Starts 9 Sep 2019
Ends 20 Sep 2019
Central European Time
Arusha - United Republic of Tanzania

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* * *   APPLICATION OPEN UNTIL 15 JUNE 2019  * * *

The application of physics to the life sciences has a long history, but over the last decades there has been a marked acceleration in a variety of related fields. Current approaches require a much closer link between physicists, chemists, computational scientists, on the one hand, and biologists/medical scientists, on the other, as well as the acquisition of a shared “language” and background.

The aim of the school is to introduce young African researchers to the latest developments in the field of molecular biophysics, and to help forge links between theoretical and experimental communities, acting as a focus for the emerging biophysical sciences in Africa.

The rapid development in the fields of biophysics, structural biology and nanotechnology has made available a new range of tools and approaches that have revolutionized biological and medical research, by allowing scientists to understand biology at the molecular level, manipulate nano-particles and macromolecular objects, and to monitor the behavior of single molecules.
These developments are strongly connected to advances in computational biology and structural bioinformatics - ranging from structural biology to nanobiophysics, nanomedicine, single-molecule approaches - and with a revolutionary  impact  on  biotechnology, pharmacology, drug delivery and early diagnostics of wide spread diseases.


• Structural Biology
• Molecular Biophysics
• Single-molecule Experiments
• Data Science
• Drug Design
• Molecular Dynamics
• Aqueous Chemistry


L. CASALIS, Elettra, Italy
P. COSSIO, University of Antioquia, Colombia
J. FERNANDEZ, Columbia University, USA
F. FRATERNALI, King’s College London, UK
W. HOL, University of Washington, USA
L. KIRURI,Kenyatta University, Kenya
B. MARINI, Ulisse BioMED, Italy
A. A. MOHAMMED KHALID, Göttingen University, Germany
M. NGAVOUKA, University Marien Ngouabi, Congo
S. S. NYADORO, University of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
F. OLAJUYIGBE, Federal Univ. of Technology, Nigeria
S. ONESTI, Elettra, Italy
V. RONDELLI, University of Milan, Italy
Z. SAYERS, Sabancy University, Turkey
C. SCHMIDT, Duke University, USA

A poster session will be organized during the School and applicants are encouraged to submit a short poster abstract (max. half page) when submitting their online application: please retrieve relevant templates from below links.

A limited number of grants are available to support the attendance of African selected participants. There is no registration fee. Female scientists are encouraged to apply.

This School adheres to IUcr and IUPAP policies on scientific freedom, affirming non-discrimination on the basis of such factors as ethnic origin, religion, citizenship. language, political stance, gender, or age.

The IUCr strives to achieve gender balance in all its institutions and activities bearing in mind other diversity needs and its existing obligations to geographic and academic discipline representation where appropriate.

IUPAP calls special attention on conference policies on Free Circulation of Scientists (section 1), and on Harassment (section 4) .

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ICTP Secretariat:



Amna Abdalla Mohammed Khalid (Göttingen University), Maryse Nkoua Ngavouka (University Marien Ngouabi, Brazzaville), Silvia Onesti (Elettra-Sincrotrone Trieste), Lucy W. Kiruri (Kenyatta University), Loredana Casalis (Elettra-Sincrotrone Trieste), Daniel M. Shadrack (CREATES, NM-AIST, Arusha), Hula S. Swai (CREATES, NM-AIST, Arusha), ICTP Scientific Contact: Ali Hassanali