ISMB travel grants 2021
ISMB provides international travel grants (on average 500 € for young scientists (graduate students or postdocs up to 5 years after Ph.D.) to allow them to attend major meetings in matrix biology anywhere in the world. While priority will be given to meetings directly supported by ISMB (including Matrix Biology Europe, the American Society for Matrix Biology and the Pan Pacific Connective Tissue Societies Symposium), applications are accepted for any meeting, provided that the scope of the meeting agrees with the aims of the Society.
In the current context of the COVID-19 pandemic, applications for on-line, hybrid and in-person meetings will all be considered.
To apply for a travel grant, please send your application to the ISMB secretary, in the form of a single pdf file containing: (1) a letter giving information about the meeting, the amount requested and a detailed justification for support, (2) the abstract of your poster/short talk, (3) your curriculum vitae and list of publications.
Please apply several months in advance of the meeting, before one of the following deadlines: January 1, April 1, July 1, October 1.
Candidates should be members of the ISMB (see membership page for details), and a graduate student or postdoc. up to 5 years after Ph.D., (with extensions for maternity leave, military service, etc). Grants are for international travel only and will be awarded on the basis of scientific excellence and relevance to matrix biology. Successful candidates will be notified no more than one month after each deadline. Following the meeting, awardees will be expected to send to the ISMB a certificate of attendance as well as a short report (to appear on the ISMB web site with some selected for the ISMB newsletter) in the form of a personal perspective on their experience at the meeting. All reimbursement claims and reports must be received within 3 months after the end of the conference.

The Joint Meeting of the French and German Societies for Matrix Biology

The Joint Meeting of the French and German Societies for Matrix Biology will be held online from 26th to 28th of May, 2021. Registration is open at:

Congress themes:
- Dynamics of ECM in tissue repair and regeneration
- Cancer ECM and tumor immunity
- Mechanobiology, remodeling and ECM stiffness
- Role of ECM in cell stemness and cell fate plasticity
- Trafficking and secretion of ECM components

Numerous opportunities for early career and PhD student to present their work!


Prof. Kim Midwood elected EU/UK representative to ISMB 

Dear ISMB members,
The voting for a EU/UK representative on the ISMB Council closed on the 14th March and I would like to let you know that Prof Kim Midwood, Oxford University, UK was elected to the ISMB Council.
I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Kim and welcome her to the ISMB Council and to thank both Kim and Alberto Passi for agreeing to stand for the position, which is a strong indication of the ongoing commitment that they both have to ISMB. We look forward to working with Kim as a member of the Council and would encourage all members to consider becoming an executive and/or council member in the future.
With good wishes for your health and work through all the challenges posed by the pandemic,
Suneel Apte
President ISMB


Collagen GRC 2021 conference postponed

The Collagen GRC 2021 meeting has been rescheduled to approx. the same period in 2023. More precise information will follow.


Vacancy for an European representative on the ISMB council

Dear ISMB members,

As announced in the January newsletter, Nikos Karamanos has joined the Executive as its new Vice President – congratulations Nikos!  This has resulted in a vacancy for an European representative on the council.  If you would like to be a member of the ISMB council, please send your nomination together with a copy of your CV to me by the 21st February 2021.  Council membership is for an initial period of 3 years, which can be extended to a second 3 year term.  For the purpose of the council make-up, the UK is included with Europe so nominations must come from those of you residing in the UK or Europe.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.

Best regards

John Whitelock

Secretary ISMB


Matrix Biology Plus is indexed in PubMed Central (PMC)

Matrix Biology Plus, a companion title to the highly-respected Matrix Biology, has just been accepted for inclusion on PubMedCentral (PMC)! All articles published in Matrix Biology Plus will be retrospectively indexed in PMC in a couple of weeks’ time, making the publications fully searchable not only via PMC but also via Medline.


Matrix Biology Plus is now in Scopus!

Matrix Biology Plus, a companion title to the highly-respected Matrix Biology, is an online-only, open access, peer-reviewed journal.
The journal was launched in 2019 and is now indexed in Scopus & accumulating data for its first CiteScore.