Federation of European Biochemical Societies
The Federation of the European Biochemical Societies, frequently abbreviated FEBS is an international scientific society promoting activities in biochemistry, molecular biology and molecular biophysics in Europe. Since it was founded in 1964 it has grown to include almost 40,000 members from 36 member societies and 7 associated societies from 43 countries .
FEBS sponsors advanced courses for Ph.D.-students and postdocs, arranges conferences and awards fellowships, awards and medals. FEBS distributes surplus scientific equipment in the poorer member countries as a part of the Scientific Apparatus Recycling Scheme (SARS). In addition, FEBS gives young scientists from Eastern and Central Europe a possibility to visit and work in labs in Western Europe. FEBS collaborates with related scientific societies such as the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO), European Life Scientist Organisation (ELSO), and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL). FEBS is also founding member of the Initiative for Science in Europe.
Datta Lectureship and Medal
The Datta Lectureship award is provided by generous capital gifts from Elsevier Science Publishers and is awarded for outstanding achievements in the field of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology or related sciences. The award will normally be made at each Congress of FEBS to one of the plenary lecturers. The lecturer should normally be from a FEBS country. The awardee receives a medal, provided by Elsevier Science Publishers, and is awarded his/her travel expenses to the Congress. 
FEBS publishes three scientific journals FEBS Journal, FEBS Letters and Molecular Oncology. FEBS Journal was previously known as the European Journal of Biochemistry. FEBS Journal publishes full length research reports, whereas FEBS Letters is dedicated to brief and rapid reports.