Quantum Effects in Biological Systems

Berkeley, California
Monday, June 04, 2012
Quantum Effects in Biological Systems
Monday, June 04, 2012 9:00 AM -
Wednesday, June 06, 2012 6:00 PM (Pacific Time)

Stanley Hall, University of California Berkeley
Berkeley, California 94720
United States


Photo by Daniel H. Parks

Thanks to Donghyun Lee and Rain Simar videos of some of the talks from the workshop can be viewed here. Only some speakers permitted uploading of talks and only these are available.

The group photo from the workshop can be downloaded here.
Other photos taken during the workshop by Greg Engel can be accessed through this Flickr stream.

The programme and agenda from the workshop can be downloaded here.

Download workshop poster here.


The fourth in the annual "Quantum Effects in Biological Systems" workshops, this meeting will cover the latest developments in the inter-disciplinary field studying quantum mechanical effects in biological and chemical structures central to life. This year's workshop will be a three-day meeting held on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley. There will be invited presentations (40+5 minutes), contributed presentations (20+5 minutes), and a poster session covering a variety of topics including:

(1) Energy and charge transfer in photosynthetic light harvesting
(2) Magnetoreception in animals
(3) Quantum tunneling phenomena in chemical and biological systems
(4) Vibrational assisted theory of olfaction
(5) Single molecule spectroscopy of biologically relevant systems
(6) Electro-chemical processes in neuroscience

Invited Speakers:

Paul Brumer (University of Toronto)
Dmitri Chklovskii (Howard Hughes Medical Institute)
Roberta Croce (University of Groningen)
Jahan Dawlaty (University of California, Berkeley)
Matthew Francis (University of California, Berkeley)
Rienk van Grondelle (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) 
Niek van Hulst (ICFO Barcelona)
Judith Klinman (University of California,Berkeley)
Henrik Mouritsen (University of Oldenburg)
Klaus Schulten (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
Spiros Skourtis (University of Cyprus)
Luca Turin (Fleming Institute, Athens)


Early-bird registration deadline: April 27th, 2012.
Abstract submission deadline: April 27th, 2012.
Standard registration deadline: May 18th, 2012.


K. Birgitta Whaley (University of California, Berkeley)
Mohan Sarovar (Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore)

Conference coordinators

Rain Simar
Denise Harris
Barbara McWilliams

This workshop is supported by the Department of Chemistry at the University of California Berkeley, the Physics Biosciences and Chemical Sciences Divisions of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.

The websites from previous QuEBS workshops (2009, 2010, 2011) can be accessed through www.quebs.org


Contact Information

  • Phone: +1 510-642-8269 (Rain Simar)

Payment Instructions

  • Registration fee is US$275 before April 27th 2012 and US$300 after this date till May 18th 2012. The fee can be paid by credit card during registration, or by wire transfer after registration. If paying by wire transfer please download these instructions that include the account number, etc.

    Early-bird registration deadline: April 27th, 2012.
    Abstract submission deadline: April 27th, 2012.
    Standard registration deadline: May 18th, 2012.

    The registration fee includes a ticket to the conference banquet. Tickets just for the banquet (for guests) can also be purchased (US$60) during registration.

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