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International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology



The International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, founded in 1955, unites biochemists and molecular biologists  in 77 countries that belong to the Union as an Adhering Body or Associate Adhering Body which is represented as a biochemical society, a national research council or an academy of sciences. The Union is devoted to promoting research and education in biochemistry and molecular biology throughout the world and gives particular attention to areas where the subject is still in its early development. It achieves this in several ways.


DNA structure (c) Wikimedia Commons - Brian0198Every three years the Union sponsors an International Congress of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. […]. The IUBMB provides financial support for international symposia on biochemical and molecular biological research topics of current interest. It organizes or sponsors workshops, symposia and training sessions on biochemical and molecular biological education and provides free textbooks and journals to training institutions in developing nations […]. 

As well as reaching biochemists through its own meetings, the IUBMB works closely with the four regional organizations that unite the biochemical societies of Asia and Oceania (Federation of Asian and Oceanian Biochemists and Molecular Biologists – FAOBMB), Europe (Federation of European Biochemical Societies – FEBS) the Americas (Pan-American Association for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology – PABMB) and Africa (Federation of African Societies of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology – FASBMB) […].


Human Neuromuscular Junction. (c) IUBMB Life (2013)Reaching individual biochemists is also the purpose of another very important function of the IUBMB, that of publishing news, reviews, information, original research and nomenclature. Trends in Biochemical Sciences (TiBS) is seen monthly by over 100,000 readers, keeping them informed of research progress across the broad field of biochemistry and molecular biology, as well as of news of meetings, people and biochemical events […].

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  • IUBMB seeks to advance the international molecular life sciences community by:
  • Promoting interactions across the diversity of endeavours in the molecular life sciences
  • Creating networks that transcend barriers of ethnicity, culture, gender and economic status
  • Creating pathways for young scientists to fulfil their potential
  • Providing evidence-based advice on public policy
  • Promoting the values, standards and ethics of science and the free and unhampered movement of scientists of all nations.



November 9-13, 2015

Advanced School on Experimental and Bioinformatic Tools for Protein 3D-Structure Determination and Analysis, organized by IUBMB and the University of Havana-Cuban Section of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, will be held in Varadero, Cuba. For more information, please contact:varadero_school_2015 [at]


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