The SWEDISH PROTEMICS SOCIETY (SPS) was founded in December 2001; a remarkable year that marked a historical turning point in genomic research.

The approximate 20,000 genes from a given mammalian cell forms the basis of the corresponding proteome. A single gene can produce several functional proteins that are the result of a number of differential mRNA splicing events and post-translational modifications. Such biological diversity ensures that proteomics is centrally positioned in research and general public interest, and will continue to be so in the future.

The exact number of proteins in the human proteome has been estimated at 300,000 to a few million. Undoubtedly, our scientific efforts within the proteomic research society will continue to provide additional information and contribute to answering this fundamental question.

The birth of the Swedish Proteomics Society is a natural consequence of the strong interest in protein expression profiling linked to outstanding research in the areas of biomedicine, biotechnology, and biology. Here, genomics, protein chemistry and molecular biology have been successfully combined to further proteomic and medical research within the country.

The aims of the society are to endorse activities within the proteomic field in Sweden, to interface with international proteomic programs and to develop and further promote state-of-the-art proteomic technology.


The CEO of Apotekarsocieteten, Karin Meyer, is proud and delighted with the candidacy of the organization to host the prestigious international conference, HUPO 2020.

Apotekarsocieteten is undertaking initiatives to increase the visibility of the society at the highest international level. By applying to host the World Congress for Proteomics, HUPO 2020, the organization aims to promote and elevate Sweden as a venue for the drug developments of tomorrow. "Sweden is outstanding in proteomics, and the area is of key focus and importance for the research and development of future drugs." "Our application is strongly supported and the timing is perfect," says Karin Meyer.

Proteomics involves the large-scale analysis of proteins and plays a major and growing role in the development of innovative drugs. Proteomics is also a key factor in biomarker research and the advancement of biological drugs. In both these areas, Swedish research is well-positioned at an international level.

The Human Proteome Organization (HUPO) is an international consortium comprised of national proteomic research organizations, academic institutions and industrial partners. The purpose of the organization is to promote knowledge and development in the field of proteomics by representing global proteomic researchers and facilitating scientific cooperation between members. The largest and most important meeting of HUPO is the annual World Congress. The meeting is organized on a rotational basis in different regions of the world. In 2018, the HUPO congress was held in Dublin and in 2020 the congress will return to Europe and be hosted in Stockholm.

"Sweden has a strong position in proteomics, not least through groundbreaking initiatives such as the Science For Life Laboratory and the Center for Excellence in Biological and Medical Mass Spectrometry," says Professor György Marko-Varga, representing the Swedish Proteomics Society, the expert group in the Apotekarsocieteten that prepared the scientific program for the Swedish candidacy. "We will be able to offer a world-class scientific program where we for the first time involve the pharmaceutical industry as well as healthcare to take proteomics to the next level."

The application submitted by the Apotekarsocieteten is supported by a large number of notable organizations within the country. These include the Stockholm County Council, the Karolinska Institutet, the Royal Institute of Technology, the City of Stockholm, AstraZeneca and other pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.

"It is perfectly right that the Pharmacy Society is involved and aids Sweden in further strengthening the scientific profile and addressing this important area," says Karin Meyer.


The 9th YPIC webinar "OCTOPUS: The new primary research record!" will
take place on the 17th September at 10 AM CEST. Join us for this
interesting introduction!

Dr Alexandra Freeman spent 17 years making science and natural history
documentaries at the BBC before taking on a role as Executive Director
of the Winton Centre for Risk & Evidence Communication at the University
of Cambridge. After seeing the scientific publishing system ‘from the
inside’ she came up with the idea for Octopus, a system designed to
change the incentive structure for the dissemination of research.

Octopus received funding and support from the UK’s governmental
science funder earlier this year and is being built in partnership with
the educational digital infrastructure provider Jisc for launch in
spring 2022. Join us if you want to know how Octopus can revolutionize
the scientific world!

You can find more information here.

If you are interested, don’t forget to register through the following
zoom link.

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We will launch a new national seminar series during this autumn in a joint effort between SPS, BioMS and the SciLifeLab Integrative Structural Biology (ISB) platform to promote Swedish mass spectrometry-based proteomics research. The overall goal is to provide a platform for sharing knowledge and methods as well as to increase new collaborations between different researchers. The main target audience are Ph.D. students and postdocs, as well as more established researchers interested in proteomics. Keep an eye on the SPS homepage for more information! 

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Via SPS/EuPA får samtliga medlemmar i SPS rabatt på HUPO2020 om man anger rabattkoden SE. Sprid gärna i era kanaler, det kommer framgå i mail-utskicket via Malmö kongressbyrå också.

Se info nedan.

All members of EuPA proteomic societies can register for HUPO Connect 2020 at the HUPO member rate. When you register, just use the country-specific registration discount code SE.

During the registration process you will be asked the following questions:

  1. Are you a member of the European Proteomics Association (EuPA)?
  2. If yes, please enter your EuPA Member discount code: SE

If you enter the code correctly, you will receive the HUPO member rates. If not, you will receive an error message.

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European Proteomics Association European Proteomics Association


EuPA is the federation that encompasses the European national proteomic societies. It was established to coordinate and integrate national initiatives within the field of proteomics. Through education and training, the main objective is to strengthen and promote fundamental proteomic research and applications in Europe.
Human Proteome Organization Human Proteome Organization


The Human Proteome Organization (HUPO) is an international scientific consortium comprised of proteomic research organizations, academic institutions and industrial partners. HUPO's mission is to define  and promote proteomics through international cooperation and collaborations to better understand human disease. This is achieved by fostering the development of new technologies, techniques and training.