The Twenty-seventh Annual
Gibbs Conference on Biothermodynamics

2013 Organizers:
Aron Fenton (Univ. Kansas Med. Cent.) & Jim Cole (Univ. Connecticut)
Touch of Nature Conference Center
Carbondale, Illinois
October 5-8, 2013

Applications now accepted


Dates and Details:

The 27th Annual Gibbs Conference on Biothermodynamics will be held October 5-8, 2013. The conference will focus on the energetics, dynamics, and interactions of biological macromolecules. As always, we expect a great meeting and welcome your active participation.

The Keynote Speaker for Gibbs 27 is:

Doug Barrick, Johns Hopkins University


The Gary K. Ackers Lecturer in Biothermodynamics for Gibbs 27 is:

Bertrand Garcia-Moreno, Johns Hopkins University


Confirmed Speakers for Gibbs 27:

Matthew Auton, Peter Cornish, Cynthia Dupureur, Nicholas Fitzkee, Michael Fried, Ernesto Fuentes, David Giedroc, Michael Gilson, James Horn, Rhett Kovall, Maria Kurnikova, Krishna Mallela, Linda Nicholson, Lois Pollack, Steve Whitten


Scientific Sessions (titles subject to change):

Nucleic Acids and their Binding Partners
Modeling and Computational Biophysics
Protein Folding and Stability
Structure / Thermodynamic Correlations
Macromolecular Interactions

Saturday Night Thermo Session - For Trainees ONLY:

Organized by Vince LiCata and Liskin Swint-Kruse

5:30 pm Dinner (only for students, postdocs and panelists)

6:00 pm Flash Talks (5 min talk followed by 3 min Q&A)

7:15 pm Career Options Panel (Panelists TBA)


Sunday and Monday Afternoon Activities:

Hiking, Wine Tasting, etc., can be arranged. Contact the organizers if you would like to lead one of these sessions. Details will be released as these are planned.



At least half of the scheduled talks will be selected from submitted abstracts and presented by students or postdocs.


If you wish to receive email about the Gibbs Conference, please contact the organizers:

Please use the application form link in the left-hand frame to apply for the conference.  Abstracts and initial applications are due by July 1, 2013.   This two-step process is necessary due to oversubscription of the conference in recent years.  To keep the conference highly interactive, and to stay within the limitations of the SIU Touch of Nature Conference Center, attendance is limited to 180 participants.  For labs with multiple applicants, preference is given to students and postdocs who are submitting abstracts.  There is no strict limit on the number of participants from a single lab, but we encourage a maximum of about four participants from any single lab (including the PI).  Labs interested in registering more than this suggested maximum should contact the organizers to determine the registration demand for this year and to determine what arrangements might be possible.

After receipt of initial application and abstract submission, applicants will be notified of acceptance or wait-listing by July 22, 2013.  At that time, housing and full registration should be completed, and payment for meals and registration will be collected.  Cost for meals for the duration of the conference is approximately $125.  Registration cost is: $25 for students, $35 for Postdocs, and $75 for faculty.  Housing costs depend on the housing option chosen at the time of registration (range is $12-40 per night for on-site housing).

August 12, 2013 is the deadline for receipt of all payments, and no refunds will be issued after this date.

Off site housing (local hotels) (Note: Attendees who do not wish to stay on site should arrange their own accommodation in the Carbondale area. We recommend that you do so as soon as possible since rooms have not been reserved for this purpose.)

Touch of Nature Conference Center
A printable map of the region (pdf)
A Google map
Things to bring

The Gibbs Conference is a function of the Gibbs Society of Biological Thermodynamics.
A detailed history of the Gibbs Conference is available here.

The Gibbs Conference would like to thank the following companies for their support of the 27th annual meeting:

Last updated 5 September 2013

Meeting Dates

October 5-8, 2013
Sunday 8:30 AM
to Tuesday 12:30 PM

Gibbs 27 Program

(PDF will be posted; stay tuned)

Link to Ride-Sharing Page

Important Deadlines for 2013:

July 1, 2013


Due to conference oversubscription in recent years, all conference participants must apply and submit their abstract by July 1, 2013.

July 22, 2013


Applicants will be notified of acceptance on or before July 22. Accepted applicants will receive instructions for housing registration and payment at that time.

August 12, 2013


Accepted applicants must register and pay no later than August 12th. The wait-list will be opened up on August 13th.


Conference Fees:

Students, $25
Postdoctoral Scientists, $35
Principal Investigators/Industry, $75

Meals are estimated at $150 for 2013. This is a required fee for all participants.

Lodging expenses are paid onsite and are a function of the accommodations. In general, these costs are much lower than most meetings. See the registration form for details.

Gibbs Society Board Members

Madeline Shea
Jack Correia
Margaret Daugherty
Mike Johnson
David Bain
George Makhatadze
Doug Barrick