On September 24, the 13th International Conferenceon Biology and Synchrotron Radiation successfully concluded at ShanghaiTech University. Jointly organized by iHuman Institute, Institute of High Energy Physics of the Chinese Academy of Science, Shanghai Synchrotron Radiation Facility, Biophysical Society of China, Chinese Crystallographic Society and Shanghai Society of Biophysics, it was co-chaired by ShanghaiTech Professor Liu Zhijie, Professor Dong Jianhua from Institute of High Energy Physics and Professor He Jianhua from Shanghai Synchrotron Radiation Facility.
One of the top conferences in the community, BSR is held every three years, with the aim of presenting and discussing state of the art developments of synchrotron radiation and free electron laser applications in biology. The meeting in Shanghai continued the important work of BSR and its commitment to removing barriers to international research collaboration.
The conference brought together more than 340 delegates form universities, research institutes and corporations, including 39 speakers from 11 countries. It focused on traditional topics including: 1) Atomic-resolution and Time-resolved Structures of Biological Macromolecules acquired with Synchrotron Radiation Source (SRS) and XFEL; 2) Science with Upgraded SRS, Software and Big Data; 3) Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Applications of SRS, X-ray Tomography Imaging; 4) X-ray Coherent Diffraction Imaging for Biology.
Opening Remarks given by Professor Yin Jie, Vice President and Provost of ShanghaiTech
Professor Liu Zhijie hosted the opening of the conference. Vice President and Provost Professor Yin Jie gave opening remarks, expressing his sincere welcome to the attendees. Professor Rao Zihe, as the first plenary talk speaker, gave a wonderful talk on “Architecture of African Swine Fever Virus and implications for viral assembly and vaccine design.” Professor Tetsuya Ishikawa from Japan gave an introduction to SPring-8 and SACLA and their applications to life sciences. Professor Shen Jianren from Okayama University and Professor Miao Jianwei fromUC-Los Angeles gave inspiring talks as well. In addition, the conference provided an excellent opportunity for young scientists and students to deliver oral and poster presentations on their research.
Plenary talk given by Prof. Rao Zihe
At the closing of conference Professor Samar Hasnain spoke on behalf of International Advisory Committee of BSR, summarizing the conference and announcing that the 14th BSR will be held in Uppsala University in the year of 2022.
BSR13 was strongly supported by joint organizations especially Institute of High Energy Physics of the Chinese Academy of Science and Shanghai Society of Biophysics. It is strongly believed that the success of the conference will play a significant role in promoting great progress and development in the field of synchrotron radiation and free electron laser applications in biology.
Group photo of BSR13