#IBSBM2017, Brno

Instruct Biennial Structural Biology Conference 2017

The 3rd Instruct Biennial Structural Biology Conference, which will take place in Brno, Czech Republic, from May 24 till May 26, 2017. Brno is the city of Gregor Johann Mendel, a founder of modern genetics and one of the first scientists who applied multidisciplinary approach to explain his observations. Social programme of the meeting will include visit of the Mendel’s Museum and dinner at the Augustinian Abbey, where Gregor Johann Mendel worked and lived.

Instruct is a distributed European Research Infrastructure, which provides scientists with access to all major cutting edge technologies that enable biomacromolecular structure determination at atomic resolution. Access to all of these technologies has been available to European member researchers from February 2012. The inaugural Instruct Structural Biology Meeting at Heidelberg in 2013 successfully showcased integrative structural biology and its impact on biological research and biomedicine. The second Biennial took place in Florence in 2015 continuing the integrative line with an increased focus on innovation. This new edition will include sessions that represent recent structural biology highlights, emerging methods and technologies and results of biomedical importance.

Submission deadlines

| Abstract submission: March 15th | Registration closed: April 1st | Student fellowship: March 15th |


Richard Stefl Albert Heck Leemor Joshua-Tor Masahide Kikkawa Michael Sattler Juli Feigon Andrew Carter Babis Kalodimos
Thijn Brummelkamp Radostin Danev James Naismith Kristina Djinovic-Carugo Petr Leiman Andrea Musacchio David Stuart
Speakers selected from abstracts: Vladena Bauerova Giulia Glorani Moran Shalev-Benami Aurelien Thureau


IBSBM2017 was held at International Best Western Hotel, Brno

Getting to Brno

The Brno International Airport has restricted flights arriving from different destinations. Brno can be reached from Vienna, Prague, Bratislava or Munich . Of these, Vienna Airport would be the best option. Additionally, there are also two flights a day landing at Brno Airport from Munich. There are direct trains from both Vienna Hauptbahnhof (Vienna main railway station) and Prague hlavní nádraží (Prague hl. n., Prague main railway station) to Brno hlavní nádraží (Brno hl. n., Brno main railway station). Tickets can be purchased from ticket counter on the day.

Detailed information on how to get to Brno can be found here

Getting from Brno hl. n. to the venue

From Brno hl. n., take tram no. 12 towards Technologický park, alight after three stops at Šilingrovo náměstí and the venue is 290 m along Husova road.

The venue is also a 15 mins (1.1 km) walk away from the main railway station for those inclined to walk.


Student Fellowship applications are invited from graduate students

Fellowships will cover economy travel costs plus accommodation for 2 nights.

  • Applicants should be pre-doctoral scientists (PhD students)
  • The applicant’s home institution (applicant’s usual workplace) must be within an Instruct Member country .
  • Recipients must submit a 500 word short report on their conference experience by 31st August 2017.

Applicants should send a copy of the abstract submitted upon registration and a 200 words statement justifying their application and a letter of recommendation from their supervisor to admin@structuralbiology.eu.

Deadline for Fellowship applications is 15th March 2017.

Scientific Organising Committee

Vladimír Sklenář (chair) CEITEC, Czech
Lucia Banci University of Florence, Italy
Tassos Perrakis Netherlands Cancer Institute (NKI)
Bruno Klaholz IGBMC, France
John Briggs EMBL Heidelberg, Germany

Collaborating partner projects

Instruct-ULTRA CORBEL West Life
iNEXT Central European Institute of Technology

Ivano Bertini Award

Bruker The Ivano Bertini Award recognises a significant achievement in frontier research that utilises an integrative structural biology approach. The first recipient of the award is Stephen Cusack FRS, Head of EMBL Outstation in Grenoble. His work on the structure of protein-RNA complexes and proteins involved in host-pathogen responses is ground-breaking and exemplifies the power of using integrated technology approaches in research. The Award is the first commemorating Ivano Bertini who developed powerful new methods in NMR and built up a world class Centre for Magnetic Resonance (CERM) in Florence. CERM was in the first group of major Centres in structural biology to form the Core structure of Instruct.


The Award of €15,000 is endowed by Bruker BioSpin which, together with Ivano, developed NMR instrumentation to broaden its application and increase measurement sensitivity.










BioMed Central

Dunn Lab

Programme & Poster

Day 1 - 24th May

13:00 - 18:30

Instruct Council Meeting, Instruct-ULTRA General Assembly and BWG (Closed Meeting)

13:00-15:00 Council meeting
15:00-15:30 Tea/Coffee
15:30-17:00 Instruct-ULTRA General Assembly
17:00-18:00 Business Working Group

The Instruct Council is the main strategic body of Instruct with members from the funding bodies from Instruct Countries. The Council is chaired by the MRC and meets 3 times per year.


Conference dinner at Augustinian Abbey

St Thomas's Abbey is one of the most popular buildings in Brno. Gregor Johann Mendel, the famous geneticist, was an abbot in this church. The monastry garden is where Mendel conducted his famous experiments on pea plants. Joint event with 2nd Annual Users meeting of iNEXT

Social events:

15:00 - Tour to the FEI factory, the tour will last 120 minutes (A bus will be available at the front of the Best Western Premier Hotel International Brno). Please register by 28th April to take part

16:00 - A walking tour to the Mendel Museum "Father of Genetics". Please register by 28th April to take part.

Download event poster

Instruct Biennial 2017 Poster

Day 2 - 25th May


Session 1 " Structural biology towards Cellular Biology: Integrating Biology"

Chairs: Dave Stuart and Vladi Sklenar


09:00-09:25 Albert Heck - Utrecht University
09:30-09:55 Juli Feigon - University of California
10:00-10:25 Richard Štefl - Masaryk University
11:00-11:25 Moran Shalev Benami - Weizmann Institute of Science
11:30-11:55 Leemor Joshua-Tor - Watson School of Biological Sciences
12:00-12:25 Ivano Bertini Award Talk from the Awardee
Lunch time presentation by FEI

Session 2 "Structural Biology and Health: Current Challenges"

Chairs: Lucia Banci and Ray Owens


14:00-14:25 Kristina Djinovic-Carugo - University of Vienna
14:30-14:55 James Naismith - St. Andrews University
15:00-15:25 Masahide Kikkawa - University of Tokyo
16:00-16:25 Vladena Bauerova - Institute of Molecular Biology Slovak Academy of Sciences
16:30-16:55 Andrew Carter - MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology

Poster Session and drinks

Poster prize for best poster is $100 and $250 worth products sponsored by MiTeGen


Dinner at International Best Western Hotel, Brno

Day 3 - 26th May


Session 3 "Emerging Technologies in Integrative Structural Biology"

Chairs: John Briggs and Stephen Cusack

09:00-09:25 Radostin Danev - Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry
09:30-09:55 Thijn Brummelkamp - Netherlands Cancer Institute
10:00-10:25 Michael Sattler - TU München/Helmholtz Zentrum München
11:00-11:25 Giulia Glorani - University of Verona
11:30-11:55 Babis Kalodimos - University of Minnesota
12:00-12:25 Aurélien Thureau - Synchrotron Soleil

Session 4 "New Trends"

Chairs: Anastassis Perrakis and Bruno Klaholz


14:00-14:25 Andrea Musacchio - Max-Planck Institute
14:30-14:55 Petr Leiman - The University of Texas Medical Branch
15:00-15:30 Dave Stuart - University of Oxford
15:30-16:00 Poster prize presentation and closing

Satellite Events

iNEXT 2nd Annual User Meeting

22nd May - 24th May

AUM 2017 is the second annual meeting of iNEXT. It aims at gathering not only iNEXT Partners, but also (potential) iNEXT Users contacted directly by the different Facilities involved in the project.

More information can be found here

24th May 13.00 - 15.30

Workshop on Access management and ARIA operability. ARIA is a collection of cloud services provided by Instruct to research infrastructures, facilities and user communities within structural biology and related fields.ARIA

West-Life/iNEXT Roundtable

24th May 10.00 - 13.00

iNEXT: Infrastructure for NMR, EM and X-rays for Translational Research


West-Life is a H2020 Virtual Research Environment project that will provide the application level services specific to uses cases in structural biology, covering all experimental techniques (e.g. Xray, cryo-EM, NMR, SAXS), enabling structural biologists to get the benefit of the generic services developed by EUDAT and the EGI.



Confidentiality and Use of Information

All material presented at the IBSBM2017, including abstracts, oral presentations and posters, must be treated as personal communication and should be cited only with the consent of the author.

Photography or video/audio recording of oral presentations or individual posters is strictly prohibited unless with explicit consent of the meeting organisers and the author.

The content of abstracts, oral and poster presentations are the responsibility of the author(s). Instruct will publish the content of the submitted abstracts without asking for explicit consent from the author(s).

Social Media

We encourage participants to blog, tweet or otherwise communicate about the meeting (#IBSBM2017). However, dissemination of results or discussion presented at the meeting to anonymous third parties must obtain permission from the presenting author BEFORE communicating any results or discussion to third party groups, message boards, blogs or other online resources (other than your own lab or departments).

If you have specific questions regarding these issues or any other aspects of the conference, please contact the IBSBM2017 organising team. Send a message to admin@structuralbiology.eu or call us at +44 1865 98 86 39 to speak with one of our team.