2011 was the centenary of the foundation of the Biochemical Society.

It was the year in which we recalled and celebrated the achievements of the Biochemical Society and looked forward to the opportunities and challenges in the next 100 years. Our Centenary celebrations encompassed a wide range of activities and events in the UK and internationally.


January

Biochemical Society Transactions digitization

The Journal’s extensive archive includes Medal Lectures from bioscientists who have been recognized by the Biochemical Society for notable achievements in their respective fields, as well as papers from researchers who have presented their work at the Society’s meetings over the decades.

February

Eureka Moments video launched

As part of the Biochemical Society’s Centenary celebrations, a number of the Society’s Honorary members have been asked to talk about the important moments in their careers and the future of the discipline.

Brighton Science Festival: Fat Body Slim

The Society sponsored the“Fat Body Slim” stand at the Brighton Science Festival, held as part of the “Play With Your Food” science day on 26th February 2011 at Hove Park School.

March

Little Miracles

On Tuesday 1st March we went to the Reach-Out Lab at Imperial College for the launch of Little Miracles, a play by award winning playwright Joy Wilkinson. The play explores the scientific, social and ethical implications of embryonic stem cell research.

April

Science Communication Competition

The Biochemical Society set out to find students with a flair for science writing by asking entrants to write an original article based on a biomolecular topic that aimed at the general public.

May

Joint Sino-UK Meeting

The first meeting organized jointly between the Biochemical Society and the Chinese Protein Society. The symposium focused on structural biology, drug discovery and the history of successful UK-Sino research collaborations.

June

Discovery100 – top ten biochemical discoveries

How do you summarize the past 100 years of discoveries in the biological sciences? The Biochemical Society ran a competition to find the top ten discoveries.

Emeritus Lunch

As part of the Society’s Centenary our Emeritus Members were invited to Charles Darwin House to celebrate the work the Society has undertaken.

Signalling 2011: A Biochemical Society Centenary Celebration

The principle aim of this meeting is to sum up the advances in signal transduction research towards the end of the last century and highlight how this continues to pave the way for future advances in biology and medicine.

July

Summer Vacation Studentships

To celebrate 100 years of the Society in 2011 we awarded £100,000 towards Summer Vacation Studentships. These grants provide funding for undergraduates to spend 6-8 weeks working in a research lab in their penultimate year of study.

August

Centenary YLS

The symposium on Protein Evolution and Engineering: From Research to the Real World provided a fantastic stage for young life scientists to showcase their research.

September

Fred Sanger Lecture

Given by Professor Soraya de Chadarevian on ‘Putting Human Genetics on a Solid Basis: Human chromosome research, 1950s-1970s’.

October

Cellular traffic of lipids and calcium at membrane contact sites

A joint meeting between the Society and ASBMB, a major goal of the meeting was to bring together cell biologists and biochemists from diverse fields to focus on the emerging roles of MCSs in organelle biogenesis and signalling.

December

Centenary Celebration at Royal Society

This event is a highlight and culmination of all of the centenary events in 2011. The intention is to cover science in all aspects, from policy, decision making and excellent research.

Publication of ‘Biochemical Society Centenary: the Last 25 Years’

The volume covers the period 1987-2011 and provides a fascinating account of the Society and key areas of activity.

Women and the Beginning of Biochemisty Exhibition launch

The exhibition draws on the research undertaken by Robert Freedman and the Centre for the History of Medicine at University of Warwick.