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Proton transport and proton-coupled transport

22. - 24. July 2021

Organisation: Peter Pohl, JKU University, Linz, Austria

Scope of the meeting

The meeting brings together European Scientists interested in interfacial protons and related transport phenomena. Proton transfer is crucial in numerous biological and chemical processes, e.g., in cellular proton pumps or hydrogen fuel cells. Proton transfers are among the most common biochemical reactions, being involved both in the use of chemical energy in mitochondrial respiration and in light initiated oxygen fixing photosynthetic reactions. The dysfunction of proton transporters was reported to have implications for cancer, obesity, or gastritis – to name a few examples. Many details of the underlying proton transfer mechanisms are still unresolved, and understanding how confined water mediates proton dynamics remains a fundamental challenge in biophysics. Furthermore, in the biotechnical field, the deep understanding of proton transfer will enable biomimetic applications, such as recreation of ATP biosynthesis.


Research-Data Management in Biophysics

24 July 2021, 9:00 to 16:00

Organisation: Carsten Baldauf (Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Berlin) and Hans-Günther Döbereiner (Institute of Biophysics, University Bremen)

Scope of the meeting

The aim is to engage part of the audience of the European Biophysics Conference in a discussion about research-data handling in general and about the peculiarities of biophysics data. Experimental data are only meaningful when methods, machinery, sample, measurement conditions, and measured quantities are known. Likewise, computational data is only worth keeping if all aspects of the underlying simulation are recorded in detail as well. To create and provide data according to the FAIR principles (findable, accessible, interoperable, reusable), we need extensive annotation, i.e., a systematic metadata catalogue. Such data structures can only be developed in a community effort. Specific topics of this workshop are:

  • Background on research data
  • Identifying needs and strategies specific to biophysics regarding:
  • User and software interfaces of data handling platforms
  • Strategies for developing (meta)data standards

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