mailing address: Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology,
J. Stefan Institute, Jamova 39, SI-1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia; fax: + 386 61 27 35 94

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Boards of the Society Meetings of the Board Organizations where we work
FEBS and IUBMB: organization, conferences
EMBO: organization, conferences
Some other national societies
Slovenian Biochemical Terminology
E-mail addresses



Open seminar of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, J. Stefan Institute: The fall/winter series started on October 28 in the form of journal clubs.
(Check the list of lecturers;  titles are published on Mondays before each presentation.)


The Board met on October 21. The main topic of the agenda was the analysis of the 3rd Meeting of the Society. It was concluded that this last meeting was a good one. In the questionnaire, the average note was 3.66 (on the 1-5 scale with 5 being the highest note). Some improvements were suggested for future conferences. In November, we plan to organise a special meeting on the concept of our past and future congresses.

October 13: IMPORTANT! The Federation of Biochemical Societies (FEBS) together with other European organizations (like EMBO) are establishing an Action Front for Life Sciences in Europe (AFELS) with the aim of improving the funding situation for life sciences. To facilitate the flow of information, as well as to make other organizations and politicians aware of the size of such an organization, Prof. Celis, secretary general of FEBS, asked the constituent societies to collect the E-mail addresses of their members. Access to such information will place FEBS in a much stronger position for influencing science policy in Europe. To implement this request we would like to ask all our members to submit the E-mail addresses (if you did so in our May '99 questionnaire and are listed on the Members List page you do not need to resubmit it unless it was changed recently). Only your E-addresses will be forwarded to FEBS without any personal data.

October 13: Since our recent questionnaires revealed that quite a few members are interested in biochemical education, we include here two interesting links for teaching staff as well as for others involved in biochemical education:
Standards for the PhD degree in the molecular biosciences: Recommendations of the Committee on Education of the IUBMB
TOMORROW'S PROFESSOR: Preparing for Academic Careers in Science and Engineering and Tomorrow's Professor Listserv

October 11: A list of E-mail addresses (working version) available! Only those are included who agreed (May '99 questionnaire); if you would like to be included, too, send a note to the webmaster!

September 30: A new link (revealed at the Round table on Slovenian biochemical terminology) is established: Terminology commission homepage (in Slovenian only). Cooperate in searching for correct translations!

The 3rd Meeting of our Society took place in Portoroz from September 25 to 29. We meet again in 2001 !

September 3: The Biochemical Society (UK) faxed us a reminder on the Young Scientist Travel Fellows Symposium (Birmingham, July 13-16, 2000). Registration deadline is October 31.

June 2: 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 secretary of our Society.

May 18: Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, J. Stefan Institute, organizes regular so-called Thursday seminars in English. Current research is presented prevailingly by younger coworkers of the department and of collaborating groups. Reports are up to 30 min long and are followed by an extensive discussion. Contributions from other groups are encouraged. Please contact Prof. Roger Pain for any additional information. Seminar announcemens will be made on this homepage and on the homepage of the organizing department. Please check this link a few days prior to each seminar since changes are possible on short term.

May 18: IUBMB, FEBS and The Biochemical Society announced the sponsorship of a Symposium for young life scientists (Birmingham, UK, July 13-16,2000). They will support about 120 young participants from around the world. Applications and poster abstracts should reach the organizers by October 31, 1999. More from their homepage or from the secretary of our Society.

January: We established a link to the ICGEB homepage. 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.

December/January: The Society seeks for a logo (znak drustva). It can be composed of a sign (any graphics) and/or text. The sign should be unique, suggesting any biochemical and/or molecular biological topic. If you feel not skilled enough to draw a sign, you can describe your idea in words. Send any useful suggestion to one of the members of the Board (see the list below) not later than July 5, 1999.
(By the way, the sign you can se in the top left corner of this page is not the official SBD logo but rather the sign of the 1st meeting of the Society from 1995. This was the first time the Society faced the problem of a logotype and selected the one with an Erlenmeyer flask with a backbone structure of human stefin B.)


The last previous lecture organized by the Society was held on  September 20 at 13:00 in  J. Stefan Institute: Stephen J. Mather (St. Bartholomew's Hospital, London, UK): Recent development in radiopharmaceutical research.

June 15, 1999 at 15:00 in the J. Stefan Institute: Wolfram Bode (Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Martinsried, Germany): The matrix metalloproteinases: mechanism of inhibition by synthetic and protein inhibitors.

June 14, 1999 at 10:00 in J. Stefan Institute: Magnus Abrahamson (Department of Clinical Chemistry, University of Lund, Sweden): Cystatins C, E and F - functions in vitro and in vivo.

May 24, 1999 at the Institute of Biochemistry, Medical Faculty: Alan Anderson (Centre de recherche en cancerologie, Departement de Biologie, Universite Laval, Quebec, Canada): Localization and characterization of a phenobarbital response unit (PBRU) conferring phenobarbital responsiveness on the rat gene for cytochrome P4502B2.

April 21, 1999 at 14:00 in the J. Stefan Institute: Jerrold Weiss (New York University Medical Center, New York, USA): Innate antibacterial host defence - group II phospholipases A2.

March 12, 1999 at 12:00 in the National Institute of Chemistry: Horst Kessler (Institut für Organische Chemie und Biochemie, TU München, Germany): Inhibition of protein-protein interactions at cell surfaces - A new cancer therapy.

December 11, 1998 at 16:00 in J. Stefan Institute: Carlos Gancedo (Instituto de Investigaciones Biomedicas, Madrid, Spain): The trehalose biosynthetic pathway is critical for the normal life of yeasts.

November 17, 1998 at 1:00 p.m. at the Medical Faculty, Institute of Biochemistry. Michael R. Waterman (Department of Biochemistry, Medical Faculty, Vanderbilt University, TN, USA): Mycobacterium tuberculosis contains a novel sterol 14alpha-demethylase: Biochemical and phylogenetic implication.

October 13, 1998 at 10:30 in J. Stefan Institute: Gottfried Schatz (Biozentrum, University of Basel, Switzerland): The life and death of mitochondrial proteins. The lecture was a part of 26th FEBS Ferdinand Springer Lecture Tour.


Virulence and Pathogenicity of Influenza, November 15-16, 1999, London, UK. The scientific programme will emphasise genetics and protein structure with additional reviews on antiviral therapy and vaccines.

The Eighth Conference of the International Association for the Study of Common Property (IASCP) [Bloomington, Indiana, USA, May 31-June 4, 2000] will deal with the theme of "global commons" which the organisers believe includes human genotype and environment. Influence of recent knowledge in this fields on economical, political or social classifications will be discussed. Those interested shall contact Nives Dolsak (Indiana University, Bloomington, IN).

In January 2000 (5-9) in Woudschoten, The Netherlands, the 3rd Winter school on population dynamics will be organised. The topics include ecology&evolution, virology&immunology, ecotoxicology, etc. The deadline for application is October 1, 1999. Contact: Fleur Kelpin, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

In October (17-21), the conference "Signal transduction in mammalian cells: Basic concepts and clinical significance" will be organized at Cape Greco, Paralimni, Cyprus. This is an 'European conference on biomedical research and peace'; check their their homepage for more information.

The organizers of the IUBMB/FEBS meeting in the year 2000 (Birmingham, UK, July 16-20) informed us that the full registration fee will be GBP 120 and the student registration fee GBP 50. The plenary speakers on the congress (entitled "Beyond the Genome") will be George Poste, Stanley Prusiner, Paul Sigler, J. Craig Venter and John Walker. You can learn more about the meeting from its homepage.


The Board met on April 21 to discuss the progress in the organisation of the 3rd meeting of the Society and the eventual participation of the Society in the Life Sciences conference 2000. The activities for 3rd meeting are in progress as planned. SBD will not co-organise the Life Sciences conference but welcomes inclusion of a special session, entitled "3-dimensional structure of proteins". We have selected Vito Turk to represent Slovenia as delegate at the meeting of the FEBS Board in Nice. The terminology comission is about to start its work, if possible before the 3rd meeting at Portoroz. After the meeting we intend to start a series of lectures (3-4 each year) to present the work of Slovenian biochemists and molecular biologists.

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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.

The 26th meeting was held in Nice, France from June 19 to 24, 1999.

FEBS or its member societies organize a range of Advanced Courses, Meetings and other conferences


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.

The 6th conference will be organized in Seoul, Korea from October 10 to 13, 1999.

Information on these and other meetings is available from the IUBMB Conferences page. 


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 workshops, courses and fellowships.

Boards of the SBD:

On April 20, the Election Commission (elected at the Assembly of the Society on February 20, 1998) reported  that the following members were elected into the boards and commissions of the Society:

BOARD (Upravni odbor)

President of the Board:
Prof. Dr. Matjaz Zorko, Institute of Biochemistry, Medical Faculty, University of Ljubljana

Dr. Vladimir Cotic, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, J. Stefan Institute (secretary)
Dr. Marko Dolinar, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, J. Stefan Institute (treasurer)
Dr. Roman Jerala, National Institute of Chemistry
Doc. Dr. Tom Turk, Department of Biology, Biotechnical Faculty,  University of Ljubljana

Board of Control (Nadzorni odbor)
Prof. Dr. Katja Breskvar, Institute of Biochemistry, Medical Faculty, University of Ljubljana
Prof. Dr. Aleksa Cimerman, National Institute of Chemistry
Prof. Dr. Vito Turk, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, J. Stefan Institute

Honorary Court of Arbitration (Castno razsodisce)
Prof. Dr. Franc Gubensek, Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, University of Ljubljana
Prof. Dr. Radovan Komel, Institute of Biochemistry, Medical Faculty, University of Ljubljana
Doc. Dr. Marinka Kosorok, Veterinary Faculty, University of Ljubljana

Disciplinary Commission (Disciplinska komisija)
Dr. Matic Legisa, National Institute of Chemistry
Prof. Dr. Peter Macek, Department of Biology, Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana
Doc. Dr. Metka Renko, Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, University of Ljubljana 

Meetings of the Board

The new Board of the SBD met for the first time on May 6. Existence and improvements on this Internet page were encouraged. Also, the Board has started the activities for the preparation of the next (3rd) Meeting of the Society which should be organized in 1999. The Society will continue to organize lectures from different fields of biochemistry; more emphasis will be given to research conducted in various Slovenian laboratories.

The 2nd meeting of the new Board was on May 28. The main topic was the organization of the 3rd Meeting of the Slovenian Biochemical Society. Tom Turk from the Department of Biology, Biotechnical Faculty, will chair the Organizing Committee and Tamara Lah from the National Institute of Biology will be president of the Scientific Committee. The meeting will be held in the last days of September 1999, most likely in Portoroz.

The 3rd meeting of the Board was on June 23. For the 3rd congress of the Society, members of the organizing committee and members of the scientific board from Slovenia were confirmed. Now both committees were confirmed, they should start with the preparations of the congress as soon as possible.

The agenda of December 17th meeting of the Board included the participation of SBD on the conferences Life Sciences 1999 and 2000. We decided to actively participate in the organization of the meeting in the year 2000 but only if the conference would include all the societies from the field of life sciences. Further, we discussed the activities for the organization of the 3rd meeting of the Society. Two candidates for lectures at the FEBS - IUBMB joint congress in Birmingham (in year 2000) were selected.

Organizations where our Society's members work:

University of Ljubljana: Dept. Biochem. & Mol. Biol., J. Stefan Institute, Ljubljana;
National Institute of Chemistry, Ljubljana;
National Institute of Biology, Ljubljana;
Blood Transfusion Centre, Ljubljana;
Amrad Corp., Victoria, Australia.

Please contact the webmaster if your organization is not listed!

Some other national societies within FEBS:

Belgian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, B,
Croatian Biochemical Society, HR,
Danish Society for Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, DK (in Dannish),
Societas biochemica, biophysica et microbiologica Fenniae, SF (mostly in Finnish),
Société Française de Biochimie et Biologie Moléculaire, F (in French only),
German Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology [GMB], D (in German only),
Hellenic Biochemical and Biophysical Society, GR,
Hungarian Biochemical Society, H,
Netherland Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, NL (in Netherland only),
Norwegian Biochemical Society, N (in Norwegian only),
Portuguese Biochemical Society, P,
Romanian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, RO,
Spanish Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, SP (in Spanish only),
Swedish Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, S,
Swiss Society for Biochemistry, CH,
The Biochemical Society, UK.


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