The Society of Chinese Bioscientists in America (SCBA) is a non-profit organization founded by a few prominent and enthusiastic bioscientists in 1984. SCBA has five objectives: To promote research in biosciences; To advance biological and medical knowledge; To improve occupational opportunities of its members; To facilitate professional networking among members; To establish a spirit of fraternity and international cooperation.
Currently, SCBA has ~2,500 members from various universities, academies, medical institutions, industrial and biotechnology companies. Since its inception, 3 divisions (BioPharm Division, Cancer Division， Neuroscience Division) have been established and 40 SCBA Chapters have been formed in US, Canada, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Europe.
The Chinese Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (CSBMB), formerly known as the Chinese Society of Biochemistry, was founded in 1979 as a separation from the Chinese Physiological Society. Professor Lin Li is the incumbent president (the 11th board, 2014-2018). As one of the most influential societies of life sciences in China, CSBMB is committed to the advancement of biochemistry and molecular biology. The CSBMB is comprised of six sub-societies and nine working committees that help operate various activities for different sub-societies or committees, including the ones for International Collaboration and Exchange, Academic Exchange, General Scientific Education, Editing and Publishing).
CSBMB became a member of the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (IUBMB) in 1979, and joined the Federation Asian and Oceanian Biochemists and Molecular Biologists (FAOBMB) in 1983. Professor Zengyi Chang (vice-president of CSBMB) is the chairman-elect of FAOBMB 2017-2019.
With over 7000 members working in the fields of biochemistry and molecular biology, CSBMB provides many platforms for all the members, such as national congress, which is held biannually (more than 2000 attendees for each meeting), and some specialized meetings that focus on specific topics such as polypeptides, protein and proteomics, lipid and membrane proteins, glycocomplexes, ribonucleic acids, etc.
Located in the historical and picturesque city of Hangzhou, Zhejiang University is a prestigious institution of higher education with a long history. Qiushi Academy, the predecessor of Zhejiang University, was founded in 1897 and was one of the earliest modern academies of higher learning established in China. In its 119-year history, Zhejiang University has always been committed to cultivating talent with excellence, advancing science and technology, serving for social development, and promoting culture, with the spirit best manifested in the university motto “Seeking the Truth and Pioneering New Trails”.
Zhejiang University is a comprehensive research university with distinctive features and a national as well as international impact. Research at Zhejiang University spans 12 academic disciplines, covering philosophy, economics, law, education, literature, history, art, science, engineering, agriculture, medicine, management and etc. With 7 faculties and 36 colleges/schools/depterment, Zhejiang University has 14 primary and 21 secondary national leading academic disciplines.
Zhejiang University focuses on assiduous study and research, and science and technological innovation. It has launched a number of international high-end academic platforms and gathered masters, scholars and high-level research teams in various disciplines. In recent years, Zhejiang University maintains a leading position in China in output indicators including publications, patents and etc., and has made abundant important achievements in science, technology, humanities and social sciences.
Shanghai Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology (SIBCB), is one of the institutions of Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences (SIBS), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). It was established in 2000 through the merger of Shanghai Institute of Biochemistry (founded in 1958) and Shanghai Institute of Cell Biology (founded in 1950). Both of the former institutions had contributed to scientific advances over the last century including the total synthesis of crystalline bovine insulin, the total synthesis of yeast alanine tRNA, the artificial propagation of domestic fresh-water fish and artificial monogenesis of amphibian oocytes. Based on their rich academic experience, SIBCB has been an important national research base since its establishment with the pioneered and outstanding research programs in the area of biochemistry, molecular biology and cell biology. At present, SIBCB comprises 60 independent research groups that are directed by individual principal investigators (PIs). Ten PIs are the academician of CAS, and half of the PIs have been recruited in recent years. In addition to faculty, there are about 25 postdoctoral fellows, 398 graduate students, 333 research/technical and administrative staff directly and indirectly support the research activities of SIBCB.