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 6,000 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 19–Wednesday, February 23
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 and Poster Award Competition 

Saturday, February 19, 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 begins. 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 2022 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 6, 2022

  First-Time Attendee Drop-By

Saturday, February 19, 5:00 PM–6:00 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. 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 2022 Annual Meeting. View our guide to navigating the meeting before you go.

 Opening Mixer

Saturday, February 19, 5:00 PM–7:00 PM
All registered attendees are welcome to attend this reception. Cash bar and light refreshments will be available.

 Travel Awardee Reception

Saturday, February 19, 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 20, 7:30 AM–8:30 AM
Being a postdoc is not easy and there can be many challenges along the way. This breakfast presents an opportunity for postdoctoral Annual Meeting attendees to meet and discuss the issues they face in their current career stage. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear and learn from speakers who will share their journeys, experiences, and success stories.

   Undergraduate Student Pizza "Breakfast"

Sunday, February 20, 11:30 AM–1:00 PM
Connect with other undergraduates at this “breakfast” for a valuable networking and social opportunity. You will also have a chance to meet and talk to Biophysical Society Committee members, and scientists at all career levels to discuss academic goals and questions and learn how to develop a career path in biophysics. Hear from invited speaker(s) who will share their stories and answer questions.

 The World Outside the Lab

Sunday, February 20, 1:00 PM–2:30 PM
Have you started thinking about the next career step? Are you wondering if you can apply your academic skills in the industry? Or what skills outside of academia you may bring to the lab? Join us to explore career options in consulting, industry and academia. Panelists with science backgrounds, now involved in a wide variety of careers, will share their personal experiences and answer questions from the audience.  

  Education & Career Opportunities Fair

Sunday, February 20, 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. Please contact the Society at [email protected] with questions. Registration information to come.

 Meet the Editors

Take this opportunity to meet editors of the Society's three Journals: Biophysical Journal, Biophysical Reports, and The Biophysicist. Editors will be available to discuss their respective journals and to answer questions about where you should submit your work, what will help to get your work published, and what you can expect when you submit to these Society journals. Dates and times to come.

 Teaching Science Like We Do Science

Sunday, February 20, 2:00 PM–4:00 PM

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.

 Science and Research in the Global Political Landscape

Sunday, February 20, 2:00 PM–4:00 PM

Science is a collaborative effort, best served by the diversity of background and experience that a scientist brings to the work at hand. Join the BPS Public Affairs Committee (PAC) as we look into the issues facing basic and biomedical research globally and what it means for researchers to be involved. 

 PI to PI, A Wine & Cheese Mixer

Sunday, February 20, 4:00 PM–6:00 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 along with a cash bar.

 Student Research Achievement Award (SRAA) Poster Competition

Sunday, February 20, 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 21, 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 21, 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 21, 11:00 AM–1:00 PM
Join BPS Student Chapters from all over the world for a poster session and workshop. Attendees will meet Student Chapter officers and representatives and learn about each chapter. The interactive workshop aims to establish chapter interactions, communications, and planning for future Student Chapter Annual Meeting sessions.  

 Understanding the Congressional Budget Process: How Science is Funded

Monday, February 21, 1:00 PM–2:30 PM
The Congressional appropriations process for setting the federal budget is often fought out over many months, and rarely straightforward. The funding of agencies such as the National Institute of Health (NIH) and National Science Foundations (NSF) are a small part of the $1.4 trillion discretionary budget set annually by the House and Senate. 

This workshop will review the overall process, including distinctions between authorization and appropriations, discretionary and non-discretionary spending, and the Presidential and Congressional budgets. Understanding where grant giving agencies fit into the broader federal budget will aid you in advocating for the basic and biomedical research budgets that truly address national needs. Learn how you can lend your voice to the Biophysical Society's advocacy for sustained, predictable funding for scientific research.

 Biophysics 101

Monday, February 21, 1:30 PM–3:00 PM
Learn about a current topic in Biophysics from an expert in the field. Speaker and session details will be coming soon.

Monday, February 21, 3:00 PM–5:00 PM
The inaugural JUST-B (Justice for Underrepresented Scholars Training in Biophysics) Poster Session will celebrate the achievements of underrepresented and underserved students, postdocs, and early career researchers in the field of biophysics. The poster session will promote the endeavors of trainees, offer support through networking opportunities, and serve as a recruitment venue for those seeking to diversify their pool of future graduate students, postdocs, faculty, staff scientists, journal editors, or any other career within biophysics. The goal is to address and mitigate inequities in the biophysics community by providing a space for underrepresented trainees to share their scientific accomplishments and take steps toward advancing their careers.

For more information and to apply, click here. Registration deadline: January 6, 2022.

 Speed Networking

Monday, February 21, 4:30 PM–6:30 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. Pre-registration deadline is January 7, 2022.

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

Tuesday, February 22, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Get 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 and will share their experiences and answer your questions.

 Dinner Meet-ups

Sunday, February 20, 7:30 PM / Monday, February 21 - Tuesday, February 22, 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 Francisco.