Founded on 1st January 1964, The Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS) has become one of Europe's largest organizations in the molecular life sciences, with over 36,000 members across more than 35 biochemistry and molecular biology societies (its 'Constituent Societies') in different countries of Europe and neighboring regions. FEBS thereby provides a voice to a large part of the academic research and teaching community in Europe and beyond. As a charitable organization, FEBS promotes, encourages and supports biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, molecular biophysics and related research areas in a variety of ways, with an emphasis in many programs on scientific exchange and cooperation between scientists working in different countries, and on promotion of the training of early-career scientists.

The lecture courses, workshops and practical courses in the FEBS Advanced Courses Programme aim to provide the latest updates on research, as well as a strong educational element that makes them especially valuable to PhD students and postdocs. Such early-career scientists can apply to Course Organizers for financial support for attendance through FEBS Youth Travel Fund (YTF) grants. In addition to the lecture courses, workshop and practical courses, FEBS also funds 'special meetings', which are larger conferences for all scientists to keep abreast of developments in a very rapidly advancing area.