The primary aim of the Italian Group of Biomembranes and Bioenergetics (GIBB) is to promote Bioenergetics, i.e. the discipline that studies energy transformation at the ‘energy-conserving’ membranes. This area of research is key to biology and physiology in all forms of life, and has major implications for our understanding of health and disease. GIBB stimulates research networking in Italy and abroad. One of its major goals is the training of young scientists, an attitude that is reflected in the unique format of its annual meeting, where the core of scientific program is represented by oral presentations by young scientists, while established Investigators chair sessions and promote discussion. From 2017 the meeting is open to the International Community.
GIBB was created in 1973 by a group of Italian Scientists coming from a variety of disciplines – Biological Chemisty, Biophysics, Pathology, Pharmacology, Physiology – with the idea of promoting Bioenergetics in the Country and to establish an interface with the growing International Bioenergetics Community. GIBB is actively involved in the promotion and organization of the European Bioenergetics Conferences (EBEC), a biannual series that was started in Urbino (Italy) in 1980.
GIBB is managed by an Executive Committee (Consiglio Direttivo) of eight members elected for a two-year term. The Executive Committee nominates the President, the Vice-President and the Secretary-Treasurer. Membership is open to scientist qualified in the field of Bioenergetics and Biomembranes. New applicants are presented by active members and admission is decided at the General Assembly, which gathers at the Annual Meeting.