43rd FEBS Congress

Date Saturday, July 07 - Thursday, July 12, 2018
Location Prague Congress Centre, Prague, Czech republic
Organizers Czech Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Dear colleagues and friends,

It is my great honour and pleasure to cordially invite you, on behalf of the Czech Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and equally in my capacity of acting Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee, to the 43rd FEBS Congress, to be held during 7-12 July 2018 in our beautiful city of Prague.

The 2018 edition of the FEBS Congress sees Prague featured as the host city for an important large international gathering in the molecular life sciences for the fourth time! The very first occasion dates back to 1968, when the 5th FEBS Meeting was held just a few weeks before the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia that kept the country in isolation until 1989. Nonetheless, the second opportunity arose in 1988, with the 14th Congress of the International Union of Biochemistry held in Prague thanks to the efforts of the Czechoslovak Biochemical Society. The most recent experience goes back only 9 years, to 2009, when the 34th FEBS Congress entitled 'Life's Molecular Interactions' was held. The eloquence of this title was confirmed by more than 2000 participants from almost 70 different countries willing to share knowledge and eager to learn from their fellow scientists. It is thus more than obvious that the year 2018 has a very symbolic meaning for us. Not only do we celebrate exactly 50 years from the first encounter of FEBS and Prague in 1968 but we equally celebrate the 100th anniversary of establishment of independent Czechoslovakia.

While preparing the programme for the 43rd FEBS Congress we have aimed to cover a broad spectrum of topics in the fields of biochemistry and molecular biology, ranging from fundamental subjects and approaches - such as signalling cascades and interactions, and the application of modern omics technologies in biochemistry and genetics - to topics influencing the daily life of our society, including medicine, biotechnology and plant chemistry. Hence, we find the title of the 43rd edition of the FEBS Congress 'Biochemistry Forever' very apt for our intentions. Our hope is equally that this ‘forever' will exceed the scope of biochemistry and will reach far beyond - in terms of content and time - and last but not least will bring together scientists from all over the world.

We hope that you will be able to join us in celebrating FEBS 2018 in Prague and, beyond the science, enjoy summer days in our vibrant and cosmopolitan capital - the 'city of a hundred spires‘.

We look forward to welcoming you to Prague in 2018 for the 43rd FEBS Congress!

Yours sincerely,

Tomáš Zima
Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee

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