The Institute of Cancer Research, UK
EMBL is committed to sharing research advances and sustaining scientific interaction throughout the coronavirus pandemic. We are delighted to announce that this conference is going virtual and invite you to join us online.
Join this conference and celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Protein Data Bank (PDB) with us. With over 1 million unique users worldwide and more than 400 biomedical data resources, the PDB represents the achievements and milestones of the structural biology community.
The PDB is one of the oldest surviving archives in any biomedical field. The structural biology community established the single worldwide archive for macromolecular structure data in 1971. 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 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. The 50th anniversary is an opportunity to celebrate the advances in structural biology and bioinformatics and peer into the future prospects for these fields.
Call for artwork by 4 August 2021
An artwork exhibition will be part of the conference, bringing awareness to the 50th anniversary of the PDB. The conference participants can submit an artwork representing scientific and/or societal concepts relating to a structure in the Protein Data Bank. The artwork can be created using any technique or media, however, we will require a high-resolution image of the artwork for display in the virtual exhibition.
More information about submitting an artwork or abstract can be found under the tab ‘Practical Information’.
The Institute of Cancer Research, UK
University Health Network, Canada
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, USA
Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Australia
Stanford University, USA
Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Germany
Arizona State University, USA
ETH Zurich, Switzerland
University of Zurich, Switzerland
EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
University College London, UK
MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, UK
Duke University School of Medicine, USA
University of Oxford, UK
Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research
University College London
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|11:00-11:15||Opening remarks by Scientific Organisers|
|Introductory Session – Session Chair: Gerard Kleywegt|
|11:15-11:45||Historical perspective of the PDB – the archive that led the way |
to open science
Jane Richardson – Duke University School of Medicine, USA
Janet Thornton – EMBL-EBI Hinxton, UK
|11:45-12:15||Advances in Structural Virology|
Dave Stuart – University of Oxford, UK
|12:15-12:45||Protein universe, what we know/don’t know|
Christine Orengo – University College London, UK
|12:45-13:15||Meet the Speakers|
|13:30-14:30||Poster session 1/Artwork exhibition|
|Session 1: Structural biology & applications in health and the|
environment – Session Chair tba
|14:30-15:00||Exploiting structures and Big Data for drug discovery|
Bissan Al-Lazikani – The Institute of Cancer Research, UK
|15:00-15:15||Selected short talk 1|
|15:15-15:45||DNA repair and ubiquitin ligases|
Nicolas Thomä – Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical
|16:00-16:15||Selected short talk 2|
|16:15-16:45||Structural biology, epigenetics and drug discovery|
Cheryl Arrowsmith – University Health Network, Canada
|16:45-17:15||Meet the Speakers|
|17:15-18:00||Optional networking programme|
|Session 2: RNA/DNA molecular machines – Session Chair:|
|11:00-11:30||Understanding transcription at molecular details|
Patrick Cramer – Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry,
|11:30-11:45||Selected short talk 3|
|11:45-12:15||Macromolecular machines involved in mRNA regulation|
Lori Passmore – MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, UK
|12:30-12:45||Selected short talk 4|
|12:45-13:15||Molecular mechanisms of genome editors|
Martin Jinek – University of Zurich, Switzerland
|13:15-13:45||Meet the Speakers|
|Session 3: The next 50 years: Genomics meets structural |
biology – Session Chair: Christine Orengo
|13:45-14:45||Poster Session 2/Artwork exhibition|
Don Hilvert – ETH Zürich, Switzerland
|15:15-15:30||Selected short talk 5|
|15:30-16:00||AlphaFold and the role of deep learning in structural biology|
John Jumper – DeepMind, UK
|16:15-16:30||Selected short talk 6|
|16:30-17:00||Structural and systems biology – understanding variation|
Madan Babu – St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, UK
|17:00-17:30||Meet the Speakers|
|17:30-18:15||Optional networking programme|
|Session 4: Latest advances – Session Chair: Christoph Müller|
|11:00-12:00||Reconstructed from the PDB: The dynamic multi-enzyme |
pathway of Aerobic Respiration, from Glucose to ATP
Drew Berry – Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research,
|12:00-12:20||Selected short talk 7|
|12:20-12:40||Selected short talk 8|
|12:40-13:00||Selected short talk 9|
|13:00-13:30||Meet the Speakers|
|Session 5: The next 50 years: future perspectives (part 1) |
– Session Chair: Janet Thornton
|13:45-14:15||In cell structural biology|
Julia Mahamid – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
|14:15-14:45||XFEL/Time resolved structural biology|
Petra Fromme – Arizona State University, USA
|Session 6: The next 50 years: future perspectives (part 2)|
– Session Chair: Janet Thornton
|15:00-15:30||Electron Microscopy – future perspectives|
Wah Chiu – Stanford University, USA
|15:30-16:00||Making structural data accessible|
Sameer Velankar – EMBL-EBI Hinxton, UK
|16:00-17:00||Panel Discussion on the future of structural biology and the|
Chaired by Peter Rosenthal
|17:00-17:15||Closing remarks by the Scientific Organisers|
|17:15-17:45||Meet the Speakers|
Registration Fees (include access to all of the talks, digital poster sessions and online group discussions, and help us cover our costs to run the event. For further information please refer to the FAQ page):
|Academia – PI/Faculty||75 Euro|
|Academia – Post-doc||50 Euro|
|PhD Student/Emeritus/Retired||15 Euro|
|EMBL Staff||Intranet access|
Accredited journalists may be eligible to register for a complimentary registration. Registrants may be required to provide accreditation or equivalent proof of press membership after registration. Please contact Aline Schnieder for more information.
Registration will be on a first-come first-served basis. Your place can only be confirmed after payment of the registration fee.
Types of payments accepted are international bank transfers and credit card payments.
Artwork submission deadline: 4 August 2021 (23:59 Europe/Berlin)
Only registered participants are eligible to submit an artwork. We only accept online artwork submissions.
The artwork should be an original piece of art representing scientific and/or societal concepts relating to a structure in the Protein Data Bank. The artwork can be created using any technique or media, however we will require a high resolution image of the artwork for display in the virtual exhibition.
After you have logged in and successfully registered, you will receive an email asking you to submit your artwork. Click on the link provided and enter your artwork. Alternatively you can submit your artwork by clicking on the link on the confirmation page directly after registering.
A selection process will take place with the results announced 2-3 weeks after the artwork submission deadline.
Abstract submission deadline: 25 August 2021 (23:59 Europe/Berlin)
Only registered participants are eligible to submit an abstract. We only accept online abstract submissions.
After you have logged in and successfully registered, you will receive an email asking you to submit your abstract. Click on the link provided and enter your abstract in the text box provided. Alternatively you can submit your abstract by clicking on the link on the confirmation page directly after registering.
When submitting your abstract you can also apply for an oral or poster presentation. A selection process will take place with the results announced 2-3 weeks after the abstract submission deadline.
All academic and student registrants are invited to apply for a registration fee waiver, provided by the EMBL Advanced Training Centre Corporate Partnership Programme and EMBO. The registration fee waiver covers the registration sum that you have paid to attend the meeting. Conference participants are not required to pre-pay the registration fee to be selected for a fee waiver for a virtual meeting. If you have already paid the registration fee and are awarded a fee waiver, it will be reimbursed after the meeting.
For participants and speakers with childcare responsibilities there is the possibility to apply for a grant, provided by the EMBL Advanced Training Centre Corporate Partnership Programme and EMBO, to offset childcare costs incurred when participating at a virtual event. Eligible costs include fees for a babysitter or childcare facility or travel costs for a care giver. Please note that priority will be given to early stage researchers. Costs will be reimbursed after the meeting only once a reimbursement form and original receipts have been received. Attendance at the event is required in order to be eligible to receive the reimbursement. In order to apply for this grant, you must be registered by the abstract submission deadline.
Applications for financial assistance can be submitted via the submission portal* (for the submission of abstracts for conferences) by completing the Financial Assistance Application Section (underneath the section for entering abstract/motivation letter information). The link to the portal can be found in the registration confirmation email that you will receive after registering for the conference.
For conferences, if you are not submitting an abstract, you can still apply for financial assistance in the submission portal. Take a look at the instructions for applying for financial assistance. Note that priority will be given to those submitting an abstract to present at the conference. In your application you will be asked to answer questions regarding your motivation for applying, and, for registration fee waivers, the reasons why your lab cannot fund your attendance and how your attendance will make a difference to your career. Application for financial support will not affect the outcome of your registration application.
The scientific organisers will select the recipients of registration fee waivers during the abstract selection process for conferences and the participant selection process for courses. Results will be announced approximately 3 – 4 weeks before the event start date. Selection results do not impact your admission to the meeting. Registration fee waiver selection is based on your current work or study location, your motivation for applying, the reasons for needing financial support and the impact this event will have on your career. Childcare grants are allocated based on career stage, with priority given to early stage researchers.
Check our list of external funding opportunities and read our information on attending a conference as an event reporter.
For further information about financial assistance please refer to the FAQ page.
Additional information can be found in our Code of Conduct.
It is important to stay healthy and move around, especially when you are attending an event virtually. We have put together a few coffee break stretches and yoga videos in the events Slack workspace for you to enjoy during the event.
Questions during and after the talks can be asked in live streaming platform. The chair moderates the questions and shares them with the speaker. If time runs out or you think of a question later, you can use Slack to ask your questions in the dedicated session channels or via direct message.
The programme is planned based on Central European Summer Time (CEST), unless otherwise stated. As many virtual participants are attending from around the world, we do our best to accomodate as many timezones as possible when creating the programme. Please take your time zone into consideration when planning your attendance.
We are using a virtual event platform for this conference. More information about the platform will be shared ahead of the conference.
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Date: 20 - 22 Oct 2021
Abstract submission: 25 Aug 2021
Registration: 29 Sep 2021