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Instruct and Corbel announced new webinar: ARIA - Powering your access management from the cloud

ARIA provides a wide range of web-based tools for a huge number of organisations worldwide. ARIA cloud services also are very relevant to the management of research infrastructures. ARIA can be customised to match the look and feel of any existing webpages and can merge seamlessly to any current applications through styling or through the well-defined and documented API. Access management is a critical function for research facilities who attract scientists using machines/services/tools and...

CORBEL catalogue launched

Today CORBEL, a H2020 cluster project uniting 13 European biological and medical research infrastructures, launched its Catalogue of Services (http://www.corbel-project.eu/ctlgx1). CORBEL aims to create a platform for harmonised user access to biological and medical technologies, samples and expertise in order to support cutting-edge biomedical research.  The CORBEL Catalogue of Services offers an overview on what kind of services (access to samples and technologies, da...

Visualization of modifications in the human ribosome structure, a new feat for cryo electron microscopy

Published paper using the Instruct-ERIC for cryo-EMRibosomes play a vital role in living beings: they are protein production stations in all cell types. These large complexes are made up of two kinds of molecules: proteins and ribosomal RNA (rRNA). Through structural studies, Bruno Klaholz's team at the IGBMC, revealed more than 130 chemical modifications of the rRNAs. Published in the journal Nature on November 15 2017, these results not only provide a better understanding of the structural and...

Instruct comes of age

The latest edition of the European Journal of Immunology includes an article by Susan Daenke and Ray Owens describing Instruct operations, its history and what offers to the structural biology community.The paper was published on the 8th November 2017The paper can be viewed via this link....

Call for proposals for Instruct pilot R&D projects 2017-2018

Instruct allocates funds to support small pilot research and development projects in any area of structural biology up to a maximum of €15,000 per project. Projects should propose basic or applied research which is preliminary in nature with an expectation of collecting data that may be included in support of an application for more substantial funding through conventional routes. Projects that include technology and/or software development are encouraged. All proposals must include the use of...

Call for proposals for the Instruct Internship programme

Instruct provides access to state-of-the-art infrastructure and technology to support research in structural biology. Our aim is to encourage and facilitate the integrative use of technologies and methodologies that are available at Instruct Centres. The internship programme aims to train European structural and cell biologists in a wide range of technologies, not just one specialism. These researchers will be able to integrate different technologies to open up new areas of research.The Instruct...

Instruct-ERIC presentation at University of Oxford event at St. Hilda's College

The structure and activities of Instruct-ERIC will be showcased at a one day event hosted by the University of Oxford at St. Hilda's College on 7th September. Presentations will be made by the Hub Coordinator and the Instruct-ERIC Director. The Coordinator of the related development Instruct-ULTRA will also be present to explain the actions being implemented to expand Instruct-ERIC membership and the infrastructure provision as research needs evolve....

NWO-Groot subsidy awarded for 850 MHz NMR spectrometer

 NWO has funded the application for a powerful NMR spectrometer to be housed in the NMR centre at Leiden University. The total investment is 3 million euros, with support from both NWO and Leiden University. The spectrometer will be the heart of a Facility for Paramagnetic NMR. This facility will offer not only access to the spectrometer but also help in the design of paramagnetic compounds, probes and proteins. The NMR department as well as the groups Protein Chemistry and B...

Deadline extended_Integrative methods in Structural Biology to enhance high impact research in health and disease

UK coordinator: Prof David StuartUruguay coordinator: Dr Alejandro BuschiazzoTheme: Structural Biology/Biological and Medical SciencesDates and venue: 16th to 19th February 2016, Institut Pasteur de Montevideo, MontevideoThe British Council have launched a new one-year programme to encourage international research collaboration between ambitious young researchers from the UK and eighteen countries around the world.The “Researcher Links” programme, now funded under the Latin America Science &...

Deadline extended_Integrative methods in Structural Biology to enhance high impact research in health and disease

UK coordinator: Prof David StuartUruguay coordinator: Dr Alejandro BuschiazzoTheme: Structural Biology/Biological and Medical SciencesDates and venue: 16th to 19th February 2016, Institut Pasteur de Montevideo, MontevideoThe British Council have launched a new one-year programme to encourage international research collaboration between ambitious young researchers from the UK and eighteen countries around the world.The “Researcher Links” programme, now funded under the Latin America Science &...

Instruct-NL approved as Dutch National Affiliate Centre

 Today, June 13, 2011, Instruct-NL has been approved as an official National Affilate Center for the Instruct consortium. Instruct-NL submmited its application to become a National Affliate Centre on January 31, 2011 to the INSTRUCT Office. Instruct-NL (www.instruct-nl.eu) aims to serve as a national organization encompassing all main areas of structural biology research within the Netherlands. Organizing access to structural biology infrastructures at the national ...

Instruct signing ceremony

 Instruct began its Operational Phase with the signing of an Accession Agreement between the existing Participant Instruct Members and the Coordination Company, Instruct Academic Services Limited, at a ceremony held in Brussels on 23rd February 2012.Instruct has brought together an unparalleled consortium of major structural biologyCentres in Europe, representing all major infrastructure technologies that enable structure determination from macromolecular to atomic resolution of p...

Utrecht coordinates collaboration in life sciences: 32 million euro for two large-scale research facilities

 Two programmes coordinated by Utrecht University, both of which are directly linked to Instruct, have received financing from NWO to set up large-scale research facilities. The projects ‘uNMR-NL’ and ‘Proteins @ Work’, in which various Dutch research institutes collaborate, receive 18,5 and 13,5 million euro, respectively. This was announced by State Secretary Zijlstra of OCW and Jos Engelen, chairman of NWO, this afternoon in Utrecht. The participating partners will make state-of-...

Instruct invited to the ESFRI Assessment Expert Group in Brussels

ESFRI is undertaking an assessment of all Roadmap projects to evaluate their progress towards maturity as Research Infrastructures....

Instruct-ERIC was launched at a ceremony in London

At a Royal Society awards ceremony celebrating the prestigious new European Commission-approved status for structural biology Instruct Research Infrastructure, the UK Minister for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation Jo Johnson recognised the value and relevance of collaborative work between the UK and European scientists. Instruct is a pan-European partnership giving researchers vital access to advanced instrumentation and training in structural biology. The equipment is typically v...

Instruct-ERIC decision adopted

The European Commission adopted the Instruct-ERIC decision on the 4th July 2017. Instruct is the 17th ERIC to be adopted.Instruct was initiated in 2008 as a European-funded Preparatory Phase Project 211252 in the ESFRI Programme. In 2011, Instruct entered a transitional phase and in 2012 was operational, providing the first access to Instruct infrastructure through its Centres. Instruct has grown to provide new infrastructure, now modes of service delivery, excellent training courses and interns...

Open-SESAME call for Fellowships now open

The first call for OPEN-SESAME Fellowships is now open at http://www.opensesame-h2020.eu/en/#modal-1280A minimum of 9 training Fellowships are being offered for scientists from SESAME Member countries to visit any of the Open-SESAME facilities (http://www.opensesame-h2020.eu/en/#section-1192). Fellowships may be of a duration of a minimum of 4 weeks and a maximum of 12 weeks.The stays are expected to start in early 2018.Instruct is a member of the Open-SESAME consortium.The deadline for applicat...

Instruct-NL Albert Heck receives NWO Spinoza Prize

Instruct is incredibly proud to announce that Albert Heck (Instruct-NL, Instruct Mass Spectroscopy Centre) has been awarded the NWO Spinoza Prize. Prof Heck has been given this prize for his exceptional, pioneering and inspiring work. The NWO Spinoza Prize is the highest scientific distinction in the Netherlands. The laureates will each receive 2.5 million euros which they can spend on scientific research.The NWO Spinoza Prize is not only an honour but also an incentive to conduct further resear...

First Instruct Workshop on cryoEM best practices

The First Instruct Workshop on cryoEM best practices took place on 9-10 May at the Research Complex at Harwell and was attended by 29 participants, including from industry (FEI, GSK, Vertex, Astrazeneca). The meeting covered both operational and computational methods through short scene-setting presentations from Instruct Centres (Peijun Zhang, eBIC; Ludo Renault, NeCEN, Bruno Klaholz, IGBMC, Martyn Winn CCP-EM, Jose-Maria Carazo, CNB-CSIC and Juha Huiskonen, OPIC) followed by discussion sessio...

Call to structural biologists working on structures of protein complexes

This is a call to structural biologists working on structures of protein complexes, to consider offering their structures as targets to CAPRI, the community wide initiative for the Critical Assessment of Predicted Interactions.As you may know, CAPRI is a double-blind experiment established 15 years ago for assessing the performance of computational methods for modelling protein-protein interactions and protein complexes. CAPRI has played an important role in establishing these methods as a usef...

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