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Date: 26th June - 1st July , 2011 Location: Granada, Spain

The topics selected for the conference are:

  1. Synthetic Routes: Monomers and Polymers from Bioresources and Advanced Methodologies
  2. New Analytical and Characterization Tools
  3. Advanced Processing and Recycling Technologies
  4. Polymers for Advanced Applications Including Energy, Transport, Packaging and Environmentally Friendly Activities
  5. Chemistry and Physics of Nanomaterials and Nanotechnologies
  6. Bioinspired Polymers, Bioengineering and Biotechnology

 Plenary speakers have confirmed their participation:

Opening lectures

Christopher K. Ober (Cornell University), President of the Polymer Division IUPAC
Allan Hoffman  (University of Washington, USA)

Plenary Conference speakers

Hiroyuki Nishide (Waseda University, Japan)
Cor Koning (University of Eindhoven, UE)
Krizysztof Matyjaszewski (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
Samuel I. Stupp  (Northwestern University, USA)
Ann-Christine Albertsson (KTH Royal Institute of Technology, UE)
Teruo Okano (Institute of the Adv. Biomed. Engineering and Science, Japan)
Jean M. J. Frechet (University of California at Berkeley, USA)
Jean Francois Gerard  (INSA, UE)
Eric Baer  (Case Western Reserve University, USA)

Soft matter | Views: 2009 | Date: 18.10.2010 | Rating: / | Comments (0)

Date: May 29th - June 3rd, 2011 Location: Gargnano, Lake Garda, Italy
The field of biobased polymers in all the involved areas is still in its infancy. This is even true for the bacterial polyesters that, although developed a long time ago, are not yet produced in full scale mostly for economical reasons. Polylactides –the most successful among the biobased polymers– are produced at a very minor level of the total production of polymers. Biorelated polymers are bringing also an additional value, namely degradability. On the other hand, polymeric biomaterials and their potential in different fields, mainly biology and biomedicine, are in an advanced state, but yet expanding in scope and impact.

Thus, the aims of this Conference are to review the present state of research in the area of biobased/biorelated polymers, and to provide a forum for discussion of future progress and prospect. Chemistry, physics and application of biobased/biorelated polymers and polymeric biomaterials will be covered.

The Conference will be based on invited lectures, oral communications and poster papers. Major topics are:

• Polymers from renewable resources
• Green chemistry and sustainability of polymers
• Degradable and biodegradable polymers
• Polymers at the interfaces with life sciences
• Biocompatible polymers and polymeric biomaterials
Drug delivery | Views: 1273 | Date: 12.10.2010 | Rating: / | Comments (0)

Date: 27-29 October 2010 Location: Lausanne, Switzerland
The plasma membrane enveloping mammalian cells is a two-dimensional fluid bilayer consisting primarily of thousands of different types of lipids and proteins. Far from being featureless, it is now well-established that the membrane is "patchy” with spatially organized regions of structure and function, both in terms of lipids and proteins; for an over-view, see Refs. [1-3]. The spatially-extended nature of the membrane "patchiness” together with dynamic membrane processes, due to both thermodynamic fluctuations and non-equilibrium cellular events (such as endo- and exocytosis), provide challenges for theorists and computational scientists alike to develop and simulate quantitative models that seamlessly "funnel” information via coarse-graining from the molecular length and time scales up to the mesoscale.


A. Coarse-graining the static properties of lipid membranes

B. Coarse-graining the dynamic properties of lipid membranes in and out of thermal equilibrium  

C. Coarse-graining the description of protein-lipid interactions and protein dynamics


(1) Phase diagrams and phase transition kinetics in multicomponent lipid systems - how do we combine observation and modeling of molecular rearrangements on > 100 nm length scales during domain formation and/or phase transitions?
(2) Coupling between different fluctuating fields (e.g., shape and composition) - how can continuum elastic theories, mean field models and particle-based simulations be combined so as to capture membrane behavior from 1 nm to 10 microns?
(3) Cooperative phenomena in membranes - how do membranes and proteins interact collectively in processes that span multiple length and/or time scales, for example, endocytosis?
(4) Active lipid transport and non-equilibrium membrane processes in live cells - how is energy efficiently deposited into a membrane to drive processes such as raft domain formation, pore formation, vesicle fusion, membrane invagination and protein activity?
(5) Hydrodynamic effects on membrane dynamics and their efficient numerical modeling - when are hydrodynamic effects indispensable in membrane dynamics, and how can their effects be quantitatively captured across scales?
(6) Large-scale membrane remodeling events studied through a hierarchy of scales - how do we connect single-molecule diffusion studies to collective migration of lipid domains or patches? 
(7) Cross-coupling between lipids and proteins - Membranes move proteins and proteins reshape membranes: how do we systematically improve the minimal protein models and dynamics currently employed in coarse-grained simulations and parametrize them using atomistic modeling so as to better understand e.g. protein aggregation dynamics?
(8) Connecting single/multiple particle tracking experiments with nanoscale spatial resolution [see, e.g., C Eggeling et al., Nature 457, 1159 (2009)] in live cells to the underlying collective membrane dynamics. What do such experiments reveal about membrane structure and dynamics, and how can theory and simulations be exploited to devise new experimental strategies?

Biophysics | Views: 1503 | Date: 16.03.2010 | Rating: / | Comments (0)

Date: 4-8 October 2010 Location: Freiburg, Germany
The overarching theme of the MMM2010 conference is "Tackling Materials Complexities via Computational Science." This theme selection reflects the intimate connection between multiscale materials modeling and the wider field of computational science. It also reflects the level of maturity that the field of multiscale materials research has come to. The conference encourages participation from academia, national laboratories, and industrial research facilities worldwide. The conference scope spans topics ranging from basic multiscale modeling principles all the way to computational materials design using the computational tools developed based upon these principles. The conference solicits theoretical, computational, and experimental contributions addressing one or more of the multiscale materials modeling issues.
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Date: 15-17 September 2010 Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
The International Conference on Applied Physics aims to bring together academic scientists, leading engineers, industry researchers and scholar students to exchange and share their experiences and research results about all aspects of Applied Physics, and discuss the practical challenges encountered and the solutions adopted.
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Date: 11-16 July 2010 Location: Glasgow, UK
The 43rd IUPAC World Polymer Congress, 'Macro2010', is the latest in the series of the biennial meetings of the IUPAC Polymer Division. The series has been running for several decades and is the largest international multi-symposium conference dedicated to all aspects of polymer science and engineering.

Macro2010 is organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and hosted by the Pure and Applied Macromolecular Chemistry Group (Macro Group UK), a joint interest group of the RSC and the Society of Chemical Industry (SCI).


Macro2010 will have an overall focus on Polymer Science in the Service of Society.

Themes include:
Delivering New Polymers for Service in Society: Advances in Polymer Chemistry
Molecular to Macroscopic Behaviour of Polymers
Sustainability: Renewable Resources and Environmentally-Friendly Polymers
Polymers in Support of Life
Functional Polymers for Electronics, Energy and Analysis
Polymer Science in Everyday Life
Advances in Colloidal and Nanosize Polymer Materials
Young Polymer Scientists: Contributions, Nurturing and Networking

Details of the symposia within each of these eight themes and information on plenary speakers is available from the scientific programme pages of the website.

As well as the oral presentations, an important part of the congress will be the poster sessions - a great opportunity to network and present your work. Dedicated poster sessions associated with the symposia will run on the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons of the congress.
Soft matter | Views: 1406 | Date: 16.03.2010 | Rating: / | Comments (0)

Date: 5-8 July 2010 Location: Granada, Spain
This conference will bring together students and scientists interested in soft matter systems such as polymers, colloids, surfactants, membranes, biomaterials and their composites. Soft Matter is characterized by multi component mixtures, large ranges of length and time scales and many interacting degrees of freedom, leading to complex structures, phase behaviour and dynamics. This implies high sensitivity to external fields and ubiquitous and significant non-equilibrium phenomena.
Soft matter science requires an interdisciplinary approach connecting theoretical, computational and experimental physics, physical chemistry, material science and biology. A special focus of discussion in this context will be the application of soft matter concepts to biological and biomimetic systems.
In this field, basic science and a broad range of modern technological application encompassing also many aspects of nano-science are closely related. These links will be emphasized during this conference, thereby fostering the exchange between academia and industry.

There will be four types of presentations: plenary talks, invited and contributed talks, and posters. These will be chosen by the program committee in cooperation with the advisory board. The contributed talks will be selected from submitted abstracts.

Surfaces and Interfaces
Dynamics of Complex Fluids
Soft nanotechnology

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Date: 30 June - 3 July 2010 Location: Edinburgh, UK
This meeting will address formulation issues, numerical methods, and the implementation of algorithms for probing molecular models, especially multiscale simulation methods. We will bring together mathematicians and computer scientists with physical scientists, to accelerate the transfer of theoretical methodology mathematical ideas into applications.
Specific Themes

Note: it is anticipated that the meeting will be wider than these topics, but many of the invited presentations will be focussed on these issues.

Multiscale formulation of molecular problems, e.g. path sampling algorithms
Adaptive and parallel algorithms
Methods for finding reaction pathways, free energies and rates
Sampling methods based on dynamics and stochastic dynamics
Nonequilibrium methods
Applications to biomolecules
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Date: 23-26 June 2010 Location: Trondheim, Norway
Computational physics is by now arguably a third branch of physics besides theoretical and experimental physics. The CCP Conference is a yearly conference dedicated to presenting an overview of computational physics as it evolves and expands. Every three years it is taking place in Europe: Granada in 1998, Aachen in 2001, Genoa in 2004 and Brussels in 2007 are among previous European locations. CCP2010 will take place in Trondheim, Norway from June 23rd till June 26th, 2010.

The conference will cover computational physics through a series of plenary talks which together will form a broad and accessible overview of the field. There will also be a series of parallel sessions, which each is meant to present as fully as possible a sub branch of computational physics.
Soft matter | Views: 1446 | Date: 16.03.2010 | Rating: / | Comments (0)

Date: 30 May - 4 June 2010 Location: Gargnano Lago di Garda, Italy
Self-assembly and hierarchical structure formation spanning multiple length scales is a common property of biological materials. Also advanced enginee-ring materials exhibit a complex hierarchical microstructure from molecular to macroscopic length scales.
The underlying physics and chemistry linking structure formation processes across multiple length scales is largely unexplored. Often small changes on the molecular length scale cause dramatic effects on much larger length scales, as examples from biology show.
Further topics covered by the conference include self-healing and self-adaptive materials, biomaterials, multi-block copolymers forming spatially complex structures, the dynamics of structure formation and non-equilibrium phenomena, morphological description and properties of hierarchically structured materials.
The conference will bring together experts from different fields of polymer science and provide a forum for discussion of common physical principles causing hierarchical structure formation in polymeric materials.

Structure formation mechanisms and self-assembly
Physical properties and biological function
Medical and bioengineering applications
Structure and morphology characterization
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Date: 6-31 July 2009 Location: Les Houches

The goal of the summer school is to present to students and researchers an integrated view of new trends and challenges in physical and mathematical aspects of biomechanics. Emphasis will be given on continuum theories and models for biological systems, essentially based on continuum mechanics, fluid or solid and their interaction. The school will be organized around 4 principal themes addressing both state-of-the-art theoretical (physics, theoretical mechanics, mathematics) aspects and applications. The main field of applications will be in the biology of the cell, plants and microbes, and in physiology.

BioMechanics and nonlinear elasticity 
Principles of nonlinear continuum mechanics and elasticity, Ray Ogden (Glasgow)
Mechanics of rubber materials and soft tissues, Giuseppe Saccomandi (Perugia)

BioPolymers, Networks, and Active Gels 
Active fluids and gels, Frank Julicher (Dresden)
BioNetworks, Fred Mackintosh (Amsterdam)

Life in fluids and the physics of multicellularity, Ray Goldstein (Cambridge)
BioRobotics, Peko Hosoi (MIT)

Physiology and Morphogenesis
Mechanics of biological growth, Ellen Kuhl (Stanford)
Mechanics of cancer, Luigi Preziosi (Torino)

The physics of the cell membrane, Martine Ben Amar and Martin M. Müller (ENS-Paris)
Surface tension, wetting, and biology, John Bush (MIT)
BioRheology: from molecules to tissues, Pasquale Ciarletta (ENS-Paris)
Morpho-elasticity, Alain Goriely (Tucson-Arizona)
Genetics and mechanics, Michel Labouesse (IGBMC-Strasbourg)
Mechanics of DNA, John Maddocks (EPFL-Lausanne)
Mixing in Active and Viscoelastic Fluids, Michael Shelley (Courant-New York)
Microbial mechanics, Michael Tabor, (Tucson-Arizona)

Soft matter | Views: 1584 | Date: 04.03.2009 | Rating: / | Comments (0)

Date: 28/01/2009 - 30/01/2009 Location: Dubai Emirates
The International Conference on Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering (ICCMB 2009) is the premier forum for the presentation of new advances and research results in the fields of theoretical, experimental, and applied Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering. The conference will bring together leading researchers, engineers and scientists in the domain of interest from around the world.
Drug delivery | Views: 1593 | Date: 10.11.2008 | Rating: / | Comments (0)

Date: 24/04/2009 - 26/04/2009 Location: Toronto Canada
The Chemical Biophysics Symposium is a student organized conference now in its eighth year of providing an informal venue for discussions of topics bridging the physical and biological sciences. Past Symposia have been marked by a strong multi-disciplinary turnout including biologists, chemists, physicists, mathematicians, and other more exotic species; lively (but good-natured!) debates during panel discussions and question periods; a lavish Saturday evening banquet; and stellar lineups of prominent invited speakers. We hope to continue this tradition this coming spring (April 24-26, 2009), and we encourage all interested faculty, postdocs, and students to attend.
Biophysics | Views: 2071 | Date: 10.11.2008 | Rating: / | Comments (0)

Date: 28/02/2009 - 04/03/2009 Location: Boston USA
The Biophysical Society's 53rd Annual Meeting will be held, from February 28, 2009 through March 4, 2009, in Boston, Massachusetts at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. The largest gathering of biophysicists around the world, this meeting includes Symposia, Workshops, Minisymposia, Subgroup Programs, and the National Lecture, as well as Educational Exhibits, Exhibitor Presentations, and Committee Events.
Biophysics | Views: 1810 | Date: 10.11.2008 | Rating: / | Comments (0)

Date: 11/07/2009 -15/07/2009 Location:
Biophysics | Views: 1315 | Date: 10.11.2008 | Rating: / | Comments (0)

Date: 18/07/2009 - 22/07/2009 Location:
Innovation in Discovery, Diagnostics, and Delivery
Drug delivery | Views: 1611 | Date: 10.11.2008 | Rating: / | Comments (0)

Date: 5/11/2009 - 6/11/2009 Location:
Agenda Topics:
Protein Arrays and their Applications 
Protein Expression 
High Throughput Proteomics 
Disease-Related Proteomics

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Date: 21/01/2009 - 24/01/2009 Location:
Although there is great interest in inorganic nanomaterials, the real excitement is at the interface of nano physics and chemistry with biology. At the level of cells and below, biological processes are increasingly being conceived in terms of nanomachines, in an environment delineated by nanostructures, that are understandable using techniques familiar to chemists and physicists.
The field is being transformed by remarkable advances in physical measurement as well as biological preparation techniques, including laser technology, single-molecule manipulation, enzymatic techniques, microscopies etc...
This conference will address progress and prospects in Nanobiophysics & Chemistry including nano and microfluidics, single molecule techniques, biomimetics and sensing, biomolecules in confined environments, in vivo imaging, forces in biomolecular systems, manipulation of biomaterials, spectroscopy of biomaterials, nanoparticles in biological environments, force microscopies, simulation of biomolecules and biomolecular assemblies at the atomic and coarse grained scales. Contributed talks in all areas (including those not listed above) are welcome.
The conference will also provide an overview of the latest developments in bionano physics and chemistry. It will be followed immediately by a conference on Nanomedicine where many of the advances in fundamental understanding discussed at the nanobio physics and chemistry event will find application.

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Date: 7/12/2008 - 10/12/2008 Location:
Nanomaterials - namely materials showing unique size-dependent or mesoscopic properties - have attracted considerable attention during the past several years owing to their interesting chemistry, unique properties and potential applications in fields such as life-sciences, energy harvesting, telecommunication and others. The focus of the conference will be on the preparation and exploitation of nanomaterials.
World reknowned experts on various aspects of this very broad and rapidly emerging area have been invited. The program will be interesting for beginners and experts in the field as well as industries already active or interested in these materials.
Topics to be covered include, but are not limited to:
Synthesis methods for the preparation of nanomaterials (including up-scaling)
Modification of nanomaterials (e.g. surface functionalisation of colloidal nanoparticles)
Characterisation and exploitation of optical, electrochemical, catalytical and other properties
Nanomaterial-based devices
Application of nanomaterials in life-sciences

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Date: August 24-29th 2008 Location:
Gordon research conference

For three decades this biennial meeting has brought prominent senior and younger scientists in all aspects of biology, medicine, physico-chemical and pharmaceutical fields to meet the common interests and goals of better drug therapy using novel strategies of drug delivery and drug carriers. The 2008 meeting will focus on several areas of drug delivery including protein and oligonucleotide/gene delivery, polymers and lipid particles, nano-materials, antibody drug-conjugates and cellular carriers, directed to various targets at multiple levels, as well as multimodal molecular imaging applied to monitoring delivery and therapeutic efficacy. This meeting will also include the approaches of chemical biology and nanotechnology to target and achieve enhanced delivery and therapeutic outcomes.

Drug delivery | Views: 1466 | Date: 05.11.2008 | Rating: / | Comments (0)

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