The opening of each ICBL includes already a highlight of the conference, the van Deenen Lecture. This plenary lecture is held at the memory of Laurens L. M. van Deenen (1928-1994), a worldwide highly respected Dutch pioneer of lipid research.
L. L. M. van Deenen studied chemistry at the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands, and received his PhD in 1957. During the following years, he organized his own research team and became professor of biochemistry. Combining analytical chemistry, physical chemistry, lipid biochemistry and membrane biology led to groundbreaking scientific findings which set the stage for future generations of lipidologists. L. L. M. van Deenen is author of numerous highly ranked publications, received many awards and was very active as editor for several journals.
Each year, ICBL offers the van Deenen Lecture to a lipid researcher for outstanding and long-term contributions to the field. These lectures are not only a tribute to the awardees, but also stimulation and motivation for all colleagues to devote their scientific efforts to lipid research.