The Biophysical Society of China
The Biophysical Society of China (BSC), as a constituent society of the China Association for Science and Technology, is a nongovernmental organization for Chinese biophysicists aiming to promote academic exchanges.
The BSC was founded in November 1979 with approval from the Presidium of China Association for Science and Technology. Its mission is to organize academic exchanges, popular science education and publications, to advance the development of biophysics, and to contribute to China's modernization and improve science literacy in the general public.
With the guideline of "uniting members from all corners of the country and building the society democratically," the BSC enjoys an expanding membership, attracts many well-known scientists — including 27 academicians and many young and middle-aged biophysical talents — and also boasts an increasing number of scientific achievements. Valuable progress has been made in nationwide radioactive background surveys, animal tests at nuclear explosion sites and bio-sounding rockets. Many projects have won first and second prizes in the State Natural Science Awards, including for synthetic insulin, the crystal structure of high resolution, high accuracy insulin and deproteinized insulin, the formation of the correct structure of insulin molecules and the interaction between protein disulfide isomerase, membrane lipid / protein, structure and function changes in proteins under the influence of membrane lipid, construction of the structural foundation of the signaling system in the nervous system, the molecular mechanism of glucose regulation-related secretion, biological functions in femtosecond laser optical imaging mechanisms, new applications and functions in nanomaterials, study on the communication behavior and auditory basis of eared frogs, the structure and function of the main light harvesting complexes in higher plants and the antiviral innate immune signal transduction mechanism.
The BSC is very active in promoting academic exchanges and gaining more international influence. In 2011, it hosted the 17th International Biophysics Congress, when BSC president Rao Zihe was elected president of the International Union for Pure and Applied Biophysics (IUPAB). In 2015, the BSC hosted the 9th Asian Biophysics Association (ABA) Symposium when BSC vice president and secretary-general Yan Xiyun was elected ABA president.
In 2009, it established the Shitsan Pai Award, the highest biophysics honor in China, to award senior scientists who have made significant contributions to biophysics, as well as excellent young scientists and academic leaders who are pioneering on the frontline.
The society has three international academic journals under its administration: Biophysics Reports, Protein & Cell and Progress in Biochemistry and Biophysics.