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Bringing Molecular Structure to Life: 50 Years of the PDB


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In 1971, the structural biology community established the single worldwide archive for macromolecular structure data – the Protein Data Bank (PDB). It is one of the oldest surviving archives in any biomedical field. From its inception, the PDB has embraced a culture of open access leading to its widespread use by the research community (with nowadays more than 1 million unique users worldwide) and by more than 400 biomedical data resources.

Structural biology and structural bioinformatics have had an enormous impact on our understanding of the mechanism and function of biological macromolecules. The PDB acts as a custodian for all these data, representing a repository of the vast majority of the achievements and milestones of the structural biology community. The archive is managed by the Worldwide Protein Data Bank consortium (wwPDB) which includes partner sites in Asia, Europe and America, making this a truly global effort. In 2021, this community-driven archive will celebrate its 50th anniversary. This is an opportunity to celebrate the advances in structural biology and bioinformatics and peer into the future prospects for these fields.


Madan Babu

St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, USA

Drew Berry

Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Australia

Peter Rosenthal

The Francis Crick Institute, UK

Nicolas Thoma

Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, Switzerland

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Date: 20 - 22 Oct 2021

Location: EMBL Heidelberg


  • Stephen Cusack
    EMBL Grenoble, France
    • Gerard Kleywegt
      EMBL-EBI, UK
      • Christoph Mueller
        EMBL Heidelberg, Germany

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