The Second International Symposium on Protein Folding and Dynamics

The Second International Symposium on Protein Folding and Dynamics

Date : November 5-7, 2014                                                                                                                                                 Download Program Schedule

Venue : NCBS, Bangalore


Professor Jayant B. Udgaonkar, NCBS, Bangalore

Professor Devarajan Thirumalai, University of Maryland, USA


Registration deadline: August 30, 2014

The deadline for Registration has been extended upto 15th September, 2014.

Selection Announcement: Selection of abstracts for poster presentation has been made.

Form begets function in life, and proteins are the functional entities in all living systems. The mechanism by which the functional three-dimensional structure of a protein is coded for by its primary one-dimensional amino-acid sequence, is still not completely understood. Protein Folding is an intriguing example of biological wizardry, in which a polypeptide chain self- assembles into the unique native structure that holds the key to its function. There has been considerable recent progress, but several fundamental and inter-linked questions remain to be answered about this self-packing puzzle. Do proteins take shape gradually, in fits and starts, or all at once? Are there flip-flops? What comes first, an outline of the shape or the details? Is there only one folding sequence for each protein?

The International Symposium on Protein Folding and Dynamics, to be held at the National Centre for Biological Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, from November 5 to 7, 2014, will discuss these topical issues in protein folding. The meeting brings together internationally recognized biologists, chemists and physicists whose continuing theoretical, computational and experimental contributions have advanced the field to a great extent.

Confirmed Speakers:

Anjum Ansari, University of Illinois, USA

Robert Best, NIH, USA

Abani Bhuyan,  University of Hyderabad, India

Bernd Bukau, University of Heidelberg, Germany

Kausik Chakraborty, Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, India

Hue Sun Chan, University of Toronto, Canada

John Christodoulou, University College London, UK

William Eaton, NIH, USA

Vincent  Hilser, Johns Hopkins University, USA

Amnon Horovitz, Weizmann Institute, Israel

Patricia Jennings, University of California

Santosh Jha, National Chemical Laboratory, India

Kunihiro Kuwajima, CPIS, Japan

Koby Levy, Weizmann Institute, Israel

George Lorimer, University of Maryland, USA

Zan Luthey-Schulten, University of Illinois, USA

Elizabeth Meiering, University of Waterloo, Canada

Victor Munoz, CNB, Spain

Jose Onuchic, Rice University, USA

Henri Orland, CEA, France

Govardhan Reddy, IISc. India

Joan Shea, University of California, USA

Pernilla Wittung-Stafshede, Umea University, Sweden

Technical Program :

At the meeting, the lectures will cover a number of topics. The topics range from fundamental aspects of folding to their role in function. Topics that will be covered include:

  1. Basic physics of folding
  2. Folding and unfolding mechanisms
  3. Chaperone assisted  folding
  4. Single molecule folding
  5. Linkage between folding and function

Registration Fee:

The Registration fee for the meeting is:

USD 250 for participants applying from institutions outside India

INR 3000/- for participants applying from academic institutions within India

INR 10000/- for scientists applying from companies within India

Registration fee paid will not be refunded under any circumstance.


Applications are invited from graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and faculty members interested in the topic of the symposium. Exceptional senior undergraduates who have performed research on a subject overlapping with the conference topic may also apply.

How to Apply:

All participants must submit a CV and a poster abstract  of 200 words to proteinfolding2014 at ncbs dot res dot in. The abstract of the poster must have the following:

a. Title
b. Name and affiliation of the presenter
c. Name and affiliation of the co-presenters
d. E-mail id of the presenter

If you do not plan to present a poster then write a short paragraph explaining your interest in the symposium. Include any specific overlap with your current/future research to help in the selection process. Selected participants will be notified by email and will be required to submit a registration fee by bankers draft.

All foreign nationals applying for the meeting have to furnish their passport details without fail in the following format at the time of application:

  1. Full name as appearing on the passport
  2. Fathers name
  3. Date of Birth
  4. Place of Birth
  5. Nationality
  6. Passport Details
    a. Number
    b. Date of Issue
    c. Place of Issue
    d. Date of expiry
  1. Address
  2. Indian Consulate where visa application will be made

Housing and Local Transport:

Accommodation for Speakers: NCBS will make arrangements at a city hotel.

Accommodation for all invited speakers is arranged in Hotel Chancery from November 4th noon to November 8th noon only.

The Address and contact no. of the Hotel is given below:

The Chancery Pavilion #135,
Residency Road, Bangalore - 560 025, India

Tel : +91-080-41-41-41-41
Fax : +91-080-41-41-42-42

Contact Person:
Mr. Raman Sharma
Mobile: +91-9632243452

Speakers who wish to extend their stay in Bangalore may contact the hotel directly to extend their reservations.

Accommodation for Participants:

Participants will have to arrange their own accommodation.An off-campus housing list is given below with the necessary contact details to enable all participants to book their accomodation directly.

1.Stayafford Service Apartment,
No. 1629, C Block, Sahakar Nagar, Bangalore 92
Contact person Mr. Santosh 9880194240

2. Shreyas REsidency 9/8 N.H 7 B.B Road,
Amanikere, Yelahanka,Bangalore
Subhas 9886217208

3. Satya Comforts Service Apartments,
B - 31,Chitrakut Century, Behind North Side Hospital,
Sahakar Nagar, Bangalore
Contact Person
Ms. Annapurna - Tel: 9980101881,
Tel: 08042031881/32951881
fax: 080-42031881
Email: +91-80-40703703, 23546162

4. Narayana Comforts,
No. 9/9, Kendriya Vihar Apts,Bb Rd, Yelahanka,
Bangalore 560064,
Tel: 080-28462752/51/53, 22792780
Contact: Subhash Chandra
Mobile 9886217208

5. The Royale Senate No 24,
Bellary Road, Hebbal, Bangalore – 24
Ph: 91 80 23439860,
Fax: 91 80 2343 1759

6. Chairman's Resort #14/1, Kodigehalli Main Road,
Sahakarnagar, Bangalore - 560 092 7.
Royal Orchid Resort & Convention Centre (Previously Doddi’s Resort) Allalasandra,
Bellary Road, Yelahanka, Near Jakkur Flying Club, Bangalore 560 065, india
Tel +91 80 2856 0668
Fax +91 80 2856 0671

A special transport service will be arranged between the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (closer to the centre of the city) and NCBS during the period of the symposium.

Timings will be posted closer to the date.

Poster presentation:

Poster specifications email has already been sent.


Participants will be responsible for their own travel to Bangalore.


All foreign nationals traveling to India are required to possess a valid passport of their country and a valid Indian Visa issued by the Indian Embassy or Indian Consular office in their country. Please apply for a “conference visa”. Selected applicants will be supplied with an invitation letter and relevant approvals which must be submitted with the Visa Application form. Visa authorization times are variable so it is best to apply at least 45 days in advance of your travel date. Air tickets must be booked only after the visa is issued.



The meeting is supported by

National Centre for Biological Sciences

 National Science

Department Of Biotechnology

Department Of Science & Technology




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