Centre of the Region Haná for Biotechnological and Agricultural Research (CRH) was well represented at this year’s Congress of the Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS), which took place in early July in Prague. Two of the program sections were directed by the head of Department of Protein Biochemistry and Proteomics Marek Šebela, and the head of Department of Cell Biology Jozef Šamaj, who also presented a lecture entitled Advanced super-resolution and light-sheet microscopy bioimaging of plants.
According to Professor Šebela, the Congress was successful due to hard work of the local Organizing Committee with representatives from the Czech Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. “As a chair of several sections I participated in selection of speakers. I designed lectures to cover various disciplines ranging from medical research to plant research to applications. The chair also moderates the section and introduces speakers. It was very beneficial for me because I did not know many of the speakers personally before. Similar meetings can be the first step to possible cooperation,” said Professor Šebela.
Omics Technology section with speakers from from Germany, Austria, Sweden, the Netherlands and France, focused on extensive and effective analyses of biological molecules such as proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates, lipids and others. “These analyses are now very attractive because we have modern instruments that can handle the separation and analysis of complex mixtures of biological substances. These are, for example, 2-D chromatographs, capillary electrophoretic systems, microfluidics, mass spectrometers, powerful NMR spectrometers, DNA / RNA chips, and more,” explained Šebela. The other section chaired by him was called Protein Complexes and Networks, and introduced experts from, e.g. Hungary, Spain, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands.
The most important guests were presenting their experiences to participants in plenary lectures. “These lectures are for personalities who have greatly contributed to the development of the field. Their performance is usually associated with presenting one of the awards. This year, for example, Professor of Utrecht University and Sir Albert Krebs Medal laureate for 2018 Albert J. R. Heck. Vojtech Franc, a recent employee of CRH, has been working at the same workplace as Prof. Heck as a Post-doc. The fact that a graduate of our doctoral degree program succeeded in such a prestigious laboratory is a mark of quality,” he added.
FEBS is one of the largest European organizations in the field of life sciences. It brings together over 35,000 members from 35 companies for Biochemistry and Molecular biology. FEBS Congress is held once a year and is attended by several thousand participants. “It is a great opportunity to keep in touch with people in the industry. The conference is also attended by a number of young researchers. Meeting with more experienced colleagues can bring motivation and encouragement to them,” says Šebela. Next year, the Congress will take place in Krakow, Poland.