XBW 2023

Christmas Biophysics Workshop

December 11-12, city of Ogulin, Croatia

Christmas Biophysics Workshop

We are pleased to announce our traditional, annual meeting

Workshop Starts in:

11th and 12th of December 2023

Heritage hotel Frankopan, city of Ogulin, Croatia


Christmas Biophysics Workshops are annual scientific meetings of regional research groups from Slovenia, Croatia and Austria in the fields of biophysics, soft matter physics, and closely related fields. The character of the meeting is rather informal. The added benefit is that it’s a great opportunity for Ph.D students to give their first talk at an international meeting. The two-day meeting has at its core a social event (dinner party). Here direct contacts, research plans and friendships can be established or maintained in a relaxed atmosphere, just before Christmas.

We hope that you will make time in your schedule to attend our traditional scientific meeting

Join us in Ogulin on 11-12 December and be part of our Christmas Biophysics Workshop

XBW 2023 Program

Please plan your talks to be 15-20 min + 5 minutes for discussion.

09:00 - 10:00Reception

Arrival and Registration

10:00 - 10:45Conference Hall

Magnetic resonance approaches (chair: Ida Delač)

10:00 10:25 Fraser MacMillan Exploring structural and mechanistic dynamics of macromolecules with magnetic resonance
10:25 10:45 Kristina  Smokrović Capture of free radicals generated during ultrasonic/UV treatment of tomato juice
10:45 - 11:15

Coffee break

11:15 - 12:55Conference Hall

Nano 2 Bio (chair: Tomislav Vuletić)

11:15 11:35 Ida Delač Organic molecule modifications of 2D material - monolayer MoS2
11:35 11:55 Martina Lihter 2D Materials as Building Blocks for Advanced Biosensing Platforms
11:55 12:15 Goran Zgrablić Exploring novel photochemical behavior of BODIPY-phenol chromophores using time-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy
12:15 12:35 Suzana Inkret Combined influence of silver nanoparticles and biomacromolecules on calcium phosphates precipitation and antibacterial activity
12:35 12:55 Vedran Đerek Opto-bioelectronics in 3D
12:55AM - 03:00PMHotel dining room


15:00 - 16:40Conference Hall

Biopolymers (chair: Antonio Šiber)

15:00 15:20 Davide  Marcato Phase behavior of semiflexible lattice polymers in poor solvent solution: mean-field theory and Monte Carlo simulations
15:20 15:40 Ivan  Gilardoni Development of integrative methods for Molecular Dynamics simulations
15:40 16:00 Alex  Chen Yi Zhang Stochastic Block Model for chromatin organization
16:00 16:20 Elisa  Posani Cryo-EM ensemble refinement with molecular dynamics enables the structural characterization of flexible RNAs
16:20 16:40 Matteo  Tajana Structure-function relationship of viral RNAs probed with pore translocation
16:40 - 17:10

Coffee break

17:10 - 18:10Conference Hall

Lipids, membranes and vesicles (chair: Primož Ziherl)

17:10 17:30 Michael  Kaltenegger Shape-based design of bitopic proteins as probes for membrane elastic stress energy
17:30 17:50 James  Jennings Design Rules for Membrane-Active Antimicrobial Lipidoids (AMLs) Uncovered by High-Throughput Screening
17:50 18:10 Robert  Vácha Amphipathic Helices Can Sense Both Positive and Negative Curvatures of Lipid Membranes
18:30 - 20:00

Guided walk around Ogulin

20:00 - 23:00Hotel dining room

Dinner/Social event

08:00 - 09:30Hotel dining room


9:30 - 10:50Conference Hall

Soft and active matter (chair: Georg Pabst)

9:30 9:50 Matej Kanduč Unraveling the universal adhesion threshold of biomatter on materials with water contact angles of 65°
9:50 10:10 Marin  Šako Tensile strength of water with organic impurities
10:10 10:30 Fabio  Staniscia Curvature-dependent adsorption of surfactants in water nanodroplets: Insights from molecular dynamics
10:30 10:50 Vita  Movrin Active dynamics of wound closure
10:50 - 11:20

Coffee break

11:20 - 12:40Conference Hall

Novel modeling approaches (chair: Cristian Micheletti)

11:20 11:40 Tanmoy  Sarkar Vertex Model Challenges Meet Knowledge Graph Solutions
11:40 12:00 Urban  Železnik Topological Transformations in Graph Vertex model
12:00 12:20 Samuel  Tamagnone Coarse Graining by Normalizing Flows
12:20 12:40 Vittorio  Del Tatto Robust inference of causality in dynamical processes from the Information Imbalance of distance ranks
12:40 - 14:00Hotel dining room

Lunch & Departure

Workshop Venue & Registration

December 11-12 2023, city of Ogulin, Croatia

The hotel is located in the centre of Ogulin, the centre of continental Croatia with the tourist area of Plitvice Lakes on the east, the wooded Gorski Kotar on the west, and the Northern Adriatic on the south.

Above Ogulin is the mountain Klek, which is 1,182 m high. It is one of the most attractive and popular mountaineering destinations in Croatia, topped by a 200 m high rocky head that is the cradle of Croatian mountaineering and alpinism. Klek has always spurred people’s imagination, so the legend of the witches of Klek was created. According to the legend, during stormy nights, witches, fairies, and elves from all over the world gather on Klek around midnight.

The hotel is located next to the old Frankopan castle from the 16th century built by the noble family Frankopan. Opposite the hotel, you can find Đula’s abyss, a hydrogeological monument of nature, where the river Dobra disappears under rocky cliffs in the enormous chasm in the city centre. The view from the cliff leaves many tourists breathless. Đula’s abyss, together with the Medvednica cave, creates the longest speleological object in Croatia. The name of the abyss is related to the legend of the girl Đula or Zulejka, who fell into the abyss because of unrequited love.

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Heritage hotel Frankopan
Ivana Gorana Kovačića 1
HR-47300 Ogulin, Croatia
Phone: +385 (0)47 525-509

Registration details

The deadline for registration is the 28th of November, 2023.

To register please email the following to  Tomislav:

  • name and surname
  • affiliation
  • email address
  • title and abstract of presentation using the provided template
  • accommodation choice (single or double room, note that single rooms are on a first come first serve basis.). You may indicate preferred roommate in case you choose to stay in a double room.

Abstract template download:



There are no conference fees. You will only pay the full board, which includes:

  • accommodation
  • meals (lunch and dinner on Monday, breakfast and lunch on Tuesday)
  • coffee breaks

The possible accommodation arrangements are:

  1. 145€/person, single bedroom 1/1
  2. 115€/person, twin bedroom 2/1

The accommodation options are limited in number (there are 20 rooms in the hotel itself), and are provided on a first come first serve basis.  Those who book later will be accommodated in the apartments nearby, which will be allocated by hotel staff.

  • XBW 2023


    Christmas Biophysics Workshop 2023 is being organized by Ida Delač and Tomislav Vuletić, Institute of physics, Zagreb

  • Delač



    Zagreb, Croatia

  • Vuletić



    Zagreb, Croatia

  • Initiators

    The workshop series was initiated in 2006 by Silvia Tomić (Zagreb) and Rudolf Podgornik (Ljubljana)

  • Tomić



    Zagreb, Croatia

  • Podgornik



    Ljubljana, Slovenia