18th IBC Brisbane, Australia August 3–7 2014


The Australian Society for Biophysics (ASB) and the IUPAB will hold the 18th IBC from August 3 – 7, 2014 at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. IUPAB 2014 will feature an outstanding scientific program and a stimulating social program. Attending this Congress will be highly scientifically rewarding, as well as a terrific opportunity to visit Australia. More information is available on the website at www.iupab2014.org.

Some Young Scientist Travel grants will be awarded, with preference given to applicants who are attending one or more of the satellite conferences. The application form for these grants is available on the IUPAB website under “Forms” in “About us”.

CODATA International Training Workshop in Big Data for Science, Beijing, June 4-20, 2014

CODATA, in collaboration with CODATA-China is delighted to invite applications from young researchers, research leaders and managers of research institutes in countries with emerging and developing economies to participate in the CODATA International Training Workshop in Big Data for Science, Beijing, 4-20 June 2014.  Participation for successful applicants will be financially supported, thanks to a grant from the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).  The deadline for applications is 16 April.  Further details, application instructions and the application form are  available from the CODATA blog: http://codata.org/blog/2014/03/26/codata-international-training-workshop-in-big-data-for-science-for-researchers-from-emerging-and-developing-countries/


Abstract Submission Deadline – 2 May, 2014
Earlybird Registration Deadline – 2 May, 2014

The Australian Society for Biophysics and the International Union of Pure and Applied Biophysics (IUPAB) invite you to attend the 18th International Biophysics Congress which will be held in Brisbane, Australia on 3 – 7 August 2014. The Congress will feature outstanding scientific and social programs, and provide a unique opportunity to visit Australia. Brisbane is located in the heart of Australia’s premier tourist region, which includes outstanding beaches as well as World Heritage sites such as the Great Barrier Reef, Daintree Rainforest, and Fraser Island.

Click http://www.iupab2014.org/to visit the website for more details.

Registration and Abstract Submissions
Abstracts should be submitted using the conference abstract lodgement system. Please click on http://www.iupab2014.org/abstract-submissions/ for further details on submitting your abstract.

Conference Themes
·         Protein/nucleic acid structure and function
·         Membranes and Membrane proteins
·         Cell Biophysics
·         Ion Channels and Transporters
·         Imaging (from Molecules to Organisms)
·         Bioenergetics
·         Biophysical methods
·         Computational Biophysics/Systems Biophysics

Plenary Speakers
·         Brian Kobilka, Nobel Laureate, Stanford University: G-protein coupled receptors
·         Eduardo Perozo, University of Chicago: Ion channels
·         Carol Robinson, University of Oxford: Protein structure
·         Roger Tsien, Nobel Laureate, UCSD: fluorescent protein molecular engineering

30 Keynote Speakers (accepted to date)
·         Tamir Gonen, Howard Hughes Medical Institute: membrane protein structure
·         Wilfred van Gunsteren, ETH Zurich: biomolecular systems simulations
·         Mitsu Ikura, University of Toronto: small GTPase-mediated cell signalling
·         Werner Kühlbrandt, Max Planck Institute of Biophysics: cryo-EM/ET of membrane proteins
·         Keiichi Namba, Osaka University: dynamic behaviour of nanomachines
·         Daniela Nicastro, Brandeis University: cryo-ET of  macromolecular complexes
·         Hiroyuki Noji, University of Tokyo: single-molecule studies of FoF1 ATP synthase
·         Diane Papazian, UCLA: potassium channels in neurodegenerative disease
·         Michael Sheetz, Columbia University: mechanobiology
·         Henning Stahlberg, University of Basel: structure of ion channels and transporters
·         Nieng Yan, Tsinghua University:  membrane protein structure
·         Tao Xu, Chinese Academy of Sciences: secretory vesicles

Click http://www.iupab2014.org/ to see the current list of keynote speakers.

60 Invited Speakers
Click http://www.iupab2014.org/invited-speakers/ to see the current list of invited speakers.

Satellite meetings
Five satellite meetings are associated with the Congress:
·         Biocontinuous Cubic Phases Satellite  30 July – 2 August, 2014
Outrigger Resort and Spa, Noosa, QLD, Australia
·         Mechanosensory Transduction Satellite31 July – 2 August, 2014
Crowne Plaza, Broadbeach, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia
·         International Conference on Bioinformatics (InCoB) 201431 July – 2 August 2014
Novotel Sydney Brighton Beach, Sydney, NSW, Australia
·         Molecular Modelling Satellite31 July – 2 August 2014
O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, Lamington National Park, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia
·         Human Heart Tissue Forum8 – 12 August, 2014
Heron Island Resort, Heron Island, QLD, Australia

Please click http://www.iupab2014.org/satellites/ to view general information on satellite meetings.

Travel Grants and Fellowships
IUPAB offers substantial financial support to young scientists (both students and postdocs) to assist with expenses to attend the 18th International Biophysics Congress. These grants are primarily intended for young researchers such as PhD candidates, usually up to 30 years of age, and preference is given to those from developing countries.

Please click http://www.iupab2014.org/assets/IUPAB/YSTA-form-18th-IBC3.pdfto download the travel grant application form.

Key Dates for your Diary!
Abstract Submission Deadline – 2 May, 2014
Earlybird Registration Deadline – 2 May, 2014

Please visit http://www.iupab2014.org for further meeting information including updated program and confirmed invited speakers.

Course on "Channels & Transporters" in Erice, Sicily from May 11-17, 2014

header  This will be the fifth course on these topics given by the International School of Biophysics.  The small town of Erice has a  relaxed atmosphere and provides a beautiful setting for the course.  The intention of the course is to bring together experts in transporter physiology, ion channel biophysics, and structural biology both to teach and to discuss the structure and function of channels and transporters.  Full details are available at http://channels.ge.ibf.cnr.it

Human Heart Tissue Forum, Heron Island, Queensland, Australia, August 2014

Human Heart Tissue Forum banner

Following the 18th IBC to be held in Brisbane, Australia in August 2014, the Human Heart Tissue Forum will be held on Heron Island on the beautiful Great Barrier Reef from August 8 – 12.  Since 1989 the Sydney Heart Bank (SHB) has continued to build a large (>25,000 samples) collection of human heart tissues. Over this 25-year period, about 70 research groups have accessed this bank of tissue, and over 60 publications have arisen.

The main purpose of this satellite meeting is to facilitate the personal exchange of research data between as many users of the SHB as possible.

More details will be made available as soon as possible. Please see the Forum website which is http://humanhearttissue2014.org/


German Biophysical Society Annual Meeting, Lubeck, September 14-17, 2014

The German Biophysical Society is an interdisciplinary oriented association bringing together scientists and students from various research fields with a special focus on Biophysics, Molecular Biophysics, Membranes, Cells, Networks and Medical Biophysics. These different aspects of Biophysics will be highlighted at the annual meeting in plenary sessions complemented by numerous short talks as well as poster presentations.

We encourage renowned and junior researchers to contribute to the programme of the meeting and submit abstracts for oral or poster presentations on their current research work and results. Click here to open to the online abstract submission system.

We would appreciate it if you would promote our Call for abstracts and display the poster in your institute. Please click here to download the poster (pdf-file, 275 kb).

For further information please refer to the conference homepage www.biophysical-congress.de or contact the conference agency Conventus via mail to anja.kreutzmann@conventus.de or via telephone +49 3641 31 16-357.

SciDataCon 2014 in New Delhi, November 2-5

CODATA (ICSU’s Committee on Data for Science and Technology) http://www.codata.org and the ICSU World Data System http://www.icsu-wds.org are collaborating to organise a joint conference, SciDataCon 2014 http://www.scidatacon2014.org in New Delhi on 2-5 November 2014.  This is just before the CODATA General Assembly on November 6-7.

Highlighting the theme of ‘Data Sharing and Integration for Global Sustainability’, this will be a major international conference addressing various issues relating to data and international research.

CODATA and WDS invite applications for expert members of the International Scientific Programme Committee.  Further details are below and in a pdf attachment.  Please submit applications no later than 14 February 2014 using the online form at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1hie81RpuLZZLK-9V1MR9fanSr7d1MxcnXyvNNdWVgaA/viewform