To bring together students and young researchers in the molecular life sciences from all over Europe, the Junior Sections of the ÖGMBT (Austria), HDBMB (Croatia), CSBMB (Czech Republic), GBM (Germany), SIB (Italy), NVBMB (the Netherlands), SEBBM (Spain), the Biochemical Society (UK), have collaborated with FEBS to establish an initiative: the FEB Junior Section. We want to encourage Junior Sections of other national Societies to join us, and for national Societies without a formal junior section, to consider setting one up (we have written a post with ideas for how to do this).
As an initiative, we want to 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. Importantly, this emerging platform is still very dynamic and lives on the ideas that you and your society’s members are all welcome to contribute.
To support the initiative, FEBS has created an open Room for the FEBS Junior Section as a platform for exchange and collaboration within the FEBS Network. All young members from the FEBS societies are welcome to sign up to the FEBS Network and become a member of the Room using the following link: https://network.febs.org/users/sign_up?campaign_key=Junior+Sections+of+FEBS+Societies+Members+Room-aab2c6
Planned and organized events
We organize events of interest to students and young researchers in the molecular life sciences across Europe. We delivered a series of monthly talks in 2022 (see links below), alternating academic and career topics, each organized by a Junior Section from a different country. We are planning more activities for 2023 (see below). Get in touch if you have a suggestion for an activity and please help us share our activities with your peers.
FEBS Junior Section Talk Series 2023:
19 January 2023 - Academic talk
Speaker: Dr. Jonas Schlüter, New York University, USA
Topic: “Evolutionary Medicine for the Microbiome, or how to turn the gut microbiome into a novel therapeutic target”
Time: 19 January, 19:00 (CET)
More information: https://network.febs.org/posts/febs-junior-section-present-jonas-schluter
FEBS Junior Section Talk Series 2022:
13 January. Academic. Organized by Junior-GBM (the Junior Section of the German Society, GBM). An academic talk by Dr Andreas Schlundt, from Goethe University Frankfurt, on “The roles of sequence, structure and dynamics for specific RNA-recognition by proteins". Watch the recording of the talk (edited to remove unpublished data).
10 February. Careers. Organized by SEBBM Junior Consuls (the Junior Section of the Spanish Society, SEBBM). A careers talk by Prof. Andreas Hougaard Laustsen, from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), on “Bridging academia and bioentrepreneurship”. Watch the recording of the talk.
10 March. Academic. Organized by Young NVBMB (the Junior Section of the Dutch Society, NVBMB). An academic talk by Dr Tessa Sinnige, from Utrecht University, on “Elucidating the molecular mechanisms of protein aggregation in C. elegans as a living model system”. Watch the recording of the talk.
14 April. Careers. Organized by HDBMB Young Scientists' Forum (the Junior Section of the Croatian Society, HDBMB). A careers talk by Prof. Igor Stagljar, University of Toronto, Canada, on success in the life sciences, with a focus on his work developing high-throughput technologies to facilitate the study of the protein-protein interactions of human membrane proteins involved in cancer. Watch a recording of the talk.
12 May. Academic. Organized by ÖGMBT/YLSA (the Junior Section of the Austrian Society. ÖGMBT). An academic talk by Prof. Florian Rüker, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna, on circumventing immunization by in vitro directed evolution and selection of human antibodies from large surface display libraries. The recording of this talk was only available online until the end of September 2022.
9 June. Careers. Organized by SIB Sezione Giovani (the Junior Section of the Italian Society, SIB). A careers talk by Prof. Loredano Pollegioni, Università degli Studi dell’Insubria, Italy, on the research path that led D-Serine from unnatural (and negligible) amino acid to (main) neuromodulator involved in relevant human pathologies. This talk was not recorded.
21 July. Academic. Organized by SEBBM Junior Consuls (the Junior Section of the Spanish Society, SEBBM) and the student association Biochemistry in Movement. An academic talk by Prof. Mara Dierssen, Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG), Barcelona, Spain, on the emerging scenario of epigenetic regulation in Down syndrome. The recording of this talk is not available.
11 August. Careers. Organized by Junior-GBM (the Junior Section of the German Society, GBM). A careers talk, by Dr. Anna McConnell, Otto-Diels-Institute, University of Kiel, Germany, on how she combined her research with supporting equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in supramolecular chemistry. This talk was not recorded.
8 September. Academic. Organized by HDBMB Young Scientists' Forum (the Junior Section of the Croatian Society, HDBMB). An academic talk by Dr. Iva Tolic, Ruđer Bošković Institute, Zagreb, Croatia, on the mechanobiology of mitosis and its role in mitotic fidelity. Watch a recording of the talk.
13 October. Careers. Organized by Young NVBMB (the Junior Section of the Dutch Society, NVBMB). A careers talk by Dr. Marco de Boer, Predica Diagnostics, the Netherlands, on the early steps of entrepreneurship. Watch a recording of this talk.
10 November. Academic. Organized by SIB Sezione Giovani (the Junior Section of the Italian Society, SIB). An academic talk by Prof. Federico Fornerisa, Armenise-Harvard Laboratory of Structural Biology, University of Pavia, Italy, on the molecular diversity of collagen lysine post-translational modification enzymes. Watch a recording of the talk.
8 December. Careers. Organized by ÖGMBT/YLSA (the Junior Section of the Austrian Society ÖGMBT). A careers talk by Dr. Boton Cseh, Vienna, on career mobility and alternative options for researchers. The recording of this talk is not available.
Talks delivered in 2021:
We delivered two events in 2021, listed below.
2) The AlphaFold Database, co-developed by DeepMind and EMBL-EBI. With Prof. Gerard Kleywegt and Dr Sameer Velankar, at EMBL-EBI. You can watch a recording of the webinar here. This event took place on the 26 October 2021.
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