon after conclusion
of the Congress the organizers will supply the Chair with a full report of
the Congress and recommendations for the benefit of future Congress
The Chair will offer
all assistance and advice to the organizers.
Choice of lecturers,
particularly plenary lectures, is governed by their excellence and didactic
skill. It should take into
consideration the need for coverage of different areas of biochemistry, wide
geographical distribution and reasonable representation of female and
lecturers are chosen in consultation with the Executive Committee of IUBMB.
should consult IUBMB concerning the publication of plenary lectures in IUBMB
Since a large number of
biochemists particularly from areas where biochemistry and molecular biology are
less developed come from teaching institutions, biochemical education should be
included as a topic of the program. The
Organizing Committee should consult with the Chair of the Committee on Education
of IUBMB regarding the program of educational activities.
Identification of the
countries of participants is to correspond to the listing of Adhering Bodies in
the membership list of IUBMB.
Satellite meetings enrich
the Congress experience and offer further opportunities for in-depth scientific
discussions, with savings in time and money.
They should be organized with the approval of and most advantageously in
association with the Congress organizers to avoid possibilities of overlap or
competition with the Congress. The
Committee on Education and Committee on Symposia and the Interest Groups of
IUBMB should be kept informed about plans for the satellite program.
These Committees and Groups only sponsor satellite meetings that have
been approved by the Congress organisers.
Congress organisers are to
The President or
General Secretary of IUBMB is given an opportunity at the Opening Session to
present a brief report on IUBMB activities.
Space is provided in
the printed Congress Program for IUBMB to present information about its
structure and activities.
Space is provided at
the Congress for graphic representation of IUBMB activities and for
exhibition of IUBMB publications. Space
is provided free of charge for the General Assembly Meeting.
Free time is provided
for the General Assembly Meeting, so that it does not overlap the scientific
The IUBMB logo will be
displayed prominently on all announcements and publications.
Advancement and Support
of Young Scientists
Younger biochemists are
to be given opportunities to present their work in poster sessions and, as
much as possible, to meet prominent scientists.
Registration fees are
to be reduced for scientists younger than 30 years.
Registration fees are
to be reduced for older bona fide students who present satisfactory
documentation of this status.
should ensure availability of cheap accommodation (for example in students
Recipients of IUBMB
Travel Fellowships are to receive a contribution towards travel, free
attendance at a pre-Congress meeting organized specifically for them, free
registration and a contribution towards accommodation during the Congress.
The selection of IUBMB
Travel Fellowships is the responsibility of a Committee chaired by a member
of the Executive Committee and further consisting of a representative of the
Organizing Committee and of any Regional Organization of Biochemistry and
Molecular Biology cosponsoring the Congress.
meeting for Travel Fellows will provide opportunity for presentation of
their posters, oral presentation by a good number of Fellows of their
research, and two or three lectures by prominent biochemists or molecular
The Union may offer a
loan, within reasonable limits, at no interest to the Congress organizers as
seed money which would be repaid in full.
Any financial profit
realised by a Congress, after repayment of any loan made as in 1 above,
shall be shared to an extent agreed by discussion before the Congress
between the organizers and the IUBMB Treasurer.
Congress organizers are
to provide free office space and meeting facilities for the IUBMB
Secretariat and the Executive Committee of IUBMB during the period of the
Registration fees are
to be waived for IUBMB Plenary Lecturers and holders of the IUBMB
Distinguished Service Award and, wherever possible, invited speakers.
Free registration shall
be provided to members of the Executive Committee.
The IUBMB Treasurer is
responsible for discussion and negotiation on all financial matters.
Applications to host an
Applications from Adhering
Bodies to host an IUBMB Congress will be reviewed by the Executive Committee of
IUBMB according to the following criteria (not necessarily in this order):
- time since the last
Congress was held in that country;
- contributions of that
country to international biochemistry;
- evidence of
availability of appropriate infrastructure and facilities;
- estimated attendance;
- least cost and greatest
ease of travel for the majority of biochemists;
- recent Congresses in
that same geographical area:
- probability of
political stability in the country;
- probability of
- attractiveness of the
The Executive Committee of
IUBMB will usually consider all applications at one of its meetings 7 - 8 years
before the Congress year and select a short list.
Those Adhering Bodies will then be invited to present their application
in detail at the meeting of the Executive Meeting held in the next year.
Final selection of the host Adhering Body and site takes place at that
meeting. For the Congress in 2006
preliminary selection took place at the Executive Meeting in July 1998 in
Copenhagen, and a final selection was made at the meeting in May 1999 in San
EC Meeting SFO
13-15 May 1999
(modified 3 April 2000)