21-26 July 2013: Summer Course in Madrid: Biomolecules & Single Molecule Techniques

From 21st to 26th July, 2013 the XX Nicolás Cabrera Summer School 2013 is celebrated with an international event entitled: “BIOMOLECULES AND SINGLE MOLECULE TECHNIQUES”,
which will be held at Residencia la Cristalera (Miraflores de la Sierra, MADRID)
The purpose of this Summer School is to bring together renowned international researches with students and postodcs, and to provide a forum to present and discuss both theoretical and experimental single-molecule approaches applied to biology.
The school topics are:
  • Atomic Force Microscopy
  • Optical and magnetic tweezers
  • Single-molecule fluorescence techniques
  • Theory on soft matter
  • Single-molecule applications.


01    Philip Nelson/University of Pennsylvania, USA   
02    Toshio Ando/Kanazawa University, Japan
03    Erwin Peterman/Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
04    Felix Ritort/Universtitat de Barcelona, Spain   
05    Ulrich Keyser/University of Cambridge, UK   
06    Urs Greber/University of Zurich, Switzerland   
07    Fred MacKintosh/Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands   
08    Daniel Müller/ETH Zürich, Switzerland   
09    Ricardo Garcia/Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales (ICMM-CSIC), Madrid, Spain   
10    Rudolf Podgornik/Dept. of Theoretical Physics. Institut “Jo ef Stefan”,Slovenija   
11    Melike Lakadamyaly/The Institut of Photonic Sciences ICFO, Barcelona   
12    Jan Lipfert/Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands   
13    Mauricio García-Mateu/Centro de Biología Severo Ochoa, Madrid, Spain   
14    Iwan Schaap/Georg August Universität Friedrich Hund, Göttingen, Germany   
15    Arvind Raman/Purdue University, USA   
16    Wouter Roos/Vrije Unviersiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands   
17    Sergi Garcia-Manyes/King´s College London, UK   
18    Carolina Carrasco/Centro Nacional de Biotecnología (CNB-CSIC), Madrid, Spain   
19    Alessandro Podesta/Università degli Studi di Milano, Milano, Italy   
20    Francesco Mantegazza/Universita’ di Milano/Bicocc   
21    Borja Ibarra/IMDEA Nanociencia, Madrid, Spain   
22    Ricardo Arias-Gonzalez/IMDEA Nanociencia, Madrid, Spain
You can obtain further information and register at here
Abstract submission for poster presentation sessions are encouraged.
In addition, some abstracts will be selected  for short talks.
Application submission is now OPEN! The deadline for abstract submissions is June 5th 2013.
Biomolecules and Single Molecule Techniques
21-26 July 2013
Deadline for abstract submissions is June 5th 2013

Life under negligible predation – nine-spined stickleback (Pungitius pungitius) adaptations in isolated ponds

Seminario el viernes día 22, 12h, Salón de Actos del Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales:
     Impartido por: Dr. Gabor Herczeg,Behavioural Ecology Group, Faculty of Science, Institute of Biology,EÖTVÖS LORÁND UNIVERSITY Budapest
          Resumen/AbstractNine-spined stickleback (Pungitius pungitius) has a circumpolar distribution, and can successfully persist in a bewildering array of habitats from coastal marine areas through large lakes or rives systems to small isolated ponds. By comparing pond populations (nine-spined stickleback is often the only fish species) to lake and marine populations (nine-spined stickleback is a member of a diverse fish community including predators and competitors), I could study how sticklebacks adapted to varying levels of predation and interspecific competition. In general, I found that a ‘pond ecomorph’ emerged in several geographically and genetically isolated ponds throughout Fennoscandia. Sticklebacks in ponds evolved into aggressive and bold giants with extended longevity, delayed maturation and reduced or lost body armour. These results suggest that in the absence of significant predation risk and interspecific competition, a phenotype superior in intraspecific competition is favoured. In my talk, I will first overview the basic patterns of population divergence in fitness-related traits and in their phenotypic plasticity, and then present the quantitative genetic and functional genomic background of some key morphological, life-history and behavioural traits.”
Si no podéis asistir, recordad que lo podéis seguir ‘online’ a través del siguiente enlace: http://www.cienciatk.csic.es/
Más información sobre los seminarios de las próximas semanas en la web del Museo

Curso ENCODE – genética

Curso de un día gratudito de ENCODE (Encyclopedia of DNA Elements).
Se dará diploma los que lo soliciten en la inscripción.
Plazo para inscribirse aquí hasta el 25 DE FEBRERO DE 2013
Se desarrolla el 4 de marzo: 


Biodiversidad y Biología Evolutiva

Hola a todas/os:
El VIERNES 1 de FEBRERO, a las 12h hay un seminarion de investigación en el salón de actos del Museo de Ciencias Naturales (C/José Gutiérrez Abascal 2, 28006-Madrid)
Título:SECASOL project: direct and indirect effects of climatic variability on soil microbial communities and soil C fluxes”
     Impartido por: Dr. Jorge Curiel Yuste, Ramón y Cajal Fellow, Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales (MNCN-CSIC)
          Resumen/Abstract:The aim of our talk will be to show an overview of the results obtained within the framework of SECASOL project. The central hypotheses of this project was that both direct effects (increasing summer droughts) and indirect effects (climate-change driven changes in forest structure and composition) of climate change in the Mediterranean basin would strongly affect microbial community ecology and functioning, and consequently affecting C cycles in these ecosystems. More in detail, activities within this project were: (1) To investigate possible effects of climate -change driven secondary succession on soil bacterial/fungal taxonomic composition as well as soil C dynamics in ecotonal forest. (2) To investigate possible effects of long-term droughts (10 years) on both structure and functioning (SOM decomposition) of soil microbial communities (3) To investigate the effects of secondary succession and drought on soil respiration and its different biological soil compartments (autotrophic, symbiotic and heterotrophic). We applied a very interdisciplinary approach for these purposes, combining state-of-the-art molecular methodologies (DNA pyrosequencing), 13C solid-state Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (CP-MAS 13C NMR) to investigate changes in SOM composition, different techniques to study soil respiration (soda lime, IRGA and solid-state open path sensors) and methods to partition flux in its main biological compartments. Besides the observed high functional redundancy and resilience of soil microbial communities, our results points to mechanisms of plant-soil interactions as main controllers of soil C dynamics.
Si no podéis asistir, se puede seguir ‘online’: http://www.cienciatk.csic.es/
Toda la información sobre los seminarios de las próximas semanas en la web del Museo

Excursión el 24 de febrero

Hay una excursión de espeleologia el domingo 24 de Febrero de 2013 las 10:15 desde el pueblo de Sacecorbo (Guadalajara).

Es una actividad muy interesante, relacionada con las minas, sin grandes dificultades y experiencia en la organización.

Cuesta 37€ para socios del GMM, y 50€ para no socios

Por si os animáis, aquí está el enlace.