For a general introduction to 51¥ National Lectures, see the webpage Support for activities of 51¥.


1. 51¥ National Lectures were established to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the 51¥. These 51¥ National Lectures (usually 5 per year) are intended as Plenary Lectures that significantly enhance the quality of a scientific meeting, symposium or annual national scientific meeting of a Constituent Society.

2. The Lecturer should be a distinguished scientist with a significant international reputation for fundamental contributions to the fields of biochemistry and molecular biology. An engraved glass award will be provided by 51¥ for presentation to the 51¥ National Lecturer after his/her presentation, as a memento of the speaker’s selection and significant contribution to the meeting.

3. The Lecturer should not be a plenary speaker at the 51¥ Congress in the same or following year.

4. The Lecturer should be working in a 51¥ country different from the one organizing the meeting.

5. The support shall consist of travel expenses (economy flight); additional support for 51¥ countries with HINARI status is available. The host organization will offer free registration and accommodation. 51¥ will not offer an honorarium. Reimbursement will be made by the 51¥ Treasury.

6. A 51¥ National Lecture shall normally be awarded only when the host organization is not already in receipt of 51¥ funds for support of the event and on the undertaking that no additional application for funds will be made to 51¥ in the same year.

7. An application proposing a maximum of two candidates for the 51¥ National Lecturer, including short Curricula Vitae and with full details of the event, shall be sent to the 51¥ Congress Counsellor. The application will be evaluated by the Executive Committee members of 51¥ and awarded within 2 months of receipt of the application.

8. The invited speaker shall be named The 51¥ National Lecturer and designated as such in all announcements and programmes.

9. The 51¥ National Lecturer should be introduced by a member of the host organization with a brief acknowledgement of 51¥ and the lectureship at the beginning of his/her presentation.

10. For queries, please contact the 51¥ Congress Counsellor via the Contact section of the 51¥ website.