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79th Harden Conference: Oxygen Evolution and Reduction - Common Principles

16—20 April 2016

Grauer Bär, Innsbruck, Austria

Venue information

The Biochemical Society Harden Meeting '79th Harden Conference: Oxygen Evolution and Reduction - Common Principles' will take place at Grauer Bär, Innsbruck, Austria.


Grauer Bär Hotel
Universitätsstraße 5-70 

6020 Innsbruck


Phone: +43 512 59240

Venue map

Grauer Bär Location Map

For information about Innsbruck, please visit the Innsbruck tourism website.


Travelling to the venue

The hotel Grauer Bär is located in the heart of Innsbruck, just two walking minutes from the historic Old Town.

Flying to Innsbruck

The Innsbruck airport is situated 10 minutes drive from the hotel.

Taxis are available on arrival.

If you prefer public transport bus "F" takes you to the centre within minutes:  from 5.59 am until 10.59 pm daily the bus takes you in 17 minutes to the main station.

Flying to Munich

Most airlines have direct flight to Munich Airport.

The quickest way from Munich is to take the S8 train from the airport to München Ost and from there to take the train to Innsbruck Hbf.

Advance tickets can be booked on the train website.

The train station is a 10 minutes walk from the hotel.


Registration fees and forms


Associate/Early Career/Full Member : 800 Euros

Non-Member: 900 Euros

Emeritus/Student Member: 700 Euros



Note all fees for the meeting are in Euros.


Fees include bed and breakfast on 16, 17, 18 and 19 April in single en-suite rooms, refreshments, dinners and the conference dinner on 19 April.


Please note that after the earlybird registration deadline has passed all fees will be increased by 50 Euros.


Note: Full/Early Career/Associate Members and Student Members must be members of the Biochemical Society.
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Members of the following organizations are eligible to register for the reduced member rates for all Biochemical Society conferences:
New Zealand Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
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Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
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Brazilian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (SBBq)
Chinese Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (CSBMB)
Please ensure you enter your membership number during registration. For details please see International Associate Membership.

Payment of fees

All payments must be made prior to the meeting. Please note that invoices for registration fees will not be issued.

Credit card/Debit card
(Preferred method of payment, and the only acceptable form of payment for online registration).

The following credit/debit cards will be accepted:
Mastercard and Visa.

If you wish to pay by cheque, bank draft or bank transfer please contact the Conference Office.

Confirmation email

At the final stage of the online registration process, all registered delegates will be directed to a confirmation page and receive a separate email to confirm registration details. This confirmation should be checked carefully to ensure that all requirements are correct. In particular, the spelling of names and affiliations should be checked, as this information will be used to create badges.

Confirmation emails also act as a receipt. Please bring a copy of the email with you to the meeting.

If you have not received a confirmation email two weeks before the meeting, please contact the Conference Office.

Registering at the meeting

Please bring your confirmation email to present at the registration desk at the meeting. Badges will be issued upon registering and, for security reasons, must be worn for the duration of the meeting.

Harden Bursaries

Travel bursaries and full or partly sponsored free places are available for graduate students and those who gained their PhD in the last 5 years.  Preference will be given to senior graduate students and restricted to members of the Biochemical Society and relevant associated Societies.


To apply for a Harden Bursary, please supply the relevant information on the conference application form.


All Harden Bursary applicants will be informed approximately two weeks after the application deadline whether the application has been successful.


Please note that Harden Conferences are often over-subscribed, and many applications are not accepted. Please do not make travel arrangements until you have been informed, in writing, that your application has been accepted.


Deadline for applications has been extended: 18 February 2016


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Poster abstract submission

Abstract Submission Deadline: 18 February 2016

Abstract Submission Guidelines
The maximum number of words allowed in your abstract body is 230. Please note that author details will be added on the final page of the submission process (do not add your author list or affiliation details to either of the fields on this page). The preferred method for submission is to type your abstract straight into the online submission form, or alternatively paste the text from a word-processed document. The ‘Full title’ should be presented sentence case (not in Title Case or BLOCK CAPITALS), that is only the first letter of the title or appropriate terms such as abbreviations or proper nouns should be upper case. Please do not include tables, figures or references in the abstract as these will be removed before your abstract is published.


Has my abstract been accepted?
After submitting your abstract you should receive a submission number which will identify your abstract. If you have not received a submission number, then please contact the Conference Office.

Approximately 2 weeks after the abstract submission deadline has passed, you will receive an email informing you whether your poster has been accepted or not and informing you of your poster number and session time.

All poster abstracts will be available to view online two weeks prior to the meeting.

Poster Board size: 1m wide x 2m high (portrait).

Velcro to mount your poster will be provided at the meeting.

BBA Bioenergetics Poster Prize

The BBA Bioenergetics Poster Prize of 150 Euros will be awarded each to the two best posters presented at this meeting by a researcher in the early stages of their career (PhD students of post-doctoral scientists within 5 years of receiving their PhD). One BBA Bioenergetics Poster Prize of 200 Euros will be awarded to the best selected oral communication speaker. 


Residential registration includes 4 nights in a standard en suite room at Grauer Bär Hotel.


At the meeting
Lunch and refreshments will be provided for all attendees and will be included in the registration fee.

Dietary requirements

Should you have any special dietary requirements, please indicate this on the registration form. Alternatively, please inform the Conference Office as changes to the menu cannot be made at the meeting.

Disabled access

Disabled access is available. If you require assistance during the meeting please contact the Conference Office.

Sponsors and trade exhibition

Please feel free to view our sponsorship and trade exhibition opportunities at this meeting.


The following companies are sponsoring the conference:


Applied Photophysics

BBA Bioenergetics

OROBOROS Instruments

If you are interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at the meeting please contact the Conference Office.



Cancellations will be accepted in writing until 16 March 2016, and a refund (less £15 administration charge) will be issued.

After this date, neither full nor partial refunds can be given. Please note that refunds of less than £15 cannot be issued.

Official letters of invitation

Official letters of invitation, which are intended to assist with administrative arrangements in certain countries will only be issued when the individual has completed the following criteria:

1) Submitted an abstract which has been approved by the meeting scientific organizer for inclusion into the relevant meeting

2) Sent a letter from the head of their academic department on University headed paper saying why they need to attend the meeting in relation to their research

3) Registered and paid for the meeting
Such letters do not imply commitment of financial or other support by the organizers

Tweeting and Blogging

With increasing frequency, conference attendees at scientific conferences are using Twitter or blogs to share and highlight interesting information discussed at conferences, and also to network with each other. The Biochemical Society has created the following policy with regards to the use of networking sites at Biochemical Society conferences.


The Biochemical Society’s Twitter and blogging policy

Harden Conferences and Hot Topic Events
Proceedings and abstracts of Harden Conferences and Hot Topic Events are unpublished, in order to promote the exchange of novel information and ideas.  Delegates are asked to respect the closed nature of the conferences, and not to report information discussed via Twitter, Facebook, blogs and similar social networks.

Focused Meetings, Workshops and Annual Symposia

The Biochemical Society encourages the discussion of its conferences via Twitter, Facebook and similar social networks.  In order to promote discussion and the exchange of information, delegates who wish to tweet are asked to use the Biochemical Society hashtag:




Speakers will be made aware of this policy, and have the right to ask delegates not to disseminate their research via the Internet. If a Speaker makes this request, delegates are asked not to discuss the relevant work in this way. Delegates are respectfully asked to refrain from communicating using mobile devices whilst lectures are in progress.


CPD Credits

79th Harden Conference: Oxygen Evolution and Reduction - Common Principles has been approved for the purposes of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) by the Royal Society of Biology. 

Participants can claim 120 credits for attending. These points are valid if attendees are registered on the Royal Society of Biology CPD scheme. Approval signifies that the Royal Society of Biology recognizes the 79th Harden Conference: Oxygen Evolution and Reduction - Common Principles event is of merit to the development needs of participants.

Attendees can request a CPD certificate for this conference whilst completing the post event feedback questionnaire, which will be sent by email to all attendees shortly after the event.

Contact Us

If you require any further information, please contact:

The Conference Office
Biochemical Society
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Telephone (Conference Office): +44 (0)207 685 2450
Telephone (Main reception): +44 (0)207 685 2400
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The information on this website is regularly updated. Although at the time of publication the information contained on this web site is believed to be correct, neither the Speakers, Organizers nor the Biochemical Society assume any responsibility for any errors or omissions herein contained.


Delegates who plan on attending meetings are advised to check the website has not been amended, and if in doubt, contact the Conference Office to confirm meeting start and finish dates before booking transport and accommodation.


In addition, delegates who have not received confirmation of their registration should contact the Conference Office to confirm their attendance before making arrangements to attend.