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, March 2–Wednesday, March 6
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. 

 Science Communications Workshop with AAAS

Saturday, March 2, 2:00 PM–4:00 PM
Science communication plays an increasingly important role in society. Communication skills are critical in educating the public on the importance of research and are important career advancement skills. We will be joined by AAAS’s Center for Public Engagement for a two-hour, interactive communications workshop. Limit 100 people. Register here.

  Undergraduate Mixer & Undergraduate Poster Award Competition

Saturday, March 2, 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 2019 Biophysical Society 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, click here.
Registration Deadline: January 28, 2019

  First-Time Attendee Drop-By

Saturday, March 2, 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 2019 Annual Meeting.

 Opening Mixer

Saturday, March 2, 5:00 PM–7:00 PM
All registered attendees are welcome to attend this reception.  Cash bar and light refreshments will be offered.

 Travel Awardee Reception

Saturday, March 2, 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.

  Postdoctoral Breakfast

Sunday, March 3, 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, March 3, 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, March 3, 11:30 AM–5:00 PM 

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

Sunday, March 3, 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.

  Education & Career Opportunities Fair

Sunday, March 3, 1:00 PM–3:00 PM
This fair will provide the opportunities for candidates to meet with representatives from educational institutions as well as industry and government agencies. Students and postdoctoral candidates will be able to meet with representatives from colleges and universities with leading programs in biophysics. Attendees can connect with representatives from industry and agencies who will provide information about employment and funding opportunities at their institutions/companies. 

Stop by the fair to learn about the variety of opportunities available and to talk one-on-one with representatives from participating organizations. 

Representatives interested in reserving a table at this fair to display information about their institution/company’s biophysics-related opportunities must complete a registration form and submit the registration fee in advance. All those attending the Annual Meeting are encouraged to attend. Register for a table today! Please contact the Society at [email protected] with questions.

 Teaching Science Like We Do Science

Sunday, March 3, 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.

 Brexit & Science: Consequences for Research Funding and Immigration Flows

Sunday, March 3, 2:30 PM–4:00 PM
In 2017, the United Kingdom surprised the world by voting to leave the European Union. But what does it mean for our community? We will host a panel of experts and on-the-ground researchers to discuss what Brexit means for research funding, immigration and visas. Invited speakers include: The British Embassy, Washington; The EU Delegation to the United States; and the Brookings Institute.

 PI to PI, a Wine & Cheese Mixer

Sunday, March 3, 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, March 3, 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 Biophysical Society Lecture. For more information click here.

  Graduate Student Breakfast

Monday, March 4, 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, March 4, 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.

 Industry Panel

Monday, March 4, 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.

 Biophysics 101: Gene Editing

Monday, March 4, 1:30 PM–3:00 AM
Gene editing refers to the modification of genetic material in living organisms by introducing insertions, deletions or base-pair changes. These modifications have been greatly facilitated by the discovery of the CRISPR/Cas9 system in bacteria and subsequent adaptations for higher organisms. The speakers in this session will focus on new methods being developed for gene editing using CRISPR/Cas9 and related CRISPR systems, including RNA editing, tissue-specific gene editing, therapeutic strategies, and applications to plant breeding and crop development.

 The Nuts and Bolts of Preparing Your NIH Grant

Monday, March 4, 1:30 PM–3:00 PM
You have spent years training and are ready to apply for an NIH grant. But where do you start? At this session, NIGMS program directors and officers with expertise in biophysics will be providing details on the NIH grant-making process as it stands in 2019, with a particular emphasis on grant writing and submission for new and early career investigators.

 Designing and Implementing Strategies to Prevent and Recover from Burnout

Monday, March 4, 2:30 PM–4:00 PM
The demands of research can lead to academic burnout at any career stage, significantly harming both our personal and professional lives. Given the challenges facing scientists in the lab, office, and at home, feelings of dissatisfaction, anxiety, exhaustion, and unproductivity can be difficult to avoid. Exiting and recovering from the burnout cycle can be even more challenging. In this interactive workshop, we will discuss concrete strategies to recognize, prevent, and counteract burnout. The goals of these strategies are to manage stress, promote a sense of well-being, improve efficiency, and to help participants revive their genuine enthusiasm for science.

 Speed Networking

Monday, March 4, 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. 

 Postdoc to Faculty Q&A: Transitions Forum and Luncheon

Tuesday, March 5, 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.

 Founding, Establishing, and Maintaining a Research Laboratory at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions

Tuesday, March 5, 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.

 Current and Coming Congressional Budgets

Tuesday, March 5, 1:30 PM–3:00 PM
This year, Congress approved a major budget deal that raised the discretionary spending caps for the first time since sequestration for Fiscal Years 2018 and 2019. However, this deal expires next year! How will NIH, NSF, and other science related agencies do under the current budget deal? What will happen to science funding when the budget deal expires? Join our panel of government and industry insiders to get their take.

 Dinner Meet-ups

Sunday - Tuesday, 6:00 PM
Local students will be waiting at the Society Booth to meet up with attendees who want to experience the local flavor of Baltimore.