The upcoming edition of the meeting is expected to host a stimulating multidisciplinary environment, with researchers belonging to different areas, from physics and engineering to biology and medicine, but sharing a common scientific interest. The main methodological focus will be posed on the application of advanced microscopy and spectroscopy approaches to follow the dynamics and measure the mechanical properties of single molecules and cells. Moreover, the scientific sessions will be flanked by a technological exhibit involving world-leading companies and high tech startups interested in presenting their solutions and services for the growing community of mechanobiology.
If you are curious about the history and spirit of N4M, have a look at the editorial of the special issue of Biophysical Reviews dedicated to the symposium: Science by the sea: how nanoengineering met mechanobiology in CamogliN4M2020 at a glance
The conference is organized over three days, starting with the opening session on Sunday afternoon, and closing the meeting after the Wednesday morning activity. The general structure is highlighted below.
Piezo1 force-sensing ion channels in cardiovascular health and disease
Single-molecule imaging of cytoplasmic dynein in vivo reveals the mechanism of motor activation and cargo capture
Coping with Stress: Tissue dynamics during growth and repair
Microfluidic technology as a tool for cell and tissue biomechanics
Communication by force in ants
Modelling the dynamics of non-muscle myosin II minifilaments
Dissecting the intercellular forces shaping tissues
Engineered 3D microenvironments for in vitro tissue models
Optical coherence elastography – optical coherence tomography at work in tissue biomechanics
Modeling the mechanics and self-organization of cells and tissues
Novel single cell mechanobiology approach reveals an intermediate state of integrin αIIbβ3 that mediates platelet aggregation under disturbed flow
Variations on Spontaneous Brillouin Light Scattering Microscopy
Evaluating the micromechanics of tissue phantoms with Brillouin spectroscopy
For the 2020 edition of the symposium, we are partnering with Springer and with the European Biophysical Societies Association to provide access to a Special Issue of European Biophysics Journal (see below). The special issue will be edited by Silvia Caponi (lead editor), Aldo Ferrari and Massimo Vassalli.
The European Biophysics Journal publishes papers in the field of biophysics, defining biophysics as the study of biological phenomena using physical methods and concepts. The journal presents original papers, reviews and letters. The primary goal of this journal is to advance the understanding of biological structure and function by application of the principles of physical science, and by presenting the work in a biophysical context. Principal areas of interest include: structure and dynamics of biological macromolecules; membrane biophysics and ion channels; cell biophysics and organisation; macromolecular assemblies; biophysical methods and instrumentation; advanced microscopics; and system dynamics. The journal is published on behalf of the European Biophysical Societies' Association.
The Nanoengineering for Mechanobiology symposium is organized in Camogli, a nice fishermen village near Genova, with the aim to bring together for three days junior and senior scientists passionate for the field of Mechanobiology. To enhance the interaction among the attendees, the core activities of the conference are organized inside the Hotel Cenobio dei Dogi which is also the accommodation for the participants.
Participation fees are set to 450€ for young students and early career researchers (accommodation in shared room) and 550€ for senior scientists (accommodation in single room).
Extended registration: Early bird registration has been extended and a very limited number of slots for oral talks have still to be assigned. Register before December 20, 2019. After that date, the registration will remain open till 1st of March 2020 for poster only presentations, with a late registration fee increased by 100€.
To register, click on the button below. You will be redirected to the registration page, to select the subscription package and provide all the details of your contribution (service provided by DOUBLE EM SRL)
Thanks to the support of external institutional sponsors and partners, we are able to grant a limited number of bursaries to encourage the participation of young students to the meeting. Please find additional details below
The European Biophysical Societies Association is supporting 2 bursaries for the participation of EU PhD students and early career researchers (coming from countries other than Italy). Full details and rules can be found at the corresponding page of the EBSA website. EBSA will support up to 400€; to apply for the bursary, please download the official form, fill it with all the required details, and send it to the organizing committee at the address firstname.lastname@example.org.
EBSA bursaries have been assigned by the scientific committee.
The Italian Society of Pure and Applied Biophysics (SIBPA) is supporting the participation of younger members to the N4M meeting. In order to apply, you need to be a qualified member of the society or - if you qualify - apply to become a member before the submission deadline. Please download the call (Italian only) to get all the details and follow the procedure therein to apply. The deadline for the presentation of the application form is 20 November Deadline extended to December 20th for 1 additional bursary.
James Watt School of Engineering
University of Glasgow, UK
Via Nicolò Cuneo, 34
16032 Camogli Genova, Italy
The Camogli S.Fruttuoso station is 2 minutes walk from the Hotel and directly connected to the national railway network.
Have a look at the directions provided by the Hotel or follow any navigation system. The Hotel Cenobio dei Dogi provides free parking for all attendees staying at the Hotel.
The nearest airport is Genova Cristoforo Colombo. From there, a frequent shuttle brings in 10min to the nearest train station, where a train to Camogli departs about every half an hour