We are starting the CSBMB Junior section – join us now!
Published by: Martin Toul | 15. 10. 2022 14:51
It is our great pleasure to announce that the scientific committee of the Czech Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (CSBMB) officially approved the foundation of the Section of Young Biochemists and Molecular Biologists (CSBMB Junior) on 8th March 2022. Immediately after the approval, everybody in the Junior section started working hard to create a new platform for you, young scientists, with the aim of connecting researchers and spreading the word about exciting events and offers of financial support for research visits and stays abroad (more information in the ABOUT tab and below). The result of our effort is this website alongside the social media profiles on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We will be very grateful if you start following us on any of these platforms.
We truly believe this is an important milestone that will make the CSBMB membership significantly more attractive for young researchers starting their careers because their active participation and future shaping of the society is essential and absolutely critical. But that’s not all from us. Step by step, we will expand this website to make it a community portal with the possibility to create your own user accounts, follow other connections, send messages, or even write your own contributions and comment on them. By this, we want to make this website a real active and live platform allowing experience sharing and interconnection of young researchers with similar interests. In the near future, we plan to organize smaller webinars, workshops, or mini-conferences which might be of interest to many of you. So, if you don’t want to miss these events, wait no more and join the society by clicking the register button below. We will notify all the CSBMB Junior members about all the section-related news and events in advance.
Corresponding junior sections are part of other national biochemical societies across Europe as well. In Germany, the Junior-GBM section was established already in 2011 as a pioneer of the initiative. A few years later, other countries followed – ÖGMBT’s Young Life Scientists Austria (YLSA) was established in 2016, Great Britain joined the initiative in 2018, and starting in 2020, three more junior sections arose in Italy, the Netherlands, and Croatia. Since 2021, Spain has its own junior section as well. Thanks to our effort, the Czech Republic was added to the list of European countries with Junior sections this year. To keep the ČSBMB Junior section in an active and dynamic status, we primarily need new motivated members. Therefore, we will be very grateful if you are interested in joining this growing scientific community and being part of it.
Why to become a member?
CSBMB Junior membership comes with a number of benefits due to the direct connection with the international Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS) which you are automatically part of if you are a member of CSBMB. FEBS is a strong society interconnecting more than 35,000 members via 39 national biochemical societies in Europe. Within the federation, it is possible to utilize exclusive benefits for young researchers no older than 35 years and we will always notify you about the opportunities in advance and will be happy to assist you with the preparation of applications. The list of the benefits includes:
- Financial support (‘FEBS Bursary’) to attend the annual extensive international scientific conference FEBS Congress
- Possibility to participate in numerous FEBS events and courses for selected motivated young researchers, e.g., FEBS Young Scientists’ Forum (YSF) and FEBS Advanced Courses
- Opportunity to apply for funds for short-term research stays abroad and international collaborations, e.g., Short-Term Fellowships, Collaborative Developmental Scholarships, or Summer Fellowships
- Access to posts and webinars focused on the development of a variety of skills essential for your future scientific career
- Being part of the community of young researchers within the Czech Republic but also across the whole Europe
Who can become a member and how?
CSBMB membership is open to any natural and legal person working or studying in the Czech Republic or with Czech citizenship. Furthermore, the person is expected to have a close professional connection to the field of biochemistry and molecular biology. The individual membership for 2022 is 400 CZK incl. VAT. Membership rights and obligations are specified in the corresponding company statutes (available only in Czech). If you are under 35 years old, you will automatically become a member of CSBMB Junior by joining the CSBMB society. If you are older but you believe you could still benefit from the activities of the Junior section, we will be happy to include you among us. The only thing you need to do is to send an email to any board member of the section and we will take care of adding you to the members list. In this case, your CSBMB Junior membership will be equal but you might be excluded from some of the supporting programs by FEBS where the age of 35 is often the upper eligibility limit (excluding the years of maternity leave, prolonged illness or other personal reasons).