Attending the Biophysical Society Annual Meeting is the richest annual networking and professional development opportunity for researchers in the field of biophysics.  The breadth of research represented by the nearly 7,000 attendees and to the personal interactions that take place are enhanced by the career, education, policy, and social programs scheduled throughout the Meeting.

Networking Event Professional Development


Undergraduate Student Lounge

Saturday, February 17 - Wednesday, February 21
This space is reserved for undergraduate meeting attendees looking for a place to relax or catch up on coursework they may be missing while at the Annual Meeting. 


Undergraduate Mixer & Undergraduate Poster Award Competition

Saturday, February 17, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

If you’re an undergraduate student, plan on attending this social and scientific mixer! Come meet other undergraduates and learn about their research projects. For undergraduate students who will be presenting during the standard scientific sessions, the mixer provides an opportunity to hone presentation skills before the general poster session begin. Undergraduates listed as co-authors on posters are welcome to practice their poster presentation skills in a less formal setting, even if not listed as the presenting author. Additionally, undergrads presenting as first or second author on a poster may participate in the Undergraduate Poster Award Competition and be recognized for their work. Three students will be selected for a $100 award and recognized by the BPS meeting attendees prior to the 2018 National Lecture. Winners will be selected based on the quality and scientific merit of their research, knowledge of the research problem, contribution to the project, and overall presentation of the poster. For more information and to register, complete this form.
Registration Deadline: January 15th, 2018

  First-Time Attendee Drop-By

Saturday, February 17, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Is this your first time attending a Biophysical Society Annual Meeting? Wondering what to do first? Wondering how to get the most out of your time? Drop by the First-Time Attendee event on Saturday evening during the Opening Mixer to learn how to navigate the meeting. Society staff and committee members will be on hand to answer your questions about the meeting and help you gain the most from your time at the BPS 2018 San Francisco meeting.


Opening Mixer

Saturday, February 17, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
All registered attendees are welcome to attend this reception.  Cash bar and light refreshments will be offered.


CID/Education/CPOW Travel Awardee Reception

Saturday, February 17, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
During this reception, students, postdocs, and early and mid-career scientists will be honored and presented with their travel awards by the chairs of the Education, Inclusion and Diversity, and Professional Opportunities for Women Committees.

  Postdoctoral Breakfast

Sunday, February 18, 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
This breakfast presents an opportunity for postdoctoral Annual Meeting attendees to meet and discuss the issues they face in their current career stage. Limited to the first 100 attendees.

Undergraduate Student Pizza "Breakfast"

Sunday, February 18, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
This “breakfast” for undergraduate students offers a valuable networking and social opportunity to meet other students, Biophysical Society Committee members, and scientists at all career levels to discuss academic goals and questions, and to develop a biophysics career path. The Breakfast will include a panel discussion on academic and career paths in biophysics, with opportunities for questions and answers from the audience - come prepared to find out about the course of study that aspiring biophysicists undertake, what it means to be a biophysicist, and how biophysicists make important discoveries.  Space for this session is limited to the first 100 attendees.

  Colleges in the Community Day

Sunday, February 18, 11:30 AM –5:00 PM 

This free day for San Francisco Bay Area college students at the BPS 62nd Annual Meeting kicks off with an Undergraduate Student Pizza “Breakfast” where participants will have an opportunity to network with their peers and members of the Biophysical Society’s Education Committee in a fun and relaxed environment. The Breakfast will include a panel discussion on academic and career paths in biophysics, with opportunities for questions and answers from the audience - come prepared to find out about the course of study that aspiring biophysicists undertake, what it means to be a biophysicist, and how biophysicists make important discoveries. Students will also receive information and advice on how to get the most out of attending the Annual Meeting. Attendees will be permitted to attend any of the meetings open sessions and activities for the full day, including the Graduate & Postdoc Institution Fair where they can meet with representatives of, and learn about, programs from all over the country. Local undergraduate students, and their PI’s, residing within a 25-mile radius of the San Francisco who are not presenting an abstract or listed on an abstract being presented at this meeting may register for this event and gain FREE access to all Annual Meeting sessions on Sunday, February 18, 2018.  
Registration is required for both students and their PI’s. Register by Monday, January 15, 2018. There will be no on-site registration for this event. Click here to register. 

International Travel Awardee Luncheon

Sunday, February 18, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
A number of international students, postdocs, and scientists will be recognized during this luncheon for their outstanding achievements in biophysics research. This event is hosted by the International Relations Committee.

The World Outside the Lab: Many Ways to Use Your PhD Skills

Sunday, February 18, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Have you ever wondered how you can apply the skills learned while working on your PhD in a career away from the bench? This panel will explore multiple career options that exist in government, industry, and academia. Panelists with science backgrounds, now involved in a wide variety of careers, will share their personal experiences.

  Graduate & Postdoc Institution Fair

Sunday, February 18, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
This fair will introduce students and postdoctoral candidates to colleges and universities with leading programs in biophysics. Representatives interested in reserving a table at this fair to display information about their institution’s biophysics program must complete a registration form and submit the registration fee in advance. All students attending the Annual Meeting are encouraged to attend to learn about these programs. Register for a table today! Please contact the Society at with questions.

 Teaching Science Like We Do Science

Sunday, February 18, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
This interactive, hands-on workshop will provide participants with practical tools and evidence-based recommendations for bringing biophysics education to life in the lab, the classroom and the community. Experienced educators will share their first-hand experiences in brief presentations. The session focus will be on collaborative group discussions, during which participants will design an individualized action plan for implementing active learning techniques and effective assessment strategies into their teaching practice. Moderators will offer guidance and advice on adequate projects for any educational level.


 PI to PI, a Wine & Cheese Mixer

Sunday, February 18, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
You finally have a job working in biophysics, in industry or academia, with some funding and a lab, but you’ve realized that the career challenges continue. Come relax and network with your contemporaries and senior biophysicists over a beer or glass of wine. This event is a great chance to compare notes with colleagues and discuss one-on-one your unique solutions to issues that arise in the time between getting your job and getting your next promotion, including management of lab staff, getting your work published, and renewing your funding. Refreshments will be provided, with cash bar.

Student Research Achievement Award (SRAA) Poster Competition

Sunday, February 18, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
This session features students who are presenting posters at the Meeting and have indicated at the time of abstract submission that they wish to participate in the competition. During the competition, students will give a five-to-seven minute oral presentation of their posters to one or more judges. Winners will be recognized on Monday evening prior to the National Lecture. For more information click here.

 Movie Night: Screening and Discussion of Merchants of Doubt

Sunday, February 18, 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Graduate Student Breakfast

Monday, February 19, 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
This breakfast presents an opportunity for graduate student Annual Meeting attendees to meet and discuss the issues they face in their current career stage. Limited to the first 100 attendees.

 New Member Welcome Coffee

Monday, February 19, 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
All new Biophysical Society members are invited to participate in an informal gathering to meet members of the Society’s council and programs, find out about the Society’s activities, get acquainted with other new members, and enjoy refreshments. Current members are encouraged to come meet the new members.


Biophysics 101: Mechanobiology

Monday, February 19, 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Mechanobiology is an emerging field of biophysical research that focuses on understanding the mechanical basis of cell function. It includes studying the force-induced and tensional changes that occur within cells and between cells and their environment, and the mechanotransduction of cellular signals that lead to cell motility and induce changes during differentiation. The speakers in this session will discuss the mechanobiology of single molecules, migrating cells, and sheets of cells during embryogenesis, and the methods that they use in their studies.
Session Moderator: Zach Scholl, University of Alberta
Keir Neuman, National Institutes of Health
Michael Sheetz, National University of Singapore Mechanobiology Institute
Maria Leptin, European Molecular Biology Laboratory

 Industry Panel

Monday, February 19, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Are you interested in pursuing a career in industry? Stop by to hear from a panel of experts who work in bio-related industries. Panelists will discuss how to find, select, and apply for industry internships, providing attendees with useful tools and resources.

 NSF Funding 101

Monday, February 19, 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

 How to Get Your Scientific Paper Published

Monday, February 19, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
This panel discussion, will focus on the practical issues involved in publishing a scientific paper. The panelists have extensive experience in writing, reviewing, and editing papers, and will provide information on the dos and don'ts of submitting research manuscripts. Discussions will focus on strategies to avoid common pitfalls, how to prevent and fix problems before submission, and how to respond to critiques and even rejection of a paper. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions during the session.

 Speed Networking

Monday, February 19, 2:30 PM- 4:00 PM

Career development and networking is important in science, but can be a big time commitment. Here we offer refreshments and the chance to speed network, an exciting way to connect with a large number of biophysicists (including Biophysical Society committee members) in a short amount of time. Mid-career and more experienced scientists could learn how to get more involved in the Society or network for open positions in their labs. Early career scientists could discuss career goals and challenges, get advice on tenure or grant writing, or find out how to gain recognition for their work. Graduate students and postdocs could make contacts to find their next position. After introductions, each person will have short 3-5 minute meetings with consecutive new contacts. During this time you can exchange information and ask questions. When time is up, you select the next person to talk to. By the end of the event, each participant will have had meaningful interactions with over half a dozen colleagues and the opportunity to meet many more. It's that simple!

Space is limited for this event and pre-registration is recommended to ensure a spot. Register here.
Registration Deadline January 15, 2018.


 How to Project Your Best Self: Confidence Matters Just as Much as Competence

Monday, February 19, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM 

Postdoc to Faculty Q&A: Transitions Forum and Luncheon

Tuesday, February 20, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
This question-and-answer luncheon is designed for postdocs finishing and actively applying for academic faculty positions. Discussion will be led by a panel of new faculty in basic science and/or medical school departments and experienced faculty who have served as department chairs and/or part of faculty search committees. Topics for discussion include how to prepare the curriculum vitae, the interview process, networking, how to negotiate the job offer, and advice for new faculty as they balance research with their department obligations. To reserve a box lunch, you must pre-register. Attendance is limited to the first 60 participants.

 Funding Opportunities for Faculty at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions

Tuesday, February 20, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
This session is aimed at helping PUI faculty find funding for establishing or maintaining an active and productive undergraduate research laboratory.

  Industry and Agency Opportunities Fair

Tuesday, February 20, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
This fair will introduce attendees to companies and agencies that have employment and funding opportunities outside of academia. Stop by the fair to learn about the variety of opportunities available to scientists in industry and government and to talk one-on-one with representatives from participating organizations. Don’t forget to check out the Career Development Center for current job opportunities available at many of the participating organizations.

Industry & Agency Representatives interested in reserving a table at this event to display information about their company/agency must register in advance.

Please contact with questions.

 NIH Grant Writing Workshop

Tuesday, February 20, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM


 Dinner Meet-ups

Each evening, Sunday - Tuesday, at 5:30 PM
Local students will be waiting at the Society Booth to meet up with attendees who want to experience the local flavor of San Francisco.