FEBS-EMBO Conference: Blurring the boundaries between life science fields

Today marks the fourth day of the FEBS – EMBO* Meeting that is taking place in Paris and goes through Thursday, September 4, 2014. One of the many reasons we are such a fan of this conference (and the EMBO organization in general) is their dedication to - you guessed it - Women in Science!

Each year they dedicate a day of their conference to the cause and present their annual Women in Science award to an inspiring researcher. This year, Pascale Cossart, a world renowned bacteriologist and 1998 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Laureate, receives the honor for her outstanding work, as well as her “active role in encouraging cooperation between different disciplines in life sciences, and her support and mentoring of young scientists.”

In addition, Curt Rice, leader of Norway’s Committee on Gender Balance in Research, will be giving a talk this evening entitled, “Confessions of a Male Sexist: what you and I are doing to hold women back and how to stop.” He is a strong advocate for gender equality in the sciences and has held numerous roles in organizations dedicated to this issue. You can read about his thoughts, actions, and more here!

Beyond EMBO’s strong support for women, this conference is also a great occasion for scientists to join together, share ideas and discuss new research. The event encourages cooperation between scientific fields and features plenary sessions related to gene expression and diversification, systems biology, climate change and epithelial health, as well as round table discussions focused on new trends in European scientific policy and new technologies in molecular life science.

2014 marks the 50th anniversaries of both FEBS and EMBO. Go ahead and check out FEBS' website and EMBO’s website and subscribe to their newsletter. Even better, if you are missing out on today’s Women in Science conference events, you can always follow @4womeninscience to stay up to date!

* FEBS (Federation of European Biochemical Societies) is one of Europe’s largest organizations in the molecular life sciences which promotes and supports biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, molecular biophysics

EMBO is an organization that promotes excellence in the life sciences and supports researchers at all stages of their careers

For Women in Science

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