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BIFI 2004 - I International Conference, Zaragoza (Spain)
Biology after the genome: a physical view

February, 11, 12, and 13, 2004
BIFI (Instituto de Biocomputación y Física de Sistemas Complejos). University of Zaragoza, Zaragoza, Spain.

Reportaje Fotografico de BIFI2004


Manuscript submission for Biophysical Chemistry: June 30, 2004
Last day to complete registration: January 22, 2004 (expired)
Early registration: December 10, 2003 (expired)
Poster abstract submission: Extended through January 20, 2004 (expired)
Abstract submission: December 10, 2003 (expired)



Representative topics of the scientific program (now available the topics of the invited talks) include:

  • Protein folding: Matching theory and experiment.
  • Genomic identification of targets for drug discovery.
  • Application of computational tools to the drug discovery process.
  • What we have learned in 20 years of dedicated computing for theoretical Physics.
  • Connections of biocomputation to other fields (polymers, spin glasses, slow dynamics, and disordered materials).
  • Theoretical tools for protein/protein interaction prediction.
  • Physical bases of protein stability and ligand binding.
  • Computational Complexity

There will be a poster session open to all attendees, eight thirty minute oral presentations, and ten invited speakers.

A special issue of Biophysical Chemistry will be published with the communications presented at the conference.

Microcalorimetry Workshop

Immediately following the BIFI symposium, a special workshop on fundamentals and applications of microcalorimetry for attendees of this meeting will take place. The participants of BIFI 2004 are invited to attend this special workshop in the afternoon of Friday, February 13, 2004. The participants can book an additional hotel night if they wish; they can either book the extra night on arrival at the Hotel Goya, or contact the Hotel Goya directly through email. Note that while the workshop is included in the BIFI 2004 registration fees, the extra hotel night is not.

The workshop program is included at the end of the program page.

This workshop is sponsored by Microcal (

The Conference Site:

The Conference will take place at the Paraninfo, the ancient Assembly Hall of the University of Zaragoza, in Plaza Paraíso.

Lodging will be available at the ****Hotel Goya, 5 Cinco de Marzo Street. Phone (+34) 976 229 331, Visit for more information about the hotel.

Registration information

The conference fee will be 280 EUR for participants registering prior to December 10, 2003, and 340 EUR for late registration (registration deadline: January 22, 2004), space permitting (max. 125 attendees). This fee includes three hotel nights with breakfast, lunches, and breaks, and a banquet dinner on Wednesday, February 11, 2004. The Conference ends on Friday, February 13, 2004, after lunch. In case anyone would like to stay longer in Zaragoza, please contact Hotel Goya directly. The special hotel price for conference attendees is 59 EUR per night.

The payment is by bank transfer, in Euros. The transfer details are:

Name of the Bank:IBERCAJA
Holder of the account:Universidad de Zaragoza
Account number (IBAN):ES 40 2085-0111-73-0330323899
Address of the Bank: IBERCAJA, Agencia nº 10
Paseo Fernando el Católico, 35
50006 Zaragoza (SPAIN)

Conference information may be received by sending an e-mail to Jorge Estrada (see below). Please be sure to include your contact information. Updated conference information, as well as the conference registration form, will be available at

Travel and accommodation:

Zaragoza is linked to Madrid by AVE (high velocity train). The distance is close to 300 Km.

The conference committee expects to provide financial support for the attendance of graduate students and post-docs, in the form of a limited number of grants covering the conference fee. For more information about financial support, send an e-mail to Andrés Cruz at

Local Contact:

Mr. Jorge Estrada
Dpt. Biochemistry and Molecular and Cellular Biology
Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Zaragoza
Pedro Cerbuna 12
50009 Zaragoza (Spain)
Phone: (+34)976762478
Fax: (+34)976761264

Dr. Andrés Cruz
Dpt. Theoretical Physics
Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Zaragoza
Pedro Cerbuna 12
50009 Zaragoza (Spain)
Phone: (+34)976761259
Fax: (+34)976761264


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