Fire devastates Institute of Biochemistry in Chile
On December 3, 2007, a terrible fire has devastated the School of Sciences of the "Universidad Austral de Chile", one of the Institutes of Biochemistry of Chile. Luckily, nobody was hurt but there is a big concern that many graduate students will not be able to complete their thesis.
The IUBMB has expressed its solidarity and at the same time will try to facilitate the relocation of students to host laboratories and/ or give the Institute some financial support to ease the immediate costs caused by the destruction of the laboratories. Although it is not in our capacity to offer sufficient financial support for the reconstruction of the building, our help may facilitate the initiation of temporary activities needed to maintain continuity in the scientific endeavor and responsibilities of the Institute.
Support from the IUBMB will be provided, but at the same time an appeal is made to the scientific community to help the Institute of Biochemistry of Chile in any possible form (hosting students, providing financial support, providing chemicals, computers and software, and whatever else may be needed).