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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 :

‘Biomolecules and Nanostructures’ conference May 10-14, 2017 in Poland

Last modified: January 31, 2017

This is the 6th interdisciplinary conference as above, to be held in Podlesice in the Polish Jura, in the very picturesque Krakow-Czestochowa Upland, part of the Jurassic System of south-central Poland and surrounded by dramatic vistas and  a chain of majestic medieval castles.

Key topics covering current subjects at the crossroads of molecular biology, physics and chemistry, include:
protein folding, aggregation and disorder;  single-molecule manipulation;  biomolecular complexes;  biomembranes;  nucleic acids;  polysaccharides;  phenomena at bio-nano interfaces; and other issues related to molecular biophysics and biochemistry, both experimental and theoretical.

Invited speakers are listed at  Also, 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. Two best-presentation awards of 350 euro each will be funded to young participants by Europhysics Letters.

The deadline for registration, abstract submission, and payment for lodging and the conference fee is March 1, 2017. The conference fee includes all local expenses: admission to the conference, conference materials, coffee breaks, meals and accommodation.  We shall provide transportation to Podlesice from Krakow Airport, Katowice Airport, and
from Zawiercie railway station on May 10 and back on May 14.

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

The conference poster is available at:

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.

SciDataCon 2016

Last modified: November 10, 2016

Most of the presentations given at SciDataCon 2016 which took place in September in Denver, Colorado are now available from the conference website alongside the accepted abstract for the paper.  Each session and the abstracts and papers that comprised it are best accessed from the programme page

2 PhD Studentships in Biophysics are available in Benedetto’s Lab at the School of Physics, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland

Last modified: November 10, 2016

Two PhD positions now available in our research group in the framework of a Science Foundation Ireland SIRG award. Each studentship is for 3 years, with a potential extension for 1 extra year.

The two PhD projects are based at the School of Physics, University College Dublin. They are in the field of biophysics and are focused on the interaction of biosystems (like proteins and biomembranes) with a new class of organic salts known as Room-Temperature Ionic Liquids (RTIL). This is a new and promising field of studies that offers a good balance of challenges and future job opportunities, both in Academia and in Industry.

It has been found that RTILs interact with biosystems in a strong and selective way, opening new opportunities for applications in biomedicine, pharmacology, material science, nanotechnology and even energy and sensing technologies.
For example, RTILs have shown (i) a marked antibacterial effect; (ii) specific interactions with proteins, affecting their aggregation into amyloid plaques; (iii) the ability to selectively bind DNA, stabilising and preserving it at ambient conditions. An overview of this research topic is given in:

If you do not have access to this publication, please e-mail us about it. If you would like more info about the research activity of the Lab visit our webpage

web only. Editor: Cheryl Shanks, David Allen  JEM: Esther

Our research activities are focussed on the interaction of room temperature ionic liquids (a new class of organic salts that are liquid around ambient temperature) with biosystems like proteins, DNA, biomembranes, and saccharides.

Essential requirements: The candidates must hold a Bachelor or Master Degree in Physics or in related disciplines (e.g. Chemistry, Material Science), grade 2.1 or higher. They must also meet the English language requirements of the UCD School of Physics (see ).

Desirable requirements: experience of working in chemistry labs and bio-labs; knowledge of programming languages like Fortran, C++ and Python; ability to work on different platforms (Windows, Mac, Linux) and to use office-like software and Tex.
Basic knowledge of Neutron Scattering and Computer Simulations of biosystems is highly appreciated.

Deadline: Applications can be sent from now on until the posts will be assigned.
Every second week from the 15th of November 2016 invitations for interview will be sent based on the received applications.
Interviews with potential candidates will start in late November – December 2016 and the procedure will continue until two suitable candidates are found.

How to apply:  Send your updated CV with the full and complete list of exams, a motivation letter (half page), and the contact details (name, affiliation, and e-mail) of your supervisor to Dr. Antonio Benedetto at

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.

15 PhD candidate positions on Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics – Marie Skłodowska-Curie

Last modified: October 13, 2016

COFUND: Kuopio Finland (coordination), Lund SE, Chieti-Pescara IT, Zaragoza ES, Oulu FI, Helsinki FI, Tampere FI, Turku FI

Applications are invited for 15 PhD candidate positions under EU Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action COFUND action – BioMEP doctoral programme – which offers unique inter/multidisciplinary and intersectoral research and training opportunities for young scientists in Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics across Europe.

The BioMEP training and research activities are characterized by a multidisciplinary approach and allows candidates to submit proposals under the following five focus research areas:
Musculoskeletal biomechanics
Molecular, cell and tissue engineering
Multimodal neuroimaging
Biomedical devices and diagnostics
More information on the application and evaluation procedure for the BioMEP doctoral positions is available on the BioMEP homepage: The deadline for sending the application is November 30, 2016, at 16:00 CET.

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