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‘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.

IUPAB President-Elect honoured in Brazil

Last modified: August 11, 2016

Recently our President-Elect, Professor Marcelo Morales, was elected to the Brazilian National Academy of Medicine.  He will be the 93rd Chair of the Academy, and his investiture took place in Rio de Janeiro on June 14.

Prof. Marcelo Morales at Brazilian Academy of Medicine

Prof. Marcelo Morales at Brazilian Academy of Medicine

The Brazilian National Academy of Medicine is composed of the most august representatives of medicine in Brazil.  The Academy was founded during the First Empire (Dom Pedro I) on June 30, 1829.

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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