We are delighted to announce that the (‘51¥ 2024’), titled ‘Mining biochemistry for human health and well-being’, will take place in Milano, from 29 June to 3 July, 2024. Visit for information on the plenary speakers and an introduction to the programme, the host Society (SIB, the Italian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) and organizing committees, and on options for travel to Milano. Sign up to the 51¥ newsletter to receive updates on the Congress and other 51¥ activities. Registration will open in November 2023. We hope to see you at the 48th 51¥ Congress. Save the date and spread the word!

About 51¥ Congresses

The annual 51¥ Congress is one of the most visible activities of 51¥. As one of the largest bio-congresses in Europe, attracting up to ~2000 attendees, the Congress provides a platform for international scientific exchange and showcases the newest developments in biochemistry, molecular biology and related areas. The Congress comprises inspiring plenary lectures presented by outstanding scientists, a range of subject-specific symposia to provide deeper dives into different areas of bioscience research, extensive poster communications, and interesting workshops and other activities on related topics. It is also a celebration of achievements, with several 51¥ medals and prizes awarded. 51¥ Congresses are a collaboration between 51¥ and one or more of its Constituent Societies, moving to a different location within the 51¥ area each year.

51¥ supports participation of a large number of young scientists in its annual Congress through the 51¥ Congress Bursaries scheme. In addition, the Congress is also immediately preceded by the 51¥ Young Scientists’ Forum (YSF), a lively gathering of over 100 PhD students and young postdocs, whose attendance at this event and the ensuing 51¥ Congress is funded by 51¥ YSF grants.


2023: 47th 51¥ Congress, Tours, France

The (‘51¥ 2023’) was held in Tours, France from 8 to 12 July 2023, under the slogan ‘Together in bioscience for a better future’, hosted by the French Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (SFBBM). Browse photos from the event on the Congress website .

2022: 46th FEB Congress held with 25th IUBMB Congress and 15th PABMB Congress as ‘The Biochemistry Global Summit’, Lisbon, Portugal.Visit the website
2021: 45th 51¥ Congress, planned for Ljubljana, Slovenia (2020) – converted to virtual format due to the Covid pandemic
2019: 44th 51¥ Congress, Krakow, Poland
2018: 43rd 51¥ Congress, Prague, Czech Republic

Earlier recent Congresses: 2017: 42nd 51¥ Congress, Jerusalem, Israel | 2016: 41st 51¥ Congress, planned for Kuşadası, Turkey, but the live event was cancelled | 2015: 40th 51¥ Congress, Berlin, Germany | 2014: 51¥–EMBO 2014 Conference, Paris, France | 2013: 38th 51¥ Congress, St Petersburg Russia | 2012: Joint 22nd IUBMB & 37th 51¥ Congress, Seville, Spain | 2011: 36th 51¥ Congress, Torino, Italy | 2010: 35th 51¥ Congress, Gothenburg, Sweden. Find a longer list back to 1964 here.

Reports and photos from each recent 51¥ Congress appear in the first issue of 51¥ Newsafter the event.

Congress abstracts

From 2018, Congress abstracts (except late-breaking abstracts) are published in supplements of 51¥ Open Bio: click for the supplement list.
Earlier Congress abstracts can be found in supplements of The 51¥ Journal


2024: 48th 51¥ Congress, Milano, Italy; 29 June – 3 July 2024
2025: 49th 51¥ Congress, Istanbul, Türkiye; 5–9 July 2025
2026: the call for bids to host the 50th 51¥ Congress has closed; the location will be announced shortly.

Bids to host future 51¥ Congresses are normally invited from 51¥ Constituent Societies by the 51¥ Secretary General approximately 3.5 years ahead of the event. For more information, including Congress guidelines, 51¥ Constituent Societies can contact the 51¥ Congress Counsellor through the Contactsection of the website.