The Institute of Metals in Biology of Grenoble (IMBG) is a major technological and scientific center in the field of the metals in biology. Created in 2001, it covers the research of more than a hundred of researchers, teachers, graduate students from about thirty laboratories, along three major themes: metals, catalysis and biocatalysis; metals and environment; metals and health (see our web site:
The scientific projects rely on a strong technological support located in a single site including Structural Biology (X ray, NMR), Physical Chemistry (various spectroscopies, electrochemistry) and Microscopy and Imaging. They cover original contributions to (bio)catalysis, environment, health and energy. Finally, the Institute stimulates scientific exchanges and education (training and meetings).

The Institute of Metals in Biology of Grenoble will organize from 2010 September 25th (with dinner) to 28th (after lunch) its biannual conference. The purpose of this conference is to attract worldwide scientists belonging to the bio-inorganic community, to gather chemists and biologists, in order to build-up a new place for international scientific exchange and to introduce our local community.
In 2010 the meeting will focus on "Metals and Bioenergetics: Electron Transfer and Catalysis in Biological and Bio-inspired Systems". The conference will comprise plenary and keynote lectures, oral communications and poster sessions. Oral communications will be selected on the basis of the abstracts by the organizing commitee.

The relevant topics will concern:

    • Understanding redox enzymes
    • Bio-inspired systems
    • Solar to chemical energy transduction
    • Energy transduction systems in microorganisms
    • Biotechnological applications

This year the meeting will be followed by the first advanced courses from 2010 September 28th to 30th. The programme for this first IMBG Advanced Course will cover the five following topics:
1- Solar to Chemical Energy transduction.
2- Redox enzymes (hydrogenases and Photosystem II).
3- Bio-inspired and biochemical electrocatalysts.
4- Energy transduction systems in bacteria and eukaryots.
5- Biotechnological applications
The advanced course will host a limited number of lectures (~6) given by internationally reknowned scientists. The format of the course will facilitate strong interactions between lecturers and attendees (up to 30). Our aim is to provide a top-level teaching in a highly stimulating and non-intimidating environment for graduate students, post-doc, and young scientists.Students and young researchers are strongly encouraged to attend these courses.

The number of participants will be limited to 120