22 May 2019, 16.00 - 19.00

Alcalá de Henares, Madrid, Spain

Join us for a celebration of trailblazing women in structural biology, practical advice from leading women scientists in industry and academia, and discussions about how Instruct-ERIC can support our community to progress in their careers.

We encourage women from all stages of their career, in academia, industry or management, and men who wish to support women in their workplace. There are limited places for this free workshop, so early registration is recommended. 

Beginning at 4pm on 22 May 2019, the programme kicks off with a talk from Prof Ada Yonath, a leading structural biology professor who won the 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for her work on the three dimensional structure of the ribosome. The afternoon ends with a drinks and tapas reception at the hotel. The workshop takes place just before the Instruct Structural Biology Conference, which we hope that participants will stay on for. 


15.30 Registration

16.00  Workshop 

19.00  Networking drinks reception with tapas

Workshop Outline

Short Talks by speakers:   

Prof. Ada Yonath, Dept. Of Structural Biology, Weizmann Institute of Science  

Dr Illaria Ferlenghi, GSK Vaccines  

Prof. Arwen Pearson, Hamburg University  

Welcome Address:

Ana Puy, Director of the Women & Science Unit (UMyC), Secretary of State for Research, Development and Innovation, Spain.


Panel Discussion: Leading women scientist share experience of their career advancement and personal development. Question and Answer session followed by small group discussions.

Topics include: The contribution of women scientists to structural biology; empowering women scientists; careers in industry, academia and management roles; the role of mentoring and how to access mentoring resources.  


Ada Yonath, Weizmann Institute. 

Ada Yonath focuses on genetic code translation by ribosomes, on antibiotics paralyzing this process, on antibiotic resistance, on designing novel antibiotics and on origin of life.  She graduated from Hebrew University, earned her PhD from Weizmann Institute (WIS) and completed postdoctoral studies at CMU and MIT, USA. In 1971 she established the first biological-crystallography laboratory in Israel, which was the only lab of this kind in the country for almost a decade. Since then, she has been a faculty member and the Director of Kimmelman Center for Biomolecular Structures at WIS. In 1978 she spent a Sabbatical in the Chicago University, and during 1980-2004 she headed the Max-Planck-Research-Unit for Ribosome Structure in Hamburg in parallel to her WIS  activities. 

Among others, she is a member of US-National-Academy-of-Sciences; Israel Academy of Sciences-and-Humanities; German Academy for Sciences (Leopoldina); European Molecular Biology Organization; Pontifical (Vatican) Academy of Sciences. She holds honorary doctorates from over 20 universities worldwide, in Israel, USA, Latin America, Europe and the Far East. Her awards include the Israel Prize; Linus Pauling Gold Medal;  Albert Einstein World Award for Excellence; UNESCO-L'Oréal Award; Wolf Prize; Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize;  Erice Peace Prize; Indian Prime-minister medal and the Nobel Prize for Chemistry.  

Ilaria Ferlenghi, GSK Vaccines
Ilaria Ferlenghi received her Ph.D in Biophysics at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, working on viral structures with the pioneer of the cryo-electron microscopy, Dr. Stephen Fuller. She performed several post-doctoral studies at different institutions: at the EMBL, Germany, applying x-ray crystallography on viral protein structures and later on bacterial helicases structures; as a visiting researcher at Harvard Medical School, USA; and the CNRS in Paris. She became head of the Structural Microscopy Group at the Novartis Vaccines in the 2006, and was appointed PhD Director of the Novartis (now GSK) Academy in 2012. She is member of the WILS (Women in Life Science). She has published several book chapters and more than 25 peer-reviewed research papers in reputed international journals. Her research interests focus on the use of structural biology applied to vaccine discovery.


Areej AbuHammad: Associate Professor, University of Jordan, Open SESAME, Jordan. 

Arwen Pearson: Professor, the Hamburg Centre for UltraFast Imaging, Germany.

Elena Carazo: PhD student, Columbia University, Co-President Women in Science at Columbia University, USA.

Margarida Archer: Principal InvestigatorMacromolecular Crystallography Unit, ITQB, Portugal. 

Susan Daenke: Instruct-ERIC Coordinator, University of Oxford, UK.

Cost and Registration

The Women in Science Workshop is sponsored by Instruct-ULTRA, so that registration can be free of charge. Since places are limited, we advise early registration, by clicking here.

In order to allow participants to attend the Women in Science Workshop and Structural Biology Conference who would not otherwise be able to come due to financial restraints, Instruct-ULTRA is sponsoring four fellowships. 

Women in Science Fellowships

Instruct-ULTRA and NHRF are sponsoring four fellowships for women scientists to attend the Women in Science (WIS) Workshop and stay on for the Biennial conference.

Fellowships will cover economy travel plus shared accommodation for 2 nights (twin room).

  • Women applicants can be at any stage of their scientific career.
  • Applicants can be from any European country or Instruct associated member country.
  • Recipients must submit a 500 word short report on their conference experience prior to reimbursement.

Applicants should send a 200 word statement justifying their motivation to attend the Women in Science Workshop and the Instruct Biennial Conference and a letter of recommendation from their supervisor or manager to  admin@instruct-eric.eu. The applicants who will submit an abstract upon registration should also send a copy of the abstract to the same address.

Facility managers, research technicians, project managers and communication officers are also encouraged to apply.

The deadline for WIS fellowship applications is 1st March 2019.

Workshop Hosts

Evangelia Chrysina, Senior Researcher, National Hellenic Research Foundation 

Maria Zervou, Senior Researcher, National Hellenic Research Foundation

Claudia Alén Amaro, Instruct-ERIC Project Manager 

Naomi Gray, Instruct-ULTRA Scientific Project Manager