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Andy Herr

Secretary of the Gibbs Society


Important Dates

June 1, 2021: Application site will be open.  

July 1, 2021: Abstract submission is due.

September 25 – September 28, 2021:  35th Annual Gibbs Conference

Code of Conduct

The Gibbs Society of Biological Thermodynamics is committed to providing a safe and productive environment that fosters open dialogue and the exchange of scientific ideas, promotes equal opportunities and treatment for all participants, and is free of harassment and discrimination. Harassment includes speech or behavior that is not welcome or is personally offensive, whether it is based on ethnicity, gender, religion, age, body size, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other reason. It includes stalking, unnecessary touching, and unwelcome attention. Behavior that is acceptable to one person may not be acceptable to another, so use discretion to be sure that respect is communicated. Harassment intended in a joking manner still constitutes unacceptable behavior. Anyone experiencing conduct that violates this Code should report this conduct to any member of the Gibbs Society Board.

Confidentiality Statement


Please remember that the content of all presentations (talks and posters) for this meeting are confidential material and may contain unpublished results. Abstracts will not be posted online. Please ask permission from the authors before taking photos or screenshots of posters or poster material. Please do not record or take screenshots of the talks, posters, or any presented material unless a speaker has given you express permission.

Brief History of Gibbs Conference


The Annual Gibbs Conference on Biological Thermodynamics started around 1986 and ever since then it has taken place annually at the Touch of Nature Environmental Center in Carbondale, Illinois.  Participants of this conference share one thing in common: a passion for understanding the thermodynamic forces that govern macromolecular interactions.  And so it is that every year, scientists from various institutions gather at nature filled campgrounds near Little Grassy Lake to discuss the folding of macromolecules, linkage theory, conformational changes, ligand binding and many other topics united by the common interest of understanding these processes to a fundamental level, applying physico-chemical principles to biological systems.

Two other things that define this conference are its emphasis on training and its relaxed atmosphere.  The program includes a mixture of talks given by students, postdocs, research associates and PIs.


Historically, the setup of the conference promotes inter-generational scientific exchange, where PIs, students, postdocs, research associates and industry participants share meals, canoeing rides and conversations along the traditional bonfires at the Little Grassy Lake beach on Sunday and Monday nights.  When we gather at Touch of Nature Conference Center, you will find scientists of all career levels discussing thermodynamic ideas all day long and late into the night!

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