Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers  The National Science Foundation


MOLECULAR BIOMIMETICS-I : Protein-based Materials for Technology & Medicine

  • Friday Harbor Marine Laboratory, University of Washington
    San Juan Island, WA
    Sept. 6-8, 2006.

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The first GEMSEC Annual Workshop will be held at the Friday Harbor Marine Laboratories of the University of Washington, at San Juan Island, on Sept. 6-8, 2006 (Sept 6 noon- Sep. 8 noon; see the brochure). Every member of the GEMSEC community is recommended to attend and present their work.

Agenda of the Workshop
There are >15 invited talks (presented by the speakers around the country as well as by the Center investigators) and poster presentations (by each of the Center students and Post-docs), with an ample amount of time for discussions. Invited talks will be given in the morning and at night. Poster presentations will be during the late afternoon. A detailed schedule will be available at the GEMSEC web site ~ Aug. 25th.

Every workshop attendee (invited speakers and poster presenters) needs to prepare an abstract. The abstract should follow the example in attached, and should have a title (capital letters), authors and affiliations, 300-350 word text, one attractive figure (a must), and acknowledgements, plus references (less than 3). Please email abstract to Dr. Mehmet Sarikaya ( but keep the file size less than 1MB. Click here for an abstract example (GEMSEC members, please use the MS Word file of this example, already emailed to you on Aug 10th, as a template for your abstract).

Invited Talks
These presentations are 40 minutes, including the Q/A period. There will be computer projector and high resolution screen available for presentations and poster boards at the workshop.

Posters Presentations and Awards
Every student, graduate and undergraduate, and post-doctoral researcher attending the workshop is required to present a poster. Posters (36" x 42") need to be prepared following a Center-specific format, see the poster template. Poster Awards There will be awards for those selected as the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in poster presentations, and their work will be displayed at the GEMSEC web-site. Dr. Ersin Emre Oren has further information on posters (

There are dormitories, cottages (4 people) and special rooms. The sleeping accommodations will be decided according to the attendees’ needs (upon registration). Please contact Ms. Lisa Kresl for questions regarding accommodations. See also the details of the accommodations at the FHL’s website:

In state invited speakers & attendees:
1.You may ride in one of the vans that will depart from University of Washington campus (C12 Parking Lot by Roberts Hall).  Vans will leave for FHL at 8:30AM on Sept 6th.
2. You are also welcome to drive to FHL in your vehicle.  See also the link provided by FHL for driving directions and link to ferry schedule (

Out of state invited speakers & attendees:
1. There will be airport pick-up service from SeaTac International Airport.  Please contact Dr. Hanson Fong ( for pick-up arrangement.  Note: Since our vans must leave Seattle at 8:30AM on Sept 6th to catch a morning ferry to FHL, we can only provide airport pick-up service for arrivals on Sept 5th and before 7AM, Sept 6th.
2. Alternatively, you can arrange a connecting flight to FHL on one of the small airlines (e.g. Kenmore Air, or arrange a rental car at SeaTac International Airport.  If you are driving from the airport, simply follow signs to I-5, then take I-5 north toward Seattle.  See the link provided by FHL for driving directions from Seattle and link to ferry schedule (

Note: Workshop organizers will not be able to provide travel expenses to those who will drive on their own to FHL, rental car or otherwise. Contact for transportation related questions.

Everyone attending and/or presenting posters/talks has to register for the workshop; Please see the registration form at: Deadline is August 25, 2006. Registration is free for students and invited speakers; for other attendees (and presenters), it is $500 per person, including accommodations, food, drinks, and workshop material.

Internet Access
There will be several computers with internet access at the workshop, free for attendees, plus the computer terminals at the FHL libraries will be accessible (for everyone) for 24-hrs.  If you want to connect from your own laptop, please obtain permission from FHL staff.

Recreation Activities
San Juan Island is a haven for outdoor activities, including biking, fishing, hiking, whale watching, sailing, boating, kayaking, etc. So, you may bring along your appropriate gear! You may make your own arrangements for activities and/or join an organized excursion tentatively scheduled for the evening of Sept 7th.



Friday Harbor Workshop Pictures (September 2006)

Friday Harbor Workshop Participants
Sunset group
Enjoying the sunset!
Poster discussions
Poster discussions
Poster disucssions
Poster discussions
Workshop audience
Poster presentations
Poster presentaitons
Ferry ride home
Ferry ride away from Friday Harbor