Biochemical congress in České Budějovice
The 26th Biochemical Congress in České Budějovice (Czech Republic) will take place from August 29th – September 1st, 2021 under the motto "Life is Biochemistry, Biochemistry is Life". For the first time in its history, the traditional national congress will connect cross-border with other professional societies in Austria and Germany with the support of the Federation of European Biochemical Societies and its project "FEBS3 + meeting".
The three-day meeting will cover most research areas dominated by biochemistry. The individual sections will focus on both basic science and the applications of biochemistry in medicine, pharmacology, biotechnology and plant research. However, all sections will resonate with the issue currently most pressing, the issue of viruses.
Important personalities from various fields of biochemistry and molecular biology, as well as co-authors of fundamental discoveries, will present their results at the congress.
Among the invited speakers is the last living member of the legendary "Holy Trinity" Eric de Clercq (Belgium), who participated in the discovery and development of new antivirals. Martin Jinek (Switzerland) participated in the discovery of the CRISPR / Cas9 genetic scissors and is a Czech footprint in the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2020. Jiří Friml (Austria) was the first to elucidate the mechanism of action of the plant hormone auxin, and has been awarded many honors (EMBO Gold Medal, Erwin Schödinger Award, NF Neuron Award). Rolf Hilgenfeld, with his colleagues, currently described the three-dimensional structure of the main protease SARS-CoV-2, the causative agent of covid-19. Vladimír Beneš (Germany), head and one of the founders of the "EMBL Genomics Core Facility", technology-oriented service laboratories for functional genomics.
The participants of the congress will lear how international cross-border cooperation arose in a historiographical lecture entitled "German-speaking Medical chemists and Biochemists at Charles University in Prague". As thematically related, the theatrical performance "Elegance of the Molecule" by the Dejvice Theater will, in a unique way, describe the success story of "Holý Trinity" closer.
The conference, which takes place again "live" after a long pause caused by the pandemic situation, is beneficial even for the young and youngest generation of biochemists and molecular biologists. Both experienced researchers and doctoral students will present their work here. In the poster section, undergraduate students will also have the opportunity to present the results of their first scientific experiments. In the section dedicated to teaching, they will share international experience with the use of modern methods in the teaching of biochemistry and biological chemistry in various study programs.
The XXVI congress will therefore allow not only meetings of scientists across related disciplines and research topics, but also meetings of current and future scientific generations. For beginning scientists, this will be a unique opportunity to get acquainted with the cutting edge of contemporary biochemistry.
The congress of the Czech and Slovak Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology with international participation is held under the auspices of Eva Zažímalová, President of the Czech Academy of Sciences and Jiří Svoboda, Mayor of České Budějovice.