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HDBMB congress and FEBS3+ conference
HDBMB congress will be held between 2-5 September, 2018 in Siófok, Hungary within FEBS3+ meeting "From molecules to living system". The FEBS3+ conference scheme supports the joint organisation of scientific meetings by three or more FEBS constituent societies. Accordingly, the Siófok meeting is hosted by the Hungarian Biochemical Society, and is jointly organised with the Croatian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, the Slovenian Biochemical Society, and the Serbian Biochemical Society. With this conference we aim to replicate the format and build on the success of two earlier FEBS3+ meetings held in 2012 in Opatija, Croatia; and in 2015 in Portorozˇ, Slovenia. The conference will also be considered the National Annual Meeting of the participating societies. The scientific program will cover the most up-to-date topics in the field of molecular life sciences, particularly biochemistry and molecular biology. Special attention will be given to omics and systems approaches, and to studies exploring the molecular basis of disease. The scientific sessions are organised around themes that are most attractive to the participating societies. The organisers of the FEBS3+ Balaton 2018 Conference offer a fellowship possibility for young researchers under scheme FEBS Junior Fellowship.

FEBS Workshop on Molecular Life Science Education
FEBS and HDBMB organize FEBS Workshop on Molecular Life Science Education hosted by Faculty of Farmacy and Biochemistry, Domagojeva 2, Zagreb. Workshop will be held on April 4th and 5th, 2018.

One-day symposium „New Diagnostic Trends in Early Detection of Oncological and Rare Diseases“, Ruđer Bošković Institute, Zagreb on April 17, 2018
The symposium will be organised by the Croatian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the Slovenian Biochemistry Society with an aim to inform the scientific community on developments and new perspectives in biomolecular life sciences, arising from advancements in methodology. The symposium will comprise lectures given by eminent researchers devoted to diagnostic and early detection of oncological and rare diseases. The tremendous advancements in methodology, such as next-generation sequencing technology, have transformed biological and biomedical research, providing a platform that drives genetic analysis at unprecedented rates. The symposium will undoubtedly provide an excellent opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences with researchers and professionals such as physicians and clinicians, whose attendance will be recognised by the Croatian Medical Chamber. Our special thanks go to the general sponsor Kemomed for providing us with the resources necessary for the organisation of this meeting. There is no participation fee for the symposium. Registration via email: info@hdbmb.hr with subject line „Registration for Symposia 17.4.2018.“

ANNOUNCEMENT
43nd FEBS Congress - Biochemistry forever, 7 – 12 July 2018, Prague, Czech Republic

ANNOUNCEMENT
24th IUBMB Congress - Integrating Science for Bio-Health Innovation, 4-8 June 2018, Seoul, Korea

WILLIAM MARTIN - LAUREATE OF THE SPIRIDION BRUSINA MEDAL FOR 2017
At the proposal of HDBMB, the Spiridion Brusina Medal for 2017 was awarded to Prof. William Frank Martin by the Croatian Society of Natural Sciences. Prof. Martin is Full Professor and director of the Institute for Molecular Evolution at the Henrich Heine University in Düsseldorf. The field of scientific work of Prof. Martin is evolutionary biology, more precisely the physiology of evolution. Areas where Prof. Martin has left the greatest mark in modern science is explaining the main processes in two of the most important evolutionary transition - endosymbiosis in the origin of eukaryotes and geochemistry in the origin of life. The most famous and most cited papers of Prof. Martin are the ones that deal with these two important theories for understanding the evolution of life: Hydrogen Hypothesis on Origin of Mitochondria from 1998 and the Origin of Life and Hydrothermal Vents from 2008. Bibliography of Prof. Martin consists of more than 220 papers published in leading world scientific journals. The total number of citations after Google Scholar is 25600 with h-index 80 while total citations according to ISI is 16000 with h-index 68. Prof. William Martin is a frequent guest of scientific congresses and symposia in the Republic of Croatia and in his Institute for Molecular Evolution several students from Croatia had the opportunity to conduct research that resulted in scientific papers in prestigious world scientific journals. Prof. Martin recently published two review articles in the Croatian scientific journal Periodicum biologorum, showing once again his friendship and respect for the Croatian scientific community. Spiridion Brusina Medal award ceremony was held in the Matrix croatica on November 3rd, 2017, during which Prof. Martin gave lecture "Symbiogenesis, gradualism, and mitochondrial energy in eukaryote evolution".

40th ANNIVERSARY OF HDBMB
During year 2016 the Croatian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (HDBMB) proudly celebrated its 40th Anniversary through various activities.
The book 40th Anniversary of the HDBMB provides an overview and description of the important events for the HDBMB as well as the more significant activities of its members with detailed analysis of the last ten years.
The Society organized series of lectures for high school and university students in order to popularize research in biochemistry and molecular biology. Priroda (Nature), Croatian journal for popularization of natural sciences, dedicated its double edition (number 1-2/2016) to 40th Anniversary of the HDBMB. Thirty members of the Society wrote popular-scientific articles about modern and interesting themes from areas of biochemistry and molecular biology and other molecular life sciences.
Special issue of Croatian scientific journal Periodicum biologorum was devoted to celebration of 40th Anniversary of the HDBMB. Nine outstanding scientists responded to the invitation of dr. Zrinka Kovarik, president of the HDBMB and wrote articles for this Jubilee issue. Their effort indicates and signifies their strong support for the future work and acitivities of the HDBMB.
The PDB poster Molecular Machinery depicting hundreds of crystal structures of protein and important macromolecules that make up a living cell was translated to Croatian language and printed for pupils and students.

ZORAN RADIĆ RECEIVED SPIRIDION BRUSINA MEDAL FOR 2016
Zoran Radić, HDBMB member and eminent Croatian scientist living and working abroad, received the Spiridion Brusina Medal awarded by the Croatian Society of Natural Sciences. The Medal was awarded at the official ceremony to mark the 40th anniversary of the HDBMB in Zagreb (28 Oct 2016), when Prof Radić gave an inspiring 3D lecture entitled 50 years of allosteric hypothesis in cholinesterases, 25 years of its proof.

Congress HDBMB2016 - on the Occasion of the 40th Anniversary was successfully organized in Split, Croatia on June 1 – 4, 2016. We organized a mini-symposium on the 40 years of the Society, where we remembered the important events and previous relevant activities of the HDBMB. Within the Mini-symposium Prof Israel Pecht (Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel), the Secretary General of FEBS, was named as a new honorary member of the HDBMB, because of his exceptional merit for the promotion of HDBMB and our work in FEBS. Excellent lectures were given by Croatian and international scientists. Prof Susan Taylor (University of California, San Diego, USA) was the IUBMB Ed Wood Lecturer and Prof Ivan Matić (Université Paris Descartes, France) was the FEBS National Lecturer.