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

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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Application deadline: January 12, 2020


  • 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
  • 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)
  • Frederico Tavares (UFRJ, 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)



Click here for online application

Application deadline: January 12, 2020


Additional Information

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