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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

2017 Sir Gareth Roberts Lecture: ‘Building Brains'

Wednesday 1st March 2017, 4:00pm, PH30, Professor Stephen Furber CBE FRS (University of Manchester)

Department of Physics Lecture Series.

Synopsis: The inner workings of the human brain remain a scientific enigma, but there is a growing global consensus, epitomised by the €1B European Union Human Brain Project, that the time is right to employ the formidable computer power now available to us to try to unlock some of the brain’s secrets. The SpiNNaker project at the University of Manchester has been 20 years on conception and 10 years in construction, but is now ready for action, and a half-million processor SpiNNaker machine forms one of the two neuromorphic platforms offered openly under the auspices of the HBP to support brain science across Europe and beyond.

The Assembly, Dynamics and Organisation of Filaments and Cellular Responses

'Living Scales' #1: Joint IAS - BSI Workshop

- 20th and 21st March 2017, Cosin's Hall, IAS.

This IAS supported workshop tackles the question of the interaction of scale through the lens of self-assembled fibrillar systems.

Further details on this and the other 'Communicating Across Scales: biophysics and beyond' workshops can be found at

Registration is now open.

Visual adaptation and perception, from the phototransduction cascade to cortical networks

'Living Scales' #3: Joint IAS-BSI Workshop

- 23rd to 24th March 2017, Cosin's Hall, IAS.

This workshop will look at vision from light collection through to the images perceived by the subject and will also look at examples in which the image is created through sound rather than directly from light.

Please click here for further details on this, and the other 'living scale' workshops, including how to register.

Howard Lecture Prize

The Howard Lecture is an annual lecture which celebrates world leading early to mid-career academics working in the biophysical sciences.

Nominations are now being accepted for Howard Lecture Prize Speakers. Please send nominations to visit the Howard Lecture webpage.

About BSI Events

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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 2017 Prize are now being accepted. Please email with your nomination.

International Events