Symposia and Interest Groups
Distinguished Service Award
and Procedures of the Committees on Symposia and Interest Groups
The major activity of the IUBMB is
the organization of meetings for the presentation of original research.
Congresses with sponsorship from the IUBMB are held at intervals of three years
and conferences in the years in between. In addition the IUBMB has for many
years sponsored and supported symposia and interest group workshops on more
focussed subjects. This program of support involves a considerable proportion of
the funds at the disposal of the Union.
The General Assembly of the Union
entrusts the Committees on Symposia and Interest Groups to carry out its policy
with respect to the sponsorship of symposia and workshops. The Committee perform
their functions almost entirely by correspondence. Requests for sponsorship
should be made to the responsible Executive Committee Member, the Portfolio
Chairman, who will send an application form to the convener of the meeting.
The Portfolio Chairman corresponds
with all members of the Committees regularly and seeks their views on each
proposal. Thus a delay of a few months will occur from the deadline for
application until a decision is made. It is essential that the plans of the
Committees are fixed at least a year ahead of the activity. Late or last-minute
requests stand very little chance of success.
Deadline for Applications
In order to compare applications fairly,
application deadlines for Symposia or Interest Group Workshops for the following
calendar year are April 1st and September 1st. Decisions will be made by June 30
and November 30, respectively.
Applications should be sent to
the Portfolio Chairman:
Dr. Vito Turk
Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
J. Stefan Institute, Jamova 39, SI-1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Phone: +386 1 4257 080 or 4773 212
Fax: +386 1 2573 594 or 4252 017
E-mail: [email protected]
application form can be downloaded here in .pdf - format (you
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Type of meeting
The subject matter should cover a specific research area and should be
planned so that expert opinion is present to promote useful discussion. It
is expected that most symposia will last from three to five days, and have
50 to 200 participants.
This is an interest group sponsored activity more focused and intensely
discussive than a symposium. The workshop covers cutting edge science and
may be stimulated by the interest group committees who are used as referees.
Numbers of participants should be under 200 and preferably under 100 in
order to generate full participation.
Sponsorship will usually be associated with a financial
commitment and financial support is provided on the understanding that the
IUBMB becomes a co-sponsor of the symposium or workshop and that the
sponsorship is advertised.
While the Committees will encourage symposia on a worldwide
basis, it gives special attention to those geographical areas where the
biochemists and molecular biologists are in need of support. The Committees
have a special interest in supporting the activities of the four Associated
Regional Organizations and work closely with them.
From the limited funds at the disposal of the Committees it
is virtually never possible for the IUBMB to finance fully any particular
symposium or workshop. Rather it is hoped that co-sponsorship by the IUBMB and
the provision of "seed" money will provide recognition which will enable funds
from various sources to be provided.
Accepting funds from the IUBMB Committees on Symposium and
Interest Group Workshops precludes obtaining any additional funds from other
Attendance at the symposium must be available to scientists
of all nationalities, although the total number may of course be limited by
the organizing committee. A further essential condition on IUBMB sponsorship
is that the organizers of a symposium or interest group activity observe the
appropriate ICSU resolutions, in particular those in Appendix V and VI of the
ICSU leaflet on "The Free Circulation of Scientists". A copy of this document
may be obtained either from the ICSU Secretariat (51 Bd. de Montmorency, 75016
Paris, France) or from the Portfolio Chairman of the IUBMB Committees on
Symposium and Interest Groups.
Wherever possible the subject matter of a symposium should
reflect the interest of the host laboratory and should be co-sponsored by the
national biochemical society. Every opportunity should be taken to ensure that
visiting speakers meet with students of biochemistry and molecular biology,
and if possible seminars outside the symposium should be arranged with this
purpose in mind.
Since a portion of the income of the IUBMB is derived from
the many national adhering bodies or from ICSU or UNESCO, care must be taken
that travel support should not be confined to the nationals of one or a narrow
group of countries. This is not to suggest, however, that there should be any
compromise with respect to the scientific excellence of the recipients,
bearing in mind the subject of the grant.
A decision concerning the publication of the proceedings of
any particular symposium remains with the organizing committee. The IUBMB does
not lay down any conditions concerning its sponsorship in this respect. If,
however, a publication results, the IUBMB insists that due acknowledgement to
its sponsorship should be made and that the appropriate assigned number of the
sponsorship should be included. This information should appear on the first
page of each volume published.
The organizers shall use the IUBMB logo (which can be
downloaded from the IUBMB web-site) and acknowledge the IUBMB sponsorship on
any publication related to a symposium or interest group activity.
Procedures for Making Payments
Financial support usually takes two
A contribution to travel or accommodation costs may be paid
in order to enable leading biochemists and molecular biologists in the field
to participate in the symposium or interest group activity. The IUBMB
contribution will not exceed the listed economy class return fare. If an Apex
fare can be obtained this will be the maximum payment.
Contributions may also be made to help young biochemists
and molecular biologists from countries where biochemistry and molecular
biology is less well developed to attend a symposium. This contribution will
normally not exceed 50% of the listed economy class air fare, or 70% of the
Apex fare, whichever is the lower.
Financial support from the IUBMB is not intended to support
the participation of nationals attending a local IUBMB activity.
Payments are made by the Treasurer of
the IUBMB to the organizers of the symposium or workshop or directly to the
recipient. In either case the organizers should inform the Treasurer of the
amounts to be paid at least two months before the date of the symposium. Early
notification of grants will permit the use of "Apex"-type fares in many cases
and thus allow the IUBMB contribution to be distributed amongst more biochemists
and molecular biologists. Payment is normally made about three months prior to
the date of the symposium.
Reports After the Conclusion of a Sponsored Activity
Since the IUBMB has to account for all
money expended it is essential that a report be prepared and sent to the
Portfolio Chairman of the Committee on Symposium and Interest Group Workshops no
later than three months after the conclusion of a symposium or workshop. The
report should include a brief account of the scientific proceedings, a list of
the speakers and the number and nationality of those who attend. A summary of
the financial arrangements and details of the expenditure of the IUBMB money
should also be provided. The Portfolio Chairman should also be kept informed of
any publication that results from the symposium or workshop and a copy of the
publication should be mailed to him or her.
ADDENDUM (SYMPOSIA AND INTEREST GROUP WORKSHOPS)
IUBMB-sponsored meetings are intended to be international
events, both in terms of speakers and preferably the audience. The applicant's
plans to fulfill this requirement will be an important part of the
Sponsorship will only be provided where there is an
Adhering Body or an Associate Adhering Body.
If the plans for the Symposium or Workshop should change
after an award has been made by a significant extent such as dates or duration
of the meeting or its scope, these changes must be referred to the EC member
who awarded the grant so that the amount of money awarded can be reassessed in
light of the changed circumstances. Failure to provide such notification may
result in the IUBMB withdrawing its sponsorship and its funds.
No travel costs may be paid from the IUBMB funds awarded
for domestic travel by speakers and other participants who are resident in the
country where the symposium or workshop is held.
The IUBMB should not be the sole supporter of an event, and
the organizer must provide evidence for significant other support to match the
IUBMB contribution. The recipient of IUBMB funds should be informed that they
come from the IUBMB.
No part of the grant may be used for administration
When making the application, the applicant must describe
the plans and schedule for advertising the meeting as widely as possible.
Announcements of the meeting must be sent for inclusion in the calendars of
all IUBMB journals and the IUBMB home page.
It is recommended that a dedicated home page will be established for the
meeting, the address of which will be advertised on the IUBMB home page.
Applications for support should be made in the year prior
to the event.
For a period of three months around the dates of an IUBMB
Congress or Conference, no event should be sponsored in the region covered by
the Associated Regional Organization other than events associated with the
Congress or Conference.
The organizer will be provided with information about the
IUBMB that should be made available to the participants.
Within three months after the end of the meeting, a
scientific and financial report should be sent to the responsible EC member
and to the Treasurer. This report should include the names of the recipients
of the IUBMB funds and the amount of each grant.
No unspent funds in any year can be carried over to the
following year without the permission of the Treasurer.