14th International Conference on Biology and Synchrotron Radiation

Palaestra et Odeum, Lund, Sweden

11-14 June 2023

International Biology and Synchrotron Radiation (BSR) meetings are held every three years with the aim of presenting and discussing state of the art application in relevant research fields. 

They have a long-standing record since the first meeting in Frascari, Italy in 1986. Subsequent meetings were held at sites or near the most advanced light source facilities around the world, with the last BSR meeting taking place in Shanghai, China in 2019.

BSR is a unique forum to discuss the novel possibilities of synchrotron and X-rays lasers and to promote their application to challenging biological problems.

MAX IV hosts
the BSR14

MAX IV, the pioneer in multi-bend achromat synchrotron technology, would like to invite the synchrotron and free electron laser (FEL) Life Science community to Lund to discuss the latest and hottest developments in the field at the 14th BSR.

By 2022, several other synchrotron facilities will also have upgraded their sources or have defined upgrade plans and we feel it would be opportune to discuss an highlight the latest development and the possibilities for biological experiments at the next generation of synchrotrons and FELS.

Main Themes

Membranes: lipids and proteins

Synchrotrons and FELS for Pandemic research

Hybrid or correlative approaches to complex biology

Scientific computing for Life Sciences

Coherence approaches

Environmental and bioeconomy/ Industrial and Pharma

Tissues and cells

Dynamics and Ultrafast Science

Keynote Speakers

Stephen Burley

Rutgers University,
New Brunswick, USA

“Beyond the 50 years of the PDB”

Ian Wilson

Scripps Research Institute,
La Jolla, USA

Synchrotrons and Virus Research”

Invited Speakers

Maximilian Ackermann

Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany

COVID19 – 3D imaging for deciphering the pathology of a global pandemic

Kartik Ayyer

MPI Hamburg, Germany

Machine learning to handle conformational heterogeneity in coherent imaging

Clement Blanchet

EMBL-Hamburg, Germany

Use of SAXS in the development of Covid vaccines

Aina Cohen

SLAC, Stanford, USA

Developments for macromolecular crystallography at the LCLS and SSRL

Connie Darmanin

La Trobe, Melbourne Australia

Studies of Toll-like receptors using electron diffraction and FELS

Thomas Grant

University of Buffalo, USA

Ab initio electron density determination directly from solution scattering data, applications to drug discovery

Britt Hedman

SLAC, Stanford, USA

Probing enzyme reaction mechanisms with XAS

Andrey Kovalevsky

ORNL, Oakridge, USA

Combined X-ray & neutron crystallography for drug design purposes

Helena Käck

Astra Zeneca, Mölndal, Sweden

Synchrotron studies for drug discovery: an industrial perspective

Marianne Liebi

Chalmers, Gothenburg, Sweden

SAXS tensor tomography in biomedical applications

Atsushi Momose

Tohoku University, Japan

Synchrotron Radiation Phase Imaging/Tomography Based on Grating Interferometry

Alexandra Pacureanu

ESRF, Grenoble, France

3D synchrotron studies of the brain

Ingrid Pickering

University of Saskatchewan, Sasketoon, Canada

Metals and human disease

Tim Salditt

Georg August University, Göttingen, Germany

Advances in 3-D imaging for bio-medical applications at modern synchrotrons

Holger Stark

MAX Planck Institute, Göttingen, Germany

Structural insights into the spliceosome

Vadim Cherezov

University of Southern California, USA

Understanding GCPRs and their complexes

Jill Trewhella

University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

Importance of validation in SAXS/SANS


The 14th BSR will take place from the 11-14 June 2023. The venue is Palaestra, a historic building from 1883 in the centre of Lund, Sweden.

Contact us

Marjolein Thunnissen


Filipe Maia


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