Each year, during summer through fall, the Biophysical Society sponsors small focused-topic meetings that are organized by Society members. The Society provides partial financial support in the range of $10,000 in addition to complete meeting management, including all web and onsite components.
In 2010, the Society sponsored two highly successful meetings: one on Calcium Signaling in Beijing, China, in October, and another on Actin, the Cytoskeleton, and the Nucleus in Singapore in November. In July 2011, an exciting meeting on Chromatin was held in Asilomar, California. Two meetings were held in 2012: one in Beijing, China and another in Hyderabad, India. In 2013, one meeting will be held in Seoul, South Korea and another in Salisbury Cove, Maine.
Proposals from Society members are solicited in the summer of each year. All complete submissions are considered by the Thematic Meetings Committee, and the Committee's recommendations are submitted to the Society's Executive Board for approval.
Criteria for Thematic meetings sponsored by the Biophysical Society:
- Organizers must be Society members
- Topics must be timely, not recently addressed, and should foster interdisciplinary and international research
- Speakers must present new and exciting research
- Proposed list of speakers must represent geographic, gender, and ethnic diversity
- Domestic and international sites are appropriate.
Complete submissions must include:
- Names and emails of the organizers
- Proposed meeting title
- Description of meeting's topic and themes (one paragraph)
- Explanation of topic's timeliness and importance (one paragraph)
- Proposed meeting location and rationale for the location
- Proposed meeting dates and number of anticipated attendees
- Potential additional funding sources
- Potential conflicting meetings
2014 submissions have closed. Please check back for information about submitting a proposal for a 2015 Thematic Meeting. (PDF sample of the submission form).