All-Union Biochemical Society VBO
All-Union Biochemical Society (VBO)
a scientific organization uniting Soviet scientists working in the area of biochemistry. It was organized in 1958 under the Academy of Sciences of the USSR. There are divisions of the society in Union republics, autonomous republics, krais, and cities of the USSR. In 1959 there were 1,570 members of the society and in 1964 there were 3,500. In 1970 it comprised 15 societies in the republics and 53 city divisions, with a total of more than 6,500 biochemists.
The main tasks of the society include aiding the development of all branches of biochemistry in the USSR, helping the members of the society to improve their skills, giving scholarly and methodological help in organizing the teaching of biochemistry in higher and secondary schools, popularizing and propagating knowledge and the latest scientific and practical achievements in biochemistry, and promoting the development of scholarly communications with scholars abroad. The society holds congresses, meetings, and conferences in the various areas of biochemistry; conducts series of lectures, reports, and seminars in order to improve the skills of its members; forms scholarly communications links with other scientific societies; and publishes the yearly Uspekhi biologicheskoi khimii (Achievements of Biological Chemistry; since 1950) and the proceedings of biochemical meetings, conferences, and symposia. The All-Union Biochemical Society is a member of the International Biochemical Union, as well as of the federation of European biochemical societies.
In 1959 the delegates’ convention of the All-Union Biochemical Society adopted the charter of the society and elected a central soviet. The presidents of the society have been A. I. Oparin (1958–64), A. V. Palladin (1964–69), and S. E. Severin (since 1969).
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“Pervyi Vsesoiuznyi biokhimicheskii s’ezd.” Biokhimiia, 1966, vol. 31, issue 3.
A. A. LIZANDR