The XI-ZOMES conference ‘’Determining cell physiology by setting the course in protein turnover’’ was organized by Michael Naumann, Dawadschargal Dubiel, Elah Pick, Feng Rao and Wolfgang Dubiel and held from 31st August to 3rd September in Magdeburg, Germany. The biennial ZOMES conferences were initiated by scientists investigating across the species three major protein complexes, the 19S proteasome, the COP9 signalosome, and the translation initiation factor eIF3 – summarized as ‘’ZOMES’’. These three macro-complexes control protein function and turnover, and translation. Basic functions of these three complexes are relevant in manifold cellular processes and their dysregulation/defects could lead to human diseases.
A total of 81 participants including 10 PhD-students from 13 different countries attended the XI-ZOMES conference. One fourth of the participants are considered as “young researchers”. 72 participants in the XI-ZOMES conference were from Europe. 18 participants are members of the ProteoCure COST Action, which co-organized and financially supported this conference.
The current state of research field was presented under the headline ‘’Determining cell physiology by setting the course in protein turnover’’. The ZOMES XI conference had significant outcomes in its research fields that crisscross with ProteoCure. New structural and functional insights about COP9 signalosome-, eIF3- and 19S proteasome regulation were presented by leading scientists.
Looking back, the XI-ZOMES conference was a complete success. After a long, hard break due to the worldwide COVID19 pandemic, all participants of the XI-ZOMES conference were glad to be able to talk to each other in person and to establish new collaborations and maintain old ones.
The meeting gave especially young scientists a boost of confidence to discuss face to face with experienced scientists without hesitation but also motivation to publish their own research results in good journals. For this purpose, the editor-in-chief-lunch was organized especially for young scientists to discuss in detail with Prof. Lienhard Schmitz, the editor of the journal ”BBA – Molecular Cell Research”, about the preparation of manuscripts.
Photo credits : "Sarah Rinka, Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg"