Wednesday
28th September
Thursday
29th September
Friday
30th September
Saturday
1st October
Lectures
Morning session 1
Lectures
Morning session 1
Lectures
Morning session 1
Poster session
Exhibition
Refreshment
Poster session
Exhibition
Refreshment
Panel discussion
Lectures
Morning session 2
Lectures
Morning session 2
Closing ceremony
 
Lunch break Lunch break
Lectures
Afternoon session 1
Excursion
Opening ceremony Poster session
Exhibition
Refreshment
Lectures
Afternoon session
Lectures
Afternoon session 2
Dinner break Dinner break Break
Welcome party Beer party
with poster session
Congress dinner

Lecturers

Plenary Lecturers

Kristijan Ramadan

Department of Oncology
University of Oxford, UK

Kristijan Ramadan is Full Professor of Molecular Medicine and Medical Research Council (MRC) Investigator at the Oxford Institute for Radiation Oncology where he leads the DNA Damage and Repair group. He holds a degree in Veterinary Medicine (DVM), Veterinary Pathology (MSc) and a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology under the supervision of Prof. Dr. U. Hübscher. He completed his postdoctoral training at ETH-Zürich in the group of Dr. H. Meyer. Between 2009 and 2013 he was a junior group leader and lecturer at the Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology Vetsuisse, University of Zürich. In 2013 he moved to the UK to join the Oxford Institute for Radiation Oncology in the Department of Oncology as MRC Senior Group Leader. His research interests include the role of proteolysis and the p97/VCP/Cdc48 system in DNA replication, DNA repair, aging, cancer and radiotherapy. The group uses biochemical, cellular and molecular biology approaches to study the fundamental cellular processes involved in the maintenance of genome stability, thereby deepening our understanding of basic cellular processes and paving the way for therapeutic interventions in human disease. His work contributed to the discovery of chromatin associated degradation, repair of DNA- protein crosslinks by proteolysis and Ruijs-Aalfs syndrome (RJALS) for which he received the ‘Proud of Croatia Award’ (Croatian Hero 2014). In 2020, Kristijan was elected to the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts (HAZU) as an outstanding scientist in the field of medicine.

Irene Diaz-Moreno

Institute for Chemical Research (IIQ), University of Seville, Spain, Chair of the FEBS Working Group on the Careers of Young Scientists

Irene Diaz-Moreno is full professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Seville (Spain) and works at the Institute of Chemical Research of the Scientific Research Center Isla de la Cartuja – cicCartuja, where she leads the Biointeractomics group. She obtained her PhD with European mention from the University of Seville in 2005. Prof. Irene Díaz-Moreno has worked on molecular recognition between metalloproteins involved in electron-transfer processes in collaboration with groups at the Universities of Göteborg (Sweden) and Leiden (The Netherlands). She was an EMBO postdoctoral fellow (2006–2008) at NIMR-MRC in London (UK), where she worked on the regulatory mechanisms of mRNA decay by RNA binding proteins. In 2010, she obtained a permanent position at the University of Seville, where she develops research projects in the field of biointeractomics and post-translational regulation of biological macromolecules. At FEBS, she has been a member of the Advanced Courses Committee and is now Chair of the Young Scientists Career Working Group.

Roger Williams

MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology,
Cambridge, UK

Prof. Roger Williams is a structural biologist and group leader at the Medical Research Council (MRC) Laboratory of Molecular Biology. He received his PhD from the University of California, Riverside in 1986 on the structure of ribonuclease and did graduate studies at Purdue University (BS) and Eastern Washington University (MS). Prior to working at MRC-LMB, prof. Roger Williams held positions at Rutgers University, Cornell University and the Boris Kidrič Institute in Belgrade, Serbia.

The goal of Williams group is to decipher mechanisms of activation and inhibition of various members of the enzyme phosphoinositide 3 kinase (PI3K), a family of enzymes involved in cell-cell communication, lysosomal sorting, nutrient recognition, cell proliferation and DNA damage response.  Mutations in PI3K signaling pathways are common in human tumors. The Williams lab focuses on how they contribute to oncogenesis and how pharmaceuticals can specifically target these pathways. His group has shown how conformational changes in the p110 alpha isoform are associated with its activation at cell membranes, and found that oncogenic mutations activate PI3Ks by mimicking or amplifying these conformational changes. Williams’ group uncovers structural and dynamic features that determine the extreme sensitivity of PI3K complexes to lipid packing and membrane curvature. His research has been funded by Cancer Research UK, the Medical Research Council, AstraZeneca, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), the Wellcome Trust, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, the National Institute of General Medical Sciences and the British Heart Foundation.

Prof. Roger Williams is a member of European Molecular Biology Organization and a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences (FMedSci). In 2008 he received the Morton Lectureship of the Biochemical Society and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2017.

Luciane Vieira de Mello

School of Life Sciences, University of Liverpool, UK,
Editor of Education with FEBS Open BIO

Luciane Vieira de Mello is Professor of Bioscience Education in the School of Life Sciences at the University of Liverpool (UK) with a long standing interest in bioinformatics, internationalization and
employability. As Director of Studies for the Integrated Master in Biological Sciences, MBiolSci, she has a leading role in developing students’ employability and transferable skills by organizing and supporting national and international internships. Her passion for teaching bioinformatics has been recognised through four teaching Awards: 2013 and 2016 Excellence in Teaching and 2015/16 Sir Alistair Pilkington, and 2019 Biochemical Society Teaching Excellence. She has also conducted pedagogical research leading to several publications and was recently appointed Editor of Education with FEBS Open BIO.

Prof. Luciane Vieira de Mello is a Principal Fellow of the HEA, Fellow of the RSB, and a member of the Biochemical Society. For the latter she is the Chair of the Training Panel and a member of the Education Committee. She holds a PGCert and MA in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.

Prof. Dr. William F. Martin

Institute of Molecular Evolution, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf

Prof. Dr. William F. Martin

Prof. Dr. William F. Martin is an evolutionary biologist with an active interest in biochemistry. He completed his PhD in Genetics at the Max Planck Institute for Breeding Research in Cologne and later moved to the University of Braunschweig, where he worked for 10 happy and productive years. In 1999, he received offers for professorships from several German universities, however, decided to accept the offer from Düsseldorf, where he has been since. His introduction to evolution thus struck roots in a world where most of the genes that plastids have brought into the eukaryotic lineage were expected to be located in the nucleus. His science thus started out in a field where both endosymbiosis and gene transfer in evolution were essential parts of the equation, for how else could one explain why chloroplasts and mitochondria were so similar to modern prokaryotes while harboring only enough organelle DNA to encode for a handful of proteins at best. With an interest in endosymbiosis, and an experimental handle on the topic — molecular evolution — he became very interested in the origin of mitochondria and the nature of the host that acquired the mitochondrion. The host was somehow related to archaea. This led to questions like what kind of archaeon that host might have been, exactly, or what the nature of its physiological interaction with the ancestral mitochondrion at the onset of that symbiosis was.

His group pursues research on the biochemistry and evolution of chloroplasts, mitochondria (including their anaerobic forms, hydrogenosomes), and eukaryotes. They use laboratory experiments and bioinformatic techniques to pursue these questions and to probe even earlier phases of evolution, going back to life’s origin, with the help of gene and genome comparisons.

Prof. W.F. Martin is a member of European Molecular Biology Organization, American Academy for Microbiology and Northrhine-Westfalian Academy of Science. He is/was editorial member of many esteemed journals (Frontiers in Microbiology, Scientific Reports etc.) and Editor in-Chief of Molecular Biology and Evolution and Genome Biology and Evolution. He has received more than 20 awards and honors for his very fruitful career and has published 300 papers (more than 41 400 citations with h-index 98). In 2017, Croatian Society for Natural Sciences awarded him with Spiridion Brusina Medal.

Lecturers

Janoš Terzić

School of Medicine,
University of Split

Janoš Terzić

Boris Jokić

Institute for Social Research
in Zagreb

Boris Jokić

Ivana Ivančić – Baće

Faculty of Sciences,
University of Zagreb

Ivana Ivančić-Baće

Ana Sunčana Smith

Ruder Boskovic Institute
Zagreb, Croatia

Ira Milošević

Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford, UK

Ira Milošević

Vanda Juranić Lisnić

Faculty of Medicine
University of Rijeka

Vanda Juranić Lisnić

Lada Rumora

Faculty of Pharmacy and Biochemistry,
University of Zagreb

Lada Rumora

Mirta Boban

Croatian Institute for Brain Research, School of Medicine, University of Zagreb

Mirta Boban

Andreja Ambriović – Ristov

Ruder Boskovic Institute, Zagreb, Croatia

Andrea Ambriović-Ristov

Vanja Nagy

Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Rare and Undiagnosed Diseases, Vienna, Austria

Vanja Nagy

Nicholas Bradshaw

Department of Biotechnology
University of Rijeka

Nicholas Bradshaw

Maja Herak Bosnar

Ruder Boskovic Institute
Zagreb, Croatia

Maja Herak Bosnar

Tihomir Kovač

Faculty of Food Technology, Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek

Tihomir Kovač

Ferhan Sagin

Ege University,
Faculty of Medicine, Turkey

Ferhan Sagin