The Annual Symposium of the Indian Biophysical Society (IBS), 2017

During the upcoming symposium, we plan to have a pre-conference lecture series for students and faculty, on 22nd March, 2017, and the main symposium between 23rd and 25th March, 2017, with attendees choosing to register for the two events either independently or in combined fashion.

The main symposium is expected to be attended by up to 450 attendees, including approximately 150 faculty, and 300 research scholars from all over India, featuring ~30-35 talks by research scientists/faculty (not necessarily members of the society) as well as 10 short-talks by students, or postdocs (again not necessarily members of the society).

The pre-conference lecture series will focus on two topics “Characterization of Biomolecular Form and Function” and “Imaging and Manipulation of Molecules in Cells”, with parallel talks going on in adjacent lecture halls, each with a seating capacity of 125. The talks will focus on the principles underlying instrumental biophysical analyses, and will be delivered by applications specialists from corporate entities participating in, and sponsoring, the event.

Whereas the one-day preconference lecture series will focus on the principles and practice of biophysical instrumentation and old and new methods of measurement and analyses, the talks in the main symposium will span the gamut of areas in Cellular, Organismal and Molecular Biophysics, hoping to expand and broaden the horizons of what Biophysics means to researchers, and to the members of the society, e.g., with attempts made to have special sessions on recent advances in subject areas such as biophotonics, super-resolution fluorescence imaging and bioelectrical signal processing by cells.

The idea of having separate and/or combined registrations for the one-day lecture series and the main symposium is explained below. We wish to facilitate the possibilities that :

  • Students and faculty who are curious about biophysical approaches and instrumentation, but who are not yet doing research of a biophysical nature (or who have just begun to use biophysical approaches as an adjunct to what they otherwise do) to have the opportunity of spending a whole day, delving into and seeping themselves in detailed expositions and explanations, concerning how various kinds of biophysical instruments operate, and are used for research, as well as how various new techniques (e.g., thermophoresis) are currently influencing research with biomolecules and cells,
  • Students and faculty who are fully conversant with biophysical approaches and methods that are used to study organisms, cells or molecules, to be able to only attend the main symposium and explore the latest advances being made by peers in their fields or in other fields, if they wish, without necessarily bothering with discussions concerning instrumentation, as well as,
  • Students and faculty, especially young faculty and doctoral research students, who have newly begun research in one area of biophysics to both listen to the latest research advances during the main symposium and spend a day learning about methods that they are not conversant with, during the lecture series.

The two kinds of events have been conceived in this manner, primarily because biophysics – which is the study of biological systems using the approaches and tools of physics, chemical physics and physical chemistry – is such an intensively instrumentation-dependent, instrumentation-driven and instrumentation-developing science.