This was the fifth Hot Topic organized by the Biochemical Society. This Hot Topic event was organized with the British Society of Immunology. The meeting provided an opportunity for researchers interested in exciting emerging topics in nutritional immunology to come together and to establish a network for future collaborations in this fascinating area of research. The day was a great success and brought together a number of different research areas. View gallery... 


In the last decade, high throughput sequencing has enabled a rapid expansion in the identification of small RNAs that exist within a cell. These small RNAs have been shown to play diverse roles in gene regulation and genome defense. The aim of this meeting was to bring together scientists studying the biology of small RNAs, focusing on biogenesis and function. View gallery...


Biochemical Society Award Symposium, December 2012
The Award Symposium took place at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge. Professor Sir John Walker chaired the afternoon which was followed by an evening reception. The event opened with the 2012 Colworth Medal Lecture which was presented by Akhilesh Reddy (University of Cambridge, UK), followed by the 2012 and 2013 Sir Frederick Gowland Hopkins Memorial Lecture presented by David Baker (University of Washington, USA) and Marius Clore (NIDDK, National Institutes of Health, USA). View gallery...


This years Annual Symposium took place at University of Leeds just before Christmas. There was an exciting programme which included an Award lecture by Tony Kouzarides, a very engaging talk from Adrian Bird who was also awarded his Honorary Membership of the Society and a great public lecture delivered by Nessa Carey. View gallery...


The fourth Hot Topic Event organized by the Biochemical Society was held at the Society’s premises, Charles Darwin House. Attended by scientists from across the globe, this event provided an excellent opportunity for networking and future collaboration. The poster prize was awarded to Nathaniel Jones (University of Glasgow, UK). View gallery. View webcasts.
 

Co-organized by the Biochemical Society and Monash University the GPCR meeting took place at the Monash University Centre in Prato, Italy. Just thirty minutes away from Florence the Monash centre made the perfect setting for a very enjoyable conference. Not only was the venue and food beautiful, but there was some great science on offer as well. With science provided by a number of outstanding invited speakers and some brilliant elevated talks this was a very successful conference all round. View gallery...

19-23 August and 23-25 August 2012, St. Anne's College, Oxford, United Kingdom

The 73rd Harden conference took place over five days and included an exciting science programme which included The 1st RSC Nucleic Acids Group Michael J. Gait Lecture by Steve Kowalczykowski and Biochemical Society, Early Career Research Award by Vidya Chandran. Regulation of protein trafficking and function by palmitoylation followed directly after the Harden meeting and was a hugely success including the Morton Lecture by Kai Simons. View gallery...


The 72nd Harden conference took place at Robinson College in the sunshine in July. The Harden conference lasted three days and was enjoyed by all. Speakers and delegates discussed their work on RNA-based regulation in different organisms. View gallery...


How bugs kill bugs, July 2012

Held on the leafy campus of the University of Nottingham, this meeting was in honour of the retirement of Professor Richard James.  The meeting brought together researchers working on highly diverse bacteriocins, from small molecules to large proteins, and on vastly different scales, from the ecological to the molecular. The Society of General Microbiology co sponsored the meeting and poster sessions and drinks receptions were enjoyed by all. View gallery...View webcasts.


An international three-day conference organized by the Biochemical Society was hosted in University College Cork. The Conference entitled "Rab GTPases and their interacting proteins in health and disease" attracted speakers, poster presentations and delegates from Ireland, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Australia, USA, Canada and Singapore. Science Foundation Ireland was the major Sponsor of the Conference, which was based in The Western Gateway Building UCC. View gallery...


LRRK2: function and dysfunction, 28—30 March 2012
The meeting was held in the beautiful surroundings of Royal Holloway University of London and was so popular that registration had to be closed. The meeting had a number of great invited speakers and selected oral communications and the poster sessions were enjoyed by all. Sovan Sarkar presented his Early Career Research Award Lecture entitled "Regulation of autophagy and its role in neurodegenerative diseases" to open the conference and the ASN NEURO poster prize was won by Evy Lobbestael from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. View gallery...

Intrinsically disordered proteins, 26-27 March 2012
Up to half of all human proteins contain regions that are intrinsically disordered. This meeting brought together researchers interested in such proteins (on both experimental and theoretical sides), to develop a coherent view of their structural details and function, and to facilitate networking. View gallery...
 

Quantitative proteomics and data analysis, 26-27 March 2012

There was introductory presentations to set the scene and define the issues. For the main part of the course, there was individual tables with small groups of attendees, addressing specific issues such as label-free quantification, absolute quantification with stable isotopes, SILAC, MaxQuant, quantification in MASCOT and more. View gallery...


Annual Symposium - Frontiers in biological catalysis, 10—12 January 2012

The Annual Symposium proved to be a great success, Professor Sir John Walker opened the meeting by giving his Keilin Memorial Lecture and Tracey Gloster, the winner of an Early Career Research Award closed the meeting two days later. There was a pub quiz and Conference Dinner which served as entertaining breaks from the great science being presented. A Biochemical Journal poster prize and Biochemical Society Transactions oral communication prize were also awarded. View gallery...

 


The biology and pathology of Tau and its role in tauopathies II, 8—9 January 2012

Following on from the success of the first conference of the same name; 'The biology and pathology of Tau and its role in tauopathies II' was a huge success. The Focused Meeting was characterized by lively discussion sessions that wrapped up each day of science as well as enthusiastic contributions from all attendees. An Alzheimer's Society Oral Communcation Prize and an Alzheimer's Research UK Poster Prize was awarded at the meeting. View gallery...


Bionanotechnology III: from biomolecular assembly to applications, 4—6 January 2012

The third conference in the Bionanotechnology series was as popular as the last two. The scientific programme was exciting and many discussions continued into the poster sessions. The winner of the Biochemical Society Poster Prize was Ruud Peters, from Radboud University (Netherlands), for his poster on polymersome nanoreactors as artificial organelles. The guided tour of Cambridge and free drinks courtesy of the Biochemical Society went down particularly well too. View gallery...


Biochemical Society Centenary Celebration, 15-16 December 2011

This event was a highlight and culmination of all of the centenary events in 2011. The event covered science in all aspects, from policy, decision making and excellent research - the latter presented by winners of Biochemical Society awards in 2011 and poster presenter winners from conferences taking place during 2011. The event was a huge success which was enjoyed by all. View gallery...


Hot Topic: Nrf2 signalling in health and disease, 1 December 2011

This one day Hot Topic event was held at Charles Darwin House in London saw over 100 scientists all working in the area of Nrf2. The day was full of invited speakers and selected oral communications which produced an exciting atmosphere throughout the day. The day ended with a drinks reception and poster session. View gallery...


This two-day workshop focused on issues and developments in quantitative proteomics. The first day was a Training Day for relative newcomers to the field, including round-table problem-solving discussions of experimental and informatics solutions. The second day was a Workshop addressing current issues and the future for quantification in proteomics. View gallery...


We are pleased to announce that at the 71st Harden conference on metabolic pathway analysis, held in Chester earlier this month, the Centenary Poster Prize was awarded to Fiona Achcar from University of Glasgow for her poster entitled “Model analysis under uncertainty, the case of Trypanosoma brucei energy metabolism”. View gallery...


Lisa Goers from Imperial College London was the winner of the Biochemical Centenary Poster Prize at the 70th Harden Conference for her poster entitled “A synthetic system for the on-demand supply of glutamine to mammalian cell cultures”. An excursion to Trentham Gardens provided an enjoyable setting for an afternoon off for delegates. View gallery...


The Biochemical Society meeting “Dynamics within and between proteins” was held recently at the University of Essex. The meeting was enjoyed by all, especially at the BBQ on Wednesday night which accompanied a vibrant poster session. George Jeppesen won the Biochemical Society Centenary poster prize for his poster which contained a 3D kinesin-1 model. The conference dinner was held at the brand new Firstsite venue inColchester, which is not open to the public until later this month. View gallery...


From beads on a string to the pearls of regulation: the structure and dynamics of chromatin. A joint Biochemical Society / Wellcome Trust conference, 3—4 August 2011

The meeting marked the retirement of Professor Jean Thomas, who has made major contributions to the field. The conference was vibrant and sunny and brought together scientists of all levels of research. Set in the beautiful Cambridgeshire countryside, the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus made the perfect location for this enjoyable conference. View gallery...


YLS Centenary Event - Protein evolution and engineering: from research to the real world, 9 August 2011

The YLS Centenary Committee hosted an exciting one day conference in the field of protein evolution and engineering. This event, celebrating 100 years of the Biochemical Society, provided a fantastic stage for young life scientists to showcase their research. The day was a huge success with over 100 attendees, a number of exhibitors and very engaging poster sessions. View gallery...


This meeting brought together researchers and clinicians working on diverse aspects of nuclear structure and associated diseases, to review recent progress and define strategies for future research. Topics included nuclear envelope proteins, disease models and mechanisms,nuclear envelope protein-dependent stem cell aging, chromatin interactions and nucleo-cytoskeletal connections and mechanics. View gallery...


Advances in the cellular and molecular biology of angiogenesis, 27—29 June 2011

This meeting was held at the University of Birmingham proved to be very popular both with delegates and sponsors. The level of abstract was so high that the organizers decided to award not one, but two poster prizes. These prizes were awarded to Lin Cooley (University of East Anglia, Norwich, United Kingdom) and Emma Maxwell (University of Sheffield, United Kingdom). There was a vibrant science programme which was matched by an equally exciting social programme. View gallery... 


Signalling 2011: A Biochemical Society Centenary Celebration, 8-10 June 2011

This multi-focus meeting was on current topics in Signal Transduction and was a landmark in the Centenary Celebrations of the Biochemical Society in 2011. The principle aim of this meeting was 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. View gallery...


Autonomic control in health and disease, 26 May 2011

As with previous years, the joint YLS symposium was a great success, with over 90 PhD students and post-docs attending for a day of scientific talks and networking. The event, entitled "Autonomic Control in Health and Disease" was held at the University of Birmingham, in the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, on the 26 May 2011. Keynote speakers included Dr Keith Brain, Professor Michael Frenneaux and Dr James Fisher. The networking sessions were well attending, aided by two successful poster sessions with over 30 posters on display. View gallery...


Joint Sino-UK Protein Symposium, 5–7 May 2011, Shanghai University, China
This symposium was the first to be organized jointly between the Biochemical Society and the Chinese Protein Society and was held in China. The Symposium was a key event for the Biochemical Society's centenary celebrations and focused on successful Sino-UK research collaborations. The event offered an opportunity for delegates to network and strengthen the relations between scientists based in China and the UK. It was also an opportunity for the Society to expand its international membership and promote the opening of a new Editorial Office in Beijing. View gallery… Read more...


Annual Symposium - Recent advances in membrane biochemistry, 5–7 January 2011
The new year kicked off with the most prestigious event in the Society's varied and lively meetings calendar. This symposium focused on the latest developments and breakthroughs within the field of membrane protein structure and function. As part of this symposium the achievements of Professor Anthony Lee from the University of Southampton were honoured on the eve of his retirement. The Biochemical Society Early Career Research Medal was awarded to Rene Frank who gave a fascinating talk on glutamate receptor complexes. View gallery…


Models of Dementia; the good, the bad and the future, 15–17 December 2010 
This popular Focused Meeting held at Robinson College investigated the different models being used to investigate Dementia and the pros and cons of each. Despite the snow the meeting was enjoyed by all of the delegates and the large Christmas tree in the Dining Hall gave the meeting a festive feel. The invited speakers, oral communications and the debate session produced a varied, interesting and timely scientific meeting. View gallery...
 


Biochemical Society Hot Topic Event, 3 December 2010
The first Biochemical Society Hot Topic Event focused on pseudokinases and their role as modulators of signal transduction in normal and cancer cells. The science presented was indeed very current and ‘hot’ making this an exciting event. Despite the heavy snow, attendees managed to travel to London from around the globe to present their groundbreaking research on this topic. The Hot Topic Prize was awarded to Saskia Suijkerbuijk at Utrecht University, the Netherlands, who presented her group’s work on the evolution and mitotic function of the putative pseudokinase BUBR1. View gallery...


Looking back - and forward (Ian Dransfield, University of Edinburgh, UK)

As I come to the end of my term of office as Honorary Meetings Secretary, it is a useful time to reflect on the lessons that I have learned from the last few years of organizing meetings and to consider what the future might hold. I have been fortunate to work with some highly motivated and talented Theme Panel members and feel I have gained much personally, establishing new friendships and connections and developing my skills in chairmanship, although it should be said that the latter started from a very low baseline. Read more. View Gallery


Enzymology and ecology of the nitrogen cycle, 15—17 September 2010

Each September PhD students and young scientists from across Europe gather to present their data at the annual European Nitrogen Cycle meeting.  In 2010 and with the support of the Biochemical Society the 15th meeting in the series also included a number of contributions from invited speakers. With 29 elevated poster abstracts and nine invited speakers it was a full and rewarding programme, giving the younger researchers in the field an excellent opportunity to showcase their work. View gallery...

 


Autophagy: from molecules to disease, 8-12 September 2010
The 68th Harden Conference took place at the Royal Agricultural College in Cirencester and provided great opportunities for researchers to discuss the most recent advances in the field of autophagy. The sunny weather meant delegates were able to enjoy the beautiful Cotswold surroundings and a game or two of croquet. Two medal lectures were presented at the conference, Peter Cullen presented the Morton Lecture and Grahame Hardie was presented with the Novartis Medal, both talks were thoroughly enjoyed by all delegates. View gallery...


RNAP2010 - Structure, function and evolution of RNA polymerases, 22-25 September 2010

This 69th Harden Conference was organized jointly with the Wellcome Trust at their facilities in Hinxton, Cambridge. With over 50 presentations from invited speakers and selected from abstracts, it was a very intense but productive conference. With some of the lectures running until 11pm, many delegates enjoyed a well deserved drink afterwards at Hinxton Hall bar. The conference provided an exclusive platform that brought together top-ranking scientist’s from the UK and abroad, dedicated to transcription systems from all three domains of life. View gallery...


Molecular biology of Archaea II, 16-18 August 2010

After the succes of the first Archaea meeting in St Andrews in 2008, the scientific community felt it was time for sequel. The second Archaea meeting was held in Cambridge, although the tradition of Scottish Ceilidh dancing was kept. With more than half of the audience being based outside of the UK, there was a fruitful exchange of knowledge on an international level. The combination of invited speakers and selected short talks offered a unique perspective on the evolution of eukaryotic information processing pathways as well as shedding light on the diversity of life on the planet. View gallery…


35th FEBS congress, 26 June - 1 July 2010
Every year the Biochemical Society attends the FEBS congress, this year held in the beautiful city of Gothenburg, Sweden. With and instant win prize draw and a reception with free beer and nibbles, the stand attracted a lot of interest from the delegates. It was a great opportunity indeed for the Biochemical Society to promote our membership benefits and our variety of scientific journals to an international audience. View gallery...


Post-transcriptional control: mRNA translation, localization and turnover, 8-10 June 2010

This Focused Meeting proved to be so popular that registration closed a month beforehand. The meeting attracted students and established researchers alike, which lead to lively discussions and poster presentations. Several trade exhibitors attended, some of whom provided entertainment with competitions on the Nintendo Wii. All in all, it was a great opportunity for the scientific community whose work focuses on the processes of mRNA translation, localization and turnover, to come together to present and discuss their work. Read more... or View gallery…


Lysosomes in health and disease, 13-14 May 2010

This was the first Focused Meeting to be held at the Charles Darwin House, the new premises and conference centre of the Biochemical Society. With a full house of 130 delegates, 60 posters and a trade exhibition, is was a great opportunity for cell biologists and clinicians to exchange their work in the London hub of Life Sciences. Professor Sir Tom Blundell, President of the Biochemical Society, attended the meeting to present the Biochemical Society Early Career Research Award to Dr Jeremy Carlton, one of the 2010 winners of this prestigious medal. View gallery...


Revolutionizing drug discovery with stem cell technology in Stevenage, 18—19 January 2010
This Focused Meeting aims to brought together academics and colleagues from industry to address the state of the art in the biology of pluripotent stem cells and in particular the progress which has been made toward generating differentiated cell types from human embryonic stem cells that are of greatest potential significance in the process of drug discovery (neuronal cells, cardiomyocytes, hepatocytes). The meeting was of great interest to scientists in both academic and industrial sectors, providing an opportunity to discuss important aspects relating to the application of stem cells. Read more...


Experimental approaches to protein:protein interactions in Sheffield, 11–12 January 2010

The protein meeting held in Sheffield provided a great opportunity for researchers to present, discuss and compare the experimental approaches to studying the composition and structure of protein complexes. The meeting hosted the prestigious AstraZeneca Award lecture which was presented by Bonnie Wallace. Other highlights included the Biochemical Society Young Investigator Award, the BJ Structure poster prize and an interactive workshop aimed to discuss different research methods and stimulate new collaborations. Read more... or  View gallery...


The biology and pathology of Tau and its role in tauopathies in Cambridge, 7—8 January 2010
The tauopathies meeting was held at Robinson College in Cambridge and despite the snow was a very successful meeting. The meeting attracted a large number of delegates who braved transport issues to make it. There were runaway discussion sessions as well as a large number of very popular talks. View gallery...
 

 


Barrett's metaplasia conference in Bath, 17 - 18 September 2009

At the meeting in Bath, delegates enjoyed talks from speakers based in the UK, Europe and the USA. The meeting brought together scientists and clinicians to cover topics such as stem cell biology and cancer, transgenic models and cellular and molecular targets. A civic reception was also held in the impressive surroundings of the Roman Baths. Pictures are taken by Graeme Watson Photography. View gallery...


Synaptopathies: dysfunction of synaptic function conference in Newquay, 2 – 4 September 2009
Synaptopathies was held at the Hotel Victoria in the surf town of Newquay, Cornwall. The conference attracted over 90 delegates who enjoyed a cutting edge scientific programme with UK and international speakers who illustrated the complexity and diversity of synaptic form and function. Despite the cold weather, 30 of the delegates were brave enough to participate in a surf lesson on Fistral Beach. For others who decided to stay safely inside, the Sun Lounge of the Hotel Victoria provided stunning views of Cornwall’s coast line. Read more... or View gallery...


Machines on genes conference at Robinson College, Cambridge, 12 – 14 August 2009
A Focused Meeting based on how enzymes make, break and move DNA was held at Robinson College in the summer of 2009. The meeting attracted a large number of delegates, many of whom presented posters in Robinson Colleges impressive Dining Hall. The journal of Biotechnology and Applied Biochemistry sponsored a £250 poster prize at the meeting. View gallery...
 


Neuronal glutamate and GABAA conference in St Andrews, 21- 24 July 2009

This conference was held in the historic town of St Andrews in Scotland. Regardless of the bad weather, the delegates enjoyed an exciting science programme as well as vibrant social events such as the whiskey tasting session at the Bell Pettigrew Museum of Natural History. Highlights of the meeting included the ASN Neuro poster prize for which the delegates acted as the judges and the Colworth Medal Lecture presented by Giles Hardingham. The conference stimulated a great deal of discussion at the sessions as well as in the pubs afterwards. View gallery...


Young Life Scientists' Symposia "Networking angiogenesis - Bridging young researchers in the vascular biology field", Chester 14 July 2009

The second YLS meeting in 2009 was held in the medieval city of Chester in July. The meeting, organized by young scientists, was especially designed to encourage students and postdoctoral fellows to present their work to other scientists at a similar stage of their career. The meeting focused on the physiological, pathology and therapeutic potential of targeting angiogenesis. View gallery...


34th FEBS Congress, 4-9 July 2009, Prague, Czech Republic

The Biochemical Society/Portland Press had an exhibition stand at the 34th FEBS Congress, which was a great success indeed. More than 1000 posters were presented and nearly 2000 people attended the Congress. View gallery...


4th Intracellular Proteolysis conference in Barcelona, 27—29 May 2009
The 4th Intracellular proteolysis meeting held in Barcelona, Spain, was a huge success. It combined excellent science with an historical place (Casa de la Convalescència de Sant Pau), a multicultural city and excellent food and weather. This meeting was attended by nearly 160 delegates and reflected the current research interests in the ubiquitin-proteasome system, SUMO-regulated processes, ubiquitin and cell cycle, DNA-damage repair, drug discovery and ubiquitin and UBL role in intracellular traffic. Read more... or View gallery...


Young Life Scientists' Symposia "Neurological Disorders: from Molecules to Medicine" Incorporating the Promega UK Young Life Scientist Awards in Bristol, 14 May 2009

The Young Life Scientists'  Symposia  are scientific meetings organized by students for students. The Biochemical Society, along with the Genetics Society, British Pharmacological Society, and the Physiological Society, was proud and pleased to have supported the students at University of Bristol who organized the most recent YLS based on Neurodegeneration. View gallery...


Bipolar Disorder: Molecular and Cellular Biology conference in Egham, 23—24 April 2009

The Bipolar conference at Royal Holloway, University of London, brought together a range of scientists from world leaders to research students whose work is helping to understand the molecular and cellular biology of bipolar disorder using different models systems and approaches. The conference helped fostering a more interactive and multi-conceptual approach to research and highlighted the recent advances in understanding the biochemistry and cell signalling processes occurring in bipolar disorder. View gallery...


67th Harden conference in Cambridge, 29 March—2 April 2009

The 67th Harden Conference was held at Robinson College in Cambridge, UK. The conference consisted of 4 full days of science, with 30 speakers from around the world, covering a wide area disciplines. The conference also had 34 elected oral communications and 14 poster prizes, meaning it was a great platform for students to showcase their work. View gallery...


The Dynamic Cell conference in Edinburgh, 1—4 April 2009

"The Dynamic Cell" was the first joint meeting of the Biochemical Society and the British Society for Cell Biology. This very successful meeting attracted an impressive number of 330 delegates and more than 165 posters were presented during this four day meeting. Delegates enjoyed a high quality scientific programme which covered a wide range of topics to illustrate the dynamics of cellular processes. Apart from the hard science, the societies also arrange a vibrant social programme which included networking workshops, a pub crawl and a dinner at Our Dynamic Earth. Read more... or View gallery...


Bionanotechnology II conference in Cambridge, January 2009
The Bionanotechnology II meeting at Robinson College has again proven to be a great success, just like the first meeting held on this topic in January 2007. The delegates enjoyed a 3-day-long science programme which included a medal lecture given by Dr Paul Curnow. Three poster prize winners were selected from a total of 40 posters. There was a very friendly atmosphere at the meeting and plenty of opportunities for delegates to meet new people, at the networking lunch as well as during the poster sessions. View gallery...


Enzyme Mechanisms conference in Manchester, October 2008

The Enzyme mechanisms meeting was held at MIB in the city centre of Manchester. The meeting was well attended and provided good networking opportunities between students and senior scientists. The delegates enjoyed the modern feel of the venue and the easy access to the city's lively bars and restaurants. Read more... or View gallery...