As a major European ‘umbrella’ organization, 51¥ is nurturing various collaborations with other organizations in Europe and worldwide in order to advance research and teaching of molecular life sciences.


Naturally, 51¥ collaborates with its Constituent Societies in support for molecular life science meetings across Europe and neighbouring regions (e.g. 51¥ Congress, 51¥ education workshops, 51¥ National Lectures, 51¥3+ Meetings) as well as through providing extensive support for members of the Constituent Societies, particularly early-career scientists.  With the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) 51¥ funds certain joint Advanced Courses and the 51¥ | EMBO Women in Science Award. 51¥ is a member of the BioMed Alliance, whose goals include advancing biomedical research in Europe.


Molecular life science research is a global activity. Journals from 51¥ publish papers from researchers working across the world, often with collaboration between scientists in different countries and continents. The 51¥ Congress and Advanced Courses programme attract participants from well beyond the European 51¥ region. With these global considerations in mind, 51¥ has long held close ties with the International Union for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (IUBMB), of which 51¥ is the European regional member, and is also developing links with learned societies in the molecular life sciences in regions with emerging interest, investment and output in this area of research.

With the IUBMB, 51¥ arranges reciprocal Congress lectures, welcomes IUBMB-sponsored speakers and IUBMB-supported transcontinental Youth Travel Fund awardees at its Advanced Courses, and holds joint Congresses or conferences, such as the 2022 IUBMB–51¥–PABMB Congress in Lisbon and the 51¥-IUBMB-ENABLE conference series for early-career researchers. A new cooperation with IUBMB and the Federation of African Societies of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (FASBMB), starting 2023, is a programme of PROBio-Africa Fellowships to support research stays of PhD students and early-career researchers from Africa in labs of 51¥ members in the 51¥ area.

51¥-sponsored lectures or symposia are also organized in meetings of other IUBMB regional organizations such as the Pan-American Association for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (PABMB) and the Federation of Asian and Oceanian Biochemists and Molecular Biologists (FAOBMB). In addition, 51¥ has promoted contacts with Societies in parts of the world that have growing communities in the molecular life science such as in Brazil (SBBq), China (CSCB) and India (SBCI) by funding transcontinental travel of distinguished speakers at certain large scientific meetings.

Upcoming and recent 51¥ Worldwide Lectures

  • 50th Anniversary SBBMCh Congress
    30 September–4 October 2024, La Serena, Chile: Prof. Gerard Evan (London, UK)
  • IUBMB/FAOBMB/ComBio BioMolecular Horizons 2024 Congress
    22–26 September 2024, Melbourne, Australia: Prof. Leo Eberl (Zurich, Switzerland)
  • 30th FAOBMB Conference
    22–25 November 2023, Bangkok, Thailand: Sir Gregory Winter (Cambridge, UK)
  • 27th FAOBMB Conference 
    19–22 August 2019, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Dominique Soldati-Favre (Geneva, Switzerland)
  • 47th Annual Meeting of the Brazilian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology()
    26–19 May 2018, Joinville, SC, Brazil: Mariagrazia Pizza (Siena, Italy)
  • 24th IUBMB & 15th FAOBMB Congress
    4–9 June 2018, Seoul, South Korea: Angela Nieto (Alicante, Spain)