Cologne 2023

THE EMERGING CHALLENGE – Environmental impacts on human health

We hope you enjoyed 1st international FEBS-IUBMB-ENABLE conference in Seville, because we are looking forward to meeting you again in Cologne!

Cologne is the fourth biggest city in Germany, and it is one of the most lively cities in the heart of Europe. It is one of Europe’s foremost cities for art and culture, and famous for the Cologne Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

More than 40 museums and 130 art galleries, a plethora of musical events and the world-renowned Cologne Carnival support Cologne as a cultural hub.

Additionally, the city is working towards sustainability and has a great variety of green spaces. Several Universities, together with more than 100.000 students make Cologne a vibrant and international place.

The University of Cologne is the third largest university city in Germany and covers a broad field of disciplines with a strong focus on Life Sciences. Scientific and strategic collaborations connect basic research to translational medicine. Together with the great international student community, this makes the University of Cologne the perfect host for the next FEBS-IUBMB-ENABLE conference: The emerging challenge – environmental impacts on human health.

The conference, organised by PhDs and PostDocs, will take place from the 23rd of November until the 25th of November at the University of Cologne.

Scientific Symposium

The FEBS-IUBMB-ENABLE conferences are International Molecular Biosciences PhD and Postdoc Conferences encouraging abstract submissions from all areas of Life Sciences and Biochemistry. 

On the two-day scientific symposium, keynote speakers from different fields including complex diseases, novel model systems, epigenetics and exposome and computational modelling will help us learn more about the interlink of the environment and biomedical sciences. Therefore, this year’s broad theme is ‘THE EMERGING CHALLENGE: Environmental impacts on human health’, linking research now and in the future of the life sciences. 

Cologne is a green city, constantly working towards improvement, which makes Cologne one of the European hotspots for promoting more conscious and sustainable development. The green initiatives of Cologne nicely bridge with the opportunity of sharing this knowledge to the novel international generation of investigators who will lead the scientific world in the future.

This year, #enablegoesgreen!

Career Day

With the career day, the FEBS-IUBMB-ENABLE event will give participants the opportunity to get inspired about their future as young scientists and to broaden their skill set to take their future in their own hands. Participants can take advantage of different activities throughout the day to build new skills or join discussions about possible career paths outside the academia landscape.


During the 2023 Career Day, participants will have the opportunity to join some of the workshops that will be organized on personal and professional development.

Job Fair

The 2023 Opportunity Fair will provide a unique occasion for young and talented researchers to meet up with companies and organisations and build constructive interactions with people from various life science sectors:

  • Pharmaceutical and Biotech companies
  • Academic organisations
  • Scientific Societies

Career Chats

This year, we want to also highlight alternative career paths besides staying in academia and industry. Invited professionals will be consultants, scientific editors, science communicators, patent lawyers, clinical safety managers or group leaders.

Outreach Activities and Networking

Our goal is to bring science closer to society. This year, in harmony with our green & environmental theme, public pub talks & pub quizzes will be held on the importance of taking care of our planet. The participants have the possibility of joining pub talks & pub quizzes to raise awareness on adopting a green-lab-initiative in their own labs. On this page you can find more details about the events that we planned! 

FEBS-IUBMB-ENABLE brings & popularises science to a younger audience as well, as activities for kindergarten and high school students will encourage their curiosity, educate about environmental impacts and inform about possible career paths in natural sciences.