The key that unlocked calcium : Robin Irvine talks to Michael Berridge 


The protein that disappeared : Hugh Pelham talks to Tim Hunt


Making proteins, making a difference : Michael Neuberger and Brian Hartley talk to Greg Winter


The golden age of genetics : John Armour talks to Alec Jeffreys


The beauty of biology : Chris Kirk talks to Tom Blundell


The Colworth Medal
Akhilesh Reddy
University of Cambridge, UK

The Novartis Medal and Prize
Ron Hay
University of Dundee, UK

The Keilin Memorial Lecture
Professor Sir John Walker
Medical Research Council Mitochondrial Biology Unit, UK

The Morton Lecture
Kai Simons
Max-Planck-Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Germany

The Centenary Award
David Baker
University of Washington, USA

The GlaxoSmithKline Award
Andrew Jackson
MRC Edinburgh, UK

Early Career Research Award Theme Panel II Molecular Structure and Function
Tracey Gloster
University of St. Andrews, UK

Early Career Research Award, Theme Panel IV Cell Biology
Sovan Sarkar
Whitehead Institute, MIT, USA

Early Career Research Award, Theme Panel VI Biotechnology & Bioinformatics
Sander van Kasteren
Netherlands Cancer Institute, The Netherlands

Early Career Research Award, Theme Panel VII Mechanisms of Development & Disease
Vidya Chandran
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India


2011 was the centenary of the foundation of the Biochemical Society.


It was the year in which we recalled and celebrated the achievements of the Biochemical Society and looked forward to the opportunities and challenges in the next 100 years. Our Centenary celebrations encompassed a wide range of activities and events in the UK and internationally.

The Journal’s extensive archive includes Medal Lectures from bioscientists who have been recognized by the Biochemical Society for notable achievements in their respective fields, as well as papers from researchers who have presented their work at the Society’s meetings over the decades.



As part of the Biochemical Society’s Centenary celebrations, a number of the Society’s Honorary members have been asked to talk about the important moments in their careers and the future of the discipline.

The Society sponsored the“Fat Body Slim” stand at the Brighton Science Festival, held as part of the “Play With Your Food” science day on 26th February 2011 at Hove Park School.


Read The Biochemist issues from 2011:


December 2011
The science of sensation

October 2011
Biochemistry in China

August 2011
Gut Metabolism

June 2011
Marine Biology

April 2011

February 2011
Systems Biology and Synthetic Biology


On Tuesday 1st March we went to the Reach-Out Lab at Imperial College for the launch of Little Miracles, a play by award winning playwright Joy Wilkinson. The play explores the scientific, social and ethical implications of embryonic stem cell research.


The Biochemical Society set out to find students with a flair for science writing by asking entrants to write an original article based on a biomolecular topic that aimed at the general public.


The first meeting organized jointly between the Biochemical Society and the Chinese Protein Society. The symposium focused on structural biology, drug discovery and the history of successful UK-Sino research collaborations.

How do you summarize the past 100 years of discoveries in the biological sciences? The Biochemical Society ran a competition to find the top ten discoveries.

As part of the Society’s Centenary our Emeritus Members were invited to Charles Darwin House to celebrate the work the Society has undertaken.
The principle aim of this meeting is to sum up the advances in signal transduction research towards the end of the last century and highlight how this continues to pave the way for future advances in biology and medicine.

To celebrate 100 years of the Society in 2011 we awarded £100,000 towards Summer Vacation Studentships. These grants provide funding for undergraduates to spend 6-8 weeks working in a research lab in their penultimate year of study.

The symposium on Protein Evolution and Engineering: From Research to the Real World provided a fantastic stage for young life scientists to showcase their research.

Given by Professor Soraya de Chadarevian on 'Putting Human Genetics on a Solid Basis: Human chromosome research, 1950s-1970s'.

A joint meeting between the Society and ASBMB, a major goal of the meeting was to bring together cell biologists and biochemists from diverse fields to focus on the emerging roles of MCSs in organelle biogenesis and signalling.

This event is a highlight and culmination of all of the centenary events in 2011. The intention is to cover science in all aspects, from policy, decision making and excellent research.
The volume covers the period 1987-2011 and provides a fascinating account of the Society and key areas of activity.
The exhibition draws on the research undertaken by Robert Freedman and the Centre for the History of Medicine at University of Warwick.