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Report on Advanced School on Receptors & Signalling, May 23-27, 2016 on Spetses Island, Greece

Last modified: August 25, 2016

Spetses PhotoThis School was held jointly with IUBMB/IUPAB/IUPS.  The Spetses Summer Schools have been held annually since 1966, and over the years have attracted more than fifteen Nobel Laureates and more than five hundred different lecturers, to teach more than five thousand young pre- and post-doctoral researchers.
The program included lectures, posters and various traiing sessions to enable young scientists to interact with some of the best international experts in their fields.  Additionally, there were “tutorials” where young scientists could take advantage of the advice of senior colleagues, as well as a “round table discussion”.   As lecturers and young participants were accommodated together, discussions were possible during leisure times, as well as programmed social events such as the farewell dinner held on May 26.
Links to the Programme and list of Lecturers are below.


Workshop on BIOINTERACTOMICS: From bimolecular interactions to networks, Seville, May 17-20, 2016

Last modified: August 23, 2016

Seville Workshop participants

Seville Workshop participants

This workshop was held under the combined auspices of FEBS and IUBMB, and supported in part by a grant from IUPAB to assist participation by five young scientists.

The Scientific Report is attached here Spain SCIENTIFIC REPORT

Report on Summer School on “Imaging neuroinflammation” at Kotor, Montenegro in June, 2016

Last modified: August 23, 2016

The Regional Biophysical School “Academician Radoslav K. Andjus” (NERKA) was established in honor of Professor R.K. Andjus (1926-2003), an internationally recognized scientist from the University of Belgrade, a member and founder of Montenegrin and Serbian academies of sciences and arts. This was the sixth school, organized traditionally by the Biophysical Society of Serbia, co-organized by the Faculty of Biology, University of Belgrade, Institute for Marine Biology in Kotor also as the venue, and with the fellowships sponsored by the International Union for Pure and Applied Biophysics (IUPAB).

The topic of the School was to introduce modern methods of biophysical imaging and image analysis in studies of inflammatory phenomena and markers of neurodegenerative diseases. Discussion was stimulated among participants on the translational value of these techniques and the clinical relevance of presented experimental markers. A discussion panel was also organized on the crisis in modern science and the relevance of interdisciplinarity and team work. The techniques covered were MRI, MRS, PET, EPRI, and advanced microscopy (non-linear microscopy- dual photon fluorescence, Fluorescence correlation spectroscopy & microscopy, PALM, STED, CARS, digital holographic microscopy). A multidisciplinary faculty (from 8 countries: Australia, Austria, Canada, Italy, Serbia, Sweden, UK, and USA) was chosen ranging from fields of physics (applications of laser technology and advanced microscopy), physical chemistry (magnetic resonance techniques and applications), biology (experimental models of neurodegenerative diseases), and medicine (clinical studies and markers of neuroinflammation).


The students were from 8 countries: Armenia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Italy, Macedonia, Serbia and Slovakia. Altogether 33 students were registered. 15 students were awarded a fellowship on competitive basis.

Report on 9th K.H. Kuo Summer School in June, 2016

Last modified: August 23, 2016

The 9th K. H. Kuo Summer School of Electron Microscopy & Crystallography was held in Beijing, China from June 24 to 30, 2016, organized by Hongwei Wang (Tsinghua University, China) and Peijun Zhang (University of Pittsburgh, USA).

IUPAB contributed funding to support the summer school.

The organizers invited more than 40 famous scientists in the field of cryo-EM across the world to attend the Summer School, such as Joachim Frank (Columbia University, USA), Robert Glaeser (University of California, Berkeley, USA), Richard Henderson (MRC Molecular Biology Laboratory, UK), Eva Nogales (University of California, Berkeley), Yifan Cheng (University of California, San Francisco, USA) and others.

About 150 participants attended the summer school and they were taught by scientists from Tsinghua University, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, University of California at San Francisco, Baylor College of Medicine and engineers from FEI company, etc. All attendees learned and discussed the topics including the theory of electron microscopy, image processing and micro-electron diffraction, software demo practices for single particle, practices on negative stained and frozen sample preparation, and EM operation for auto data collection during the summer school.

During the Summer School, scientists in the field of cryo-EM gave talks on the newest topics of cryo-EM covered new advances in cryo-EM technologies, electron diffraction, cryo-EM on high symmetric structures, single particle application and dynamic, cryo-EM of membrane protein, cryo-EM of cellular structure and electron tomography. The pioneer of single particle and member of the US National Academy of Sciences, Prof. Joachim Frank, gave the keynote lecture on “Single particle cryo-EM at 2.3 angstrom resolution – a dream come true. But what is next?”, presenting a comprehensive summary of the history of single particle and put forward an exciting prospect for the future development of this technology. Additionally, 42 posters selected from the submitted abstracts were presented by students and young scientists, among which five were selected to give oral presentations.

The 9th K. H. Kuo Summer School provided a good opportunity for young scientists and students in the field of cryo-EM, especially those from developing countries, to understand and learn the theory and technology of cryo-EM, discuss the newest progress in Cryo-EM, and directly interact with the leading scientists. The Summer School also promoted international communication and cooperation, which promoted the development of cryo-EM and structural biology.

Participants in the demo session

Participants in the demo session

Report on the Biophysical Society meeting in Vancouver, Canada on June 14-17, 2016

Last modified: August 23, 2016

Vancouver Group Photo

Vancouver Group Photo

Engineering Approaches to Biomolecular Motors: From in vitro to in vivo

In June, approximately 100 scientists and engineers from diverse backgrounds gathered in Vancouver, Canada, at Simon Frasier University for the Biophysical Society thematic meeting, Engineering Approaches to Biomolecular Motors: From in vitro to in vivo.

The program ranged from artificial motors based on DNA, peptides, proteins and supramolecular chemistry, through the engineering of biological motors and their incorporation into nanodevices and on to reconstituted systems and living cells. Theoretical perspectives provided insight into the workings and fundamental operational limits of these machines. The science presented showed that both bottom-up and top-down engineering approaches had reached a level of maturity where major advances are being made into understanding and utilizing molecular motors.

The breadth of the program engaged scientists who do not normally meet together, spawning lively and challenging discussions. Single-molecule methods abounded, spilling from synthetic constructs to cell biology. The program was dense, with 36 presentations plus nine session introductions, yet, the theater remained full until the very end. Thirty-seven posters were presented over two sessions with four students and one postdoc awarded prizes from the Biophysical Journal for their excellent presentations. Each poster presenter delivered a one-minute “flash talk” as part of the oral sessions to raise awareness of their science.

The meeting was capped by a harbor cruise around Vancouver. The weather was perfect allowing the participants to enjoy spectacular vistas of the mountains and bay surrounding Vancouver from the decks of the paddle boat, culminating in a picturesque sunset. During the cruise, there were numerous discussions regarding the potential for subsequent meetings to draw together a similar cohort of scientists to discuss progress in the field and to map the future.

The meeting’s organizing committee members included Zev Bryant, Stanford University, United States, Paul Curmi, University of New South Wales, Australia, Nancy Forde, Simon Fraser University, Canada, Heiner Linke, Lund University, Sweden, and Samara Reck-Peterson, University of California, San Diego, United States.

Paul Curmi, University of New South Wales, Australia


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

Last modified: August 23, 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.

chianti pic




SciDataCon 2016: Advancing the Frontiers of Data in Research

Last modified: October 13, 2016

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

Last modified: August 23, 2016

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

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