GBM & Elsevier


The German Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (Gesellschaft für Biochemie und Molekularbiologie, GBM) is the largest professional association for life sciences in Germany. With its about 5,000 members, it is committed to serving the interests of all those working and researching in the dynamic and promising disciplines of chemistry, medicine and biology – from professors to first-year students.

Whether it is the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft), journalists, the authorities, or professional associations in other disciplines: anyone needing to call on expertise in questions of biochemistry and molecular biological sciences, turns first and foremost to the GBM

Further information can be found on the GBM Homepage

Warburg Talks
Talk with Werner Müller-Esterl and the Warburg laureats Marina Rodnina and Johannes Buchner

Elsevier & Biochimica et Biophysica Acta

Elsevier and its flagship title Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) are proud to be the exclusive sponsors of the GBM Otto Warburg Medal starting 2012 providing a prize money. The award honors outstanding achievements by internationally recognized scientists and has a rich history.

Elsevier is a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services. The company works in partnership with the global science and health communities to publish more than 2,000 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and close to 20,000 book titles. Online solutions include SciVerse ScienceDirect, Scopus, and Reaxys, which help researchers to deliver better outcomes more effectively.

Biochimica et Biophysica Acta, launched in 1947, remains the first international journal devoted to the joint fields of biochemistry and biophysics. Initially papers were published in English, French, and German. Important early papers include "Studies on the structure of ribonucleic acids" by Boris Magasanik and Erwin Chargaff (1951), a milestone towards Watson and Crick's model of the DNA structure , and "Enzymic synthesis of deoxyribonucleic acid" by Arthur Kornberg and colleagues (1956), an early report on the isolation of DNA polymerase I. Today, BBA comprises 10 different journals, each with unique editors and scope and an average impact factor above 5. The members of the American Library Association recognized BBA’s outstanding value in 2009 by electing BBA to the 100 Most Influential Journals in Biology & Medicine over the last 100 Years.

The list of previous Otto Warburg Medal winners includes current and past editors and authors of both BBA as well as other Elsevier titles. For example, Theodor Bücher, winner of the 1974 Otto Warburg Medal, published a total of 4 papers in the very first volume of BBA. BBA also published a handful of Otto Warburg’s own papers in those early years.

In close partnership with leading national and international societies, editors, referees and authors, we like to continue this strong tradition of quality and service and are pleased to find the GBM sharing these values.

For more information, visit
BBA portal page

The Otto-Warbug-Medal is an honour and recognition from a community that is very important to me and that I have greatly benefitted from over the years

Marina Rodnina Max Planck Institute for Multidisciplinary Sciences, Bearer of the Otto-Warburg Medal 2019