VIII - Edition 2004

VIII School of Pure and Applied Biophysics


Ion channels and transporters in plant cells

Venice, - January 26 - 30, 2004

Organised by:

SIBPA - Società Italiana di Biofisica Pura e Applicata
IVSLA - Istituto Veneto di Scienze Lettere ed Arti

Scientific Commitee

  • IVSLA - Giovanni Felice Azzone (Padova), Giovanni Giacometti (Padova)
  • SIBPA - Franco Gambale, Armando Carpaneto
  • ESP - Francesco Lenci (CNR Biophysics Institute, Pisa)

Director of the School

Aim of the school and preliminary program

The School promotes deepening of biophysical topics selected in the area of contemporary research. The selected subjects will draw young researcher's attention on themes of frontier research which are considered of relevant scientific and educational impact. The School will be held in the magnificent Palazzo Loredan, in the historical centre of Venice, seat of the Istituto di Scienze Lettere ed Arti.
The School, in its eight year of activity, will be on:
Ion channels and transporters in plant cells

and will deal with the following topics:

  1. General introduction
    • Ion transport in plant: an overview
    • Molecular biology of plant ion channels
    • Electrophysiology of plant ion channels
  2. Plant plasma membrane and ion transport
    • Characterisation of plant plasma membrane transport systems
    • Anion channels in Arabidopsis: from candidate genes to physiological functions
    • Plant stomata: from biophysics to physiology
  3. Plant vacuoles and ion transport
    • Vacuolar ion channels in higher plants
    • Vacuolar transporters

The confirmed lecturers are

  • HELENE BARBIER-BRYGOO, Institut des Sciences du Végétal (CNRS), France
  • DIRK BECKER, Universitaet Wuerzburg, Germany
  • ARMANDO CARPANETO, Istituto di Biofisica (CNR), Italy
  • KATRIN CZEMPINSKI, Universitaet Postdam, Germany
  • RAINER HEDRICH, Universitaet Wuerzburg, Germany
  • ENRICO MARTINOIA, University of Zurich, Switzerland
  • DALE SANDERS, University of York, UK
  • HERVÉ SENTENAC, Biochimie et Physiologie Moleculaire des Plantes (CNRS), France

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The number of students admitted is restricted to 30.
The participation fee is 250 Euro which includes four nights' accommodation and attendance at the lessons.

The school will take place only if a minimum number of participants is reached. Pre-registration must be submitted on line by 30 November 2003. Applicants are admitted to the school by the Scientific Committee based on the information provided on the application form (short curriculum). The results of the selection will be individually communicated by e-mail (or phone). The payment must be performed within two weeks of notification of admission. Applications are encouraged from all young scientists (PhD students and post doctorals) interested in the topics of the school.

Further information can be obtained from:

Armando Carpaneto
Istituto di Biofisica - CNR
Via De Marini 6
16149 Genova - Italy
Phone:  +39 010 6475559  / 538
Fax: +39 010 6475500
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and from the director of the school:

Giorgio M. Giacometti
Dept. of Biology
University of Padova
Viale G. Colombo, 3
35131 Padova - ITALY
Phone:  +39 (049) 827-6326 
Fax: +39 (049) 827-6300
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