The Biochemical Society Focused Meeting 'G-protein-coupled-receptors: from structural insights to functional mechanisms' will take place at Monash University Prato Centre, Italy.
Monash University Prato Centre
Via Pugliesi, 26
Telephone: +39 0574 43691
Lectures will take place in the Grollo room for the duration of the conference. For a floor plan please see the Centre Tour.
For more information please visit Monash University Prato Centre.
Prato city map.
Travelling to the venue
The Monash University Prato Centre, housed in Palazzo Vaj, is in the centre of the old town of Prato, only two minutes away from the city's cathedral and walking distance from both train stations (Prato Porta Al Serraglio and Prato Centrale). Prato is 25 minutes from Florence by train.
For more information on how to travel to Prato please see the Monash University Prato Centre website.
Registration fees and forms
Earlybird registration deadline: 13 August 2012.
Registration is now closed. If you wish to attend the conference please contact the Conference Office.
Please note, as the earlybird registration deadline has now passed and fees have been increased by € 50.
Non residential registration fees (no accommodation)
Full/Early Career Member: € 410
Non Member: € 535
Student Member: € 310
Registration includes lunches and refreshments for the duration of the conference. A welcome drinks reception on 12 September and Conference Dinner on 13 September is also included in the registration fee. Accommodation and dinner on 12 September is NOT included in the registration fee.
Note: Full/Early Career Members and Student Members must be members of the Biochemical Society.
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Members of the Italian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology are eligible to register for member rates. Please ensure you enter your memebrship number during registration.
Members of the New Zealand Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology are eligible to register at member rates. Please ensure you enter your membership number during registration.
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, American Express and Visa.
If you wish to pay by cheque, bank draft or bank transfer please contact the Conference Office.
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.
The maximum bursary available for a Focused Meeting or Annual Symposium is £200 in the UK and £300 overseas.
For an Independent Meeting sponsored by the Society the maximum bursary available is £100.
- Students can apply for a Student Bursary if they are a member of the Society by the closing date for poster abstract submission for the particular event they wish to attend.
- If you apply for a Student Bursary to attend a meeting you must submit a poster abstract for presentation at the meeting.
- Students may only apply for one Student Bursary in any year.
How to apply:
The online registration form for the meeting should be completed along with the Student Bursary Application Form.
Subject to approval, applicants will receive a bank transfer of the appropriate amount of funds after the meeting. The maximum amount for travel expenses that will be reimbursed will be at the level of the current Young Persons Railcard fare. If the application does not use up the full amount of the Bursary, the balance cannot be transferred to another meeting. Please note that you may apply for a bursary at the Registration Desk, or up to four weeks after the meeting.
Poster abstract submission
Abstract submission deadline: 11 July 2012.
Abstract submission for this meeting is now closed. If you would like to submit an abstract please contact the conference office.
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: 1.2 m wide x 1.5 m high (portrait).
Velcro to mount your poster will be provided at the meeting.
Biochemical Society Poster Prize
The Biochemical Society Poster Prizes were awarded to the following poster abstracts:
Andrea Bedini (University of Bologna, Italy) for his poster entitled "Pro-inflammatory stimuli increase mu-opioid receptor (MOR) number on cell surface of human glioblastoma cells but hamper opioid agonist-induced intracellular signaling" and Frederic Jean-Alphonse (Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom) for his poster entitled "A novel pre-early endosome sorting compartment is essential for spatio-temporal signalling of distinct receptors".
Accommodation is NOT included in the registration fee. There are a number of accommodation options in close vicinity to the Prato Centre. For details on the options available please see Prato Centres website or for Villa's available in Prato please see Calamai Riverside Apartments.
The Biochemical Society cannot guarantee that the room rates advertised on the website will be the most economical available, either direct from the hotel, or via late availability websites.
At the meeting
Lunch and refreshments will be provided for all attendees and will be included in the registration fee.
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 is available. If you require assistance during the meeting please contact the Conference Office.
Sponsors and trade exhibition
The following companies will be sponsoring the meeting:
Biochemical Society Transactions
Portland Press Limited
Please feel free to view our sponsorship and trade exhibition opportunities at this meeting.
If you are interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at the meeting please contact the Conference Office.
Cancellations will be accepted in writing until 22 August 2012, 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.
Continuing Professional Development
G-protein-coupled-receptors: from structural insights to functional mechanisms - co-organized by the Biochemical Society and Monash University has been approved for the purposes of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) by the Society of Biology. Participants can claim 54 credits for attending. These points are valid if attendees are registered on the Society of Biology CPD scheme. Approval signifies that the Society of Biology recognizes the G-protein-coupled-receptors: from structural insights to functional mechanisms - co-organized by the Biochemical Society and Monash University 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.
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The Conference Office
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