International Workshop on Biomembranes - From Fundamentals to Applications
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International Workshop on Biomembranes - From Fundamentals to Applications

An International  workshop on bio-membranes. Topics from fundamental theory to experiments and applications are covered.


- Membrane-Protein Interactions
- Modeling techniques (free energy, HPC, CG)
- Elasticity, Undulations
- Sterols (structure, phase behavior)
- Diffusion and transport in bilayers and membranes

Invited speakers:

- John Katsaras, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (USA): Membrane Lateral Organization and the Location of Biomolecules in Lipid Bilayers

- Frank Brown, University of California Santa Barbara (USA)

- Rich Pastor, NIH (USA):  Curvature Induction by Peptides in Bilayers (the lipids matter)

- Bert de Groot, Max Planck Institute for Biophysica Chemistry, Göttingen (GER): Permeation mechanisms across biological membranes

- Regis Pomes, University of Toronto (CAN)

- Alex Sodt, NIH (USA), Methods and model systems for computing membrane curvature free energetics

- Drew Bennett, University of Waterloo (CAN)

- Giulia Rossi, Genoa

- Adam Smith, University of Akron: Electrostatic coupling of anionic phospholipids and polycationic macromolecules by PIE-FCCS

- Evan Evans, Boston U and Duke U

- Dimitrios Stamou, Copenhagen: Can the individual make a difference? Examples from single molecules and single signalling clusters in biology

- Matthew Turner, University of Warwick (UK): Curvature related composition variation and fluctuations: origins and interpretations.

- Martin Förstner (Syracuse Physics),  The role of Ca2+ in the organization of lipid membranes

- Elina Ikonen, Helsinki Univ.


Dr. Edward Lyman, Physics, U. Delware, USA

Dr. Ilpo Vattulainen, Physics, Tampere U. of Technology, Finland

Dr. Roland Faller, Chemical Eng, U. California, Davis, USA

Dr. Mikko Karttunen, Chemistry, U. Waterloo, Canada

Dr. Jan Åström, CSC, Finland


International Workshop on Biomembranes - From Fundamentals to

Date:19.08.2014 13:00 - 22.08.2014 12:00
Location: Premises of CSC at Keilaranta 14, Espoo, Finland.
(CSC is the IT Center for Science Ltd is administered by the Ministry of Education & Culture)
The conference site can be reached by bus very easily from downtown Helsinki (CSC is at at
the edge of the Aalto University (formerly Helsinki University of Technology) campus
and is served by very frequent bus connections.

Instructions: If you wish to use your own laptop, please use one of the breaks to check that it connects with the projector. You can also bring your talk (pdf, Powerpoint, LibreOffice) on a memory stick and use our computer.

Invited talks:40 mins + 10 mins for discussion.
Contributed talks: 10 mins + 5 mins for discussion.
Posters: Standard size poster (A0 or similar).

Conference dinner on Thursday Aug 21 will be at Restaurant Chapman located in the historic
Suomenlinna Fortress. Suomenlinna is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Additional info:
Music, arts, etc: Helsinki Festival is on from Aug 15-31 with lots of great events.
Dining: Helsinki has numerous excellent restaurants including 6 with one Michelin star
(Demo,Luomo, Olo, Chef & Sommelier, Ask and Postres) and 5 Bib Gourmand ones (Farang, Gaijin,
Boulevard, Social, Emo, Pure Bistro), and of course lots of Helsinki classics such as
Kosmos, Sea Horse, and so on.
Museums:Here is the top 10 by

Conference program (changes possible)

Day 1: Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Session Chair: Mikko Karttunen
13:15 – 13:30: Opening: Pekka Lehtovuori, CSC
13:30 – 14:20: Invited: John Katsaras, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA
14:20 – 15:10: Invited: Giulia Rossi, Genoa, ITA

15:10 – 15:40: Coffee break

Session Chair: Matthew Turner
15:40 – 15:55: Contributed 1: Daniel Frankel, Newcastle, UK
15:55 – 16:10: Contributed: Jordi Borell, Barcelona, ESP
16:10 – 17:00: Invited: Adam Smith, University of Akron, USA
17:00 – 17:15: Contributed: Margitta Dathe, Leibniz Inst. Berlin, GER

Day 2: Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Session Chair: Regis Pomes
09:00 – 09:50 Invited: Bert de Groot, Max Planck Instit for Biophysical Chemistry, GER
09:50 – 10:40 Invited: Martin Förstner, Syracuse, USA

10:40 – 11:10 Coffee break

Session Chair: Giulia Rossi
11:10 – 11:25: Contributed: Maria Sammalkorpi, Aalto, FIN
11:25 – 11:40: Contributed: Sven Jakobtorweihen, TU Hamburg-Harburg, GER
11:40 – 11:55: Contributed: Peter Heftberger, Graz, AUT
11:55 – 12:10: Contributed: Tristan Bereau, Max Planck Inst. For Polymer Res., GER

12:10 – 13:30: Lunch

Session Chair: Rich Pastor
13:30 – 14:20: Invited: Drew Bennett, University of Waterloo, CAN
14:20 – 14:35: Contributed: Helgi Ingolfsson, Groningen, NED
14:35 – 14:50: Contributed: Helen Cooper, Abo, FIN

14:50 – 15:20: Coffee break

Session Chair: Alex Sodt
15:20 – 16:10: Invited: Rich Pastor, NIH, USA
16:10 – 16:25: Contributed: Markus Miettinen, FU Berlin /Samuli Ollila, Aalto
16:25 – 16:40: Contributed: Alex Bunker, Helsinki, FIN
16:40 – 16:55: Contributed: Hanif Muhammad Khan, Bergen, NOR

Day 3: Thursday, August 21, 2014
Session Chair: Roland Faller
08:30 – 09:20: Invited: Dimitrios Stamou, Copenhagen, DEN

09:20 – 11:30: Coffee and posters
11:00 – 12:00: Lunch

Session Chair: Ed Lyman
12:00 – 13:00: Invited: Frank Brown, University of California Santa Barbara, USA
12:50 – 13:05: Contributed: Floris van Eerden, Groningen, NED
13:05 – 13:20: Contributed: Vivek Sharma, Tampere, FIN
13:20 – 13:35: Contributed: Alexandru Botan, Lyon, FRA

14:00 – 14:30: Coffee break

Session Chair: Adam Smith
14:00 – 14:50: Invited: Alex Sodt, NIH, USA
14:50 – 15:40: Invited: Regis Pomes, University of Toronto, CAN

19:00 - Conference dinner at Restaurant Chapman in Suomenlinna Fortress

Day 4: Friday, August 22, 2014
Session Chair: John Katsaras
09:00 – 09:50: Invited: Evan Evans, Boston U and Duke U
09:50 – 10:40: Invited: Matthew Turner, Warwick, UK

10:40 – 11:10: Coffee break

Session Chair: Ilpo Vattulainen
11:10 – 12:00: Invited: Elina Ikonen, Helsinki Univ.
12:00 – 12:10 Closing

Date: 19.08.2014 13:00 - 22.08.2014 12:00
Location: Premises of CSC at Keilaranta 14, Espoo, Finland.
Language: English
Lecturers: To be announced
Price: 250 EUR + VAT (24%)
The fee covers course materials, lunches as well as morning and afternoon coffees and conference dinner.


Registration has expired 14.08.2014 16:00
Early registration is strongly encouraged (due to limited number of participants).

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