I was in SFR-Condorcet Conference few weeks ago. SFR Condorcet is a federative research structure recognized by the French National Reaserch Council (CNRS). From its website, we can learn that this structure consists of twenty-two entities including research universities, INRA, CNRS, major engineering schools and industry partners. In total, the FRS involves approximately 400 members and The objective of the FRS Condorcet is to pool together skills and expertise present in the research laboratories (public and private) working in the field of agro-science and localized in Champagne Ardenne, in Picardy and in Wallonia. For more information please click for the website SFR Condorcet.
The conference was really well organized with plenary sessions followed by oral presentations and poster session. It was both professionally and personally rewarding. I want to conclude with one other issue that is very important to me. During this conference, I received the « Best Oral Presentation » prize. I would like to thank to my colleagues for our work and to organizers and member of jury for their interest.
The 14th European Conference on Organized Films is holding in Genoa. The conference is still taking place today (1st of July) and tomorrow with excellent contributions not only from different European countries but also from Asian countries and USA. This afternoon, I have really appreciated the plenary session given by Prof Schulz from Postdam University. I presented our results by a poster entitled « How do synthetic rhamnolipids interact with biomimetic systems of plant plasma membranes ? Key role of the chemical structures. » It was also announced that the next ECOF conference will be holding in Dresden, Germany in July 2017.
As I announced few days ago, I have been in Dutch Biophysics 2014 Conference held in Veldhoven. The conference was bigger than I expected. Naturally, there was a lot researchers from Netherlands, from neighbouring countries and also from the UK, Canada etc. Some excited topics related to Biophysics have been covered during the conference. I have only taken excerpts from certain presentations by invited speakers. Peter Tieleman gave a presentation on the study of the he thermodynamics and mechanism of defect formation in lipid layers by computer simulations using coarse-grained simulations with the MARTINI model. He shown that it is possible to analyze the behavior of lipid monolayers. Their recent work is published in JACS and entitled « Lipid Organization of the Plasma Membrane ». Alexander Kros gave a presentation entitled « Understanding membrane fusion using a biomimetic model system ». His team works on the lipid fusion process with a special focus on peptide-peptide and peptide-lipid interactions and recently on the live cells-liposome fusion. The other exciting conference was given by Antoinette Kilian on the ability of copolymers of styrene and maleic acid to solubilize membranes in the form of nanodiscs. This is very important because it allows to purify membrane proteins without detergents. I attend this conference to present our works on bolaamphiphile molecules which could be potential drug delivers.
The Dutch Biophysics will be held on next week in Veldhoven, a city close to Eindhoven. The conference is organised by FOM « De Stichting voor Fundamenteel Onderzoek der Materie » (The Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter). The conference will include different exciting topics in biophysics but I am more interested on Molecular Biophysics section. It would also represent a great opportunity to attend seminars given by well-recognized researcher in the field like Peter Tieleman and Antoinette Killian. For the first time, I will attend this conference and I am waiting to attend it for sharing my views and insights.