Association of Resources for Biophysical Research in Europe

The Association of Resources for Biophysical Research in Europe (ARBRE) is an open pan-European network which aims to bring together academic and industrial research infrastructures, core facilities and resource labs that provide access to biophysical instrumentation and expertise for the molecular-scale characterization of biological systems.

The network aims to generate a community focused on broadening expertise and inspiring novel methodological development. It addresses all scientists and technicians who utilize biophysical instrumentation to characterize the intrinsic properties of biological macromolecules and the assemblies in which they are involved.

The scope of technologies includes (but is not limited to):

  • hydrodynamic approaches: analytical ultracentrifugation, light scattering (dynamic and static), SAXS-SANS, microscale thermophoresis, electrophoretic mobility, precision viscometry, ...
  • spectroscopies: fluorescence, infrared, circular dichroism, Raman, electron spin resonance, NMR (for other aims than structure determination)...
  • real-time biosensing based on: surface plasmon resonance, interferometry (DPI, BLI, BSI), QCM, plasmon waveguide resonance, ...
  • fast and ultra-fast kinetics using stopped-flow and temperature jump devices
  • microcalorimetry (ITC and DSC), differential scanning fluorimetry,...
  • atomic force microscopy, single-molecule approaches, …
  • structural mass spectroscopy

Click here for details of ARBRE's initial membership, following the initial kick-off meeting in June 2014 at the Institut Pasteur (Paris, France).

Click here to download a membership application form and join the more than 70 facilities/resource labs from 18 European countries that have already responded. Please email completed forms to the ARBRE coordinators, Patrick England (Paris, France) and Thomas Jowitt (Manchester, UK).

Minimal criteria for ARBRE membership are :

* provision of access to biophysical instrumentation (and relevant training) for a scientific community.

* provision of expertise and/or services in the field of molecular-scale characterization of biological systems

* participation to methodological research driven by biological questions.

Membership indicates willingness to share openly with the ARBRE community information about available instrumentation and expertise, as well as tips and protocols.


ARBRE has so far held meetings in Paris (June 2014), London (January 2015), Dresden (July 2015) and Zaragoza (February 2016).

As from May 1 2016, ARBRE will be supported by the COST action MOBIEU ("Molecular Biophysics in Europe", CA15126). For further information, see: http://www.cost.eu/COST_Actions/ca/CA15126).

In the next few months, the seven Working Groups of ARBRE-MOBIEU will be meeting to establish their first year goals and longer-term plans. Working Group 4 (Optimisation of data quality) is meeting in Heidelberg June 15-16, 2016 immediately after the CTLS2016 congress. A subgroup of Working Group 1 (Communication and membership) will also be present and there will be joint discussions with P4EU.

A *NEW WEBSITE* for the COST Action MOBIEU will be launched soon and linked from here.

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