The 2013 Special FAOBMB Symposium and Council Meeting was held in Singapore on 16th – 17th December, following the 23rd FAOBMB Conference was to be held in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The unfortunate cancellation of the Dhaka meeting took place because of the political unrest and extensive civil disturbances in Bangladesh in the lead-up to the national elections held there early in 2014. FAOBMB is indebted to the Singapore Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (SSBMB), whose leadership arranged the Special Symposium at very short notice late in 2013 and provided the facilities at the National University of Singapore (NUS) not only for the scientific program to be held but also for the Council meeting of FAOBMB that was scheduled to be held in Dhaka. Thanks are particularly due to Thilo Hagen (SSBMB President) and Siok Im Koh (FAOBMB Education Chair), both based in Singapore, for their intensive efforts to make the Singapore meeting such a success. Please find the attached file for more details about 2013 Special FAOBMB Symposium.