Origin of Central and Eastern European Proteomic Conference
A decade of Central and Eastern Proteomic Conference (CEEPC)
We acknowledge the undiminished enthusiasm of the CEEPC supporters and the tireless contributions made by all to reach our 10th CEEPC milestone last year. We now look forward to a 'second decade' of CEEPC.
We also acknowledge the researchers and participating scientists from all over the world, returning each year for this mixture of proteomics and friendship, thus propagating these series of Conferences - this year, we will meet in Slovakia for the 11th CEEPC.
The annual Central and Eastern European Proteomic Conference can be considered as the bedrock of proteomics in Central and Eastern Europe and since its creation, has seen an incredible growth in proteomics. The term Central and Eastern European Proteomic Conference (CEEPC) was coined by the founder members of this series of conference including Josef Chmelik (1953-2007), Suresh Jivan Gadher and Hana Kovarova over discussions about the apparent lack of visibility of proteomics in Central and Eastern Europe as well as infrequent meetings and almost total lack of international collaborations.
The 1st Central and Eastern European Proteomic Conference was organised in Prague in 2007 with resultant huge success. The intervening years saw the CEEPC grow. CEEPC is one of a very few meetings undistracted by rivalry and politics and remains a friendly and relaxed forum for interaction.
Vision and fruition
The cornerstone in the evolution of CEEPC was the incredible friendship between scientists from Czech Republic, Russia, Austria, Hungary, United Kingdom, Canada and the United States. It all began with invitations to such researchers and friends to visit Prague, participate in scientific discussions and to share ideas in a friendly and informal environment over good Czech beer and Moravian wine. Subsequent intense work by Suresh Jivan Gadher (UK), Hana Kovarova (Czech Academy of Sciences, Libechov) and Josef Chmelik (Czech Academy of Sciences, Brno), laid the foundation for the birth of the 1st CEEPC organised in Prague on the 29th – 31st of October, 2007 jointly with the 3rd Czech Proteomics Conference. Sadly, the same year Josef who was a stalwart member of the founder team, suddenly passed away. Josef, who had devoted his entire life to proteomics and glycomics, and like Suresh and Hana too, had a vision to create a dynamic and integrated research community inclusive of all cultural societies. This vision to reality was subsequently propagated by Suresh Jivan Gadher and Hana Kovarova. Expansion of the CEEPC was then initiated by welcoming Germany, Austria and Hungary to this privileged Conference. Whilst participation of Russian and Indian proteomics was greeted with anticipation, recent inclusion of Poland, Rumania in 2013 and Macedonia in 2014 to the Board has been exciting and expansive. Today, a stronger network of proteomics in Central and Eastern Europe stands established together with the initial vision of a forum for enthusiastic scientists and researchers to meet and discuss their work in a friendly and relaxed manner. The CEEPC remains one of a very few meetings with refreshing and independent atmosphere. Additionally, young researchers are encouraged to present their findings. This is an ever expanding conference that stands to grow as neighbouring states with proteomic excellence come on-board to propagate this concept further.
An expansive network of proteomics in Central and Eastern Europe stands established and thrives on mutual trust and friendship. To this day, CEEPC’s outstanding success is due to the undiminished enthusiasm of this unique group of friends, their academic institutional researchers and participating scientists from all over the world, returning each year for this intoxicating mixture of proteomics and friendship.
Challenges per se
The biggest conceptual challenge inherent in proteomics lies not only in the proteome’s high degree of complexity, but also with Proteomic Organisations of today. Often, many such organisations may or may not nurture or encourage free flow of ideas, knowledge, and technological expertise without the burden of bureaucracy, political bickering, commercial secrecy or withholding of select data and information due to affiliation to pharmaceutical and other industries. We hear of several proteomic conferences every year and whilst attendance may number in hundreds if not a thousand and parallel sessions galore, a sense of overburdening with limitless number of posters and conflict of which presentations to attend, often leaves the participant perplexed and questioning. This together with the increasing registration fees and conference participation costs overwhelms the enthusiasm of the participant per se.
The CEEPC Ethos
CEEPC ethos strives to prevent such complexities from crossing the boundaries pertinent to ‘Proteomics’ as reflected in its genesis. It evolved from a need for collaboration and a forum for open interaction where novel ideas could be nurtured. Subsequent intense work over the years by its founder members, has sculptured the Conference to its present day status and stature. It continues to grow, bringing together the best researchers from all over the world without pressures and conflicts mentioned above.
Totally absorbing experience