The German Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (GBM) to the 40th Congress of The Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS) was held in Berlin in 2015. The FEBS congress took place from Saturday July 4 to Thursday July 9, 2015, at the Estrel Convention Center in Berlin, Germany.
With this joint congress, GBM and FEBS brought together a wide range of researchers from all across Europe and further afield to explore “The Biochemical Basis of Life”. The congress takes place under the framework of the biennial GBM conference “GBM – Molecular Life Sciences”, and the joint event covered the entire spectrum of molecular biosciences with symposia on “Mechanisms of Gene Expression”, “Membranes, Receptors & Bioenergetics”, “Structural Biology & Biophysics”, “Systems Biology, Bioinformatics & Theoretical Biology”, “Molecular Neuroscience” and “From Chemical Biology to Molecular Medicine”.
Plenary speakers included Nobel laureate Randy Schekman (Berkeley), Xiaowei Zhuang (Harvard), Jürgen Knoblich (IMBA, Vienna), Susan Lindquist (Whitehead Institute), Barbara Meyer (Berkeley), Sarah Teichmann (Cambridge), Alberto Kornblihtt (Buenos Aires), Nikolaus Pfanner (Freiburg) and Matthias Mann (MPI Martinsried).
In addition there were sessions and plenary discussions, for example on the future of scientific publishing, women in science, science & society, careers and education – as well as the Young Scientists Forum (YSF) immediately preceding the congress to promote interactions between pre- and post-doctoral scientists.
To support participation of young scientists, bursaries were available.
The congress offered ample opportunities for fruitful discussions as well as the possibility to initiate new friendship, collaborations and joint projects.
Main Topics Covered
Mechanisms of Gene Expression
Chromatin structure and epigenetic modifications and maintenance of the genome Turning signals into messages – the complexity of gene regulation Translational control and protein turnover RNA processing and modifications Non-coding RNAs in gene regulation
Membranes, Receptors & Bioenergetics
Organelle dynamics and communication Autophagy and degradation Redox-regulation of biological activities Cellular growth control – from the membrane to the nucleus Lipid signaling and dynamics
Structural Biology and Biophysics
Mechanisms of membrane transport Channels and transporters Protein mediated membrane deformation and penetration Monitoring protein conformational dynamics and movement From subcellular to molecular resolution
Systems Biology, Bioinformatics & Theoretical Biology
Interspecies communication Molecular clocks Comprehensive models of metabolism and signaling Functional networks regulating cellular stress responses and ageing Systems biology in stem cells
Neuronal ion channels and their role in disease Mechanisms of nervous system development and regeneration Degeneration and ageing of the nervous system Molecular architecture and assembly of the synapse Control of neuronal function by regulating protein homeostasis
From Chemical Biology to Molecular Medicine
Probing cellular function with small molecules Targeted cancer therapy Functional glycobiology – from mechanism to disease RNA-based disease mechanism and therapy Signal transduction in tumor development, differentiation and immune escape