• The ENABLE conferences have so far been organised entirely by PhD students and postdoctoral researchers from IRB Barcelona, RIMLS, CPR and SEMM.
  • Funding from FEBS and IUBMB ensures the continuity of ENABLE, allowing the incorporation of a co-organising institution and spreading the lessons learned from ENABLE.
  • The 2022, 2023 and 2025 conferences will take place in Europe while the 2024 event will be the first to be held outside Europe.

Initially funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme, the first four ENABLE conferences were held in the cities hosting the headquarters of the four entities leading the project: the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona) in Barcelona, Spain; the Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences  (RIMLS) in Nijmegen, The Netherlands; The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research  (CPR) in Copenhagen, Denmark; and the  Scuola Europea di Medicina Molecolare  (SEMM), in Milan, Italy.

In this new cycle of conferences, FEBS, IUBMB and the four core ENABLE institutions have joined forces to share ENABLE best practices with other international research institutions. To this end, in addition to the four core research centres, other institutions can apply to become associated centres and host one of the events. For the 2024 event, FEBS-IUBMB-ENABLE will actively search for an associated centre in a non-European country to ensure that one of the events is held on another continent.

What can you expect from a FEBS-IUBMB-ENABLE event?

The event is part of a unique series of symposia made possible through the ENABLE initiative:

the European Academy for Biomedical Science.

Scientific symposium

A top-level scientific symposium that brings together influential scientists and 250 PhD students and postdocs to discuss the recent advances made in biomedical research and their impact on medicine.

ENABLE is more than just a regular conference. Participants will have opportunities for a scientific exchange through short talks and poster presentations, and will also be able to share their personal experiences with invited speakers during the social event “Chat with the speakers”.


Career day

The career day is one of the core activities of the ENABLE event and participants will have the opportunity to develop their professional future as young scientists.

Participants will have the chance to broaden their horizons and expand their capabilities through three complementary career activities: insightful discussions with experts from different career paths in the career chats section, workshops aimed at building new skills, and an opportunity fair hosting potential job options from the different sectors.

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Outreach activities

One of the main goals of ENABLE is to bring science closer to society through educational online pub talks that will be held by the participants from their homes.

A great variety of outreach activities aimed to general public like Ask the Scientist and a Cross-disciplinary session, as well as activities for primary and high school students will foster the interaction between young scientists and the general public to raise awareness around biomedicine and its impact on healthcare.

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Call for host institutions

Do you want to host a FEBS-IUBMB-ENABLE event?

FEBS-IUBMB-ENABLE are looking for new institutions that would like to host the next ENABLE conferences. The conference will be organised by a committee of young researchers belonging to the 4 ENABLE core institutions plus the ones belonging to the selected host institution (associated institutions). More info on previous ENABLE conference can be found in the Past conferences section

Application procedure

Institutions interested in hosting a ENABLE conference are requested to submit an application form including all the needed info and complete the budget table. Guide for applicants, application forms and the budget table are available in the call for host institutions section.


  • 31 January 2022 for the 2023 conference | NOW CLOSED
  • 31 March (deadline extended until 15 April) 2022 for the 2024 conference

For additional information, please contact info@enablenetwork.eu

Looking forward to meeting you in Cologne!

Hosting institution: The University of Cologne (UoC)

The emerging challenge
environmental impacts on human health

As with previous years, biomedical sciences are our main focus, however this year we want to highlight the importance of the environment in our lives.

We are proud to announce that the University of Cologne will be hosting the next FEBS-IUBMB-ENABLE conference from the 23rd-25th of November 2023 in Cologne, Germany. The Scientific Organising Committee joined forces with the Local Organising Committee from Cologne in order to prepare an exciting scientific programme, the Career Day (already a FEBS-IUBMB-ENABLE tradition), and a dynamic line-up of outreach activities.

Keep an eye here for the full programme, which will be continuously updated! If you are curious and want to see some sneak-peeks or behind-the-scenes activity, please follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or LinkedIn!