The 1st BioStruct-X Mediterranean Macromolecular Crystallography Workshop at the Technion Center for Structural Biology (TCSB)

The 1st Biostruct-X Mediterranean Macromolecular Crystallography Workshop was held at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology (Haifa, Israel) between January 4th-6th, 2016. The three-day workshop combined both excellent theoretical lecture sessions and hands-on tutorial sessions, hosted by the Technion Center for Structural Biology (TCSB). The workshop was a great success, attended by 22 participants from countries around the globe, and many more attendees who joined the open morning lectures.

The lectures and hands-on tutorials were delivered by distinguished guest instructors, who are well known and respected in their fields, including: Zbigniew Dauter (Aragonne National Laboratory), Tom Terwilliger (Los Alamos National Laboratory), Randy Read (Cambridge Institute for Medical Research) and Karine Sparta (Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin fur Materialien Energie). The lectures addressed all stages of three-dimensional structure determination of macromolecules via crystallographic methods. We were truly inspired to learn about the latest advancements and developments in the field of structural biology. At the same time, we all had a delightful opportunity to deepen and improve our understanding of fundamental protein crystallography.

 

The workshop also served as a wonderful opportunity to showcase our exceptional infrastructure at the TCSB. We hope that the exposure of our state-of-the-art facility will attract many more life science researchers and will encourage them to experience and acquire expertise at our facility. It was a great achievement to bring together leading structural biologists, who are responsible for the development of many of the algorithms and software in the field. We hope that this workshop will be the first of many workshops and courses at the TCSB, aiming to reach out to the biological community in Israel and abroad which we hope will lead to outstanding research and advancements in the field of protein crystallography.