2nd iNEXT Annual Users Meeting
The 2nd iNEXT Annual Users Meeting took place on 22nd-24th May 2017, in Brno (Czech Republic). The venue was the “BEST WESTERN PREMIER Hotel International Brno”, in the very center of the second largest city of the Czech Republic, where Gregor Mendel conducted his groundbreaking experiments and established a new scientific field of genetics.
The meeting followed the same philosophy as the 1st iNEXT Annual User Meeting held successfully last year in Madrid. Its aim was to gather the iNEXT partners providing access to various techniques of integrative structural biology and scientists and users who have been using the equipment, technology, and expertise of HORIZON 2020 funded iNEXT consortium. The conference was organized with a focus on strengthening contacts between iNEXT users, both academic and industrial, and on facilitating European scientific collaboration on projects that target translational research. Users had the opportunity to present their results to the iNEXT community, the iNEXT partners demonstrated the newest technologies developed in the JRAs, and feedback sessions between the iNEXT Management Committee, the Scientific Advisory Board, and the User Panel helped to optimize the cooperation between the iNEXT partners.
The programme of the Meeting started with the Partner and User Highlights, five scientific contributions selected by Program Committee from more than 50 submitted poster abstracts for oral presentations, followed by Flash Talks Session, where 23 poster presenters introduced their results. Five excellent scientists were invited to discuss Contemporary Trends in Conformational Dynamics at Atomic Resolution during a special workshop on Tuesday 23rd May morning. Joint research activity Sessions, iNEXT General Assembly, Foresight Meeting, a session bringing together representatives of European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI), and other joint activities on 22nd and 23rd May complemented the programme, which culminated in the Gala dinner on Wednesday evening. This special occasion brought all participants to the Augustinian St. Thomas' Abbey, and overlapped with 3rd Instruct Biennial meeting held in the same venue as AUM since Wednesday, May 24. Minutes of both, Meeting of iNEXT Management Committee and iNEXT General Assembly Meeting are included in this document.
The organization of the Meeting was overseen by the Organization Committee consisting of the following scientists:
- Vladimír Sklenář – CEITEC MU, CZ
- Rolf Boelens - UU, NL
- Harald Schwalbe - BMRZ, DE
- Josan Marquez - EMBL-GR, FR
- Jose Maria Carazo - CSIC, ES
- Claudia Alen Amaro - Instruct, UK
- Stefan Raunser - MPI Dortmund, DE
Nadrian C. Seeman: DNA, not Merely the Secret of Life
We build branched DNA species that can be joined using Watson-Crick base pairing to produce N-connected objects and lattices. We have used ligation to construct DNA topological targets, such as knots, polyhedral catenanes, Borromean rings and a Solomon's knot.
An Instruct/CIISB course took place at the CMS, IBT, Biocev on April 5 and 6, 2018.
This course/workshop allowed participants, with some prior knowledge and experience in macromolecular crystallography, to access the biophysical measurements section and the crystal handling/X-ray diffraction section of the Instruct CZ / CIISB CMS core facility for three practical work sessions.
XV. Discussions in Structural Molecular Biology and the 2nd User Meeting of the Czech Infrastructure for Integrative Structural Biology
In March, 2018, the Czech and Slovak community of structural biologists met at the "XV. Discussions in Structural Molecular Biology".
1st CEITEC Symposium on Recent Advances in Cryo-Electron Microscopy
Cryo-electron Microscopy and Tomography CEITEC Masaryk University has organized a one day symposium on recent developments in the field of cryo-electron microscopy on 18thApril 2018.