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Czech Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Federation of European Biochemical Societies

Welcome Letter

Dear colleagues and friends,

It is both an honor and a pleasure for us Czech biochemists to organize the FEBS Conference 2009. For me personally it is especially rewarding because the last FEBS Meeting in the the Czechoslovakia was organized in Prague in 1968. It was the first international scientific conference I had attended, and it contributed tremendously to my deep passion for biochemistry. And now, forty years later, I am an honorary chairman of this FEBS conference organizing committee.

Would you allow me to take this opportunity to briefly bring you up-to-date on the current status of research in biochemistry and molecular biology in the Czech Republic? Science in the Czech Republic is supported by several funding sources. Most of our support comes from the state budget and funds are disbursed by several ministries, by the Academy of Sciences, and by the independent Research Council. I am happy to say that most of these bodies allocate some money for research in biochemistry and molecular biology. On the other hand, very little money still comes from the private sector.

To overcome this funding disparity, several the so-called research centers were established in the Czech Republic. They typically consist of several laboratories usually from the Academy of Sciences, universities, and also from some private companies. Several of these centers are focused on life sciences including biochemistry and molecular biology. The network thus created now makes it possible to develop new programs on a state-of-the-art level and to better use research results in practical projects.

It is important to realize that modern biochemistry, molecular genetics, genomics, proteomics and related fields emerged at a time when the Czech Republic under the previous regime was still politically isolated from the democratic world. This resulted in scientific isolation because it was impossible to collaborate freely. We believe that we have now overcome this and that we have succeeded in catching up with the latest trends in science. This has been facilitated by organizations such as FEBS, EMBO and ESF. And let us not forget that it was in the Czech town of Brno, where Gregor Mendel founded modern genetics. This we acknowledge as our obligation to pursue first class molecular biology in our laboratories.

It is my hope that this conference will contribute toward the advancement of our science, that new collaborations and friendships will be initiated here, and that similar conferences will follow in the years to come. Meanwhile, Czech scientists will be ready to be of assistance to you here in Prague.
 

 

Václav Pa?es
President, Czech Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

 

 

 

 


  

 

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