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 15–Wednesday, February 19
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 

Saturday, February 15, 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. Being able to successfully communicate the role and value that research in biophysics has on health, energy, technology and science. 

  Undergraduate Mixer and Poster Fest 

Saturday, February 15, 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. Selected students will receive a $100 award and recognized by the BPS meeting attendees prior to the 2020 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 8, 2020

  First-Time Attendee Drop-By

Saturday, February 15, 5:00 PM–6:00 PM
Is this your first time attending a Biophysical Society Annual Meeting? Wondering what to do first and 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 2020 Annual Meeting.

 Opening Mixer

Saturday, February 15, 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, February 15, 6:00 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, Membership, and Professional Opportunities for Women Committees.

  Postdoctoral Breakfast

Sunday, February 16, 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.

  Exploring Careers in Biophysics Day

Sunday, February 16, 11:15 AM–3:00 PM 

This free day for San Diego-area high school and college students at the BPS 64th 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 Education & Career Opportunites Fair where they can meet with representatives of, and learn about, opportunities from around the world. In addition, there will be some fun, interactive demos for students to learn about ground-breaking techniques in the field. Local undergraduate students, and their PI’s, residing within a 50-mile radius of San Diego 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 16, 2020. Pre-registration is required. There will be no onsite registration. Register here. 

  Undergraduate Student Pizza "Breakfast"

Sunday, February 16, 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.

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

Sunday, February 16, 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, February 16, 1:00 PM–3:00 PM
This fair will provide 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, February 16, 2:00 PM–4:00 PM

How do we know if our teaching is effective and aligns with our curricular goals? 

This interactive, hands-on workshop focuses on practice-applicable, easy-to-use strategies and tools that educators at any level of biophysical science education can use to assess what their students take away from their teaching, and where changes to their educational methods might be appropriate.

In the first hour of the workshop, we will review a set of assessment techniques commonly used in science education. Guided by provided workshop resources, participants will have opportunities to share first-hand experiences in round table discussion and collaborate, regardless of the extent of previous knowledge, to compose a personal assessment toolbox that aligns with their course objectives.

In the second hour, we will discuss how results from course assessment can be used to inform curricular decisions regarding program effectiveness. This bigger picture approach is not only relevant to program directors or department chairs, but will also result in a better awareness of every instructor of the holistic nature of a student's education.


Gundula Bosch – Johns Hopkins University
Pedro Muino St. Francis University

 PI to PI, a Wine & Cheese Mixer

Sunday, February 16, 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 16, 6:00 PM–9:00 PM
This session features students who are presenting posters at the Annual 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, February 17, 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 17, 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.

 Annual Meeting of the Student Chapters

Monday, February 17, 11:00 AM–12:30 PM
BPS Student Chapter members are invited to attend the Student Chapter Meeting! At the event, Student Chapters from around the world will exchange best practices (and share challenges!) in marketing their chapters and recruiting members, performing community outreach in science, and hosting chapter events. This event is open only to students currently in a BPS Student Chapter.

 The Nuts and Bolts of Preparing Your NSF Grant

Monday, February 17, 12:30 PM–2:00 PM
The National Science Foundation’s Biological Sciences Directorate strongly supports biophysics researchers through its Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences. The division awarded over $160 million in funding to researchers in 41 states. At this session, program directors and officers with expertise in biophysics will be providing details on the NSF grant-making process as it currently stands with a particular emphasis on grant writing and submission for new and early career investigators.

 Understanding the Congressional Budget Process: How Science is Funded

Monday, February 17, 1:00 PM–2:30 PM
The United States Congress and the Administration continue to parry over budget negotiation. While Congress raised discretionary spending caps in 2018, that deal is set to expire this fall. While Congress pushes for another two-year deal on spending, the White House is looking to maintain a position of power through temporary funding extensions. How will the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and other science-related agencies do under the next budget deal? Will Congress even pass a new budget deal? Which agencies fund scientific research and how does Congress negotiate their funding levels? Join our panel of government and industry insiders as we explore how the Congressional budget is developed, historical trends in science funding, and what the future may hold!

 How to Get Your Scientific Paper Published

Monday, February 17, 2:15 PM–3:45 PM
This panel discussion, sponsored by the Publications Committee, will focus on the practical issues involved in publishing a scientific paper. Panelists include Biophysical Journal editors and Publication Committee members who have extensive experience in writing, reviewing, and editing papers. They will provide general information on the dos and don'ts of submitting research manuscripts to journal for publication. For authors, topics encompass writing for your audience (and identifying the appropriate journal), writing the cover letter, managing reviews, and suggestions for responding to critiques and even rejection of a paper. For reviewers, topics include how to write a useful critique. Attendees are encouraged to pose questions and raise topics for discussion.

 Speed Networking

Monday, February 17, 4:30 PM–6:00 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 today! Pre-registration deadline is January 17, 2020.

 Postdoc to Faculty Q&A: Transitions Forum and Luncheon

Tuesday, February 18, 12:00 PM–1:30 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. If you do not register in advance, you are welcome to participate in the discussion on a space-available basis.

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

Tuesday, February 18, 12:00 PM–1:30 PM
This session, sponsored by the Education Committee, provides guidance on founding, establishing, and maintaining a research laboratory at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions. Panelists are faculty members at PUI's who have been successful in their positions.

Paul Urayama, Miami University
Elizabeth Yates, United States Naval Academy

 The Nuts and Bolts of Preparing Your NIH Grant

Tuesday, February 18, 1:30 PM–3:00 PM
The National Institutes of Health is the world’s largest funder of fundamental biomedical research. You have likely spent years training and are now ready to apply for a NIH grant. But where do you start? At this session, program directors and officers with expertise in biophysics will be providing details on the NIH grant-making process as it currently stands, with a particular emphasis on grant writing and submission for new and early career investigators.

 Industry Panel

Tuesday, February 18, 1:30 PM–3:00 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 positions in industry, providing attendees with useful information and resources.

 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 San Diego.