SSBN: Stichting Stimulering Biochemie Nederland (Foundation for Promoting Biochemistry Netherlands)
The SSBN was created in 2002 through the merger of two foundations, which managed the positive balances of two international conferences, which were held under the auspices of the NVBMB in the RAI conference center in Amsterdam: the 13th IUB Congress in August 1985 and the Special FEBS Meeting in June / July 1997.
The SSBN's objective is to promote scientific activities in the field of biochemistry and molecular biology in the Netherlands. The foundation tries to achieve this goal by providing travel grants and by annually awarding the H.G.K. Westenbrink Prize.
NBS: Nora Baart Stichting / Nora Baart Foundation
The Nora Baart Foundation was initiated as part of the last will of Nora Baart, born in Haarlem 1931. She studied medicine, probably in Leiden, and afterwards went to the US to study the biochemistry of cholinesterase. Nora Baart co-authored on 6 peer-reviewed publications in the years 1957-1959, including two publications in Science, on inhibitors of this enzyme to allow a more functional anesthetics. No doubt that these studies stimulated her interest in medical biology, which spurred her wish to support students in the medically oriented molecular life sciences through the foundation coordinated by the NVBMB. After her years at the Mercy Hospital and Department of Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in Pennsylvania, she went to the Biochemistry Department of Leiden University were she worked for two periods ("57-"62 and" 71-"76). She lived in the Leiden area until her death in 2006. Next to supporting the biochemistry Nora Baart's legacy has been continued in many other foundations supporting local, national and international funds for arts, health, nature and education.
Federa (Foundation Federation of Dutch Medical Scientific Societies; FMWV)
The NVBMB is a member of the Federa (Federatie van Medisch Wetenschappelijke Verenigingen). Federa aims to represent scientific biomedical societies by promoting interdisciplinary communication through an annual thematic conference and self-regulation. The Federa bundles 30 scientific biomedical societies with all together 10,000 members and coordinates about 20 organizations in COREON.
Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS)
The Board of FEBS is formed by an "Executive Committee" with the FEBS Council as the highest governing body. The latter consists of representatives from all member countries (1 per country) and meets annually at the FEBS Meeting. Contact addresses of the European sister associations can be found on the FEBS website. The NVBMB is one of the constituent societies of the FEBS.