The XXIV International School of Pure and Applied Biophysics, jointly organized by the Italian Society for Pure and Applied Biophysics (SIBPA) and the Venetian Institute of Sciences Letters and Arts (IVSLA), will focus on Applications of X-rays and Neutron Scattering in Biology and will be held at the magnificent Venetian Institute of Sciences Letters and Arts (IVSLA), 27-31 January 2020, Venice, Italy.

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Scattering techniques based on X-rays and neutrons have proven to be two of the most powerful techniques for studying biological structures. At the interface between Biology, Physics and Chemistry, the school will survey recent advances of X-rays and neutrons techniques to probe the properties of biological structures, from both static and dynamic view-point. Combining theoretical and application lectures, the school will introduce the following topics: The physics of scattering, Neutron production and neutron facilities, X-ray production and X-ray facilities, Reflectometry, Small-angle Scattering, Crystal and powder diffraction, Inelastic scattering, X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS), Imaging, XFEL in biology. Of note, in addition to lectures, a visit to the ELETTRA synchrotron in Triest will allow students to perform practical activities in state-of-art instruments.

An amazing blend of top level lecturers ready for lessons, seminars and student interactions in the unique scenario offered by Venice in Winter.


Heinz Amenitsch (Graz, Austria)
Fabio Bruni (Rome, Italy)
Trevor Forsyth (Keele, United Kingdom)
Paolo Mariani (Ancona, Italy)
Giovanna Fragneto (Grenoble, France)
Achille Giacometti (Venice, Italy)
Irene Margiolaki (Patras, Greece)
Silvia Morante (Rome, Italy)
Claudio Masciovecchio (Triest, Italy)
Maria Grazia Ortore (Ancona, Italy)
Alessandro Paciaroni (Perugia, Italy)
Valeria Rondelli (Milan, Italy)
Daniela Russo (Grenoble, France)
Giorgio Schirò (Grenoble, France)
Francesco Spinozzi (Ancona, Italy)
Francesco Stellato (Rome, Italy)
Giuliana Tromba (Triest, Italy)
Beatrice Vallone (Rome, Italy)
Martin Weik (Grenoble, France)
Joseph Zaccai (Grenoble, France)


Lessons will be held in the magnificent Palazzo Franchetti,


Paolo Mariani, Maria Grazia Ortore, Francesco Spinozzi