Transformation of ENABLE into FEBS-IUBMB-ENABLE guarantees the continuity of the initiative for the next four years

  • 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.


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

FEBS-IUBMB-ENABLE are looking for an institution in Europe interested in hosting the 2022 conference. This event will be organised by a committee of young researchers belonging to the 4 ENABLE institutions (core institutions, Table 1) plus the selected host institution (associated institution). It will be organised following the standards and structure of the previous ENABLE events (more information on previous conferences at


Application procedure

Institutions interested in hosting this event should follow the guide for applicants and complete the application form and the budget table, duly signed by the legal representative of the institution, and send it to The deadline for applications is 15 September 2021. For additional information, please contact”

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

The event is part of a unique series of symposia that preserve the essence of the ENABLE initiative: the European Academy for Biomedical Science.

Scientific symposium

A top-level scientific symposium that brings together influential scientists and 300 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 scientific exchange through short talks and poster presentations, and will also be able to share their personal experiences with the invited speakers during the social event “Dinner with 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 a job fair hosting potential job options from the biotechnological, pharmaceutical, publishing, and communication sectors.

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Outreach activities

One of the main goals of ENABLE is to bring science closer to society through educational pub talks that will be held by the participants at different pubs and bars across the city.

Moreover, a great variety of outreach activities for adults like Ask the Scientist and a Cross-disciplinary session, as well as activities for primary and secondary 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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