The 11th Greta Pifat-Mrzljak International School of Biophysics
The focus for the 11th School (Primošten, Croatia 30.9.-9.10. 2012.) were studies of biomacromolecular complexes and assemblies (protein-RNA/DNA complexes, e.g., viruses, ribosomes; quaternary protein structures; DNA, proteins and polyelectrolytes). The lecturers described related problems and discussed approaches to their solutions, e.g.:
- spectroscopies (NMR, EPR, FTIR, Raman…)
- microscopies (fluorescence techniques, super resolution…)
- diffraction methods
- computational solutions, modeling and simulations
The school was intended for and attended by young scientists at the beginning of their academic careers who are interested in the fundamental study of biomacromolecules: the structures of nucleic acid/protein complexes (ribosomes, viruses, chromatin), protein aggregation, conformational dynamics, folded and intrinsically disordered proteins, enzymatic activity—small molecule recognition, biomacromolecular interactions, bioenergetics and single molecule biophysics.
In addition to the school’s inherent role in the transfer of knowledge and ideas, we hope that it had a catalytic role in arranging future research collaborations, joint projects, visits and postdoc positions – and friendships.
|70 Ph.D. students from 16 countries in Europe. 50 students presented the poster, of which 20 had a short poster talk. There were 20 lecturers from Croatia, USA, UK, Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and Slovenia.|
The School, future and past
With the legacy of Prof. Pifat-Mrzljak in mind, it is the intention of the organizers to position this school as a biennial event, complementary to, rather than competing with, relevant international activities, e.g., the Regional Biophysics Conference or the EBSA Biophysics Course.
We remind that for more than 30 years, the school was chaired by the late Prof. Greta Pifat-Mrzljak, an eminent Croatian biophysicist and recipient of the American Biophysical Society’s Emily M. Gray Award, and is generally regarded as one of the best of its kind in Europe. Through the years, it has been attended by more than one thousand Ph.D. students and postdocs interested in becoming acquainted with the state-of-the-art in biophysics. The lecturers have always been of the highest quality, including top scientists in their respective disciplines and several Nobel laureates.
|The Ruđer Bošković Institute (RBI)||The Croatian Biophysical Society (CBS)|
European Biophysical Societies’ Association (EBSA)
Organizing Committee 2012
- T. Vuletic (Institute of Physics, Zagreb; CBS Secretary)
- S. Tomić (RBI, CBS President)
- M. Glunčić, S. Josef Golubić(Physics Deptartment, University of Zagreb)
- A. Vidoš, D. Ramljak, A. Hozić, G. Pletikapić (RBI)
Student Application Jury:
Program Committee 2012
- Dr. Sanja Tomić (Chair) Ruđer Bošković Institute, Zagreb, Croatia
- Prof. Davor Juretić Deptartment of Biophysics, University of Split, Croatia
- Dr. Antonio Šiber Institute of Physics, Zagreb, Croatia
- Prof. Ana-Sunčana Smith Cluster of Excellence Engineering of Advanced Materials, University of Erlangen-Nuernberg, Germany
- Prof. Bojan Žagrović Max F. Perutz Laboratories, GmbH Laboratory of Computational Biophysics Department of Structural and Computational Biology, Campus Vienna, Austria
- Dr. Iva Tolić-Nørrelykke MPI-CBG, Dresden, Germany