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Due to space constraints, attendance at this work shop is by invitation only. If you would like to attend please email to the conference Chairman via the Conference Secretary.

Workshop on Nanomechanics of Biomolecules


In addition to the core funding from the Center Stephano Franscini supplementary funding for this conference has been provided by the ESF Programme SimBioMa, Matheon, the IMB-EPFL and the FSB-EPFL.

Matheon SimBioMa FSB and IMB

Centro Stefano Franscini
August 20-25 2006

Above the town of Ascona, on Lake Maggiore in the Italian speaking Ticino Canton of Switzerland south of the Alps.

Organizing Committee

John Maddocks, Applied Mathematics, EPF-Lausanne (Chair)
Richard James, Mechanics,
U. of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Richard Lavery, Biophysical Chemistry, CNRS, Paris
Michael Levitt, Computational Structural Biology, Stanford
Phil Nelson, Biophysics,
U. Penn, Philadelphia
Rob Phillips, Applied Physics, CalTech, Pasadena
Christof Schuette, Mathematics and Bioinformatics, Free University, Berlin
Jon Widom, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Northwestern, Chicago


This workshop will address issues of experiment, and mathematical and computational modelling arising in the nanomechanics of biomolecules. There will be a particular, but not exclusive, emphasis on systems involving DNA ranging in scales from mini-circles, repressor and promoter loops, nucleosome packing, DNA packing in viruses, single molecule manipulation, and chromatin dynamics.

Scientific program

The conference will start with a Reception and Dinner on Sunday evening the 20th. Between Monday morning and lunch time Friday there are planned to be approximately two dozen talks of approximately 40 minutes duration, with the presenters representing the fields of analysis and mechanics, computation at various scales, and experiment. Speakers will be encouraged to include introductory material targeted at members of "other" communities. The number of talks and number of attendees (a total attendance of approximately 50 is planned) are designed to allow ample time for extensive scientific discussions outside of the formal presentations. In addition to the invited lectures all participants will have the opportunity to display a scientific poster throughout the conference.


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