APS & ICTP-SAIFR Young Physicists Forum on Biological Physics: from Molecular to Macroscopic Scale (Bio2020)

March 9-15, 2020

São Paulo, Brazil



Biological physics is a rapidly developing research area, attracting and challenging researchers from physical, mathematical and biological sciences. The primary purpose of this school is to provide the participants with a solid physical background on fundamental theoretical, experimental and computational concepts commonly used to study soft- and bio-matter systems from the molecular to the cellular scale, and to cross-pollinate these different disciplines.

Covering a broad spectrum of biophysical topics from highly charged, molecular Coulomb systems to the collective behavior of active particles and a broad spectrum of methodological approaches such as advanced constant-pH simulation techniques or recent developments in the foundations of non-equilibrium statistical physics, the school for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers aims at discussing basic concepts as well as state-of-the-art research, and at fostering constructive interactions between theory, simulations and experiments. To this end, a series of about 10 topical lectures will be complemented by discussion and exercise sessions.

There is no registration fee and funds from the American Physical Society (APS) are available for travel and local expenses of participants from all regions.

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  • Leandro Barbosa (USP-São Paulo, Brazil): Experimental techniques in structural biophysics
  • Fernando Barroso (USP-Ribeirão Preto, Brazil): Peculiar electrostatic mechanisms observed in biomolecular systems and constant-pH simulations
  • Marko Djordjevic (University of Belgrade, Serbia): A biophysical approach to modeling biological systems and bioinformatics
  • Ralf Eichhorn (NORDITA, Sweden): Brownian motion and non-equilibrium statistical physics
  • Shaker Chuck Farah (IQ-USP, Brazil): Proteins and nucleic acids: basic concepts and challenges?
  • Moyses Nussenzveig (UFRJ, Brazil): Cell membrane biophysics with optical tweezers
  • Antonio Carlos Roque (USP-Ribeirão Preto, Brazil): Neuronal networks (biological and artificial)
  • Erik Santiso (NC State University, USA): Developing (macro)molecular models with SAFT-γ Mie
  • Eduardo Lima (UERJ, Brazil): Ion-specific effects on biocolloidal systems
  • Julia Yeomans (University of Oxford, UK): Challenges in active matter: connecting molecular and microscopic scales?


  • Fernando Barroso (USP-Ribeirão Preto, Brazil)
  • Ralf Eichhorn (NORDITA, Sweden)

Presentation of American Physical Society (APS) on March 9:

  • Philip Bucksbaum (APS president – by video) –  Opening remarks
  • Amy Flatten (APS director of international affairs –  by videoconference)
  • Carlos Brito Cruz (FAPESP scientific director) – The American Physical Society and international research collaboration
  • Rogério Rosenfeld (President of Brazilian Physical Society)



Online application is now closed


School Program: PDF updated on March 12, 2020


APS & ICTP-SAIFR Young Physicists Forum on Biological Physics: from Molecular to Macroscopic Scale (Bio2020)

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Additional Information

Registration: ALL participants should register. The registration will be on March 09 (Monday) at the institute at 08:00 am.

List of Participants:  Updated on March 10, 2020

BOARDING PASS: All participants, whose travel has been provided or will be reimbursed by the institute, should bring the boarding pass upon registration, and collect an envelope to send the return boarding pass to the institute.

Poster presentation: Participants who are presenting a poster MUST BRING A BANNER PRINTED. The banner size should be at most 1,5m x 1m. We do not accept A4 or A3 paper. Click here to see what a banner looks like:  http://designplast.ind.br/produtos/detalhe/impressao-digital/banner/119/9

Visa information: Nationals from several countries in Latin America and Europe, Australia, Canada, Japan and USA are exempt from tourist visa. Please check here which nationals need a tourist visa to enter Brazil.

Accommodation: Participants, whose accommodation will be provided by the institute, will stay at The Universe Flat. Hotel recommendations are available here

How to reach the Institute: The school will be held at ICTP South American Institute, located at IFT-UNESP, which is across the street from a major bus and subway terminal (Terminal Barra Funda). The address which is closer to the entrance of the IFT-UNESP building is R. Jornalista Aloysio Biondi, 120 – Barra Funda, São Paulo. The easiest way to reach us is by subway or bus, please find instructions here.

Yellow fever vaccination is recommended for travellers going to Brazil. Note that the vaccine needs to be taken at least ten days before the trip to be effective. Information: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/alert/yellow-fever-brazil