We are delighted to invite you to participate in the 4th International Symposium on Mechanobiology (ISMB) organized and hosted by the Australian Society for Mechanobiology (AuSMB). The conference will be co-hosted by the University of Sydney Nano Institute and take place at the Sydney Nanoscience Hub at the University of Sydney, Australia, from the 6th to the 9th of November 2022.

This conference started in 2011 with the founding of the Society in Shanghai, China, and has occurred every three years also visiting Okayama (2014) and more recently Singapore (2017). This is the first time this conference is being held in Australia.

The primary purpose of the 4th International Symposium on Mechanobiology (ISMB) is to act as a forum for dissemination of cutting-edge research and innovation in the field of mechanobiology. It will bring together 200+ delegates from both the Australian and International communities (students, scientists, clinicians, engineers and stakeholders from academia, industry and other organisations) working in the broader field of mechanobiology to discuss new and exciting advances in the field.

The conference will focus on topics that include:

|| Force Sensing Proteins ||
|| Mechanisms of Cellular Mechanotransduction- Ion Channels ||
  || Mechanisms of Cellular Mechanotransduction- The Cytoskeleton || 
|| Tissue Mechanics ||
|| The Mechanobiology of Human Disease ||
|| Cardiovascular Mechanobiology ||
|| Mechanosensing in Plants ||
|| Bioengineering: Making Tools for Mechanobiology Research ||
|| Single-molecule Biophysics ||

We look forward to your attendance and participation at this world-leading conference!


Plenary speakers

Martin Chalfie,
NSW Health
Plenary Lecture

Columbia University,
New York, USA

Stephan Grill
EMBO Plenary Lecture

Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics,
Dresden, Germany

Mechanobiology Institute, National University of Singapore,

The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston,
Galveston, USA 

Keynote speakers

Invited speakers

Conference Program

The conference program can be accessed here.
Please check back regularly as the program is being finalised.

Information for presenters

To fit on the provided poster boards, posters should have
size A0 and be in portrait format.

Abstract submission/registration deadlines and fees

Abstract submission deadline

14th of August 2022

Early registration deadline

A$ 600/400*

14th of August 2022

Standard registration

A$ 700/450*

* Student discount

** The registration fee covers one-year AuSMB membership for new and existing members (based in Australia and New Zealand) and contributes to related society organised activities.

It includes admission, conference materials, COVID-19 safety measures and morning/afternoon tea/coffee and lunch buffet. Participants are expected to book and pay their own accommodation .

Only plenary, keynote and invited speakers should register as "Speaker"!

Conference venue and accomodation

Sessions will be run at the Sydney Nanoscience Hub of the University of Sydney,  a world-class facility for nanoscale research and education. Public transport from Sydney Central Station takes 20 minutes only. 


Sydney Nanoscience Hub (A31)
The University of Sydney
Physics Road
Camperdown NSW 2050

There is a wide range of hotels in walking distance to the conference venue, see a list of selected options below. Hotels in the area will be busy at the time of the conference due to the T20 Cricket World Cup taking place in Australia this year. We therefore suggest that participants finalise their booking early.

Four Points by Sheraton Sydney

- 20 min walk to  conference venue
- 10 min walk from central station
- rooms from 299 AU$

Veriu Broadway

- 16 min walk to conference venue
- 15 min walk from central station
- rooms from 250 AU$

Adina Apartment Hotel Chippendale

- 13 min walk to conference venue
- 15 min walk from central station
- rooms from 220 AU$

Rydges Camperdown

- 13 min walk to conference venue
- 20 min public transport from central station
- rooms from 210 AU$

Best Western Plus Camperdown Suites

- 15 min walk to conference venue
- 20 min public transport from central station
- rooms from 199 AU$

Mad Monkey Backpackers Broadway

- 15 min walk to conference venue
- 15 min walk from central station
- rooms from 50 AU$

Covid-19 preventative measures

Face masks, hand sanitiser and rapid-antigen tests will be available on-site for attendees. All attendees are encouraged to wear face masks, except when presenting.

Conference committee

Boris Martinac,

Sara Baratchi,

Kate Poole,
Scientific program chair

Maté Biro,
Scientific program co-chair

Charles Cox

Qian Su

Daryan Kempe

Lining Ju

Yu Suk Choi

Xiaowei Wang

Alpha Yap

Jan Lauko