It is both an honor and a pleasure for the Spanish Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (SEBBM) to organize the 22nd IUBMB & 37th FEBS Congress in 2012. The standards of modern Spain in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology are historically high. Attesting this fact, the SEBBM is a very active, healthy organization encompassing 20 interest groups and having more than 3,000 members. SEBBM, one of the FEBS founder societies, has already organized two successful FEBS meetings (1969, Madrid, and 1996, Barcelona), now for the very first time hosting an IUBMB-FEBS Congress to be held at Seville.
Seville, in addition of being an ancient, extremely beautiful and welcoming city, is home to a very dynamic biochemical community; the city possesses several research centers that belong to the National Research Council (CSIC) and/or one of the two local Universities (University of Seville and University Pablo de Olavide). The University of Seville, in particular, with 60,000 students and 3,800 teachers and professors, is the second of the Spanish biggest public institutions devoted to higher education. In 2005 this University commemorated its Fifth Centenary.
The 22nd IUBMB & 37th FEBS Congress theme is “From Single Molecules to Systems Biology”. Multidiscipline and integration are characteristic features of post-genomic and proteomic research. Genes, gene products, their regulatory networks and interactions with environment must be analyzed not only from the basic point of the molecular level, but also as components of higher order structures, metabolic pathways or entire cells and organisms. This is on the basis of the recent spectacular advances in the “-omic” disciplines and in information technology, with the biosciences heading for another revolution: the in silico simulation of complex life processes.
Close collaboration of biologists, biochemists, physiologists, chemists and physicists with computational biologists and mathematicians is thus needed for expanding the molecular studies to the characterization and modeling of the complex interactions of genes, proteins and metabolic processes. This branch of research, termed “Systems Biology”, combines concepts from molecular biology, engineering sciences, mathematics and information technology in a holistic approach to complex biological systems, for example living cells.
The main objective of the 2012 IUBMB & FEBS Congress would be to promote an integrative and holistic approach in research on biological processes. Multidisciplinarity, interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity would thus be essential characteristics of the meeting.
Thus, on behalf of the Organizing Committee it is a pleasure to invite all our colleagues to attend the 2012 IUBMB & FEBS Congress at Seville. We hope that the Congress will represent a great scientific success and an enjoyable experience for all the participants. In addition, surely the Congress will also offer the opportunity for fruitful discussions, as well as the possibility to initiate new friendships, collaborations and joint projects.
Miguel A. De la Rosa
Chair of the Organizing Committee