The 7th triennial IUPAP meeting, International Conference on Biological Physics (ICBP 2011) will take place June 19-24, 2011 at the University of California, San Diego. A quantitative description of Biology is rapidly emerging as a major new frontier for science in the 21st century. This field involves the cross-fertilization of ideas and methods from biology and biochemistry on the one hand and the physics of complex systems on the other. The theoretical and experimental collaboration needed for continued expansion of this field has been established, and this conference provides one of a few venues to facilitate cross-fertilization between the disciplines of mathematics, biology, physics, and chemistry. The ICBP2011 meeting is the only meeting of its genre that focuses specifically on facilitating interactions between "biological physics" researchers from both developing and industrialized nations, with an additional emphasis on the involvement of junior researchers (graduate students and post-doctoral scholars). The 2011 meeting will engage 500-600 junior and senior researchers from over 40 different countries.

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7th IUPAP International Conference on Biological Physics hosted by the Center for Theoretical Biological Physics at the University of California, San Diego, June 19-24, 2011 http://icbp2011.ucsd.edu Conference Background and Overview. A quantitative description of Biology is rapidly emerging as a major new frontier for science in the 21st century. This field involves the cross-fertilization of ideas and methods from biology and biochemistry on the one hand and the physics of complex systems on the other. The theoretical and experimental collaboration needed for continued expansion this field has been established, and this conference provided one of very few venues to facilitate cross-fertilization between the disciplines of mathematics, biology, physics, and chemistry. In addition, the ICBP2011 meeting is the only meeting of it’s genre that focuses specifically on facilitating interactions between "biological physics" researchers from both developing and industrialized nations, with an additional emphasis on the involvement of junior researchers (graduate students and post-doctoral scholars). The International Conference on Biological Physics (ICBP) is a triennial conference of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP). The 7th conference (ICBP2011) was hosted by the Center for Theoretical Biological Physics at the University of California, San Diego, June 19-24, 2011. This conference continued the tradition of bringing together students, and junior and senior researchers from a broad spectrum of biological physics disciplines, and originating from all countries of the world. ICBP2011 conference included two workshops; Molecular Biological Physics with connections to cellular information processing networks, and the Physics of Living Systems. These workshops focused on young scientists (graduate students & postdoctoral fellows), and more senior scientists in other fields transitioning into biological physics. In addition to the workshops, the conference also hosted 5 plenary lectures, one roundtable discussion, 12 symposia and a poster session. This conference also served as the general meeting of the IUPAP C6 [Biological Physics] Commission. Conference Demographics. The conference was attended by over 400 researchers (registered and last-minute attendees from many local institutions) from 31 countries; 40% faculty 14% postdoctoral scholars 33% graduate students 10% undergraduate students 10% of all attendees were from developing countries 33% of all attendees were women 25% of all invited speakers were women It is important to note that although "faculty" represented 40% of the total participants (by total head count) at the conference, almost 50% of the faculty were invited speakers, session chairs and/or organizers. If we exclude the "faculty presenters", junior researchers (postdoctoral scholars, graduate and undergraduate students) accounted for almost 80% of all attendees. Over 90% of the attendees from developing countries and over 50% of the junior researchers (post-doctoral scholars, graduate students and undergraduate students) received some kind financial assistance (full/partial travel awards, registration/housing waivers, etc.) from the conference. Conference Program Summary. The conference was preceded by two workshops: an intensive hands-on training workshop ("Computational Molecular Biophysics") and a student-centered mini-conference ("The Physics of Living Systems"). Over two dozen graduate students and postdoctoral scholars received leading-edge practical training in molecular dynamics techniques and coarse-grained simulations with biophysical applications in the computational molecular biophysics workshop organized by Prof. Andy McCammon (UCSD) and Robert Konecny (CTBP/NBCR, UCSD). The Physics of Living Systems (PoLS) mini-conference was the collaborative effort of faculty and graduate students at UCSD, the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Yale University and Princeton University; and included 4 faculty talks and over 3 dozen presentations by graduate students. This mini-conference represented the inaugural meeting of the new NSF PoLS program, which was recently selected by the Director of the National Science Foundation (Dr. Subra Suresh) to serve as one of the pilot programs of a new NSF-wide initiative, "Science Across Virtual Institutes" (SAVI; www.nsf.gov/savi). Each conference day began and ended with a plenary talk. These talks encompassed practically all facets of biological physics and were presented by scientific leaders in their respective fields, including three Nobel Laureates: John Hopfield, Princeton Roger Tsien, UCSD, 2008 Nobel Prize, Chemistry Carlos Bustamante, UC Berkeley Ada Yonath, Weizmann Institute, 2009 Nobel Prize, Chemistry Steven Chu, US Secretary of Energy, 1997 Nobel Prize, Physics The 12 conference symposia included 72 invited talks, by both junior and senior researchers, on topics encompassing the entire range of leading-edge biological physics research. Each symposia included four presentations by senior researchers (faculty, senior scientists) and 2 presentations by junior researchers (either post-doctoral scholars or junior faculty). The later provided an avenue to introduce junior researchers to the biophysics research community. The conference also included a half-day poster session in which almost 200 posters were presented.

Agency
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Institute
Division of Physics (PHY)
Type
Standard Grant (Standard)
Application #
1114813
Program Officer
Krastan B. Blagoev
Project Start
Project End
Budget Start
2011-05-01
Budget End
2012-04-30
Support Year
Fiscal Year
2011
Total Cost
$30,000
Indirect Cost
Name
University of California San Diego
Department
Type
DUNS #
City
La Jolla
State
CA
Country
United States
Zip Code
92093