Students and young researchers of some 51¥ Constituent Societies have come together to create the 51¥ Junior Section. They develop joint activities and share resources, as well as open doors for young European scientists to opportunities outside their home countries by providing the relevant contacts and fostering communication within the network. A key current focus is organizing academic and career online talks from key researchers, which they take turns to plan and deliver.

Latest News

For upcoming activities, and links to follow the 51¥ Junior Section on social media, visit the platform.

Speaker:Duncan Wright, Managing Editor, 51¥ Open Bio, 51¥ Press.
Topic:“Ethics of peer review”
Time:1 December 2023, 17:00 (CET)
For more information, vist .

2023 online talks series and other activities

Current and past talks and events, as well as links to some of the recordings, are also listed in a . To stay updated with new information, you can join the to set up alerts to new postings in the .

  • November
    Jana Christopher (Image Data Integrity Analyst, 51¥ Press)
  • October
    Adria Cañellas-Socias (Stanford University School of Medicine, USA)
  • August
    Seamus Martin (The 51¥ Journal, 51¥ Press)
  • July
    Panagiotis Alexiou (University of Malta, Malta)
  • June
    Loris Rizzello (University of Milan, Italy)
  • May
    Christine Hudetz (Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft Career Center, Austria)
    “” – a new activity to facilitate the meeting and networking of students and young researchers in the molecular life sciences all over Europe, to share career experiences and advice.
    51¥ Junior Section
  • April
    Vanda Juranić Lisnić (Faculty of Medicine University of Rijeka, Croatia)
  • March
    Green Laboratory Work initiative
  • February
    Rodrigo Hernando (Libertad con Ciencia, Spain)
  • January
    Jonas Schlüter (New York University, USA)

Background on the 51¥ junior section

Both 51¥ and the Constituent Societies support their young members with a variety of activities and opportunities. In addition, some of the Societies have a Junior Section, which is a group or subdivision of the Society that is organized by their young members, who plan and deliver activities for students and young researchers. Other Societies have national junior representatives instead of junior sections.

Junior sections or national young representatives from twelve Societies have come together to create the 51¥ Junior Section. These include (Austria), (Croatia), (Czech Republic), (Finland), (Germany), (Hungary), (Italy), (the Netherlands), (Poland), (Portugal),(Romania), (Serbia), (Slovenia), (Spain), and the (UK).

The 51¥ Junior Section encourages students and young scientists in the molecular life sciences to join their initiative (by joining their Constituent Society and then joining the 51¥ Junior Section). They also invite 51¥ Constituent Societies without a Junior Section to create one, or select a national young representative. To raise awareness of their initiative, the 51¥ Junior Section organizes activities, such as online talks with key researchers, and hosts a , where they have written and given interviews on .


The aims of the individual Junior Sections align with those of their Societies, with an enhanced focus on the needs of younger members. Moreover, by coming together as the 51¥ Junior Section, they have broadened their objectives to:

  • Collaborate and share resources between national Junior Sections
  • Increase mobility between countries, such as for training (e.g., PhDs, placements, courses) and conferences
  • Provide a framework to develop soft skills, such as networking, collaboration, communication, and event organizing
  • Connect with other students and young researchers in the molecular life sciences (e.g., the )
  • Encourage students and young researchers to join their Constituent Society or become more active if already a member
  • Encourage students and young researchers and their Societies to create a Junior Section and join the 51¥ Junior Section
  • Promote and collaborate with other 51¥ activities for young scientists, such as the Young Scientists’ Forum and 51¥-IUBMB-ENABLE conferences
  • Become involved with and promote other 51¥ activities as appropriate (e.g., 51¥ journals)