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FEBS Congress Mathias Sprinzl Scheme
Update April 2021: The support scheme presented on this webpage is closed. Notifications on abstract outcomes were sent on 7 April 2021. The text below is retained for reference.
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, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Moldova, Morocco, Serbia, Tunisia, Ukraine) – by providing a reduction in the early registration fee of eligible applicants presenting their work at the event.
For FEBS 2021, the fees for 'Academic' and 'Young Scientist' categories of participant are reduced to €250 and €125, respectively. For definitions of Academic and Young Scientist, see the Registration page here.
To be eligible for the registration fee discount in the FEBS Congress Mathias Sprinzl Scheme, scientists must:
- be resident (studying/working) in Armenia, Belarus, 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, Belarusian Society of Biochemists and Molecular Biologists, 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 11, 2021 and meet the quality standards for the event, as explained on the Call for Abstracts page.
How to apply
Via the online registration and abstract submission system:
- select the participant type 'Academic – FEBS Sprinzl' or, if applicable, 'Young Scientist – FEBS Sprinzl'
- 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 reduced rate by March 11, 2021
- submit your abstract by March 11, 2021
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 7, 2021. 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.
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 reduced 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.
*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.