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.

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 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 miss while at the Annual Meeting. 

  Undergraduate Poster Award Competition 

Saturday, February 15, 3:00 PM–5:00 PM
Come meet undergraduates and learn about their research projects. Undergraduates presenting as first or second author on a poster are welcome to participate to improve presentation skills in an encouraging environment, receive feedback, and be recognized for their hard work. 

The 10 students with the best overall presentations will be awarded $100 and will be recognized during the 2025 Biophysical Society Lecture and Awards Ceremony. These students 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 on competing and to register, click hereRegistration Deadline is January 7, 2025. 

  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 2025 Annual Meeting. View our guide to learn to navigate the meeting before you go.

 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 available.

 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 presented with their travel awards and have an opportunity to network with their fellow awardees and members of the Education, Early Careers, Inclusion and Diversity, Membership, and Professional Opportunities for Women Committees.

  Postdoctoral Breakfast

Sunday, February 16, 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. Limited to the first 100 attendees.
Moderators to be announced.

   Undergraduate Student Pizza "Breakfast"

Sunday, February 16, 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. Space for this session is limited to the first 100 attendees.
Moderator and Speakers to be announced.

  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, 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 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 register online no later than January 10, 2025, 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.  Register here. 

 Teaching Science Like We Do Science

Sunday, February 16, 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.
Moderators and Speakers to be announced.

 Sustainability Session

Sunday, February 16, 2:30 PM–4:00 PM
Moderators and Speakers to be announced.

 PI to PI Mixer

Sunday, February 16, 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.

   Primarily Undergraduate Institutions (PUI) Network Annual Meeting Mixer

Sunday, February 16, 5:00 PM–7:00 PM
Are you interested in or currently building your career at a Primarily Undergraduate Institution (PUI)? Would you like to meet and learn from biophysicists at PUIs around the world? Then join us at the Annual Meeting for the first ever PUI Network Annual Meeting Mixer! Here you’ll have the opportunity to meet with a diverse group of PUI professors to learn, discuss, and share ideas related to your career at a PUI. We hope to see you there!

 Student Research Achievement Award (SRAA) Poster Competition

Sunday, February 16, 6:00 PM–9:00 PM
This session features graduate, masters, and PhD students who are presenting posters at the Annual Meeting. During the competition, students will give a five-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.
Moderators and speakers to be announced.

 Meet the Editors - Biophysical Journal, Biophysical Reports, and The Biophysicist

Monday, February 17, 10:00 AM–11:15 AM
Take this opportunity to meet editors of all three of the Society's prestigious journals! The Editors-in Chief, members of the Editorial Boards, and BPS staff will be available to answer your questions about what areas of research the journals cover, how to give your paper the best chance of being accepted, the submission process, special issues, and anything else related to BPS journals.

 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 Committees, 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
Join BPS Student Chapters from all over the world for an interactive workshop. Attendees will meet Student Chapter officers and representatives and learn about each chapter. This session aims to establish chapter interactions, communications, and planning for future Student Chapter Annual Meeting sessions.
Moderator to be announced.

 US Policy Session

Monday, February 17, 1:00 PM–2:30 PM 
Moderators and Speakers to be announced.

 Biophysics 101

Monday, February 17, 1:30 PM–3:00 PM 
Biophysics 101 is an opportunity to learn about hot topics in Biophysics from experts in the field!
Moderators and Speakers to be announced.

 Current and Future Landscapes of Review and Publishing

Monday, February 17,  2:15 PM–3:45 PM
Organized by the BPS Publications Committee
Moderators and Speakers to be announced.

  JUST-B Poster Session

The 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, click here.  

 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. Click here to register. 

 Founding and Establishing a Research Laboratory at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions

Tuesday, February 18, 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.
Moderators and Speakers to be announced.

 Careers in Industry: A Q&A Panel

Tuesday, February 18, 1:00 PM–2:30 PM
Join us for a Q&A discussion about scientific careers in industry. Industry panelists will answer audience questions and share their career experiences. Hear from professionals in different roles and positions and get tangible advice for indentifying and pursuing a career in industry.
Moderators and Speakers to be announced.

 Inside NIH

Tuesday, February 18, 2:00 PM–3:30 PM
The National institutes of Health (NIH), with its 27 Institutes and Centers, can cause researchers moments of pause as they navigate where their research is best applied. While each Institute and Center has its own distinct focus of research, there is a considerable amount of overlap and coordination that does occur – particularly in biophysics research. 
Panelists to be announced.

 Inside Perspectives and Opportunities: NSF Grants

Tuesday, February 13, 3:30 PM–5:00 PM
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is one of the largest federal funders of biophysical research each year alongside the National Institutes of Health. Through the Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences, scientists continue to advance basic and biomedical research. Join us for an insider’s perspective on the various divisions offering grant funding within NSF and learn how to put together a strong grant application. This session is a great opportunity for new and early career investigators.
Panelists to be announced.

 Dinner Meet-ups

Sunday, February 16 - Tuesday, February 18, 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 Los Angeles. 

Additional groups may be added and dates are subject to change. Attendees are responsible for covering their individual expenses.

 One-on-One with a Mentor

The One-on-One with a Mentor program aims to connect Early Career and Student members with mentors at the Annual Meeting. We hope this connection will be helpful to you during your time at the meeting. Each mentor will only be assigned one mentee, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Mentor/Mentee Expectations:

1. Mentors and mentees will connect prior to the meeting to introduce themselves. BPS will share the contact details with mentor and mentee pairs.

2. Mentors and mentees should agree on a place and time to meet in-person early in the meeting.

3. Mentees should prepare a few questions for their mentor, to help guide the meeting. In addtion, mentors can share strategies to make the most out of attending the meeting.

4. Some mentors and mentees may decide to stay in contact after the meeting, but this is not an expectation.

5. All mentors and mentees are expected to read and adhere to the BPS Code of Conduct.

We will try our best to match mentor-mentee pairs based on your answers to the questionnaire, your areas of research, Subgroup membership, etc