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Independent Auditors’ Reports now available for 2014, 2015, 2016 for IUPAB, amended version

Last modified: July 11, 2017

The above Reports are now presented by the IUPAB Treasurer for your perusal. The Treasurer will speak on the Reports at the General Assembly at the 19th IBC in Edinburgh.  The zip file can be downloaded at IUPAB Independent t report for 2016 Auditors’ Reports 2014:5:6

19th IBC and EBSA satellite meetings

Last modified: June 29, 2017

Here is a list of satellite meetings which are being held in conjunction with the IUPAB and EBSA congress. For more information, visit the website at

EBSA Young scientists networking satellite – “Biophysics in the 21st Century”
Location: Edinburgh
Dates and times: Thursday 13 July, 17:00 – Sunday 16 July, 12:00.

CCPN 2017 conference, serving the macromolecular NMR community
Location: University of Stirling, Scotland
Dates: Thursday 13 July – Saturday 15 July

Quantitative Approaches to Antimicrobial Resistance
Location: EICC, Edinburgh
Dates and times: Thursday 20 July, 14.00 – Friday 21 July, 15.00.

Biophysical Approaches to Protein Folding and Disease
Location: EICC, Edinburgh
Dates: Thursday 20 July (pm), Friday 21 July (pm)

Quantum Effects in Biological Systems
Location: University of Surrey, Surrey
Dates and times: Friday 21 July – Saturday 22 July

The Interplay Between Membrane Physics and Cell Biology
Location: Durham
Dates: Friday 21–  Sunday 23 July 2017

AUC 2017 – 23th International Analytical Ultracentrifugation Workshop and Symposium
Location: Glasgow
Dates and times: Sunday 23rd – Friday 28th July

Quantitative Approaches to Antimicrobial Resistance meeting in Edinburgh

Last modified: June 1, 2017

The Quantitative Approaches to Antimicrobial Resistance meeting will be held immediately following the 19th IUPAB congress and 11th EBSA congress at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre from 2pm on Thursday 20 July until 3pm on Friday 21 July.

The meeting aims to bring together microbiologists and biophysicists interested in using quantitative approaches for understanding antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

AMR is a highly topical area with a growing biophysics community across a range of areas from instrumentation for interrogating living bacteria and their interaction with the host, to the application of statistical physics to the development of resistance genes.

Contributions are invited for oral and poster presentations. Abstracts should be a maximum of 200 words and submitted online at by 8 June.
If you have any questions about the event, visit the website or email

IUPAB President visits U.K. and Switzerland

Last modified: April 19, 2017

From March 26 to April 7, Professor Zihe Rao lead a delegation of Chinese scientists to visit Paul Scherrer Institute, Swiss Light Source Novartis, Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry, Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge University, Diamond Light Source, Oxford University et al. They were invited by Nobel laureate Robert Huber, Nobel laureate Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, Sir Tom Blundell, Sir Andrew McMichael et al.

During this visit in Oxford, as current President of IUPAB, Prof. Rao took time to meet with Prof. Andrew Turberfield, the co-chair of 19th IUPAB congress. Prof. Turberfield reported the progress of the preparations, and they also discussed some issues about 19th congress. Prof. Rao highly praised the achievements of the organizing committee lead by Prof. Turberfield and Prof. Watts, and sincerely appreciated their efforts during the preparation of 19th IUPAB congress. Prof. Rao is very delighted to accept the invitation to write a welcome remark in the program book.

Finally, as the President of Biophysics Society of China (BSC), Prof. Rao emphasized that BSC will continuously support the 19th IUPAB and put bigger efforts into encouraging more participants from China. Both sides agree to invite Professor Sunny Xie from Harvard University, to give the Bei Shizhang Lecture(Bei Lecture)at 19th IUPAB. BSC agreed to pay $2,000 as an award to the speaker of the Bei Lecture

Satellite Meeting to 19th IBC IUPAB-EBSA2017 in Edinburgh on Biophysical Approaches to Protein Folding and Disease

Last modified: March 4, 2017

Biophysical Approaches to Protein Folding and Disease is a satellite meeting to the European biophysics congress (IUPAB-EBSA2017) in Edinburgh, UK.
It focuses on how complementary molecular-scale biophysical methods can be applied to the timely study of the biomedically-pressing issue of protein misfolding.

It is organized by the ARBRE-MOBIEU molecular biophysics European network ( and can be accessed whether or not you participate in the Congress.
It will start at 15.00 on July 20th and finish at 18.00 on the 21st, and includes keynote talks by Tuomas Knowles (Cambridge, UK), Maria Pennuto (Trento, Italy) and Sheena Radford (Leeds, UK).

Registration, abstract submission and more information at:

Organizers: Mauro Dalla Serra (Italy), Robert Gilbert (UK), André Matagne (Belgium), Patrick England (France)
Contact :

Young Scientist Travel Awards CHANGE OF DATE

Last modified: January 24, 2017

The closing date for Applications for these Awards has been moved forward to Friday, March 10, 2017.

All other requirements remain the same.

19th IBC Young Scientist Travel Awards

Last modified: January 24, 2017

Early Career Travel Grants are to assist young biophysicists, especially from developing countries, and applications will open from Monday, January 09, 2017.

These IUPAB awards are intended to supplement, rather than to fully pay travel expenses.

Maximum award is $1000 Euros and minimum is $250 Euros.  The awards are not intended to cover the cost of registration to the Congress.

Application Form will soon be available in pdf on the IUPAB website  under “Forms” in “ABOUT US”.  This will give you all the information necessary to complete an application.

Closing date for applications is Friday, March 10, 2017.

After that date, a lengthy evaluation process by the IUPAB Executive takes place,  and all applicants will then be advised of the outcome of their applications.

Applicants must present a poster or platform contribution to the Congress, and it is required  that  supervisors approve of their attendance.

The funds will be paid in cash in Euros at the actual congress, and it is a condition that recipients attend the whole congress.  They must register on Day 1 at the YSTA booth, and the location will be posted near the Registration area.

Passport or similar photoID must be provided, together with a photocopy to be left with us for attachment to an official receipt form.

Payments will be made on the afternoon of Wednesday, July 19, and a receipt must be signed by each recipient.

This is a requirement of our Auditors, and payments cannot be made without compliance with this condition.

Advance Notice for 21st IBC in 2023

Last modified: January 12, 2017

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.

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