The Biobio Society – The Finnish Biochemical, Biophysical and Microbiological Society

The Finnish Biochemical, Biophysical and Microbiological Society – the Biobio Society in short – promotes experimental biological research in Finland and welcomes everyone involved or interested in the biosciences. On this post we find out more about their history, structure and activities.
The Biobio Society – The Finnish Biochemical, Biophysical and Microbiological Society
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The Biobio Society is a scientific non-profit organization promoting bioscience related research and public awareness in Finland. The Society has three discipline-based divisions (Finnish Peptide Society, Finnish Glycoscience Network and Finnish Proteomics Society), a Junior Section and a local branch, the Bioscientific Society of Oulu. Over 400 members represent various fields of biosciences and career stages.

The main activities of the Society include organizing a biennial symposium about topical bioscience related themes, attracting a wide audience at the international ChemBio Finland event. Also biennially, the Society awards an A. I. Virtanen prize together with the Finnish Chemical Society and the Foundation for Nutrition research. Biobio Society represents the interests of its members by giving various statements and recommendations of science-related issues and policies and making nominations for scientific bodies both nationally and internationally.

The Society has a rich history starting in 1945, when, at the time of receiving the Nobel Prize in chemistry, Artturi I. Virtanen together with colleagues proposed the establishment of a Finnish Society for Microbiology. A few years later it was extended to cover biochemistry and other biosciences. From this moment on the name was established as Societas biochemica, biophysica et microbiologica Fenniae, more commonly known as the Biobio Society.

Biobio Society is one of the founding members of FEBS. In addition, the Society represents Finland in the Federation of European Microbiological Societies (FEMS), the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (IUBMB), International Union of Microbiological Societies (IUMS), International Union for Pure and Applied Biophysics (IUPAB) and European Biophysical Societies' Association (EBSA).


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