The European Biophysical Societies' Association (EBSA) was formed in 1984 as a non-profit making organisation, with the objectives "to advance and disseminate knowledge of the principles, recent developments and applications of biophysics, and to foster the exchange of scientific information among European biophysicists and biophysicists in general".
It is composed of the Biophysical Societies in the European area, and is managed by an Executive Committee. Click here for a full list of member Societies and their presidents/chairs and secretaries.
EBSA is associated with the international organizations International Union for Pure and Applied Biophysics (IUPAB) and Initiative for Science in Europe (ISE). EBSA maintains close links with Springer Verlag, the publishers of the European Biophysics Journal. The European Biophysics Journal, owned by EBSA, is free of charge for EBSA members.
The purpose of EBSA is to promote Biophysics in Europe. Every two years EBSA organizes the European Biophysics Congress. The next Congress will be held in Dresden, Germany. In addition, EBSA offers sponsorships to organisers of meetings and schools that promote biophysics in Europe. Support can come in the form of grants to the organisers or bursaries to participants. EBSA also offers bursaries to individual young scientists to participate in the Biophysics Congress. Furthermore, new initiatives have been generated, such as support for working visits or bursaries to attend scientific meetings.
The EBSA Executive Committee deeply regrets the decision of the UK to leave the EU. The Executive Committee strongly considers this to be a step in the wrong direction, opposite to what European Biophysics specifically and science in general have achieved and strive for: to facilitate seamless communication, collaboration, and exchange between European countries, to the benefit of both science and society. The Executive Committee has grave concerns about the impending severe damage to European science that will be caused by this very unfortunate step.
Approved by the Executive Committee, Madrid, June 25th, 2016.
Anthony Watts, University of Oxford, United Kingdom, received the Anatrace Membrane Protein Award for his innovative development of spectroscopic methodologies, which has provided novel insights into membrane protein structure and function.
The award was presented at the Society’s 59th Annual Meeting at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland, February 7 - 11, 2015.
Past awardees of the Biophysical Society »
The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2014 was awarded jointly to Eric Betzig, Stefan W. Hell and William E. Moerner "for the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy".
The official press release is available here.
We are proud that Stefan W. Hell gave the opening lecture of the 7th European Biophysics Congress held in Genoa, Italy in 2009 and that he was the chairman of the Scientific Committee of the 8th European Biophysics Congress held in Budapest, Hungary in 2011.
Stefan W. Hell and Alberto Diaspro
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