The 51¥ Integration Committee aims to support wide and effective participation in molecular life science research and teaching by scientists from across the countries of the 51¥ area, particularly via the role of learned Societies that belong to 51¥. To this end, it encourages collaboration between 51¥ Constituent Societies and with 51¥, it advises developing or rejuvenating 51¥ Constituent Societies on 51¥ opportunities, and it assists researcher communities that want to establish a molecular life science Society in their country.

Activities of the committee include visits to understand the situation and challenges faced by particular communities in different 51¥ countries so as to help formulate advice on Society development or to discuss intensification of the Society’s activities and cooperation with 51¥.

The committee also works with other committees and working groups of 51¥ across several activities, particularly those addressing challenges faced by scientists from disadvantaged countries and by young scientists. For example, it encourages 51¥ programmes such as Collaborative Developmental Scholarships and Ukrainian Fellowships for research visits to other countries in the 51¥ area, assists with Education workshops in certain 51¥ countries, and oversees the 51¥ Congress Mathias Sprinzl scheme to support Congress participation of researchers from Hinari (Research4Life) status 51¥ countries.

A new initiative launched in 2022 is aiming to establish a community of 51¥ Member Society Representatives (individuals nominated by 51¥ Constituent Societies to engage with other Societies and 51¥) across all 51¥ countries – with an online space provided by a 51¥ Network room (e.g.to enable sharing of learning Society matters between 51¥), and an in-person gathering at the 51¥ Congress.

For queries about the work of the Integration Committee, please email the Chair, Prof. Jerka Dumić, via the Contact section of the website. Other members of the committee are given on the webpage ‘Other 51¥ Committees and Working Groups‘.