ICTP-SAIFR School on Biological Physics: from Molecular to Macroscopic Scale

Start time: March 9, 2020
Ends on: March 14, 2020
Location: 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 (that normally come from different research fields) 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 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 limited funds are available for travel and local expenses.


– 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)

Application deadline

January 12, 2020



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