CASP10 conference

Critical Assessment of Protein Structure Prediction *CASP10* (an EMBO conference)
9-12 December 2012 | Gaeta, Italy

Every two years since 1994 CASP has conducted a community wide experiment to assess the state of the art in protein structure modeling.
The 2012 conference will report the results of 10th experiment and celebrate progress over almost 20 years of monitoring the field.



3DSIG and AFP-CAFA 2012

Two interesting and successful special interest group meetings will take place along side ISMB 2012 in Long Beach, CA


July 13-14, 2012: 3DSIG 2012


We are happy to announce the eighth 3Dsig meeting. Two very full days with a balance of invited talks, short oral presentations, two laptop/poster sessions, and critical, topic-focused discussions. A truly unique event bringing together in one place the structural computational biology community.

3DSIG 2012 will present the third “Warren DeLano Structural Bioinformatics and Computational Biophysics Award” in honor of Warren DeLano and the contributions he made to our community. The award sum of $1000 will be given for the best presentation on behalf of the DeLano foundation. Further prizes also available for best posters.

Relevant topics include:

Application of structure to systems biology / Structure-based drug discovery including polypharmacology and network pharmacology / Structure representation, classification and predication / Macromolecular assembles / Structural genomics / 3D databases and data mining / Molecular visualization / Relevant methods of structure determination, particularly hybrid methods / Structure-based function prediction / Evolution studied through structures / Docking, analysis, prediction and simulation of biomolecular interactions such as protein-protein, protein-ligand and protein-nucleic-acid / Prediction and analysis of protein domains / Membrane protein structure analysis and prediction / Protein dynamics and disorder / The structural basis of immunology.

Important dates:

March 19, 2012: Registration opens for 3DSIG and ISMB

March 16, 2012: Deadline to submit a poster for ISMB – a necessary requirement to be eligible for an ISMB travel fellowship.

April 6, 2012: ISMB poster acceptance notification

April 13, 2012: Deadline for submitting an abstract to 3DSIG to be considered for oral presentation.

Deadline for travel fellowship application for the main ISMB meeting by invitation only

May 11, 2012: Late 3DSIG poster abstract submission deadline. Late submissions will not be considered for oral presentation (see april 13).

May 25, 2012: ISMB Travel Fellowship acceptance notification.

June 1st, 2012: Early registration deadline to the main ISMB conference. Note: you may register only for 3DSIG.


July 14, 2012, Long Beach, California, USA

(http://BioFunctionPrediction.org ; afpcafa2012 AT gmail.com)

The deluge of genomic information has led to the following fundamental question: what do all these genes do? Many genes are not annotated, and many more are partially or erroneously annotated. Given a genomic stretch which is partially annotated at best, how do we fill in the blanks? Moreover, with structural genomics information starting to pour in, we are faced with the novel problem of predicting function from structure, a problem which did not exist until recently. For all these reasons and many more, automated function prediction is rapidly gaining attention in
computational biology.
Computational biologists have been attacking the problem of automated function prediction from several angles, based on needs and scientific interest. Among the methods are functional inferences based on genomic context; metabolic or signaling pathway context; distant homolog searches; phylogenetic profiling; and combinations of methods using several sources of information and employing data mining and machine learning algorithms.

Important dates:

• April 18, 2012: Deadline for submitting extended abstracts.

• May 9, 2012: Notifications for accepted abstracts e-mailed to corresponding authors.

• May 16, 2012: Deadline for presenters to confirm acceptance of invitation to speak

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ISQBP 2010 – Folding and Recognition: Similarities and Differences

Where: Grand Hotel San Michele, Centraro, Italy

When: 14-16/06/2010

Abstract submission deadline: 21/05/2010

This meeting, which corresponds to the biennial conference organized by the President of the International Society of Quantum Biology and Pharmacology, aims at bringing together specialists from around the world, and from all areas of biomolecular simulation to look at recent progress and to identify the most important challenges facing the field in the coming years in terms of methodology and practical applications.

For details: ISQBP 2010


8th International NCCR Symposium on New Trends in Structural Biology

Dates: 2-3 September, 2010

Venue: ETH Zürich, Lecture Hall HG E7, Zürich, Switzerland

Confirmed plenary lecturer: James U. Bowie, Kathryn M. Ferguson, John Kuriyan, Jonathon Howard, Jan Löwe, Krzystof Palcezski, Bob Stround.

This symposium series provides a yearly update on current structural biology themes and newest developments in the field. Renowned structural biology scientists from all over the world exchange their knowledge and current research ideas in an interactive way. The format of the symposium includes plenary lectures by invited guest scientists, discussions and poster presentations by NCCR scientists.

More details on the meeting website

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Barcelona BioMed Conference – Intrinsically Disordered Proteins in Biomedicine

A meeting for everyone that liked this post (17 Protein disorder prediction servers):

Dates: 4-6 October, 2010

Venue: Institut d’Estudis Catalans, Barcelona, Spain.

Registration deadline: July 15, 2010.



CAPRI or: What is the State of Protein-Protein Docking?

This is the first post in a series, summarizing the CAPRI (Critical Assessment of PRediction of Interactions) 4th Evaluation meeting. In this post I’ll try to give a more personal perspective of the experiment results, the state and trends of computational protein-protein docking and the vibes behind the scenes. The next posts in the series will shortly summarize select talks from the meeting, kindly provided by the speakers.


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RosettaCon 2009 – perspective

RosettaCon 2009 has ended just a few days ago.

This was a very exciting meeting, gathering almost all Rosetta developers from around the world, and representatives of the major industry licensees of Rosetta. The talks were quite diverse, ranging from new Rosetta protocols under development, applications with regards to numerous biological systems, and up to code architecture and future development of the code.

For scientists specializing in a specific field (such as computational structural biology – just off the top of my head) there are rare occasions in which meetings are dedicated entirely to their topic. This was such a conference! All through the three days of conference and one day of hiking, people had talked, discussed, brain stormed, ate, breathed, thought, swam, hiked, mingled and laughed protein structure. If the coffee break was drawn as a comic figure, with bubble clouds to depict thoughts and conversations, it would be a sea of alpha-helices, weird looking loops, rotamers, ligands and co-factors at interfaces, strange folds and stranger rainbow colored cartoon proteins. A modeler’s utopia.



The Annual International Meeting of the Molecular Graphics and Modeling Society (MGMS) will take place in Erlangen, Germany from September 7th (registration and mixer) – 11th 2009.

The meeting will be preceded by the annual Molecular Modelling Workshop organised by the Molecular Graphics and Modelling Society – Deutschsprachige Sektion (MGMS-DS) from Sunday 6th to Monday, September 7th.

More Details: Modeling’09


3DSIG 2009 – Structural Bioinformatics and Computational Biophysics

An ISMB satellite meeting. Stockholm, June 27-28 2009.

3Dsig has established itself as a main event in the field of structural bioinformatics and computational biophysics since 2004. Amongst this year’s confirmed keynote speakers are Michael Levitt and Gunnar von Heijne. This is a unique event bringing together in one place the structural computational biology community. The program will be built around talks from accepted abstracts and invited speakers.


  • February 16, 2009 – Registration opens for 3Dsig and ISMB/ECCB. 
  • March 18, 2009 – Deadline for submitting an abstract to 3Dsig to be considered for oral presentation.
  • April 2, 2009 – Deadline for travel fellowship application for the main ISMB/ECCB conference.


The 2008 Computational Structural Bioinformatics Workshop

November 4-5, Philadelphia, PA, USA.

The 2008 Computational Structural Bioinformatics Workshop (CSBW) will be held in conjucntion with the IEEE International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedicine (BIBM 2008) The rapid accumulaiton of macromolecular structures presents a unique set of challenges and opportunities in analysis, modeling and prediction of mcrommolecular structures and interactions. This workshop aims to bring together researchers with expertise in bioinformatics, computational biology, structural biology, data mining, optimization and high performance computing to discuss recent results, new techniques and open research problems in computational structural bioinformatics. Workshop website.

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