Workshop on Engineering approaches to biomolecular motors: from in itro to in vivo; Canada, June, 2016

This Workshop will be held in Vancouver, Canada from June 14-17, 2016.

It will focus on a new frontier in molecular motors research: how to design and exploit operating principles of energy-consuming biomacromolecular machines.

It will bring together researchrs from diverse disciplines who are developing novel ways of measuring and controlling biomolecular motors inside and outside of cells, synthesizing artificial molecular motors inspired by biology, harnessing motors for applications in devices, or developing theories that cut across biological and synthetic systems.

More information is available at the Workshop website

Special Issue of Biophysics & Physicobiology – expected publication date March, 2016

This is the announcement of the special issue on “Protein-Ligand Interactions” in Biophysics and Physicobiology. On behalf of the editorial board members of Biophysics and Physicobiology, which is the official on-line journal (e-journal) of the Biophysical Society of Japan (BSJ), I would like to invite you to contribute to this special issue.

As a campaign to promote submission from foreign countries, we will waive the publication fee for the submissions from foreign countries received before the December 4, 2015.

We also request you to kindly spread this announcement among your colleagues who might be interested in contributing to the special issue. We greatly appreciate your kind cooperation.

Hiroyuki NOJI
Professor, Department of Applied Chemistry, The University of Tokyo
7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8656, Japan
Tel: +81-3-5841-7252, Fax: +81-3-5841-1872

CODATA: Editorial Board nominations and applications for the Editorial Board of the Data Science Journal

The following message has been received from Dr. Sarah Callaghan, Editor -in- Chief of this journal:

Dear Colleagues, CODATA International Scientific Union Members,
The Data Science Journal is currently accepting nominations and applications for membership of its Editorial Board. The main role of a board member is to act as an advocate  of the journal and help advance submissions and reputation, as well as occasional help in the processing or reviewing of submissions.
The Data Science Journal is dedicated to the advancement of data science and its application in policies, practices and management (such as Open Data) to ensure that data are used in the most effective and efficient way in promoting knowledge and learning.  It is a peer-reviewed, open access, electronic journal that is relevant to the whole range of computational, natural and social science and, where appropriate, the humanities.  The scope of the journal includes descriptions of data systems, their implementations and their publication, applications, infrastructures, software, legal, reproducibility and transparency issues, the availability and usability of complex datasets, and with a particular focus on the principles, policies and practices for data. (The full focus and scope of the journal can be found in the attached document.)
More specifically, the responsibilities expected from a board member are:
•             to distribute Calls for Papers as widely as possible and to promote the journal whenever possible to gain submissions
•             to make suggestions on how to improve the journal
•             to carry out occasional peer review for the journal
•             to assist in locating suitable peer reviewers, if required
•             to let the Editorial team know of conferences/events that could be used as journal    promotion opportunities (especially relevant if they will be attending the event)
•             to provide editorial advice/opinion to the Editor-in-Chief or section editors on submissions, if required
•             to be available to contribute to a yearly editorial board review, should it be required
•             to help promote specific publications and press releases, if asked by the Editor-in-Chief, and
•             to consider submitting to the journal their own publications
In particular, we welcome applications from those wishing to be considered for the role of Section Editor (i.e. responsible for submissions within a specific domain or subject area – example topics can be found at but should not be considered an exclusive list) and Geographical Editor (i.e. responsible for submissions from a given geographic region).
There is no maximum term for members of the editorial board, though membership will be reviewed at least every 3 years, to ensure that all members are active and still willing to complete the above tasks.
Please apply by sending an email detailing the applicant’s experience and expertise in the area to by 28 June 2015.
Further details about the journal can be found at, or please email .
Please distribute this message widely within your International Scientific Union and other contacts.

Royal Society Discussion Meeting, London, October 12-13, 2015

For more details, including session titles and confirmed speakers, and free registration, please visit
The deadline for poster abstracts is Friday, July 13.  Registration will remain open until capacity is reached, but to avoid disappointment early booking is suggested.
The convenors are Nick Brooks, Mike Cates, Paul Clegg, Alex Lips and John Seddon.

Funding applications for 2016 Schools and Workshops

Applications for IUPAB funding for 2016 Schools will be accepted from June 1 – July 31, 2015.

All allocations will be in Euros, with the maximum 10,000 Euros.

We plan to advise applicants of the funding results by end November, 2015.

The following documents can be downloaded from the IUPAB website:  Funding Application;    Sponsorship Agreement.
They are available at the bottom of  “About Us”  on the home page, under “Forms”.

Also, just above “Forms” is the IUPAB Sponsorship policy.  Under “More Info” at the left, you will find Guidelines for the use of IUPAB Funds for Schools and Workshops.
Please read these guidelines carefully as they must be followed strictly.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions, or need further assistance.

Future Earth new Executive Director

In Paris on February 13, 2015 ICSU announced, on behalf of the Science & Technology Alliance for Global Sustainability, the appointment of Paul Shrivastava as Executive Director of Future Earth. Currently he is the David O’Brien Distinguished Professor of Sustainable Enterprise, and the Director of the David O’Brien Centre for Sustainable Enterprise, at the John Molson School of Business, Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. Shrivastava has more than three decades of experience in management education, entrepreneurship, and working as a consultant to major multi-national corporations.
Shrivastava, a US citizen, was born in India and works in Canada and France. He will take up his post in early February 2015, based at the Montreal Global Hub of the Future Earth Secretariat. He will lead a globally distributed secretariat composed of five global hubs functioning as a single entity, located in Montreal, Paris, Tokyo, Stockholm and Boulder, Colorado. The global hubs will be complemented by a set of regional hubs for the Middle East and North Africa, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa.

Grants for 2015 Biophysics Schools

Applications closed at the end of September 2014 for assistance in funding biophysics , the IUPAB provided funding for six advanced schools in biophysics to be held during 2015:

Grenoble, France, February 2-5, 2015: Advanced isotopic labelling methods for integrated structural biology

Dresden Germany, July 15-17, 2015: Spectroscopies in biology – Recent advances

Singapore, July 11-15, 2015: Tropical school on advances in biophotonics for biomedicine

Poslatam, Uruguay, November 23-25, 2015: Membrane lipids, transporters, channels

Newry, Maine USA, May 30-31, 2015: Muscle excitation/contraction coupling – New frontiers in EC coupling

Each grant is awarded subject to the following conditions, which in brief require that the awardee a provide:

  • a signed Sponsorship Agreement
  • the Treasurer with an invoice for the amount of the grant
  • a detailed financial report, and receipts of specified expenses
  • receipts signed by the students who actually received the IUPAB funds.


Information for Young Scientist Travel Awards


Early Career Travel Grants are to assist young biophysicists, especially from developing countries, and applications are now open.

These IUPAB awards are intended to supplement, rather than to fully pay travel expenses.

Maximum award is US$1000 and minimum is US$250.00  The awards are not intended to cover the cost of registration to the Congress.

Application Form is available in pdf format on the IUPAB website  under “Forms” in “ABOUT US”.  This will give you all the information necessary to complete an application.

Closing date for applications is approximately three months before the Congress date.

 After that date, a lengthy evaluation process by the IUPAB Executive takes place,  and all applicants will then be advised of the outcome of their applications.

Applicants must present a poster or platform contribution to the Congress, and it is required  that  supervisors approve of their attendance.

The funds are paid in cash at the actual congress, and it is a condition that recipients attend the whole congress.  They must register on Day 1 ) and payments will be made on the final morning of the congress unless in exceptional circumstances.  

Passport or similar photoID must be provided, together with a photocopy to be left with us for attachment to an official receipt form which must be signed by each recipient.

This is a requirement of our Auditors, and payments cannot be made without compliance with this condition.     


IUPAB President Professor Gordon Roberts visits Institute of Biophysics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences

When IUPAB President Roberts visited Beijing recently, on April 25 he gave a seminar entitled “Redox-linked domain movements in the catalytic cycle of cytochrome P450 reductase”.  There followed a discussion with Chinese biophysicists.  During his visit, Professor Roberts also had a meeting with council members of the Biophysics Society of China and Professor Zi-He Rao, who is the president-elect of IUPAB.


L-R: Professor Xiyun Yan, Professor Zihe Rao, Professor Gordon Roberts, Professor Pingsheng Liu

Obituary: Dame Louise Napier Johnson, 1940-2012

Louipicture Dame Louise Johnsonse Johnson was born in 1940 at Worcester. She studied physics at University College London between 1959 and 1962, moving to the Royal Institution to work with David Phillips, completing her Ph.D. in 1966. For the first time, we began to understand how an enzyme – lysozole – works; in this case, we had strong clues as to how it selectively cleaved the polysaccharide chain. In Oxford from 1967, her work led to an explanation of the allosteric mechanism of the regulatory enzyme glycogen phosphorylase and provided the basis for a general model describing how protein kinases are regulated.

Louise had a passionate interest in international science, and remained always generous with her time, a huge influence on the emergence of structural biology in the UK and elsewhere, and gave wonderful support to the many new labs established by her students and research colleagues throughout the world.
(Tom L. Blundell, Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, CB1 2GA, UK Correspondence:
The above is taken from an Obituary written by Tom Blundell, and IUPAB is grateful to Tom Blundell and ‘Structure’ ( for permission to reproduce this. The full text is available at Obituary Johnson