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FEBS Congress Mathias Sprinzl Scheme

The FEBS Congress Mathias Sprinzl Scheme aims to encourage active participation in the Congress of scientists from HINARI  B countries* in the FEBS area. Through this scheme, FEBS will provide a 50% reduction in the early-bird registration fee of eligible members of the following FEBS Constituent Societies:

  • Association of Armenian Biochemists
  • Association of Biochemists and Molecular Biologists in Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Association of Georgian Biochemists
  • Moldavian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Serbian Biochemical Society
  • Ukrainian Biochemical Society

Those eligible for the 50% registration fee discount are scientists who are resident (studying/working) in Armenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Georgia, Moldova, Serbia or Ukraine and are members of one of the FEBS Constituent Societies mentioned above, and who submit an abstract to the Congress as first author. Abstracts must meet the quality standards explained on the Call for Abstracts page and be submitted by the deadline of May 8, 2017. During the registration process, applicants should select the participant type 'Academic - FEBS Sprinzl scheme' (250 Euro registration fee) or 'Young Scientist - FEBS Sprinzl Scheme' (147,50 Euro registration fee). A document proving membership of the relevant Constituent Society must be provided during registration (and in the case of the Young Scientist option, also a scanned copy of ID showing date of birth).

There is a specific budgeted financial support for the reduction of registration fees, so applicants are encouraged to register as soon as possible. The reduction will be offered on a first come first served basis; however, unless you are applying for a bursary, please wait for notification of acceptance of your abstract and membership document before completing your registration order with payment. Notifications will be sent soon after the abstract submission deadline (notification date now expected to be May 22, 2017), and registration payments must be completed promptly. Note that travel and accommodation expenses will not be covered.   

Newsflash. Early-career researchers applying for a FEBS bursary: if you have selected the 'Young Scientist - FEBS Sprinzl scheme' participant option but are in fact applying for a FEBS bursary, you need to pay the (50%) registration fee by May 4th to ensure your bursary application will be considered for assessment. If your bursary application is unsuccessful, your registration at this reduced fee will instead be confirmed as part of the FEBS Sprinzl scheme if you meet the criteria for the scheme outlined above and the capacity of the budgeted support via this scheme has not been exceeded. Alternatively, if you are unsuccessful with the bursary application you can request reimbursement of the registration fee according to the Congress's cancellation policy.

*The HINARI initiative was set up by the World Health Organization and major publishers to enable developing countries to access collections of biomedical and health literature. In 2016, FEBS renamed its Congress participation support scheme based on the HINARI B categorization in memory of Mathias Sprinzl, who was Chair of the FEBS Working Group on Integration 2009—2016.


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