Feedback for our event:

24 trainees filled in the feedback form, out of which 6 were BSc or MSc students, and the rest were PhD students, postdocs and senior academics.
The training was rated as “excellent” by 16 respondents, “very good” and “good” by the others.
Most of the respondents agreed that the best parts of the workshop were the hands-on sessions and the practical examples and 16 attendees agreed that they would use the tools presented in their future work.
Other comments:
“Everything was very educational and interesting. I got the basic picture of structural bioinformatics and protein databases. Each speaker was friendly, easy-going and professional. Very glad I got the chance to be here. Hope I will manage to attend other EMBL – EBI workshops in the future.”
“I found the workload from Hema’s workshop most appropriate and engaging (actually made me think and helped me learn by doing more than the others I feel).”

The organisers would like to thank all of the speakers and trainers for travelling to Iasi and for doing such a great job!

Download our event poster.

4-5 April 2019


RSBI (@RoBioinfo) and Faculty of Biology, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iași

Aim The workshop is aimed at master and PhD students as well as young researchers working with protein sequences and structures. Several core bioinformatics techniques of sequence similarity searching as well as the UniProt database will be discussed. The workshop will also provide hands-on experience of exploring and analyzing the 3D macromolecular structure data available in the Protein Data Bank (PDB).

Registration is NOW CLOSED.

The deadline was March 10th, 2019. Info on methods and deadlines for payments as well as available accommodation will be communicated with the acceptance letter in due time.

Due to the limited capacity, we will favour attendees that would benefit the most from this workshop and could give back to the scientific community. We advise you to please pay special attention to the questions regarding the impact/benefit of you attending the workshop – these will be the ones used to select participants!

If you have any further inquires about registration, please contact the local organiser at: marius [dot] mihasan [at] uaic [dot] ro

Requirements Basic (undergrad level) understanding of Molecular Biology and Protein structure is a must. No prior experience of bioinformatics is required.

Day 1.

Time Subject Trainer/Speaker
9:00 – 9:30 Welcome note and coffee Organisers
9:30 – 11:00 (hands on) Introduction to programming. Useful commands in Unix shell and Python Claudiu Mihăilă,
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break
11:30 – 12:30 Introduction to sequence searching and alignments. DNA/RNA vs proteins sequences. Protein sequence and Function Anna Marabotti, University of Salerno, Italy
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 13:45 Introduction to EMBL-EBI resources and tools. Hema Bye-A-Jee, EMBL-EBI, Cambridge
13:45 – 15:30 Protein Sequence Databases: UniProt. Hema Bye-A-Jee, EMBL-EBI, Cambridge
15:30 – 16:00 Coffee Break
16:00 – 17:00 Protein Sequence Databases: UniProt. Hema Bye-A-Jee, EMBL-EBI, Cambridge
17:00 – 17:30 Talk Anna Marabotti, University of Salerno, Italy
19:00 Festive dinner

Day 2.

Time Subject Trainer/Speaker
9:00 – 10:00 (hands on) Introduction to programming. Programmatic access to public databases and data retrieval Claudiu Mihăilă,
10:00 – 10:30 Coffee Break
10:30 – 12:30 Introduction to macromolecular structure at the PDBe. Matt Conroy, EMBL-EBI, Cambridge
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 15:30 Introduction to macromolecular structure at the PDBe. Matt Conroy, EMBL-EBI, Cambridge
15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break
16:00 – 16:30 Talk:  Modeling biomolecular structures in the twilight zone and beyond Andrei-J Petrescu, Institute of Biochemistry in Bucharest
16:30 – 17:00 Panel Discussion: AI for validating predicted protein structure All speakers and trainers
17:00 – 17:15 Farewell
18:30 Beer and science event

For the panel discussion, we encourage participants to consider the pros and cons, and perhaps read a few publications either side of the argument. Google’s AlphaFold may be a success story to discuss:

Organising committee

Marius Mihășan (Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Iași, Romania)
Eugen Ungureanu (Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Iași, Romania)
Boiangiu Stefan Razvan (Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Iași, Romania)
Monica Abrudan (Cambridge, UK)
Claudiu Mihăilă (London, UK)
Bogdan Mirăuță (Cambridge, UK)


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