ICBP 2004


The 5th International Conference on Biological Physics
-- ICBP2004 Gothenburg, Sweden --
(August 23 - August 27, 2004)






  • February 31, 2004, Request for Travel Grants should be received 
  • June 30, 2004, Abstract  in electronic form or in paper should be received at the Conference Secretariat 
  • June 30, 2004, Advance registration with reduced fee 
  • June 30, 2004, Reservation of hotel accommodation and social programs 


The Condensed Matter Theory Group

at Chalmers University of Technology and Göteborg University



A collaboration between scientists at Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg University,

Linköping University, Lund University, the Royal Institute of Technology,

Stockholm University, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences,

Umeå University and Uppsala University, 


 Swedish Biophysical Society

European Physical Society – Division of Living Systems

Swedish Physical Society – Section for Biological Physics




 The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences through its

Nobel Institute for Physics, and its

Nobel Institute for Chemistry

The Swedish Research Council

Chalmers University of Technology

Göteborg University

International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP)

International Union of Pure and Applied Biophysics (IUPAB)









Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP): www.hfsp.org

Q-Sense: www.q-sense.com

Institute of Physics Publishing (IOP): www.iop.org/Journals/enquiries/sarajones.html

Elsevier: www.elsevier.com












Dear Colleagues:

On behalf of the Swedish Physical Society – Section for Biological Physics, the Swedish Biohysical Society, the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP), the International Union of Pure and Applied Biophysics (IUPAB), and the European Physical Society – Division of Living Systems, it is our pleasure to invite you to attend the 5th International Conference on Biological Physics (ICBP2004). The conference is held at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden, from Monday, August 23 to Friday, August 27, 2004, with arrival and start of registration on Sunday August 22 at 15:00. Registration will be possible during the entire Conference.


The Commission for Biological Physics was formed by the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) in 1990. Four international conferences have been previously organized by this commission; the 1st in Szeged, Hungary 1993, the 2nd in Munich,Germany 1995, the 3rd in Santa Fe, USA 1998, and the 4th in Kyoto, Japan, 2001.


Background: Without the tools of modern physics, the structure of DNA would probably not have been discovered 1953. The knowledge of the DNA structure in turn initiated a rapid development in molecular biology, which lead to the present detailed but still qualitative understanding of phenomena, such as, gene regulation, DNA replication and cell division, to mention just some important results. A quantitative understanding of molecular biology, for instance understanding the dynamics of DNA, and fully exploiting the data from the human genome project (HUGO), however, requires a modeling that goes beyond methods currently used in bioinformatics. Obviously, living systems consist of condensed matter, although more complex than inanimate matter. Thus, apart from chemistry and mathematical statistics, even the tools of condensed matter physics must be employed. This could also open up for technological applications such as development of new biosensors.


The first two International Conferences on Biological Physics were mainly focused on biopolymers and membranes, but, in the 3rd and 4th conferences the scope was significantly broadened, to also include biological functions of the living cell. The 5th conference will continue in this direction, and also include networks of living cells. There are 16 plenary lectures and 12 symposia, in principle covering all areas within biological physics with the aim to present the frontier developments. Each symposium consists of invited talks, and talks selected among contributed papers. Other contributed papers are presented as posters. Abstracts of all invited and contributed papers are published in the Abstract Booklet. Selected papers will be reviewed and published after the conference.


The subjects of the symposia and plenary lectures, as well as information on the location and schedule of the conference, are given below. You will also find detailed instructions for the registration and submission of papers, abstracts and posters. We hope that this interdisciplinary conference will be equally successful as the previous conferences in this series.


Clas Blomberg

Mats Jonson

Leif Matsson



Secretary General





Plenary Speakers

Invited Speakers



Plenary Speakers

O Single molecule studies

W.E. Moerner (Stanford Univ., USA)

Adrian Parsegian (NIH Bethesda, USA)

O Nanotechnology and surface science

Wolfgang Knoll (MPI Mainz, Germany)

O Biosensors and medical applications

David Walt (Tufts Univ., Medford, USA)

O Charge transfer in biomolecules, and photobiology

Cees Dekker (Delft UT, Netherlands)

Joshua Jortner (Tel Aviv Univ., Israel)

O Structure and dynamics of biomolecules (Protein folding)

Hans Frauenfelder (Los Alamos NL, USA)

Peter Wolynes (UCSD, USA)

O Dynamical models of DNA

Michel Peyrard (ENS Lyon, France)

Kendall Smith (Cornell Univ., New York,  USA)

O Physics of subcellular structures

Michael E. Fisher (Univ. of Maryland, College Park, USA)

O Modelling aspects of cell biology

Eshel Ben-Jacob (Tel Aviv Univ., Israel)

O Physics of the neural system

John Hopfield (Princeton Univ., Cambridge, USA)

O Evolution and the origin of life

Gunter von Kiedrowski (Univ. of Ruhr-Bochum, Germany)

O Complex systems in biological physics

David Nelson (Harvard Univ., Cambridge, USA)

O General Biological Physics

Ian Smith (NRC, Winnipeg, Canada)


Invited Speakers

Symposium 1:
W.E. Moerner (Stanford Univ., USA), Pal Ormos (Szeged Univ., Hungary), Kenichi Yoshikawa (Kyoto Univ., Japan) Andreas Zumbusch (Univ. of Munich).

Symposium 2: Steven G. Boxer (Stanford Univ., USA), Wolfgang Knoll (MPI Mainz, Germany), Jonas Tegenfeldt (Lund Univ., Sweden).
Symposium 3: Bernd Saegmueller (Ludw.-Maximil. Univ., Germany), Peter Schellenberg (Jena Inst. of Mol. Biotech., Germany),
David Walt (Tufts Univ., USA).
Symposium 4:
Cees Dekker (TU Delft, Netherlands), Joshua Jortner (Tel Aviv Univ., Israel), Jens Ulstrup (DTU Lyngby, Denmark), Josef Wachtweitl (J. W. Goethe Univ., Germany).
Symposium 5: Jane Clarke (Cambridge Univ., UK), Alan R. Fersht (MRC Cambridge, UK), Hans Frauenfelder (Los Alamos Nat. Lab., USA), Yurii Krupyanskii (NN Semenov Inst., Russia), Eugene Shakhnovich (Harvard Univ., USA), Peter Wolynes (UCSD, USA).

Symposium 6: Alexei Kornyshev (Imperial College London, UK), Adrian Parsegian (NIH Bethesda, USA), Michel Peyrard (ENS Lyon, France), Kim Rasmussen (Los Alamos Nat. Lab., USA), Kendall Smith (Cornell Univ., USA) Sergey Volkov (Bogolyubov Inst., Ukraine).
Symposium 7: William E. Brownell (Baylor College Houston, USA), Marileen Dogterom (FOM Amsterdam, Netherlands), Michael E. Fisher
(Univ. of Maryland, USA), John Nagle (Carnegie Mellon Univ., USA), Samuel Safran (Weizmann Institute, Israel), Miljko Sataric (Univ. of  Novi Sad, Serbia), Jack Tuszynski (Univ. of Alberta, Canada).
Symposium 8:
Eshel Ben-Jacob (Tel Aviv Univ., Israel), Frank Bergmann (Keck Grad. Inst., USA), Irina Mihalcescu (J. Fourier Univ., France), Johan Paulsson (Cambridge Univ., UK).
Symposium 9: Fanji Gu (Fudan Univ., China), John Hertz (Nordita, Denmark),
John Hopfield (Princeton Univ., USA), Frank Moss (Univ. of Missouri, USA).

Symposium 10: Gunter von Kiedrowski (Ruhr-Univ. Bochum, Germany), Albert Nummelin (Chalmers UT, Sweden), Eors Szathmary (Collegium Budapest, Hungary).
Symposium 11: Mans Ehrenberg (Uppsala Univ., Sweden), Frank Juelicher (MPI Dresden, Germany),
David Nelson (Harvard Univ., USA).

Symposium 12: Peter L. Christiansen (DTU Lyngby, Denmark), Yuri Gaididei (Bogolyubov Inst., Ukraine), Ralf Metzler (Nordita, Denmark), Virulh Sayakanit (Bangkok Univ., Thailand), Ian Smith (NRC, Winnipeg, Canada) Wokyung Sung (Pohang Univ., Korea).




1.    Single molecule studies
Organizers: Andreas Zumbuch (Univ. of Munich, Germany), Mikael Kaell (Chalmers UT, Sweden), Jerker Widengren (Stockholm Univ., Sweden).
Single molecule studies can provide novel information on the structure and dynamics of important biomolecules, in vitro and in vivo, information that could be difficult or impossible to obtain by traditional, ensamble everaging measurement techniques.  By manipulating and visualizing single biomolecules, such as, proteins, DNA and various cytoskeletal filaments, one may thus learn about their mechanical and dynamical properties, higher order structures, and conformational transitions. Single molecules can also be used as probes of diverse biological environements, which may lead to the development of new strategies for ultrasensitive clinical diagnostics and screening. Contributions to this symposium may involve single molecule studies using various experimental techniques, theoretical modeling and computational methods to understand the dynamics, biological function, and higher order structures of single biomolecules, as well as to analyze and predict single molecule phenomena. We also welcome contributions on all kinds of ultrasensitive detection and measurement techniques that promote development of single biomolecule research.


2.       Nanotechnology and surface science in biology

Organizers: Wolfgang Knoll (MPI Mainz, Germany), Fredrik Hook (Chalmers UT, Sweden), Bengt Kasemo (Chalmers UT, Sweden).
Living matter is full of nano-systems, which, apart from other cross-disciplinary aspects, also require an adequate physical understanding. One important area for nano and surface science is the interface between synthetic and living matter. Major fields of technological application are medical implants and devices, biosensors, clinical diagnostics, pharmaceutical production, and bio-array fabrication. Tissue engineering and culturing of cells are other important examples. Scientific issues concern the structure, properties, energetics, and kinetic processes of biological entities at surfaces and interfaces. Examples are water and small biomolecules (amino acids, nucleic acids), peptides, proteins, DNA, self-assembled monolayers and supported biomembranes, macromolecular assemblies, cells and tissues. Nano- and microfabrication techniques of chemical-physical micro architectures for molecule, cell, and tissue guidance, and handling of small sample volumes, will be discussed. The development and adoption of new analytical techniques, such as the scanning probe microscopies (STM, AFM, SNOM,..) optical (SFG, SHG, FTIR, ellipsometry, SPR,..) and other (piezoelectric, magnetic, calorimetric,..) techniques for bio-interfacial studies, including enhanced sensitivities realizing or approaching single molecule detection, will also be addressed in this session.


3.       Biosensors and medical applications

Organizers: Michael Grunze (Heidelberg Univ., Germany), Bo Liedberg (Linkoeping Univ., Sweden), Ingemar Lundstroem (Linkoeping Univ., Sweden).
Modeling the signal transduction network in living cells is one of the most urgent interdisciplinary research areas. Apart from a general interest to understand the functions of molecular biological systems and cells, in response to different stimuli, such knowledge can also be exploited to develop biosensors. For instance, ligand and voltage gating of various transmembranal entities can be used in designing and developing biosensors. Natural whole cell biosensors and artificial structures, such as,  liposomes, vesicles, and membrane fragments will be discussed. Cellular biosensors can be used in medical research and therapy, for instance, in tumor biology, where biosensors can monitor intracellular levels of cytostatica. Biosensors are also employed in the pharmaceutical industry, e. g., for quality surveillance in various production lines. The symposium will also deal with recent developments in transducer technologies, and micro(nano)array fabrication, but is not limited to subjects listed here.


4.       Charge transfer in biomolecules, and photobiology

Organizers: Jens Ulstrup (DTU Lyngby, Denmark), Tomas Gillbro (Umea Univ., Sweden),

Sven Larsson (Chalmers UT, Sweden).
Photosynthesis and respiration, providing necessary free energy for life, are at the same time biological processes from which we may learn how to built efficient solar energy converters. In photosynthesis the system is excited by sunlight and an electron ejected in a charge separation (CS) process.  By performing CS in the spin singlet state much energy is saved. Wasteful charge recombination to the locally excited triplet state is avoided by a series of very fast electron transfer steps, ending in a proton transfer step. Fundamental physical problems are commonplace in this type of complicated processes. For example why does CS occur in a reaction center and not in the antenna system, where the excitation is first transported before it reaches the reaction center. Recently the structures of photosystems I and II of green plants have been determined and it is now possible to study these systems theoretically and compare to the photosynthetic mechanisms of the already well-known bacterial photosynthetic systems. The structure of cytochrome c oxidase, where respiration occurs, has also been determined recently. In this case too, important problems are, for example, how the coupling between electron transfer and proton transfer is organized in electron transfer and proton transfer chains.


5.       Structure and dynamics of biomolecules (Protein folding)

Organizers: Peter Wolynes (UCLA San Diego, USA), Johan Aqvist (Uppsala Univ., Sweden), Anders Ehrenberg (Stockholm Univ., Sweden), Anders Irbaeck (Lund Univ., Sweden),  Mikael Oliveberg (Umea Univ., Sweden).
To translate and exploit information in the genome into specific biological functions, such as, of receptors, hormones and enzymes, the extended chain of amino acids in a protein must be “folded” into a compact globular molecular object with the right shape. Modeling of the structure and dynamics of a certain protein from a given sequence of amino acids, is expected to yield novel information about the biological function of that protein. Contributions to such knowledge can also be obtained by comparing a wild type protein with mutated sequences, and by seeing the protein as a product of biological (or pre-biological) evolution. Protein denaturation and renaturation can be studied as a function of temperature, or concentration of various reactants working at a constant physiological temperature. For instance, the conformational changes of a protein between unphosphorylated, phosphorylated, and dephosphorylated states, can explain the differences between active and inactive forms of a protein complex.


6.       Dynamical models of DNA

Organizers: Michel Peyrard (Ecole Norm. Sup., France),  Leif Matsson (Chalmers UT, Sweden).
The discovery of the two-chain helical structure of DNA 50 years ago provided the key to a detailed although qualitative understanding of the cellular signal network, DNA replication, and division of cells. A quantitative description of the cell cycle control system, however, also requires an understanding of the DNA dynamics, of the free duplex, as well as of the DNA structure embedded in an activated cell. This in turn requires studies of the higher order structures and soft condensed properties of DNA, that comes to expression, for instance, at the initiation of DNA replication, and the metaphase-to-anaphase transition, both of which are non-eqilibrium, hence, concentration/density dependent processes. In particular, a quantitative knowledge of the harmonic-displacive type dynamics of DNA, its nonlinear dependence on density and distance variations, sequence of bases, and quantum effects, are also prerequisites to interprete and evaluate various recent experiments on the electronic and elastic properties of the “molecule of life”. This symposium will deal with:

-          nonlinear, nonequilibrium dynamics of DNA

-          liquid crystal like properties of DNA

-          acousto-mechanical, and conductivity properties of DNA

and related problem areas.


7.       Physics of subcellular structures

Organizers: John Nagle (Carnegie Mellon Univ., USA), Jack Tuszynski (Univ. of Alberta, Canada), Olle Edholm (KTH Stockholm, Sweden), Per Rudquist (Chalmers UT, Sweden).
This symposium will deal with experiments and theory of biological systems on a level between a whole cell and molecules. For instance, membranes, vesicles, cytoskeletal filaments, and molecular motors will be discussed in terms of their biochemical/biophysical structure and biological function. Protein-lipid, protein-protein and protein-drug interactions, as well as, structural and dynamical properties of protein filaments (actins and microtubules) will be quantitatively addressed. The functional roles of these subcellular structures, especially their participation in force generation, signalling enzymatic processes, and energy transduction, will be given prominent exposure.  Importantly, both lipid bilayers and microtubules possess liquid crystal like properties, exhibiting the delicate balance between rigidity and fluidity that is important for their biological functioning. The biological function usually depends on concentration variations of key chemical reactants, and a lyotropic modeling of this kind of living systems at non-equilibrium conditions appears to be the realistic type of approach for an understanding of their dynamics and biological function. However, their temperature variations may still reveal interesting structural properties.  We intend to initiate discussions how these different properties are brought to bear on various key cellular processes, such as, cell division and differentiation.


8.       Modelling aspects of cell biology

Organizers: Michael Elowitz (Rockefeller, USA) , Mans Ehrenberg (Uppsala Univ., Sweden),

Carsten Peterson (Lund Univ., Sweden).
This session will highlight progress in interdisciplinary areas of biological research that aims at understanding the function of cells by mathematical modeling of intracellular networks, one of the major challenges for biological sciences. Since discovery of the structure of DNA fifty years ago, molecular biologists have unveiled a substantial amount of molecular hardware information concerning the control of gene expression, in bacteria, yeasts and many other organisms.  However, in spite of the revolutionary discoveries made by molecular biologists, we are still far from understanding the molecular machinery that controls the biological functions in response to external stimuli, such as, in growth and division of cells, and how cells adapt and integrate to living beings.  To understand how molecular components in stochastic processes and local control systems in the cell can operate together to achieve diverse tasks, a global modeling of very complex systems is needed, albeit with many important details unknown. Gene expression and metabolic flows are often characterized by noise that will have profound effects on the physiology of cells. Concepts from control theory, like robustness, can be predicted to play an important role for future progress. In this modeling also physics will be important, to discriminate between different intracellular network theories, however, as an integrated part of molecular biology.


9.       Physics of the neural system

Organizers: Frank Moss (Missouri Univ., USA), Erik Fransén (KTH Stockholm, Sweden), Hans Liljenstroem (SLU Uppsala, Sweden).
The main focus of this session is on computational models of neural systems and information processing at subcellular, cellular, and network levels.  Topics will include modeling of ion channels, single neurons, neural networks, and related phenomena, such as, ion channel kinetics, neuronal firing patterns, spike synchronization, cortical neurodynamics, and stochastic resonance in neural systems. The session will further address problems concerning functions of neural systems, e. g., motor control, perception, and associative memory.  Specific problems could be related to the efficiency of neural systems, the role of oscillations and fluctuations in such systems, or to relations between various micro-, meso-, and macroscopic processes. Many questions in this area  call for answers. For instance, how can a balance be attained between order and disorder, or between stability and flexibility? What is the origin of cellular excitability, a property basic for the neural information processing? Which properties at the microscopic level are important for an understanding of macroscopic phenomena? Which problems related to higher brain functions, such as, cognition, can be addressed using computational modeling and simulations? Where is a good balance, in the modeling process, between realism and details on the one hand, and simplification and abstraction on the other? This session is intended to address and elucidate some of these and related issues.


10.    Evolution and origin of life

Organizers: Gunter von Kiedrowski (Bochum, Germany), Clas Blomberg (KTH Stockholm, Sweden), Kristian Lindgren (Chalmers UT, Sweden).
This symposium will deal with physical aspects of the origin and evolution of life. The origin of life comprises questions on the development of complex behaviour in prebiotic macromolecular systems, as well as questions about the minimum requirements for a primitive, living cell and how it could appear. Macromolecular selection and the emergence of stable, functional networks are central themes that have been studied by mathematical-physical modeling and experiments on simplified systems. Related to this are questions about the characterization of life and what is called “artificial life”, models with relevant features (such as the possibility of evolution) in common with existing life, as well as investigations of methods for creating systems exhibiting life-like behaviour. Physical modeling in evolution theory will also be given prominent exposure in this session. Questions to be highlighted are also various selection processes in a complex organization, and the development of functional units.


11.    Complex systems in biological physics

Organizers: John Hertz (Nordita, Denmark), Zoran Konkoli (Chalmers UT, Sweden), Bernhard Mehlig (Chalmers UT, Sweden).
Living organisms may exhibit a variety of coexisting states (phases, conformations, patterns). Starting from the molecular level, how do they emerge?  What triggers transitions between these states? How do living systems evolve, both on very short (molecular), and long (evolutionary) time scales? In order to address these questions statistical and stochastic approaches are called for and have been very successful. Examples of phenomena of interest are glassy dynamics, protein folding, coding and gene expression, pattern formation, neural dynamics, evolutionary forces and genetic drift, and gene regulation, to name but a few. The aim of this symposium is twofold: to demonstrate how statistical approaches have been and could be used to describe biological systems, and to stimulate cooperation in a cross-disciplinary environement.


12.    General Biological Physics/Others

Organizer: Marina Voinova (Chalmers UT, Sweden).
This symposium will deal with all different types of problems in the interface between physics and biology. In particular nonlinear and non-equilibrium type phenomena, as well as condensed matter type problem areas in biological physics are considered. The session also takes up items that are not easily included in the other symposia, or contributed works that can be seen from different aspects.  In addition late abstract contributions that have been selected for an oral presentation have been included here.



Detailed Program (may download slowly)

Time Table

Conference Lecture Rooms Map



Author index for Poster Sessions A and B
 Invited Speakers

Plenary & Symposium Lecture Abstracts

Poster Session A

Poster Session B


Conference Venue

Official Language

Internet and Telephone



Coffee and Tea

Passport and Visa

Currency and Money Exchange





Conference Venue
Chalmers Conference Center, Chalmersplatsen 1, 412 96 Gothenburg, Sweden. 1 min walk from the tramway/bus stop ‘Chalmers Tekniska Hogskola’.
City plan:
Hotel map


Official Language
The official language of the conference is English.


Internet and Telephone
Computers with internet connections using local area network will be installed at the conference center, in order for participants to have access to email. Telnet service is also available. Digital public telephones are also available in the venue area.


Commercial companies and non-profit organizations are invited to exhibit their products and technology relevant to the Conference. A Swedish company, Inspiro Event, has been appointed handling agent for the exhibition. For further information, please contact:
Henrik Svensson, Inspiro Event, Phone: +46 31 136504, Email: henrik.svensson@inspiroevent.se


No formal wear is requested for the various occasions.


Coffee and Tea
Coffee and tea will be served free of charge at coffee break time every morning and afternoon during the Conference.


Lunch is not included in the Conference Fee. Lunch at Chalmers Restaurant costs about SEK 60.-.


Passport and Visa
Information on particular passport and visa requirements in Sweden is obtainable through all Swedish Diplomatic Offices. Those requiring visas must initiate the application process well in advance of their departure date. Questions can also be answered by the local police at phone: (+46 31) 739 20 00.


Currency and Money Exchange
The unit of currency is: Swedish Kronor (SEK).
The exchange rate (June, 2003) is approximately:
 1 US dollar = 8 SEK; 1 Euro = 9.50 SEK.
Major foreign currencies can be exchanged for Swedish Kronor at international airports, exchange centers, authorized city banks, or major hotels. It is generally safe to carry cash in Sweden. Small amounts of cash are needed for most forms of transportation, for small dining spots that do not accept credit cards or travelers checks, and for other small purchases. Usually, only Swedish Kronor is acceptable at regular stores and restaurants. Travelers checks are accepted only by leading banks and major hotels in principal cities, and the use of travelers checks in Sweden is not as popular as in some other countries. Visa, Master-Card, Diners Club and American Express are widely accepted at hotels, taxis, department stores, shops, restaurants and night clubs.


Always ask for the fare before entering a taxi. Major companies like ‘Taxi Goteborg’, ‘Taxi Kurir’ and ‘Askim-Saro Taxi’, are normally reliable.


Individual tipping is not necessary in Sweden, however, appreciated.


The electric supply in Sweden is mostly 220 volts A.C. (50 Hz).

Proper travel and health insurance are strongly recommended to all conference participants. The conference secretariat cannot accept liability for any accident or injury that may occur at the conference. Please consult your travel agent regarding this matter.




Call for papers

Abstract Instructions

Abstract template

Replacing/correcting an abstract submission

Poster Contribution


Submission of Abstracts (Online)

Call for Papers


All participants are invited to submit an abstract, for oral or poster presentation,  maximum 1 page.

A number of contributed abstracts will be selected for oral presentation in each session. This selection

will start before the month of May and therefore the chance to be selected increases if contributions

arrive as early as possible.


The topics for the 5th International Conference on Biological Physics are:


1. Single molecule studies

2. Nanotechnology and surface science in biology

3. Biosensors and medical applications

4. Charge transfer in biomol:s  and photobiology.

5. Structure and dynamics of biomolecules.

6. Dynamical models of DNA

7. Phsysics of subcellular structures

8. Modelling aspects of cell biology

9. Physics of the neural system

10. Evolution and origin of life

11. Complex systems in biological physics

12. General Biological Physics/Others


The abstract deadline is June 30, 2004 (date of receipt).


Please note that only abstracts which are submitted on-line according to the instructions given will be accepted.


The corresponding author will be notified of the committee’s decision on the submitted abstracts by the latest on July 10, 2004.


Abstract Instructions

·  The abstract must be prepared in Microsoft Word; (version Word 95, Word 97, Word 2000 or Word 2002).

·  The abstract should be written in English and should be single-spaced throughout.

·  The abstract should be written with type face Times and the font size should be 12.

·  Maximum one  (1) pages, including figures and tables, size A4 (i.e. 210 x 297 mm) with 2.5 cm margins on both sides.

·  Figures should be saved as GIF of JPEG and must not exceed 600 dpi/figure.

·  The abstract must not exceed 1 MB incl. embedded figures.

·  The abstract should be headed by the title (bold type), author(s), affiliation (s), address (es).

·  The abstract should also contain telephone number, fax number and e-mail address to the corresponding author.

·  Underline the name of the presenting author.

·  Begin the text two lines below the last line of the author/affiliation section.

·  The abstract text should if possible include background/aim, methods, results and conclusions, according to the abstract temple.

·  Abstract submission by fax or e-mail will not be accepted.

·  The author is responsible for typing errors in the title and abstract.



Click here for an abstract template.



Replacing/correcting an abstract submission
Do not resubmit an abstract through the website. If you should have any corrections, please state your name and abstract title send a completely new abstract as an attachment by e-mail to the abstract secretariat: icbp2004@stocon.se
(this is only valid before June 30, 2004).

Poster Contribution
Contributed papers will be accepted as poster presentations. Poster presenters should be present during the assigned time for discussion. The poster space for each presentation will be 180 cm high x 90 cm wide.

Following review, selected papers will be published by the American Institute of Physics (AIP) in a proceedings volume. Papers should be 5-15 pages long (though shorter and longer manuscripts may be accepted) and must be written in 12 point “Times New Roman” font according to the instructions available on the web at http://proceedings.aip.org/proceedings/6x9.jsp. Microsoft Word templates and LaTex macros are available at this link. Complete manuscripts should be received electronically as pdf files to the Conference Secretariat via email icbp2004@fy.chalmers.se not later than October 20, 2004. Further questions are welcome to the Conference Secretariat icbp2004@fy.chalmers.se.


Submission of Abstracts (Online)

Click here to go to the online abstract form.




Registration Fee and Payment


Registration Form


Official Letter of Iniviation

Registration Fee (in Swedish Kronor)


Before June 30, 2004

After June 30, 2004







Excl.VAT Student



Incl.VAT Student



Accompanying person





The rules for registration payment without VAT, ” Excl.VAT”cathegory,  are given here below.

To register as a student a copy of ID card or an official letter by the supervisor/head of the department should be attached to the Registration & Reservation Form.

Accompanying person's registration fee covers: name-badge, costs for registration and hotel reservation, admittance to the exhibition, and invitation to the get-together party.


Value Added Tax (VAT)

Depending on where you come from and how your registration is being paid, you may or may not have to pay the registration fee with the Value Added Tax (VAT). Identify your relevant category and choose the appropriate alternative for you on the registration form:


Excl.VAT (Exclusive VAT):

• Fees paid from countries outside the EU

• Fees paid by companies and other taxable persons within the EU, except Sweden. (For this cathegory to escape VAT it is thus sufficient to fill in the organization (VAT Registartion) number in the registration form of the home university, institute or company.)


Incl.VAT (Inclusive VAT):

• Fees paid by non taxable companies, institutions and private persons within the EU

• Fees paid within Sweden




Those who wish to participate in the conference are requested to register in advance on the Online Registration & Reservation Form

Click here to go to the online registration & reservation form.

or by regular mail addressed to


ICBP2004 Desk
c/o Inspiro Event
Kastellgatan 1
SE-413 07 Gothenburg



The reduced registration rate is only applicable if the registration and payment are received at latest June 30, 2004. Written confirmation acknowledging receipt of registration and payment will be sent to applicants.

No registration will be confirmed until registration fees have been received.

Registration Form
download registration form (PDF format, Acrobat Reader 4.0 is required)



If you cannot attend, your registration is transferable to another member of your organisation. Notification of cancellation must be made in writing and sent to Stocon. Cancellation of registration will be accepted until June 1, 2004, up to which date the total amount will be refunded less SEK 1000 for cancellation charge. For cancellation received after June 1 but before July 15 the cancellation charge is SEK 2000. We regret that no refund can be made for any cancellation received after July 15, 2004.

Notification of cancellation must be made in writing and sent to Stocon. Cancellation of any hotel reservation will be accepted until June 15 up to which date the hotel prepayment will be refunded. For cancellation received after June 15 but before July 15 the hotel prepayment, less the first night’s cost will be refunded. We regret that the hotel prepayment cannot be refunded for any cancellation received after July 15, 2004.

Notification of cancellation must be made in writing and sent to Stocon. Cancellation of social events will be accepted until July 15, 2003, up to which date the total amount will be refunded. We regret that no refund can be made for any cancellation received after July 15, 2004.



Official Letter of Invitation
Those who need an official letter of invitation in order to attend the Conference may write to the Conference Secretariat specifying details. This procedure, however, is applicable for assisting participants who need visa, or permission to attend the Conference, and is not an official invitation covering fees or any other expenses.



A number of rooms have been reserved at Gothia hotel, Parnorama Hotel and SGS Youth hostel for the convenience of the participants.
Hotel rooms will be assigned on first-come, first-served basis.
Those who wish to make hotel reservations are requested to fill in the appropriate parts of the Registration & Reservation Form and send by regular mail to Stocon, "ICBP 2004", P O Box 6911, SE 102 95 Stockholm, Sweden or book on-line to reach no later than June 30, 2004.
To complete your hotel reservation, the hotel application should be accompanied by payment of a deposit (SEK 1500 per room Gothia and Panorama, 500 per room at the SGS Youth Hostel). The hotel deposit will be deducted from your total hotel bill. No hotel reservation will be processed without payment.



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SGS Student Hotels







5 min/15 min


 Above rates are daily room charges* in Swedish Kronor 2003 including, breakfast, service charge and consumption tax. #) An extra bed for accompanying person can be installed.


Hotel map


Other Types of Accommodations
Those who would like to stay with other types of accommodations like youth hostels or Swedish inns at reasonable prices are advised to visit the following web sites and contact their offices or facilities directly.


Youth Hostels

<Goteborgs Mini-Hotel>

Tredje Langgatan 31, Gothenburg, www.minihotel.se
Tel +46-31 241023, Fax +46 31 243009.

<Goteborgs Vandrarhem>

Molndalsvagen 23, S-412 63 Gothenburg, www.goteborgsvandrarhem.se
Tel +46 31401050, Fax +46 31 401151.

<Slottskogens Vandrarhem>

Vegagatan 21, S-413 11 Gothenburg, www.hostel.nu
Tel +46 31 426520, Fax +46 31 142102.

<Stigbergslidens Vandrarhem>

Stigbergsliden 10, S-414 63 Gothenburg, www.hostel-gothenburg.com
Tel +46 31 241620, Fax +46 31 246520.

<Masthuggsterrassens Vandrarhem>

Matshuggsterrassen 8, S-413 18 Gothenburg, www.mastenvandrarhem.com
Tel +46 31 424820, Fax +46 31 424821.



Those who would like to attend the social program are requested to fill in appropriate parts

of the Registration & Reservation Form, which should be received before June 30, 2004.


S1: Get-together      

Monday, August 23, 19:00-21:00 all conference participants including accompanying persons are welcome to get-together party held at the Gothenburg  City-Hall “Boersen”.

This event is free of charge.


S3: City Tour                       

Wednesday, August 25, 14:00-16:30 A tour which will take you to all the interesting sites of Gothenburg such as the Masthuggs Church from where you have a great view over the city and the Goeta River, Gotaplatsen, Gustav Adolf Square with the City Hall, the Opera House, Klippan with its amazing history and many other sites, old historic places and modern ones with an interesting future.

Minimum: 30 persons. The city tour takes
approx. 3 hours. Price ca 275.- SEK per
person, incl coffee.


S4: Banquet                        
On Wednesday, August 25, 19:30 – 22:30,
a banquet will be held at the venue restaurant.
This event is also open for all participants
including accompanying persons.

The rate for the banquet is 385.- SEK per person.


S6: The Nordic Watercolour Museum (CANCELLED,

too few registered)  
On Thursday, August 26, 10:00-17:00. A full days tour by bus will take you to the beautiful island of Tjorn, a tourist paradise. We will visit some of the typical fishing villages on the island, with its wooden houses and narrow streets. We will come to the Nordic Watercolour Museum, which is one of the most exciting cultural projects in the Nordic countries. The museum serves as a center for contemporary art, for research and training, with the stress laid on techniques of watercolour art. Here you can see the work of leading contemporary international water colourists or study classical watercolour paintings of the past. The museum contains galleries, guest studios, experimental workshop, library, restaurant and museum shop.

Minimum: 40 persons. The tour takes about 7 hours.
Price ca 695.- per person, incl lunch.

S2: The Island of Marstrand (CANCELLED, too few registered)  
Tuesday, August 24, 18:00-22:30. This tour takes you to the island of Marstrand – the summer paradise and sailing metropolis, located off the coast of Kungalv. We start from Goteborg by bus, and from Tjuvkil we continue by boat to Marstrand. The boat ride offers a beautiful sea archipelago of islands and the fascinating Albrektsund Canal. On Marstrand we visit the Carlsten Fort, and will experience its dramatic history on a guided tour. Those who climb up the roof of the tower are rewarded with a magnificent view of the whole Marstrand archipelago. There will also be time to swim in the Sea or just enjoy the life of a Swedish summer paradise.

Minimum: 40 persons. Price ca 750.- SEK per person, incl. dinner..


S5: Own Tours     
With a Gotheburg city plan in your hand, you can easily walk through the city, make exciting shopping of famous Swedish glass products from Orrefors, Kosta, and Boda. You can visits a number of famous restaurants, e. g., Sjomagasinet and Fiskekrogen, enjoy a walk in the city park, Slottsskogen, or the amusement park Liseberg. Through the Goteborg Tourist Office,
www.goteborg.com , you will easily obtain information, maps and broschures to design your own activity.

(Free of charge)


S7: Gunnebo House  (CANCELLED, too few registered)  
Wednesday, August 25, 15:00-18:00.
Gunnebo House was built at the end of the 18th century as an exclusive summer residence for Göteborg merchant John Hall, at the time one of the wealthiest men in Sweden. It is one of Sweden's purest examples of neo-classical architecture, beautifully situated between two lakes, south of Göteborg. Between 1995-1999, Gunnebo was subject of a unique restoration project known as "Gunnebo: reviving the 18th century". The aim was to pass on old skills to present-day craftsmen based on the master-apprentice principle. A bus will take you to Gunnebo where you will be taken on a one-hour guided tour of the main house. You will have some time to explore the beautiful surroundings, or have a coffee in the Gunnebo Coffee House, which serves home-baked delicacies and other exquisite dishes from ecologically-grown vegetables grown in their own kitchen garden.

Minimum: 40 persons.  Price ca 275.- SEK per person..



Social Program Cancellation and Refund Policy

In the event that cancellation of any social program is necessary, please notify Inspiro Event in writing or per email. The refund policy is as follows:
Cancellation received by 1 day prior: 80% refund
Cancellation received on the date or no notice given: No refund will be made.



Funds that are intended to provide Travel Grants and to help young scientists, especially from developing countries or the Asian countries, with the cost of attending the Conference will be made available. The Travel Grants cover the Conference registration fee and a part of the travel and accommodation expenses.
Travel Grants will normally be limited to young scientists who do not yet have a permanent salaried position - for example graduate students working for a higher degree and post-doctoral workers without a tenured position.


Application Procedure

Application for support should be sent to:

ICBP2004 Desk
c/o Inspiro Event
Kastellgatan 1
SE-413 07 Gothenburg

with the following documents:

1. A completed application form.

download application form (PDF format, Acrobat Reader 4.0 is required)

2. A letter of support by the Applicant's Supervisor or Head of Department.

3. One copy of the abstract describing the scientific contribution to be submitted to the Conference.


These documents should be received by the end of February, 2004. Applicants will be informed by the end of March 2004 whether their applications for Travel Grants have been successful. The decision of the Local Organizing Committee will be final.




1.  FUNCTIONAL GENOMICS (from birth to death)


Gothenburg, August 19 – 20, 2004

Organizer: Anders Blomberg


In this the 7th annual conference in Gothenburg on Functional Genomics (this year with the subtitle "from birth to death") about the challenges and potentials in both academia and industry in the post-genomic era, the focus will be on the understanding of developmental programs in stem cells, mechanisms in ageing, and the phenotypic characterisation of large-scale gene-deletion collections, Phenomics. Participants are invited to submit abstract to be considered for oral presentation. http://funcgenomics.lundberg.gu.se/



2. DNA Dynamics and Replication

Gothenburg, August 21, 2004, 10:00-17:00 at Chalmers Conference Center

Organizers: Leif Matsson  and Michel Peyrard


The discovery of DNA´s structure 50 years ago initiated an intensified research in molecular biology, which resulted in the present detailed but still qualitative descriptions of a large number of biological phenomena. Quantitative descriptions, e. g., of DNA replication, gene regulation and the cell cycle control system, however, require a quantitative understanding of the DNA dynamics. The forces that control the compaction-unfolding transitions of the genome can also be studied in vitro by means of various chemical agents, or by mechanical stretching of single DNA molecules. These and related topics, and possible connections between them, will be highlighted in a one-day satellite meeting August 21, 2004, at the ICBP2004 Conference Venue. Some of these themes will be briefly discussed during the main conference. Contributions to this subject area are called for. Those who  are interested to give a talk at his satellite meeting can fill in this part on the Registration & reservation form. The charge for this one-day meeting, SEK 750:-, will cover the costs for locality and includes lunch. Proposals and comments are welcome and can be forwarded to leif.matsson@fy.chalmers.se



3. Annual Meeting of the Swedish Biophysical Society
August 26, 2004, 13:00-15:00 in KB Lecture Hall, Chemistry Builiding at Chalmers

Organizers: Orjan Hansson and Martin Billeter


The annual meeting of the Swedish Biophysical Society will take place during the 5th ICBP 2004 conference at the conference venue. The Swedish Biophysical Society will also honor a young biophysicist with the Hugo Theorell award. The prize winner will present his work in a public lecture on Thursday, August 26, 13:00-14:00 in the KB lecture hall in the Chemistry building at Chalmers. Between 14:00-15:00 the yearly business meeting for members of the Society will take place in the same lecture hall.
More information can be obtained from Orjan.Hansson@chem.gu.se and Martin.Billeter@chem.gu.se .



4. NORDITA Workshop on Statistical Physics, Soft Matter and Biological Physics


NORDITA Copenhagen, Denmark, August 29 – September 2, 2004

Organizers: Ralf Metzler, Petter Minnhagen, Kim Sneppen, John Hertz  and Hans Fogdeby


The physics of biological and soft matter systems is a quickly expanding field within the Nordic Physics Community. It is developing in parallel to more traditional fields like classical condensed matter physics or medical physics, and tries to connect in the spirit of complex systems approaches to real biological systems. It is relevant to help understand the basic mechanisms of life such as the behaviour of single DNA molecules and their interaction with proteins. Due to their physical properties, biomolecules and their interaction with the cellular environment are aptly described by statistical mechanical tools. Conversely, biomolecules also provide ideal units to explore classical models such as from polymer physics, due to their unique properties and reproducibility. Biological physics also stretches deep into important medical issues, for instance, the understanding of biomolecules can be used to optimize methods like PCR, electrophoresis motility assays, or facilitate drug delivery. It is therefore timely to bring together scientists from the Nordic countries to exchange about their objectives and methods. NORDITA is the ideally suited place to hold conventions on the theoretical side. We therefore intend to organize a Nordic Network, stretching over 3 years, during which researchers from the Nordic countries will meet annually at NORDITA. Assisted by a webpage collecting online addresses of the different institutes and members, these annual meetings will foster active exchange between the scientists. It will be worthwhile to also include a number of experimentalists, as close interaction between theory and experiment is necessary in such a newly emerging field. Applications for participation, indicating whether an oral or poster presentation is preferred, can be directed to metz@nordita.dk.

Check also for the upcoming webpage, which will be linked from our homepage  www.nordita.dk





History of Gothenburg

The region’s first “Goeteborg” was founded already in the 11th century, at a place called Loedoese, 40 km north of the present site. The City of Gothenburg received its town privileges on June 4, 1621 from King Gustav II Adolf. The town was planned according to Dutch concepts, with canals and fortifications, and from the very beginning Gothenburg was an international town. Gothenburg became one of the most heavily fortified towns of the period, with three fortresses. “Skansen Kronan”, “Skansen Lejonet”, and the island fortress “Elfsborg”., as well as a wide water-filled moat, and a city wall with canon bastions. Gothenburg rapidly grew into an important seafaring and mercantile city, and in the 18th century the Swedish East India Company became the country’s first international trading company. The turnover from its trade with China was more than Sweden’s national budget of the time.
The early 19th century saw the beginnings of Gothenburgs shipbuilding industry, when three major shipyards were constructed. The company SKF was founded upon the invention of ball bearings and Volvo produced its first car in 1927. These, then small local industries, are now multinational giants.

Gothenburg and its satellites, with almost 1 million inhabitants, is Sweden’s second largest city after Stockholm and is today Sweden’s most important city for trade and industry with several well known international companies: Astra Zeneca, Ericsson Microwave Systems, Esab, SCA, Moelnlycke, Nobel Biocare, Saab Ericsson Space, SKF, Stena Line, Hasselblad, and Volvo.  More than 150 pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies are located in the Gothenburg region, and the collaboration between industry and universities is well established. There are more than 40,000 students at Chalmers University of Technology and Gothenburg University. Gothenburg has a rich cultural life most of which is exhibited on the Home Page of Gothenburg in one big site: www.kulturnat.goteborg.se including restaurants, museums, theaters, sport arenas, night-clubs, to mention just some. Gothenborg is also considered to be Europe’s leading town for events, with a broad choice of international conferences, sport, music and other cultural events.


Climate in Gothenburg
July / August
Av. daytime high  21.1 C (70 F) / 20.6 C (69 F)
Av. nighttime low 13.1 C (56 F) / 12.3 C (54 F)
Av. humidity    74% / 77%

Days with more than 10mm rainfall 2.3 days / 2.3 days


Cities within 50 km, e. g., Stockholm, Copenhagen, Oslo are conveniently reached by train in about 3-4

hours. Tickets and traffic information for domestic and abroad travels are obtainable on the internet site

www.sj.se and telephone +46 771 757575.


Tramway and Buses
Fares by tramway and bus are paid by coupons à 10 SEK. Travels within Gothenburg community costs 2 coupons for adults and 1 coupon for children between 6-16 years, and is free for children under 6 years. You can by tickets from the driver in the first carriage.


Air Traffic
Information on air traffic from Landvetter (25 km from Gothenburg) is obtainable

at www.landvetter.lfv.se or per telephone +46 31 941100.


In general the fare for a taxi ride in Sweden is determined by the distance traveled, however, since the level may vary depending on the taxi company and size of vehicle, always ask for the fare prior to the trip. Taxis may also be hired at a fixed amount of money for a given period of time.


Access to Gothenburg:  map


(1) From Landvetter Int. Airport (KIX)

Landvetter Airport, 25 km east of Gotehnburg, is the closest int. airport and most convenient gateway from foreign countries. It is connected with the Gothenburg Central Station in 50 min. by bus, or in  35 min. by taxi.

(2) Via Gothenburg Central Station

From Gothenburg Central Station you can travel to the conference venue, Chalmers, in about 25 min. by tramway, or in 10-15 min. by taxi. 

(3) Via Stockholm, Arlanda Int. Airport

From Stockholm Arlanda Airport you can reach Gothenburg Landvetter Airport in 60 min. by air, or by train in 3 hours.

(4) Via Copenhagen, Kastrup Int. Airport

From Copenhagen Kastrup Airport you can reach Gothenburg Landvetter Airport in 40 min. by air, or in 4 hours by train or bus.





v      Encyclopedia of Nonlinear Science, details available at http://www.routledge-ny.com/nonlinearsci/

v      Related literature, by Jack Sarfatti, Cornell, at http://www.authorhouse.com/BookStore/

v      Institute of Physics Publishing, at www.iop.or , new journal “Physical Biology” at http://www.iop.org/EJ/journal/physbio

v      Journal of Biological Physics, at http://www.kluweronline.com/issn/0092-0606/contents





List of Committees











Program Committee







Dekker, Cees


Moss, Frank



Elowitz, Michael


Nagle, John



Frauenfelder, Hans


Peyrard, Michel



Grunze, Michael


Tuszynski, Jack



Hertz, John


Wolynes, Peter



Knoll, Wolfgang


Zumbuch, Andreas








And the Local Organizing Committee members












Local Organizing Committee






Blomberg, Clas * Chaiman

Jonson, Mats * Vice-Chairman

Matsson, Leif * Secretary General







Edholm, Olle


Liljenstroem, Hans



Ehrenberg, Mans


Lindgren, Kristian



Hook, Fredrik


Mehlig, Bernhard



Irback, Anders


Nordén, Bengt



Kaell, Mikael


Orwar, Owe



Kasemo, Bengt


Rudquist, Per



Konkoli, Zoran


Sundström, Villy



Larsson, Sven


Akerman, Bjoern



Liedberg, Bo










* Executive Board Members











Local Advisory Committee







Apell, Peter


Lundstroem, Ingemar



Aqvist, Johan


Nilsson, Lennart



Brzezinski, Peter


Oliveberg, Mikael



Ehrenberg, Anders


Paulsson, Johan



Fransén, Erik


Peterson, Carsten



Gillbro, Tomas


Tegner, Jesper



Gorelik, Leonid


Wiedengren, Jerker



Graeslund, Astrid














IUPAP Commission on Biological Physics






Ormos, Pal, Chairman

Onuchic, José, Vice-Chairman

Nienhaus, G. U., Secretary







Blomberg, Clas


Krupyanskii, Yurii



Goldbeter, Albert


Stein-Ross, Moira



Grigera, J. R.


Torre, V.



Husimi, Yazuru


Wortis, Michael



Joanny, Jean-Francois


Yathindra, N.








Questions and Comments

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