The Federation of Asian and Oceanian Biochemists and Molecular Biologists (FAOBMB) is the primary regional association in biochemistry to focus on the promotion and development of this area of science and technology in the Asian and Oceanian regions. FAOBMB is one of four regional groupings of the International Union for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (IUBMB). The other three regional groupings are:
- Federation of European Biochemistry Societies (FEBS)
- Pan-American Association for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (PABMB)
- Federation of African Societies for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (FASBMB).
Since its founding in 1972, FAOBMB has developed steadily, playing an important catalytic role in stimulating life sciences, technology transfer and entrepreneurship. FAOBMB works closely with its constituent members (national societies in the region) and IUBMB to advance research, teaching and applications of biochemistry and molecular biology. There are currently 21 Constituent Members of the Federation, representing more than 20,000 active scientists, from Australia, Bangladesh, China, Hawaii, India, Indonesia, Iran, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.
Note that individuals cannot join FAOBMB. In order to participate in the programs of FAOBMB and become eligible for awards and fellowships of FAOBMB, individuals must be members of one of the relevant national societies of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the region. This society must be a Constituent Member of the Federation. The list of such societies and contact details can be found here.