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British Biophysical Society Biennial Meeting 2024

Key Dates:

31 May 2024Oral abstract submission deadline

19 June 2024:  Registration opens

31 July 2024:   Poster abstract submission deadline

28 Aug 2024:  Registration closes

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ABOUT

The British Biophysical Society (BBS), a vibrant community of biophysicists, biologists and chemists, celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2020. 

 

This year, the BBS Biennial Meeting will be held in Wales for the first time, organized by Sophie Shermer at Swansea University.

 

The meeting will feature outstanding speakers from across the biophysical domain.

 

By bringing excellent biophysical research to Wales, we hope to increase the participation of Wales-based researchers in Biophysics, and to enhance international collaboration. 

Registration will open soon. 

Registration Fees: up to / after July 17

Members:                    GBP 280 / 310

Non-members:             GBP 310 / 380

Student members:        GBP 220 / 250

Student non-members: GBP 250 / 300 

(includes registration, BBQ dinner, conference dinner, all lunches and coffee breaks)

Abstract Background

THEMES

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Nanobiophysics

02

Tools for the 21st Century Biophysicist

03

Physics of Life Roadmap

04

Synthetic biology

05

Biophysics in Society

AWARDS

The BBS Biennial Meeting features four awards:

BBS Sosei Heptares Prize for Biophysics

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BBS Louise Johnson Early Career Award

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BBS Kendrew Doctoral Thesis Prize

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BBS Elspeth Garman Prize for Public Engagement

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BURSARIES

BBS Bursaries are available to help with travel, accommodation and registration costs for UK-based early-career* BBS members to attend the Biennial Meeting in Swansea. 

 

4 bursaries of £250 will be awarded at the discretion of the Honorary Treasurer. If awarded, bursaries will be paid after the meeting.

 

To apply, please check the Eligibility Requirements, complete an application form and email your application with supporting documents to the BBS secretary Tharin Blumenschein or Guy Grant.

RSC Biophysics Group Bursaries

5 bursaries of £200 plus free registration are available to early-career* applicants and will be awarded in recognition of excellence in abstract submission, according to availability.

To apply, click "Yes" in response to Q9 in the abstract submission form.

*undergraduate, postgraduate, or postdoc years 1-3.

Keynotes
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Cambridge University

Transport processes through membranes for biosensing

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UCL

The biophysics and cell biology of protein misfolding diseases

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University of Minnesota

Life but not alive: biophysics of synthetic cells

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION

If you would like to present a poster or talk at the meeting, please complete the abstract submission form here.

Programme

PROGRAMME

Wednesday, September 11, 2024

09:00-12:00

Arrival and Registration

13:00-13:10

Welcome

13:10-15:10

Theme 1: Nanobiophysics

Chair: Mathew Horrocks (University of Edinburgh)
Co-Chair: Tharin Blumenschein

14:20-14:40

Selected Talk

TBA

14:40-15:10

Afternoon Tea and Refreshments

15:10-17:10

Theme 2: Tools for the 21st Century Biophysicist

Chair: Maxim Molodtsov (University of Cambridge)
Co-Chair: Olwyn Byron (University of Glasgow)

15:10-16:00

Transport processes through membranes for biosensing applications

16:00-16:20

Selected Talk

TBA

16:20-16:40

Selected Talk

TBA

16:40-16:50

Break

16:50-17:30

BBS Louise Johnson Early Career Award Lecture
Davide Michieletto (University of Edinburgh)

TBA

17:30-19:00

Poster Session

TBA

19:00-22:00

BBQ by the Beach

TBA
Thursday, September 12, 2024

09:00-12:00

Physics of Life Roadmap

Chair: Mark Leake (University of York)
Co-Chair: tbc

09:00-10:15

Introduction to Physics of Life Roadmap (Mark Leake)

3 short talks (TBA)

10:15-10:30

Coffee Break

10:30-11:15

Roundtable discussions in breakout groups

11:15-12:00

Group feedback session

Collecting data for the roadmap

12:00-12:40

BBS Sosei Heptares Prize for Biophysics Lecture
Sergi Garcia-Manyes (King’s College London)

Single molecule insights into cellular mechanotransduction

12:40-14:00

Lunch and Poster Session 2

  BBS AGM

14:00-18:00

Theme 3: Societal Biophysics

Chair: John Sanderson (Durham University)
Co-Chair: Sophie Shermer (Swansea University)

14:00-14:50

The biophysics and cell biology of protein misfolding diseases

14:50-15:10

Selected Talk

TBA

15:10-15:30

Selected Talk

TBA

15:30-16:00

Afternoon tea and Refreshments

16:00-16:30

Invited Talk

TBA

16:30-16:50

Selected Talk

TBA

19:00-22:00

Conference Dinner

Social
Friday, September 13, 2024

09:30-12:40

Theme 4: Synthetic Biology

Chair: John Seddon (Imperial College London)
Co-Chair: Ioanna Mela (University of Cambridge)

09:30-10:20

Life but not alive: biophysics of synthetic cells

10:20-10:40

Selected Talk

TBA

10:40-11:00

Selected Talk

TBA

11:00-11:30

Morning Coffee Break

11:30-12:00

TBA

12:00-12:20

BBS Kendrew Doctoral Thesis Prize Lecture
Emilie Steinmark (King’s College London)

What fluorescent molecular rotors can tell us about viscosity in cellular environments

12:20-12:40

Closing Remarks

CONFERENCE LOCATION

The conference will be held at Swansea university's Bay Campus.

Detailed travel info can be found here

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