On behalf of the organizing committee I have the pleasure to invite you to “The 1st FEBS3+ Joint Meeting of the French-Portuguese-Spanish Biochemical and Molecular Biology Societies
” Congress, to be held 23-26 October 2017 in Barcelona. The Congress is organized by the Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS), the French Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (SFBBM), the Portuguese Society of Biochemistry (SPB) and the Spanish Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (SEBBM). The venue will be The Barcelona Congress Centre of “Fira de Barcelona” located in the Montjuïc exhibition centre. This is very close to the airport and to the main access roads into Barcelona and connected to the city’s public transport network.
The “Fira” provides excellent facilities for delegates to exchange information with each other and with representatives of industry and exhibitors. During the Congress we will bring in leading voices in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and offer the conditions to ensure scientific discussion. To facilitate this, we will devote time to Symposia and Plenary Conferences but also to Poster Discussion.
In this connection, Professors Jules Hoffmann (Nobel Prize Awardee 2011; Strasbourg University), Juleen Zierath (Karolinska University, and University of Copenhagen), and Carlos Bustamante (University of California at Berkely) will attend the meeting and will deliver plenary lectures at the Congress. This will permit to cover relevant areas such as Innate Immunity, Integrative Metabolism, and Single Molecular Biophysics.
I would like to highlight two key aspects of this Congress. First, we will maintain the initiative of selecting Symposia based on proposals submitted by members of the organizing societies. Second, Working Groups of the SFBBM, SPB and SEBBM will merge for this occasion to celebrate Working Group Meetings in the afternoon of October 24th and 25th.
In addition to the Symposia and Working Groups, the Congress will have a number of Plenary Lectures (Alberto Sols-Fundación BBVA, Fundación Ramon Areces, L'Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science, Leloir, Niemeyer) and Awards (Maurice Nicloux, Dina Surdin Foundation, The Article of the Year 2016 SFBBM Award, Young Researcher SPB Award, Fischer Scientific, Young Investigator-SEBBM-BIOTOOLS, Margarita Lorenzo-Lilly Foundation). Furthermore, we will also organize satellite activities such as an “Introduction to Research in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology” course, a Forum on Entrepreneurship, a Meeting of Coordinators of Undergraduate and Postgraduate Degrees in Biochemistry and related subjects, as well as “Biochemistry in the City” activities.
We hope that the Congress will be an enjoyable experience for all participants. We trust that it will also offer the opportunity for fruitful discussions, as well as the possibility to initiate new friendships, collaborations and joint projects.
We encourage you to join us and look forward to meeting you in Barcelona, a city full of history and culture, in October 2017.
With best wishes,
Antonio Zorzano, Chair