• Statutes of the Society (PDF; in Slovenian)


Previous lectures
Minutes of the previous Board meetings



Rodney Boyer: Concepts in Biochemistry translation into Slovenian is available
Slovenian Biochemical Society is co-publisher of the biochemistry textbook translation. Editors of the translation were Metka Renko and Matjaz Zorko who did an important  job with help of 10 other translators, all of them lecturers of biochemistry within various departments of Ljubljana university.
Since December 20, Concepts in Biochemistry (translated as "Temelji biokemije") textbok is available from Studentska zalozba in their library or via internet and costs 18.000 SIT (75 EUR, hard-bound only) - for Society members a discount applies.
If you find any typos or other items that need to be corrected, please let us know. There is a separate page for errata - check here before reporting errors.

New SBD Board
On December 14, there was a combined meeting of the current and future Board of the Society. Starting with January 1, 2006, new members of the Board (elected at the past assembly in Lipica) will start its work.
New SBD president for the next 4-years term will be Marinka Drobnic Kosorok from the University of Ljubljana Veterinary Faculty. Secretary will be Gregor Anderluh (UL Biotechnical Faculty Department of Biology) and treasurer will continue to be Igor Krizaj (Jozef Stefan Institute).

New Members of the Society
The board of the Society on December 14, 2005 confirmed the following colleagues as new members of the Society: Alenka Nemec from the Veterinary Faculty, Petra Brozic, Spela Petric and Matej Kastelic from the UL Medical Faculty Institute of Biochemistry, Biserka Bakrac, Andrej Bavdek, Andrej Razpotnik and Matija Rijavec from the Biotechnical Faculty Department of Biology, Janja Kuplenk from the UL Facutly of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, and Mirelle Treeby from the National Institute of Chemistry.

SBD Members Awarded
Dusan Turk received this year's Zois Award for his excellent scientific achievements in structural biology while Gregor Anderluh was awarded Zois Award for important scientific achievements in biochemistry and molecular biology.

Membership Fee
2005 fee payment deadline was April 30 - see Detailed instructions for account number and other information.

We received invitations to the following international scientific events:

[none in the week of Dec. 18-24, 2005]

We received 20 applications for the 10 travel supports
available in 2005. The Board  discussed about these applications on March 11 and selected the following members as recipients of support: Sabina Berne (Veterinary Faculty), Iva Hafner and Martina Mohorčič (National Institute of Chemistry), Metka Lenassi and Matej Seliškar (Medical Faculty Institute of Biochemistry), Helena Motaln (Biotechnical Faculty - Zootechnics Department), Dejan Caglič, Saša Jenko Kokalj and Mojca Mattiazzi (J. Stefan Institute), Martina Turk (Biotechnical Faculty - Biology Department). Recipients, please check the rules again for imposed conditions!

Next FEBS Meeting

The 2006 FEBS congress will take place in Istanbul from June 24 to 26. Check the congress homepage for details.

Articles from Slovenian laboratories (Medline)
Check this
link to browse articles from Slovenian laboratories, published in 2005 and cited in Medline! These are only biomedical-oriented articles; other databases would reveal additional publications from Slovenian research groups.

SBD Mailing list
contains over 130 E-mail addresses of members at the moment. You can send and receive messages, invitations or requests. Send notices of general importance to sbd@ijs.si - after approval, the notice will be distributed to everyone on the list. Hitting on the Reply button of your mail reader would send a reply to the mailing list members. For individual replies, copy the sender's address into the To: line. Feel free to contact the webmaster for any questions!

Information for members

Functional Genomics
Slovenia became full member of the ESF programme 'Integrated approaches for functional genomics'. Some funds could be obtained for scientific exchanges and organisation of workshops or training courses. More information from the ESF Web page and/or from the Functional genomics pages.

Wood-Whelan Research Fellowships are available to young biochemists who need to travel to foreign laboratories for purpose of carrying out experiments (and not for attending courses or meetings). Travels should last 1-4 months and the fellowship would cover travel costs and incidental expenses to a total of US$ 2000. Applications should be received for review by 15 October and 15 April each year. Information on documentation required and on contact addresses are available from the homepage at IUBMB.

In this section we present recent job offers, including vacant position for PhD students, diploma themes etc.
If you know of any recent job in the field (preferably within Slovenia), feel free to spread the information via or Web page - drop a line to the secretary of the Society. Job offers will be displayed  for ~1 month for international jobs and ~2 months for jobs within Slovenia.

A postdoctoral position at the Vienna University is available in the laboratory of Oliviero Carugo. Research will be in the field of structural bioinformatics and contract is limited to 30 months. Application deadline is January 31, 2006.
[December 2005]

A 2-years postdoctoral position is open in Lund (Sweden) for investigation of enzymes capable of catalyzing synthesis of bioactive nucleoside analogs. Contact Jure Piskur for details of research in his group or check the homepage.
[December 2005]
  Members of the boards

In September 2005 the following members were elected into the boards and commissions of the Society for the 2006-2009 term:

BOARD ( Upravni odbor)

President of the Board:


Board of Control (Nadzorni odbor)

  • Prof. Dr. Janko Kos, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Pharmacy
  • Prof. Dr. Ana Plemenitaš, University of Ljubljana, Medical Faculty, Institute of Biochemistry
  • Prof. Dr. Joze Pungercar, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Jozef Stefan Institute

Honorary Court of Arbitration (Castno razsodisce )

  • Prof. Dr. Roman Jerala, National Institute of Chemistry
  • Prof. Dr. Vito Turk, Jozef Stefan Institute
  • Prof. Dr. Matjaz Zorko, University of Ljubljana, Medical Faculty, Institute of Biochemistry

Disciplinary Commission (Disciplinska komisija )

  • Prof. Dr. Tamara Lah, National Institute of Biology
  • Prof. Dr. Brigita Lenarcic, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, Chair of Biochemistry
  • Prof. Dr. Radovan Komel, University of Ljubljana, Medical Faculty, Institute of Biochemistry  

Invitations to international meetings:
Cell Signaling World: Signal transduction pathways as therapeutic targets
January 25 - 28, 2006 in the European Conference Center, Luxembourg.

Genomes to Systems
Manchester, March 22-24, 2006
16 topics ranging from genomics to postgenimics in 3 days. Discounted early registration before Dec. 31.

RNAi2006: Advances in RNA Interference Research
This international conference will be organized  on March 22 and 23, 2006 in Oxford (UK).

41st meeting of the European Association for the study of the Liver (EASL)
Vienna, April 26-30, 2006
Registration deadline February 22, late abstract submission Feb.22-March 1. Topics include immunological, biochemical and clinical aspects of liver and liver diseases.

FEBS Special Meeting on Cellular Signalling
Dubrovnik, Croatia, May 26-June 1, 2006
Application deadline is March 1. Topics include: Signalling networks, Ubiquitin & SUMO functions, Signalling & Disease, Membrane dynamics in endocytosis, Cytoskeleton & GTPases, Signalling & new therapies, DNA damage response & cell cycle, New trends in 2006.

Structure and Function of  Large Molecular Assemblies
9 - 18 June, 2006
Erice, Italy
Registration deadline: November 30, 2005

EMBO practical course on ubiquitin and SUMO
Split, Croatia, September 5-11, 2006
Course is limited to 20 participants. Application deadline July 1, 2006.

Supramolecular Structure and Function
Rovinj, Croatia, 16 - 28 September 2006

At the 9th International Summer School on Biophysics in nearby Rovinj a range of top sicentists in the field will present the topic from different points of view. As many as 7 Nobel laureates are announced as speakers!


The proposal for SBD logo voted as second best at the 4th meeting of the Society in September 2001.

  Previous meetings of the Board

The Board last met on June 14, 2005.
The main topics were preparations for the general assembly of the Society.
We will ask all the members to propose candidates for members of various boards  for the 2006-09 term; deadline is September 10.
Further, we discussed the agenda of the FEBS Council meeting, news related to biochemistry textbook in Slovenian  (now expected to come out of print in September or October), and accepted 7 new members into the Society.

4th meeting

Sign of the 4th Meeting at Kranjska Gora (September 13-15, 2001)

  Previous lectures
The last previous lecture organized by the Society was held on October 6 at 11:30 a.m. at J. Stefan Institute: Mauro Degli Esposti (University of Manchester, UK):  Organelle membrane scrambling during cell death.

September 19 at 11 a.m. at the
J. Stefan International Postgraduate School:  William Lennarz (Stony Brook, USA: Life and death of a glycoprotein.

September 5 at 13:00
at the Biological Center: William Kem (Gainesville, USA): CNS drug design based on naturally occuring nicotinic receptor toxins.

June 30 at 11.30 a.m. at the J. Stefan Institute:
Doo-Sik Kim (Seoul, Korea): Molecular structure and function of salmosin, a novel disintegrin.

June 30 at 9.30 a.m. at the J. Stefan Institute:  Christopher Overall (Vancouver, Canada): Degradomics: systems biology of the protease web.

March 31 at 1 p.m. at the J. Stefan Institute:  Sepp Kohlwein (Graz, Austria): 4D-Imaging of Living Yeast Cells: Analysing Protein and Organelle Dynamics in vivo.

March 14, 2005 at 11 a.m.
at the J. Stefan Institute: Keiko Kobayashi and Takeyori Saheki (Kagoshima, Japan): Molecular genetics and pathophysiology of citrin defficiency.

October 29, 2004 at 11 a.m. at the J. Stefan Institute. David R. Brown (Bath University, UK): Metals in prion diseases.

May 31 at 11:00 at the J. Stefan Institute: John Cheronis (SomaLogic Inc., Boulder, USA): Multiplexed proteomics assays for the diagnosis and management of human diseases.

November 4, 2004 at 2:15 p.m. at the J. Stefan Institute: Michael Engel (Max-Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Martinsried, Germany): The crystal structure of dipeptidyl peptidase IV (CD26) reveals its functional regulation and enzymatic mechanism.

October 15 at 11:30 at the J. Stefan Institute: Hartmut Luecke (Univ. of California, Irvine): Light-driven ion pumping and signalling in microbial rhodopsins

September 29 at 12:00 at the J. Stefan Institute: Sanja Glisic (Institute of Nuclear Sciences Vinca, Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro): Association of lipoprotein lipase gene Asn291Ser DNA polymorphism with plasma lipid levels and blood pressure levels in healthy population of Serbia.

September 22, 2003 (1:00 p.m.) and September 23 (9:30 a.m.) at the J. Stefan Institute. William J. Lennarz (University at Stony Brook): The birth of glycoproteins (Sept. 22) and The death of glycoproteins (Sept. 23).




Slovenian Biochemical Society is a member of FEBS (Federation of European Biochemical Societies) since 1992. Secretary general of FEBS in the 1990-1998 term was Prof. Dr. Vito Turk from our national society.

FEBS or its member societies organize a range of Activities, including courses and congresses. Next congresses will take place in Budapest  (2005) and Turkey (2006).


Slovenian Biochemical Society is a member of IUBMB (International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) since 1992. Prof. Dr. Vito Turk from our society is the actual member of the IUBMB Executive Committee and Chairman of the IUBMB Committee on Symposia and Interest Groups.

Information on IUBMB meetings is available from the Congresses, Symposia, and Workshops pages, respectively


Slovenia is a member state of EMBO (European Molecular Biology Organization). It contributes its part in EMBC (EMB Conference), but is not involved in the activities of EMBL (EMB Laboratory). (To find out more about EMBO and EMBC, read this page.)
Slovenian researchers can thus profit from many activities of EMBO, like courses & workshops or fellowships .

  Logo of the 3rd Meeting of the Slovenian Biochemical Society, held in September 1999 at Portoroz on the Adriatic coast.   Useful links

the target resource for job seekers and employees in Life Sciences: http://www.biologyjobs.com/

BioExchange, the global bio-pharmaceutical network
Daily news, events, tools, jobs, directories... for Life Science from one single page: http://www.BioExchange.com/

Chemists jobs site: A new site with a range of jobs for chemists and biochemists; academic and companies: http://www.chemjobs.net/

BioView: A new site for biotechnical and biopharmaceutical jobs, news, information and resources is available at: http://www.bioview.com/ .

ICGEB in the nearby Trieste, Italy, is an international centre for genetic engineering and biotechnology which also organizes several courses and promotes collaborative research programmes.

    E-mail addresses

A list of E-mail addresses is available ! Only those are included who agreed (May '99 questionnaire or application form); if you would like to be included, too, send a note to the webmaster !


Logo SBD 1st Meeting

This is the logo of the 1st Meeting of our Society. It represents a molecule of Stefin, a protease inhibitor, in an Erlenmeyer flask.
The name Stefin was chosen because the molecule was first characterised at  the J. Stefan Institute.

Organizations where we work

University of Ljubljana :

Dept. Biochem. & Mol. Biol., J. Stefan Institute, Ljubljana;
National Institute of Chemistry, Ljubljana - Laboratory 11; Laboratory 12 homepage
National Institute of Biology, Ljubljana;
Blood Transfusion Centre, Ljubljana;
ITC, Vienna University.

Other biochemical societies within FEBS
  Contact Information

Postal Address:

Slovensko biokemijsko drustvo
Jozef Stefan Institute
Jamova 39
SI-1000 Ljubljana
Prof. Dr. Marinka Drobnic-Kosorok
University of Ljubljana
Veterinary Faculty
Institute of Physiology, Pharmacology and Toxicology
Gerbiceva 60
SI-1000 Ljubljana
Phone:  +386 1 477 9133
Fax:  +386 1 283 2243 
Email: marinka.drobnic-kosorok@vf.uni-lj.si


Doc. Dr. Gregor Anderluh
University of Ljubljana
Biotechnical Faculty - Department of Biology
Chair of Biochemistry
Vecna pot 111
SI-1000 Ljubljana

Phone:  +386 1 423 3388
Fax:  +386 1 257 3390
Email:  gregor.anderluh@bf.uni-lj.si


Prof. Dr. Igor Krizaj
J. Stefan Institute
Department of Biochemistry and Mol. Biology
Jamova 39
SI-1000 Ljubljana
Phone:  +386 1 477 3626
Fax:  +386 1 477 3984
Email:  igor.krizaj@ijs.si

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