The second Costa Rican Biophysics Symposium is coming virtually in March 11th-12th, 2021

The second Costa Rican Biophysics Symposium will be organized virtually on March 11th-12th of 2021. This year will count with Dr. Francisco Bezanilla from the University of Chicago as the keynote speaker. The talks will include research on electrophysiology, machine learning applied to cellular microscopy, and prediction of protein-protein interaction sites.


This event aims to build an international network of scientists whose work is representative of the field of biophysics. Biophysics is a very multidisciplinary field and this meeting sets a precedent in Costa Rica about the importance of collaborating across disciplines to answer challenging scientific questions.


The first Costa Rican Biophysics Symposium was organized in January of 2019 at the National Academy of Sciences of Costa Rica. It attracted nearly 80 attendees with scientists from Costa Rica and worldwide universities including Virginia Tech and École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. Information about the 2021 symposium and registration can be found at the official web page Registration will open on the first week of February.


Thursday 2021/03/11 Speaker Affiliation Title
10:00 am – 10:20 am Christopher S, Jose R, Fran A, Gustavo C Organizers Opening remarks
10:20 am – 10:40 am Enrique Lin Shiao University of California, Berkeley The versatility of DNA – from building nanostructures to rewriting the code of life
10:40 am – 11:00 am Pablo Gainza EPFL Deciphering interaction fingerprints in protein surfaces to de novo design new biologics
11:00 am – 11:20 am Coffe Break
11:20 am – 11:40 am Marcela Garita Institut de Neurosciences de Montpellier TBD
11:40 pm – 12:00 pm Orlando Argüello-Miranda UT Southwestern Medical Center Advancing single-cell fluorescent microscopy through machine learning
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch Break
1:00 pm – 1:20 pm Giovanni-Saenz-Arce,PhD Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica Atomic force microscopy applied to biological problems
1:20 pm – 1:40 pm Rodrigo Mora Universidad de Costa Rica Biocomputational identification of complex networks mediating gene dosage compensation in cancer
1:40 pm – 2:00 pm Óscar Andrey Herrera Universidad de Costa Rica Quantum phenomena in biological systems: from monarch butterflies to leaf-cutting ants
2:00 pm – 2:20 pm Coffe Break
2:20 pm – 2:40 pm Isaac Céspedes Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica TBD
2:40 pm – 3:00 pm Leonardo Lesser Rojas Universidad de Costa Rica Applications of nanogaps on-a-chip for the development of new generation biomacromolecular detection and analysis methods
Friday 2021/03/12 Speaker/Panelist Affiliation Title
10:00 am – 10:20 am Adarli Romero, PhD Universidad de Costa Rica TBD
10:20 am – 10:40 am Oscar Brenes Universidad de Costa Rica Functional characterization of ionic channels associated with muscle channelopathies
10:40 am – 11:00 am Coffee break
11:00 am – 11:20 am Gustavo Chaves Paracelsus Medical University, Nuremberg Electrophysiology of the voltage-gated proton channel, HV1
11:20 am – 11:40 am Bernardo Pinto Universtiy of Chicago A thermometer based on membrane capacitance
11:40 pm – 12:00 pm Sara T Granados Universtiy of Illinois at Chicago Inward-rectifier potassium channel and cholesterol interactions
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch Break
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Francisco Bezanilla Universtiy of Chicago Keynote presentation – TBD
2:00 pm – 2:20 pm Christopher S, Jose R, Fran A, Gustavo C Organizers Closing remarks

The schedule is in Costa Rican local time (CST).

Biomolecules and Nanostructures 7, 15 – 19 May 2019, Pomlewo near Gdansk, Poland (EU)
Early Bird Registration and Abstract Submission Deadline: 31 March 2019

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

It is a pleasure to invite you to participate in the 7th edition of the
interdisciplinary conference “Biomolecules and Nanostructures” to be held
in Pomlewo near Gdansk, Baltic coast, starting on May 15th 2019 in the
evening and ending on May 19th in the morning (Wednesday to Sunday).

The key topics of the conference cover current subjects on the crossroads
of molecular biology, physics and chemistry, including biomolecules,
nanostructures, nanomachines, and biosensors. The specific topics of
“Biomolecules and Nanostructures 7” in 2019 will include:

intrinsically disordered proteins,
protein folding,
assembly of protein complexes,
interactions between nucleic acids and proteins,
dynamics of biomembraness,
hybrid structures,
and phenomena at bio-nano interfaces.
and other issues related to molecular biophysics and biochemistry, both
experimental and theoretical.

Many well-known scientists have agreed to give invited talks, as listed at:

The list of the talks is not yet final. In particular, a few short talks
will be selected from the submitted abstracts. The book of abstracts will
be issued within the Europhysics Conference Abstracts series, published by
the European Physical Society.

The deadline for registration, abstract submission, and making payment for
lodging and the conference fee is March 31, 2019.

The conference is organized by the Institute of Physics of Polish Academy
of Sciences in Warsaw and the Committee of Physics of Polish Academy of
Sciences, under the auspices of the Division of Physics in Life Science of
the European Physical Society.

The oncoming event “Biomolecules and Nanostructures 7” in Pomlewo is the
seventh conference in a series. The previous editions of the conference
took place in: Bedlewo near Poznan in Greater Poland, Pultusk near Warsaw
in Mazovia, Jaroszowice near Krakow in Lesser Poland, and Podlesice in
Polish Jura. One may gain insight into the scope and the list of the
international speakers of the previous conferences (2004, 2006, 2011,
2013, 2015, and 2017) by going to the website:
So far, we were frequently getting enthusiastic feedbacks from the

The conference will take place in a small village of Pomlewo (pronounced
Pomlevo) in the very picturesque Kashubian Lake District. You will also
have an opportunity to visit Gdansk on the way in or out. We are
considering arranging for a several-hour-long trip to the 13th-century
castle in
Malbork (paid by those who want to participate). This lovely castle was
built by the Teutonic Order as their capital (Ordensburg Marienburg).
Apparently, it is the largest castle in the world as measured by the land
area. It served as one of the residences of the
Polish-Lithuanian-Commonwealth kings since 1457. It is also a UNESCO
World-Heritage Site.

The driving distance from the airport in Gdansk is about 30 km.
One can take a train from Warsaw or Poznan to Gdansk. We shall provide the
group transportation to Pomlewo from Gdansk airport and from Gdansk main
train station.

Registration will be on the first-come first-served basis.
Our goal is to provide an informal, creative atmosphere and highly
interactive nature of this meeting, thus the number of participants is
limited to ca. 130 persons.

The International Advisory Board consists of:
Jayanth R. Banavar, University of Oregon, U.S.A.
George D. Rose, Department of Biophysics, Johns Hopkins University, U.S.A.
Chris Johnson, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UNITED
Andrzej Kłoczkowski, The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s
Hospital, Columbus, U.S.A.
Adam Liwo, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Gdańsk, POLAND
Andrzej Sienkiewicz, EPFL, ADSresonances Sàrl, SWITZERLAND

You are welcome to circulate this announcement to your co-workers and
anybody who may be interested.

We apologise for any multiple postings.

Yours sincerely,
Marek Cieplak and Anna Niedzwiecka
The organizers of the conference

Laboratory of Biological Physics
Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences
Warsaw, Poland

International Data Week, Gaborone, Botswana, 5-8 November 2018



International Data Week  2018 (IDW 2018), to be held in Gaborone, Botswana from 5-8 November 2018, is pleased to announce a Call for Exhibitors.

Data professionals and researchers from all disciplines and across the globe will be in attendance, and together, explore how best to use the data revolution to improve knowledge and benefit the society through data driven innovations.

The conference will be officiated by the President of the Republic of Botswana His Excellency, Mokgweetsi Eric Masisi.

Organisations from around the globe are invited to participate in this exciting event and embrace the opportunity to promote their data products, services and innovations to this global data professional community.

The Gaborone Convention Center, the event venue, will provide exhibitors the following:

  • A prominent area to display their information
  • One large table and two chairs
  • Clean-up after the event

The cost to participate as an Exhibitor is P6000 (c.USD 565).  Exhibitors should also register for the conference.

Space is limited, so visit to reserve your exhibitor table today.

egistration is now open for International Data Week (comprising SciDataCon and the 12th RDA Plenary Meeting), 5-8 November 2018, Gaborone, Botswana: register here!  Early bird rate until 30 September.
Provisional List of Candidates for CODATA Elections Announced.  CODATA General Assembly, 9-10 November 2018, University of Botswana.
Applications are now open for the CODATA-RDA School of Research Data Science, Sao Paulo, ICTP-SAIFR, 3-14 December 2018: deadline for applications, 30 September.
Asha Law | Program Assistant, CODATA |
Tel (Office): +33 1 45 25 04 96
CODATA (Committee on Data of the International Council for Science), 5 rue Auguste Vacquerie, 75016 Paris, FRANCE