International Society of Protein Termini

Our history

Over past decades, research on protein termini has been continuously expanding in its components, mechanisms, and functions, now drawing attention from people in otherwise different fields. Scientists working on protein termini, including those on the N-end rule pathway, gradually realized that we need a network and a society to exchange ideas and promote close interactions with other scientists in this field. In 2017, a group of people in Europe held the N-term conference at Halle, Germany, the first international meeting focusing on protein N-termini. In 2018, we founded the International Society of Protein Termini (ISPT), a non-profit organization aimed, to gather together researchers in the fields of the N-end rule pathway as well as all aspects of protein termini ( These include the role of protein termini in proteolysis via the ubiquitin-proteasome system and the autophagy-lysosome system. Approximately 300 people including ~100 PIs are expected to join ISPT, and we hope you will consider being one of them.

The 2019 Protein Termini conference, held in Seoul, South Korea, on October 4-5, 2019 was first meeting of ISPT. The 2021 ISPT meeting will be held in Bergen, Norway. The 2023 ISPT meeting is planned to be held in Philadelphia, USA.

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