General Information
General Information


The Symposium will consist of Regular sessions with Plenary, Keynote and invited talks along with contributed presentations and Poster Sessions. There will also be a Workshop cum school which will consist of Special lectures by experts in the field just before the Symposium (November 2-4, 2009). Several distinguished Speakers have already accepted to give Lectures in the Symposium and the School. We are expecting to receive acceptance from many researchers in this area from all over the world.

Theme of the Symposium

The recent years have witnessed enormous advances in the research of metal ions in biological systems. This rapidly developing area of frontier research at the interface of inorganic chemistry and various branches of biological sciences is again going through a phase change from bioinorganic chemistry to biological inorganic chemistry. Although studies of novel metal complexes as mimics of metallo-biomolecules still continue to attract attention, more and more emphasis is being given to the study of the biomolecules themselves to address the role of metal ion and their environment on the biological SaBICfunction. The Symposium on Advanced Biological Inorganic Chemistry aims to catalyze research and educational activities in this area of science in this part of the world and also review the recent advances and emerging directions in this area internationally. The meeting will be participated by active researchers with interests in Biological Inorganic Chemistry and will consist of lectures by distinguished scientists from India, Europe, USA, Japan and other countries.

Scope and Topics

Proposed topics to be covered at SABIC-2009 are:

  • Metal ions in Biology: Enzymes, proteins and mimics
  • Redox and electron transfer reactions of metalloproteins
  • Activation of small molecules by metalloproteins
  • Metal ions in neurodegenerative diseases
  • Metal ions in medicine & Metal-nucleic acid interactions.
  • Metal toxicity and environmental remediation.
  • Physical methods: special applications to Biological Inorganic Chemistry.

Travel to India

How to reach TIFR

TIFR is situated at the south end of Mumbai just beside the Arabian Sea in a picturesque location. It is surrounded by a Naval Settlement, within high security zone.  Details information about the access to the Institute can be obtained here.


All foreign citizens would require a visa to enter India.  We are required to submit a list of overseas participants along with their passport details, to the Government of India. This is intended to facilitate the granting of your visa.

To obtain your visa, please contact the Indian Embassy/Consulate nearest you. To check up whether the nearest Indian Embassy or Consulate has a website, you can consult following web pages:

Some Indian Embassies/Consulates grant a Conference Visa on production of a letter of invitation from the conference. Such letters will be mailed out by us to international participants after their request. In case you experience any difficulty, please email us and we will try our best to help you.

Air Travel

International participants: Please make sure you have a confirmed round-trip travel booking to Mumbai (Bombay).


The weather at Mumbai during the conference will be sunny and pleasantly warm, with highs around 29 degrees C and lows around 18 degrees C. However, in the interior and to the north of India, the weather at this time can be much cooler, so do come prepared depending on where else you are going to travel.

Mumbai City

Centering Mumbai, you can visit several places in the country. Here are some links to sites specifically about Mumbai. We hope you find them interesting and useful, but as before, we do not take any responsibility for their content!

An important point: the city has been called "Bombay" in English, "Bambai" in Hindi (India's National Language) and "Mumbai" in Marathi (the local language), for over a century. A few years ago, the English name was also officially changed to "Mumbai". Some search engines have not made the change, so if you are surfing the web for more information, it is a good idea to try both names.