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Biophysical Sciences Institute


The BSI hosts a programme of events that cover the spectrum of the biophysical sciences, designed to stimulate discussion and collaboration. Our events are open to all.

Forthcoming Events

BSI Lunch

The BSI research lunches are informal meetings at which interdisciplinary research discussions are fostered and new contacts are made.

The next BSI lunch will be held on the 25 May 2018.

Lunchtime Seminar: How the microscale physical environment shapes the secret lives of bacteria

Dr William M. Durham, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Sheffield.

Details: Kenworthy Hall, St Mary's College, 12.00-13.30 (talk at 12.30), 22 June 2018.

Register by email to or online at:

BSI Research Showcase

Friday 13th July 2018, 1:00pm - 5:30pm

This year's Research Showcase also includes the first BSI Thesis Prize presentation.

Key note speaker: Professor Reidun Twarock, University of York.

Confirmed internal speakers include Halim Kusumaatmaja (Physics), Jochen Einbeck (Mathematical Sciences), Chris Willcocks (Computer Sciences).

Details: Friday 13 July 2018.

E101 (Department of Engineering), refreshments to be served in the Enginnering Atrium (Higginson Building).

PoLNET2 ECR Summer School

​New Approaches to Biomolecular Structure, Dynamics and Function

16-20 July 2018
Grey College, Durham University

This summer school will present state-of-the art computational, theoretical and experimental techniques used to explore how biomolecular dynamics depend on molecular structure and connects to and determines biological function. This is a rapidly expanding field which combines many different aspects of biology and physics. Aimed at early-career researchers from either life-science of physical-science background, it will assist in effective working in the interdisciplinary world that connects them.

Please email to be added to the waiting list or to find out more about options for participation for local attendees.

External Events

Wednesday 11 July 2018

British Biophysical Sciences Biennial Meeting

10:25am to 10:25am

Save the date: The 2018 BBS Biennial Meeting will be held at Southampton University 11-13th July, 2018.

Monday 27 August 2018

Mechanics of slender structures in physics, biology and engineering: from failure to functionality

Solvay Workshop

Brussels, 27 - 29 August 2018 (ULB - Campus Plaine - Solvay Room)

Brings together internationally acclaimed experts as well as young researchers in mechanics, biomechanics, biolocomotion, material science and architecture to address the current scientific challenges in these various fields.

Monday 3 September 2018

Physics of Cells: From Biochemical to Mechanical (PhysCell 2018)

3-7 September 2018, The Majestic Hotel, Harrogate, UK
Organised by the Institute of Physics

About BSI Events

The BSI also advertises interdisciplinary seminars and events from across the University's Departments, Schools and other Research Institutes. If you would like to be added to our mailing list please send your request by email to

The Howard Lecture Prize

This annual lecture takes place in the autumn of each year and celebrates the research of a world leading early to mid-career stage academic.

Nominations for the 2018 Prize are now being accepted. Please email with your nomination.