International Union for Pure and Applied Biophysics


The International Union for Pure and Applied Biophysics (IUPAB) is a member of the International Science Council (ISC)?family. Affiliated to it are the national adhering bodies of more than 50 countries. Its function is to support research and teaching in biophysics. Its principal regular activity is the triennial International Congresses and General Assemblies.


National organizations and/or national biophysical societies can apply for membership as Adhering Bodies at any one of the following subscription levels:
Category 1: €4,500 enables 3 voting delegates;
Category 2: €2,250 enables 2 voting delegates;
Category 3: €750 enables 1 voting delegate;
Observer: €100 subscribers at this level may not vote in General Assemblies.

An application for membership or for a change in membership category must be approved by the General Assembly of the Union before it can take effect.
Application forms can be found in Forms.?

Task forces

IUPAB has task forces concerned with major areas of biophysics: on Applications of Biophysics and Education & Capacity Building. The Task Force convenors also arrange specialist meetings either associated with the Congresses or, more commonly, in the intervals between Congresses.

Biophysical Reviews

Published by Springer, Biophysical Reviews is the official journal of the International Union for Pure and Applied Biophysics.?Biophysical Reviews publishes short and critical reviews from key figures in the field. Authors are encouraged to discuss with the Editor the possibility of contributing a review.?This publication covers the entire field of biophysics, generally defined as the science of describing and defining biological phenomenon using the concepts and the techniques of physics.?This includes but is not limited by such areas as bioinformatics, biophysical methods and instrumentation, medical biophysics, biosystems, cell biophysics and organisation, macromolecules: dynamics, structures and interactions, and membrane biophysics, channels and transportation.

The Union has funds that it uses to support conferences, schools and workshops; these funds are very limited and are normally used to provide `pump-priming’ support to meeting organisers.

Main contact
The current President of the Union is Professor Zi-He Rao (China)?and the Secretary General (to whom enquiries should be addressed) is:

Professor Cris dos Remedios
Bosch Institute
Anderson Stuart Building F13
The University of Sydney 2006
Phone: + 61 2 93513209

Email: cris.dosremedios (at)

Read more on the IUPAB website