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EMBO to celebrate 50th anniversary in 2014


2014 is the 50th anniversary of EMBO and a full programme of events and activities are planned throughout the year. The 50th anniversary is an opportunity to look back on achievements and reflect on progress. It is also a time to celebrate and take a glimpse into the future.


EMBO, which was founded in 1964, will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2014. Diverse activities and events are planned to highlight the contributions that EMBO has made to the life sciences over its 50 years of existence – from talks and meetings to interviews and publications. The intention is to promote the achievements of EMBO to a wider community.


2014 is also an anniversary year for other organizations in the life sciences. The European Molecular Biology Conference (EMBC) will be 45 in 2014 and EMBL will be 40. A joint EMBO | EMBC | EMBL Science Policy Meeting, which will be held on the 2nd and 3rd of July 2014 in Heidelberg, will highlight the contributions that EMBO, the EMBC and EMBL have made to European science and take a look at the growing role of EMBO in science policy in Europe.


2014 is also the 50th anniversary of FEBS, and its French member society, the Société française de biochimie et de biologie moléculaire (SFBBM), will be 100 years old. Instead of holding separate annual conferences, FEBS, EMBO and SFBBM will celebrate together in 2014 by holding a jointly organized large conference that will take place at the Palais des Congrès in Paris from August 30th to September 4th.


A special membership meeting and party will take place in October in Heidelberg for all EMBO Members. As in previous years, newly elected EMBO members will be welcomed who, in 2014, will also include members from the anniversary list of scientists for underrepresented research areas.


Anniversary events for the EMBO programmes and other special projects are also planned. One of these projects is a collection of interviews with 10 scientists who have witnessed and influenced the history of molecular biology and EMBO. Science writer Georgina Ferry will conduct and write up the interviews. She is the author of such books as Max Perutz and the Secret of Life and The Common Thread: A story of science, politics, ethics and the human genome. The interviews, which will in part take a look at the early days of EMBO, will include contributions from scientists such as Sydney Brenner, Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza and James Watson as well as the directors of EMBO. These personal accounts will be an oppor- tunity to collate engaging information about the formative years of molecular biology and also to anticipate some of the future directions of the life sciences.


Further information will be made available about the timing and full programme of anniversary events early in the year.


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