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In May 2020, it will be 50 years since the Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB) was first established at the Jagiellonian University. The Institute formed part of what was then the Faculty of Biology and Earth Sciences and at the outset had only 5 Departments. 

Thirty-two years later, the IMB was transformed into a faculty in its own right – the Faculty of Biotechnology. In 2006, in relation to a number of factors including the wider range of study programmes offered, the Faculty of Biotechnology changed its name to the Faculty of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Biotechnology (FBBB) and has since become known to the world of science in that form. Currently, the FBBB consists of 17 Departments, and employs over 250 people.

This milestone anniversary is a great opportunity to summarize the achievements of scientists from the IBM and the FBBB as part of jubilee events to mark 50 years of history of the Faculty of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Biotechnology of the Jagiellonian University.  

The first of these events, held in January, was a lecture by Nobel laureate Professor Ada Yonath. In Fabruary the XLVII Winter School took place in Zakopane. In May an exhibition dedicated to the IMB and the FBBB will open and yubilee related articles will be published throught out the year. 

The visit of the Nobel Prize winner, Professor Tim Hunt as well as the Jubilee Conference, both events scheduled for spring, had to be canceled due to the to the threat of the epidemic. 

Despite the unexpected circumstances, I very much hope that this Jubilee year in 2020 will be an opportunity to relive some fine memories and to meet with our friends from Poland and abroad. Events which celebrate our history are a great way of strengthening the feeling of community within the faculty and thinking about where we come from and our achievements to date enables us to set out new paths for the development of our institution.  

Dean of the FBBB
Zbigniew Madeja