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Scope of the conference

Biological media are far from ideal: inside living cells about 30 % of the volume is occupied by tens of thousands of macromolecules. In certain situations, the concentration can be even higher. In the eye lens of artic fish, for example, proteins account for more than 59 % of the volume. It is now recognized that crowding is a crucial factor. Nevertheless, there are still fundamental gaps in our knowledge that prevent us from fully understanding biological phenomena occurring in vivo, such as cell signaling and gene regulation. This conference will gather biologists, chemists, physicists and medical scientists interested in this fast-growing field. World-leading experts on crowding will be able to discuss with experimental scientists as well as theoreticians from different domains. The interdisciplinary nature of the meeting and the stimulating environment of Monte Verità will provide the ideal setting to let new ideas blossom, triggering new collaborations and shaping the forthcoming challenges.

CSF Award

Centro Stefano Franscini will attribute an Award to the authors of the best talk and best poster. The winners should be young scientists: PhD students or early-stage postdocs. The Award corresponds to the sum of CHF 500 (with a framed “certificate” and a small CSF/Monte Verità souvenir) and will be formally presented to the winner by Prof. Jean-Marie Lehn together with a representative of both the organizing committee and the CSF. This initiative started in 2009, on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the CSF, with the goal of encouraging young scientists at the early steps of their career. It encountered great appreciation, among both organizers and candidates.

Important dates

01/12/2011 Opening of pre-registration and abstract submsission
01/03/2012 First deadline for abstract submission and application for financial support
01/06/2012 Extended deadline for registration and abstract submission

Conference Poster

You can download here the poster of the conference

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  • 1st february 2012: deadline for abstract submission and application for financial support
  • 15th february 2012: communication of selected talks and grant holders. Opening of registration
  • 15th april 2012: Deadline for registration.

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Organisers

  • Giuseppe Foffi, EPF-Lausanne
  • Francesco Piazza, CBM/University of Orleans
  • Annalisa Pastore, MRC London
  • Massimo Morbidelli, ETH-Zurich

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