Prof. Springer is the campus representative for the German Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (GBM), the professional organization of the biochemists in Germany.
The GBM does (among others) the following:
- They organize a yearly meeting, the “Mosbacher Colloquium”,which usually has a very distinguished list of speakers. It takes place in the spring. There is also a smaller fall meeting.
- They have study groups (sections) which hold smaller meetings.
- They have a very good scientific journal called Biological Chemistry.
- They issue a newsletter called BIOspektrum which has career and science news, job offers, and some very nice scientific review articles.
- They give scientific prizes to students and faculty.
- One good reason for students and postdocs to join GBM is that they give financial support to attend meetings.
Information material about GBM is available through their website; in addition, I am of course happy to answer any questions.
The GBM are very active with students (see above).
In addition, you should check out the btS (Biotechnologische Studenteninitiative) is a Germany-wide network of life science students who organize events mostly about jobs in Germany and career development. Here is a link to the Bremen branch who have regular meetings. They sure understand English but the meetings are likely to be in German.