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Symposia Topics and Chairs

The Biochemistry Global Summit (the IUBMB–FEBS–PABMB Congress 2022) will present latest findings in a broad spectrum of timely topics in the fields of molecular life sciences, ranging from fundamental subjects and approaches to applied research with impact on human well-being and technological development. The 36 Symposia are loosely arranged into the broader themes set out below for easy browsing; click on each bar to reveal the individual Symposia.

Leading researchers have been invited as the main speakers for each Symposium, and you can see the speaker names by clicking on the button positioned top right of each Symposium description. As is the tradition at FEBS Congresses, each Symposium is normally chaired by one expert in the field from outside the host country and one from the host country.

Nearer the time of the event, 'short talk' speakers will be selected on the basis of submitted abstracts to join the invited speakers in each Symposium.

Molecular Medicine

Molecular medicine is a broad field, usually associated with the description of molecular structures and mechanisms, identifying the basis of disease and developing multidisciplinary molecular strategies to go beyond it. Lack of biochemical homogeneity in a population leads, under the realm of molecular medicine, to personalized medicine, which is in the core of future medicine and pharmacology.

The main categories of this session are cancer and metastasis, neurodegeneration, diabetes and obesity, cardiovascular diseases and ageing.

Molecular Medicine I

Cancer and Metastasis
09:00 – 11:00h
José M García Pichel José M García Pichel (ES)
Centro de Investigación Biomédica de la Rioja
Guido Kroemer Guido Kroemer (FR)
Centre de Recherche des Cordeliers
Molecular Medicine II

09:00 – 11:00h
Dora Brites Dora Brites (PT)
Research Institute for Medicines, Faculdade de Farmácia da Universidade de Lisboa
Anne Bertolotti Anne Bertolotti (UK)
MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology
Molecular Medicine III

Diabetes and Obesity
09:00 – 11:00h
Bulent Yildiz Bulent Yildiz (TR)
Hacettepe University of Medicine in Ankara
Molecular Medicine IV

Cardiovascular diseases
09:00 – 11:00h
Flávio Reis Flávio Reis (PT)
Coimbra Institute for Clinical and Biomedical Research, Universidade de Coimbra
Federico Bussolino Federico Bussolino (IT)
University of Torino
Molecular Medicine V

09:00 – 11:00h
João Laranjinha João Laranjinha (PT)
Faculdade de Farmácia, Universidade de Coimbra
José Viña José Viña (ES)
University of Valencia

Molecular Microbiology and Microbiome

This session explores the details of molecular mechanisms and physiological processes of microorganisms, at subcellular level, including possible utilization in the development of biotechnology products and medicine, such as vaccines or antibiotics. This is certainly a growing trend in modern drug development.

This session includes the themes of host–pathogen interactions, looking for new antibiotics, molecular evolution, and microbial metabolism and human microbiome.

Molecular Microbiology and Microbiome I

Host–pathogen interactions
09:00 – 10:30h
Leda Quercia Vieira Leda Quercia Vieira (BR)
Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
Manuela Oliveira Manuela Oliveira (PT)
Universidade de Lisboa
Molecular Microbiology and Microbiome II

Looking for new antibiotics
09:00 – 11:00h
Ana Salomé Veiga Ana Salomé Veiga (PT)
Instituto de Medicina Molecular, Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade de Lisboa
Molecular Microbiology and Microbiome III

Molecular evolution
09:00 – 11:00h
Nuno Taveira Nuno Taveira (PT)
Faculdade de Farmácia, Universidade de Lisboa
Gloria Sobéron Chávez Gloria Sobéron Chávez (MX)
Instituto de Investigaciones Biomédicas
Molecular Microbiology and Microbiome IV

Microbial metabolism
09:00 – 11:00h
Manuela Pereira Manuela Pereira (PT)
Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa
Guadalupe Espin Guadalupe Espin (MX)
Instituto de Biotecnología
Molecular Microbiology and Microbiome V

Human Microbiome
09:00 – 11:00h
Bárbara Rocha Bárbara Rocha (PT)
Faculdade de Farmácia, Universidade de Coimbra

Cellular Biochemistry Regulation

Molecular-level events occurring in living beings are extremely complex, yet they translate to highly regulated functionalities at the cellular and physiological levels. The session on cellular biochemistry regulation is focused on the analysis of all processes that concur to orchestrate dynamics inside cells and between different cells.

The session comprises studies of cell division and cell cycle regulation, apoptosis, molecular immunology, and cell signalling and cell–cell recognition.

Cellular biochemistry regulation I

Cell division and cell cycle regulation
09:00 – 11:00h
Mariana Pinho Mariana Pinho (PT)
Laboratory of Bacterial Cell Biology, ITQB - Univ NOVA
Cellular biochemistry regulation II

09:00 – 11:00h
Cecilia Rodrigues Cecilia Rodrigues (PT)
Faculdade de Farmácia, Universidade de Lisboa
Cellular biochemistry regulation III

Molecular immunology
09:00 – 11:00h
Bruno Silva-Santos Bruno Silva-Santos (PT)
Instituto de Medicina Molecular, Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade de Lisboa
Daniel Legler Daniel Legler (CH)
Biotechnology Institute Thurgau
Cellular biochemistry regulation IV

Cell signalling
09:00 – 11:00h
Claudio Gomes Claudio Gomes (PT)
Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas Abel Salazar, Universidade do Porto
Stéphanie Robert Stéphanie Robert (SE)
Stéphanie Robert Group
Cellular biochemistry regulation V

Cell–cell recognition
09:00 – 11:00h
Francisco Ambrósio Francisco Ambrósio (PT)
Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade de Coimbra
Peter Marhavy Peter Marhavy (SE)
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Readdressing the Molecules of Life

It is part of early scientific education that all organisms have four main families of organic molecules in their composition: carbohydrates, proteins, nucleic acids, and lipids. While the fundamentals of these families are well established, the recent advancements in spectroscopy and bioimaging techniques, such as CryoEM and Atomic Force Microscopy, shed light on aspects never realized before. It is time to readdress the molecules of life and “relearn” biochemistry.

This session revisits saccharides, lipids, proteins, DNA and RNA, and metabolism and metabolic regulation.

Readdressing the molecules of life I

09:00 – 11:00h
Maria João Romão Maria João Romão (PT)
NOVA, School of Science and Technology
Richard Garratt Richard Garratt (BR)
Universidade de São Paulo
Readdressing the molecules of life II

09:00 – 11:00h
Manuel Prieto Manuel Prieto (PT)
iBB - Institute for Bioengineering and Biosciences, Universidade de Lisboa
Anthony Futerman Anthony Futerman (IL)
Faculty of Biochemistry
Readdressing the molecules of life III

09:00 – 11:00h
Amelia Pilar Rauter Amelia Pilar Rauter (PT)
Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade de Lisboa
Paola Chiarugi Paola Chiarugi (IT)
School of Medicine, University of Florence
Readdressing the molecules of life IV

09:00 – 11:00h
Maria Carmo-Fonseca Maria Carmo-Fonseca (PT)
Instituto de Medicina Molecular, Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade de Lisboa
Zbigniew Warkocki Zbigniew Warkocki (PL)
Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry
Readdressing the molecules of life V

Metabolism and metabolic regulation
09:00 – 11:00h
Ana Paula Leandro Ana Paula Leandro (PT)
Universidade de Lisboa, Faculdade de Farmácia
Francesca Cutruzzolà Francesca Cutruzzolà (IT)
Sapienza University of Rome

Bioeconomy and Sustainability

This exciting session embraces the foundations and scientific developments underlying the production of renewable biological resources and their conversion into value-added products, such as food or bio-based products, paving the way to long-term sustainability.

Special emphasis is given to the fields of food and nutrition in biochemistry, sensors and nanotechnology, and synthetic biology.

Bioeconomy and sustainability I

Food and nutrition in Biochemistry
16:00 – 18:00h
Victor Freitas Victor Freitas (PT)
Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade do Porto
Alicia Kowaltowski Alicia Kowaltowski (BR)
Departamento de Bioquímica, IQ, Universidade de São Paulo
Bioeconomy and sustainability II

Sensors and nanotechnology
16:00 – 18:00h
João Pedro Conde João Pedro Conde (PT)
Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon
José Moura José Moura (PT)
FCT NOVA, Lisboa, Portugal
Bioeconomy and sustainability III

Synthetic Biology
16:00 – 18:00h
Petra Schwille Petra Schwille (DE)
Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry
Francesc Posas Francesc Posas (ES)
Institute for Research in Biomedicine

Simulation meets Experiments

Biochemical simulation has evolved at extremely high pace, following the developments in IT technology and Data Science. Wet biochemistry at the lab bench has experienced a rapid development, unveiling the details of molecular structure and molecular interactions. The time scale reached by biochemical simulations now overlaps with the time scale reached by ultrafast techniques in the labs. Moreover, the degree of complexity of molecular interactions of simulation techniques overlaps with instrumental laboratory approaches. There is a brave new world where simulation and experiment meet.

This session embraces the most recent and innovative data obtained in genomics, proteomics, and systems biology fields.

Simulation meets experiments I

16:00 – 18:00h
Claudio Sunkel Claudio Sunkel (PT)
ICBAS - Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas Abel Salazar
Barbara Uszczynska-Ratajczak Barbara Uszczynska-Ratajczak (PL)
Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry
Simulation meets experiments II

16:00 – 18:00h
Claudio Soares Claudio Soares (PT)
Adriana Paes Leme Adriana Paes Leme (BR)
Brazilian Biosciences National Laboratory, LNBio
Simulation meets experiments III

Systems Biology
16:00 – 18:00h
Armindo Salvador Armindo Salvador (PT)
Universidade de Coimbra
Bas Teusink Bas Teusink (NL)
Systems Biology Lab


Imaging techniques revolutionized the field of cell biology enabling the visualisation of intracellular processes at molecular level in all cell compartments, contributing to unravelling of the dynamics of subcellular structures and molecular interactions.

This session covers the forefront of atomic and molecular imaging, cellular imaging, and quantitative analysis of bioimages.

Bioimaging I

Atomic and molecular imaging
16:00 – 18:00h
Nuno Santos Nuno Santos (PT)
Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade de Lisboa
Angela Gronenborn Angela Gronenborn (US)
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Bioimaging II

Cellular Imaging
16:00 – 18:00h
José Rino José Rino (PT)
Instituto de Medicina Molecular, Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade de Lisboa
Tom Kirchhausen Tom Kirchhausen (US)
Harvard Medical School