Chianti Workshop on Magnetic Resonance for Cellular Structural Biology Hotel Fattoria la Principina, Principina Terra, Italy 5-10 June 2016

The Chianti Workshop 2016 provided a timely and insightful perspective on the integrated use of a wide range of the most powerful biophysical techniques to address fundamental questions regarding biomolecular structure and function. The topics covered in the program included the most recent and innovative developments in magnetic resonance and their synergistic combination with electron microscopy, fluorescence, small angle scattering and mass spectrometry to describe the structural and dynamic properties of the biomolecules involved in specific cellular pathways, as well as the exploration of potential approaches that hold promise for addressing some of the major fundamental questions in cellular structural biology.

The scientific program was set by Tatyana Polenova (University of Delaware, USA) and Roberta Pierattelli (University of Florence, Italy), in close collaboration with the other Program Committee members, Lucia Banci and Claudio Luchinat (University of Florence, Italy), David Fushman (University of Maryland, USA), and Daniella Goldfarb (Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel).

The workshop was attended by 100 participants coming from 20 different countries from all over the world (Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States). The 24 invited speakers were selected among the leaders in their fields of research, coming from institutions in 12 different countries (Argentina, Australia, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States). Other speakers, both senior and early stage scientists, were selected from the abstracts for a total of 40 scientific talks. To complete the scientific panorama of the workshop two very well- attended poster sessions were also organized. Three posters were selected as recipients of a F1000 Research poster prize.

The IUPAB grant enabled the organizers to support 12 early stage researchers. They received a reduction on the student registration fee for the Workshop (which included accommodation for the entire duration of the event, meals, coffee breaks, refreshments, social events, and workshop material) and/or support to cover part of their travel costs.

The granted participants were chosen based on their curriculum vitae, their motivation to attend the Workshop and the quality of the abstract presented. Two of them were awarded a poster prize while two others were selected for an oral presentation.

The financial contribution provided by IUPAB was acknowledged including the society logo in the Workshop website, in the Workshop poster, in the Book of abstracts, in the Workshop program as well as in continuous projections in the lecture hall during the breaks and the poster sessions. IUPAB was also warmly acknowledged during the Opening of the Workshop and the Closing session.

SciDataCon 2016: Advancing the Frontiers of Data in Research

SciDataCon 2016 seeks to advance the frontiers of data in research. This means addressing a range of fundamental and urgent issues around the ‘Data Revolution’ and the recent data-driven transformation of research and the responses to these issues in the conduct of research.

SciDataCon2016 will take place on 11-13 September 2016 at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, Denver, Colorado, USA.

The deadline for submission is May 30 at

April 16 Kumamoto Earthquake in Japan – message from the Science Council of Japan

On behalf of Professor Takashi Onishi, President of Science Council of Japan, I would like to extend his sincere gratitude for your kind concern and generous messages of sympathy and assistance from your countries, regions and international organizations for the damage suffered from the Earthquake centered in the Kumamoto Region of Kumamoto Prefecture.

On this occasion, Professor Takashi Onishi, jointly with Professor Akira Wada and Professor Noriaki Hirose, Representative Directors, Japan Academic Network for Disaster Reduction released President’s statement “The 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake on April 16 and Our Actions.”

We would appreciate it if you could visit our Web-Page to see the statement:

Yours sincerely,
On behalf of
Takashi Onishi, President
Keisuke Ogawara, Secretariat
Science Council of Japan

oemt2016 to be held in Canakkale, Turkey from May 17-19, 2016

OEMT2016 will be held at Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University. It is devoted to the state-of-the-art of organic electronics and organic structures great progress in different aspects of organic electronic materials, organic devices, chemistry, physics, mechanics, computer simulation, biomedical applications, and advanced characterization techniques of nanostructured materials from all over the world.

For more details, please visit the conference web site at:

Les Houches-TSRC Workshop on Protein Dynamics 3-8 April 2016, Les Houches, Chamonix Valley, France

This workshop is a forum for presenting, teaching and discussing results from the application of state-of-the-art experimental and theoretical and computational approaches to studying protein dynamics, including optical spectroscopy, NMR spectroscopy, X-ray crystallography, XFELs, electron microscopy, AFM and scattering methods.

Please refer to the web page ( for details, including a list of the Organizers and confirmed speakers.

CODATA-RDA Research Data Science Summer School, Trieste, Italy from August 1-12, 2016.

The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, in collaboration with CODATA, RDA and TWAS, is organising a short course in the data science approaches and skills essential for 21st century research.

The international, collective ability to create, share and analyse vast quantities of data is having a profound, transformative effect. This ‘Data Revolution’ offers great opportunities for students with modern data skills.

Contemporary research – particularly when addressing the most significant, transdisciplinary research challenges – cannot be done effectively without a range of skills relating to data.

The deadline for applications is 18 April 2016

Regional Biophysis Conference, Trieste, Italy in August 2016

RBC2016 follows a multidisciplinary approach on the biomedical and biotechnical applications of biophysics.  This will be the 7th Conference in the series, and they include a large number of younger scientists.  Besides the former Yugoslavia, the network includes neighbouring countries such as Austria, Hungary, Italy and Slovakia.

Further information is available on the conference website at

Practical course and Workshop at Lampedusa, Italy, June 2016

An EMBO Practical Course on Spectroscopic Techniques in Biosciences will run from June 18-21 with a Workshop on Interdisciplinary Integration: from Biomolecules to Diseases which will follow from June 21-25, 2016. The event will present highlights in several hot and highly debated topics.

The combined Practical Course-Workshop is an interdisciplinary event designed to promote education and to create an opportunity for students and young researchers in biophysics and molecular biology for exchanges and collaborations with top-level scientists working in life sciences.  Much time will be devoted to discussions during lectures and tutorials, to poster sessions and to informal meetings.

VIII Graduate Course in Biophysics (POSLATAM) in Uruguay, November 23-25, 2015

For the first time, Uruguay has been chosen by the Latin American Federation of Biophysical Societies (LAFeBS) to organize the above course.  It is supported by IUPAB, and will be held in the beautiful city of Salto which is on the Uruguay River, fifteen miles from the border with Argentina, and is well known for its famous hot springs and thermal water theme parks.
The theme of the course will be “Membrane lipids, transporters, channels, and all that crosstalk”.   Full details are available at

Immediately following POSLATAM on November 26-29 there will be a joint Scientific Meeting of the Argentinean Biophysical Society (SAB) and the Biophysics Branch ( of the Uruguayan Society of Biosciences.  The theme for this meeting is “Latin American Crosstalk in Biophysics”.   For full details please visit the conference  website at