Advance Notice for 21st IBC in 2023

Letters of Intent can now be lodged to host the 21st International Biophysics Congress to be held in 2023. The closing date is December 31, 2016.

The deadline for lodgement of the actual bids is May 01, 2017 and bids should be submitted in pdf. with videos, complex graphics, etc. to be available by link to a specific website for the bidding country.

As in previous years, bidding countries may arrange to host presentation functions in Edinburgh at their own cost at the congress venue.

Some information which might be helpful:

  1. There are no preferred dates, although generally the congress is held in either August or September
  2. Number of delegates varies upon location, but always more than 2000
  3. Previous congresses have been held in Amsterdam (1999), New Delhi (2002), Montpellier, France (2005); Los Angeles (2008) ; Beijing (2011); Brisbane (2014). 2017 will be in Edinburgh and Rio de Janeiro in 2020.
  4. Any venue you regard as suitable is fine, considering transport and other facilities
  5. There are usually a number of meetings of the Executive and Council held in smaller rooms, and a General Assembly to accommodate all the Adhering Bodies representatives (see listing on our website)
  6. There is usually one formal dinner, and somewhere appropriate is required for the bid presentations for the future congresses
  7. IUPAB does not itself make the choice. The location for the 2023 Congress will be decided by vote of the delegates to the Edinburgh Congress.
  8. There should be a range of accommodation to appeal to early career scientists (young post-docs, etc) as well as Council, Executive and invited speakers. As IUPAB usually pays accommodation for invited speakers if they are not covered by their own institutions, then it is desirable that there is a competitive rate, and there should be some economy of scale for such a large conference.

Voting to choose the venue for the 2023 Congress will take place at the General Assembly in Edinburgh in July.

IX POSLATAM Course, November 21-25, 2016

This course will be held at the Universidad Nacional de Tucumán in San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina, and will be closely related to the XLV Annual Meeting of the Biophysical Society of Argentina.

This course will introduce key concepts in fluorescence microscopy. It’s goal is to provide a solid background in both the theoretical concepts and practical skills in quantitative fluorescence microscopy with applications in biological research. It is designed to update the students in modern topics of biophysics and to give them the opportunity to interact with professors and students from other countries.

The aim is to provide an environment of collaborations in order to provide the better development of biophysics in the South American Region. The proposed structure of the meeting will have the dynamics of conferences and workshops to discuss and recognize the central role of experimental activity, presenting and discussing examples developed in the region (particularly Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Chile) where the knowledge of the biophysical basis of the processes have led to successful applications in the field of biotechnology.

Topics will be introduced in lectures, and computer labs will give the students hands-on practice on different image analysis strategies.

The weblink to the course is

Workshop on Electroporation based technologies and treatments, Ljubljana, Slovenia, November 13-19, 2016

Cell membrane electroporation, its mechanisms and applications in biology, medicine and biotechnology; the basis of the phenomena, current applications and future prospects will be main topics of this international meeting. The topic of electroporation is an interdisciplinary one with broad potential for applications. The interdisciplinary nature of electroporation and of its applications is also reflected in the expertise of the lecturers, which ranges from biology, medicine, pharmacy, to physics, physical chemistry and electrical engineering. Similarly broad is the range of students we expect to attend the course. The course and workshop are however open also to established researchers and medical doctors entering the field of electroporation. The course is also accredited by the Medical Chamber of Slovenia. The completed course is valued 5 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) and 20 Continuing Medical Education (CME) units.

A weblink to the workshop provides more information: Or

19th International Biophysics Congress

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The location of the next Congress will be Edinburgh, Scotland. It will be held from July 16-20, 2017, in conjuntion with the 11th Congress of EBSA (the European Biophysical Societies Association). Preliminary information is available at

Key dates:  
Abstract submission deadline: March 24, 2017
Early Registration deadline: April 14, 2017
Registration deadline: July 5, 2017

Also, at the 18th IBC held in Brisbane, Australia in August 2014, the General Assembly voted that the location for the 20th IBC will be Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2020.

Key dates:  
Letters of Intent deadline for 21st IBC bids: December 31, 2016
Deadline for Lodgement of bids to host 21st IBC: May 01, 2017

Bids to be submitted in pdf, with videos etc. to be available by link to a specific website for the bidding country.