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FEBS Congress Mathias Sprinzl Scheme

The FEBS Congress Mathias Sprinzl Scheme aims to encourage active participation in the Congress of scientists from FEBS Constituent Societies in HINARI* A or B countries in the FEBS area (Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Morocco, Moldova, Serbia, Tunisia**, Ukraine) – by providing a 50% reduction in the early registration fee of eligible applicants presenting their work at the event.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the 50% registration fee discount in the FEBS Congress Mathias Sprinzl Scheme, scientists must:

  • be resident (studying/working) in Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Morocco, Moldova, Serbia, Tunisia or Ukraine
  • be a member of one of the FEBS Constituent Societies in these countries (Association of Armenian Biochemists, Association of Biochemists and Molecular Biologists in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Association of Georgian Biochemists, Moroccan Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Moldovan Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Serbian Biochemical Society, Tunisian Association of Biological Sciences**, Ukrainian Biochemical Society)
  • be presenting an abstract at the Congress as first author. Abstracts must be submitted by the deadline of March 7, 2019 and meet the quality standards for the event, as explained on the Call for Abstracts page.

How to apply

During the registration process:

  • select the participant type 'Academic – FEBS Sprinzl' or, if applicable, 'Young Scientist – FEBS Sprinzl'
  • upload:
    • proof of current membership of one of the relevant FEBS Constituent Societies for this scheme (scanned copy of current membership certificate/letter from your FEBS Constituent Society)
    • age id if selecting 'Young Scientist – FEBS Sprinzl'
    • proof of working/studying in one of the relevant countries
  • proceed with completion of your registration order, including payment at the 50% rate by March 7, 2019
  • submit your abstract by March 7, 2019

Acceptance to the Sprinzl scheme

There is a specific budgeted financial support from FEBS for the reduction of registration fees in this scheme, which is offered on a first come first served basis, so applicants are encouraged to register as soon as possible. 

Acceptance into the Sprinzl scheme will be confirmed following abstract assessments and document checking, with notifications expected by April 4, 2019. If your application does not meet the eligibility requirements, or the scheme is oversubscribed by the time of your registration, you will be offered registration at the standard rate or you can request a refund of your registration fee according to the refund policy of the event [link to be added].

Note that travel and accommodation expenses are not covered by this scheme.

Overlap with bursary applications for early-career scientists

Early-career scientists from Hinari countries with FEBS Constituent Societies who are eligible for FEBS bursaries may apply for these via the 'Young Scientist – FEBS Sprinzl' registration category. Please follow the guidelines on the bursary page.

If you are unsuccessful in obtaining a FEBS bursary but fulfil the requirements of the Sprinzl scheme and capacity remains in that after assessments for bursary applications, you will be accepted into the Sprinzl scheme of 50% registration fees. If your application does not meet the requirements for the Sprinzl scheme, or the scheme is oversubscribed after assessments for bursary applications, you will be offered registration at the standard rate or you can request a refund of your registration fee according to the refund policy of the event [link to be added].

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*The HINARI initiative was set up by the World Health Organization and major publishers to enable developing countries to access collections of biomedical and health literature. In 2016, FEBS renamed its Congress participation support scheme based on the HINARI categorization in memory of Mathias Sprinzl, who was Chair of the FEBS Working Group on Integration 2009–2016.

**The Tunisian Association of Biological Sciences has been elected to become a Constituent Society of FEBS (Associate Member) from 1 January 2019.

FEBS has twin commitments to high-quality publications and the promotion of molecular biosciences. As a charitable academic organization,
FEBS uses income from the journals to fund its diverse activities, including support for the FEBS Congress.