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Re: [SA_Scat] ACA 2016 SAS Workshop

On behalf of the organizing committee, I am pleased to announce a workshop on "Computational Approaches to the Structural Modelling of Biological Macromolecules using Small Angle Scattering." This workshop will take place on Friday, July 22nd, 2016 at this year's American Crystallographic Association (ACA) Meeting in Denver, Colorado, U.S.A. The meeting itself will run from July 22-26.
 
WK.02 Computational Approaches to the Structural Modelling of Biological Macromolecules using Small-Angle Scattering.
 
This one-day workshop will focus on computational approaches to structural modelling and analysis. In the first session, a brief reprise of fundamental concepts will be provided, with a focus on pitfalls in data acquisition and reduction that can affect subsequent data analysis and modelling. The remainder of the day will be allocated to the hand-on application of the leading software packages to the analysis of solution scatter. This workshop will feature direct participation from the creators of the most prevalent software packages currently used (including BIOSAXS(EMBL), SIBYLS, CCP-SAS, FoXs and IMP). The participating groups will present their software, including the basis for the algorithms employed, and further deliver guided hands-on tutorials for workshop participants. This approach will introduce and train participants on the appropriate application of these tools, including experimental design, model preparation, comparison of structural models using both SAS and complementary information, validation, and most importantly the limitations of interpretation with regards to the biological conclusions that can be made.
 
The workshop format will include lectures, and a selection of hands-on practical exercises. Students will be expected to bring laptops with appropriate pre-installed software as necessary. Prior to the workshop, a website will be made available containing installation instructions and software for each tutorial.
 
Tentative Program Schedule
 
Basic Theory and Methods Joint Session 8:00 am - 9:30am
 
- Introduction: what is SAS data good for? (short)
- Theory Essentials: How to get your scattering profiles
- SAXS and SANS: common pitfalls, how to ensure the data is suitable for modelling
- Cross Checks and Validation
 
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM       Coffee Break
 
Software Application and Tutorial Session 10 am - 7pm
 
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM     BIOSAXS(EMBL) lectures and guided tutorial
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM     Lunch and Discussions (vendor presentations in theform of 'lunch and learn')
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM       IMP Lectures and Guided Tutorial
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM         Coffee Break
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM         SIBYLS lectures and guided tutorial
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM         CCP-SAS lectures and guided tutorial
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM         Discussion
 
Pre-registration is mandatory. The fee to attend is:
.         Student (undergrad, grad or postdoctoral) - $140
.         Corporate - $275
.         Non corporate or non student - $140
Lunch will be included.
 
Organizers:
 
.         Angela Criswell Rigaku Americas CorporatioAngela.Criswell@rigaku.com
.         Richard Gillilan Cornell CHESS reg8@cornell.edu
.         Kushol Gupta Perelman School of Medicine, University ofPennsylvania kgupta@upenn.edu
.         Michal Hammel SIBYLS group at The Advanced Light Source (ALS)mhammel@lbl.gov
.         Susan Krueger NIST Center for Neutron Research/CCP-SASsusan.krueger@nist.gov
.         Maxim Petoukhov BIOSAXS group at the European Molecular BiologyLaboratory (EMBL) maxim.petoukhov@embl-hamburg.de
.         Adam Round EMBL Grenoble around@embl.fr
.         Dina Schneidman Institute of Life Science, Hebrew University ofJerusalem 
dina.schneidman@mail.huji.ac.il
.         Jill Trewhella University of Sydney jill.trewhella@sydney.edu.au
 
More information is available at:
http://www.amercrystalassn.org/wk.02-saxs 
http://www.amercrystalassn.org/2016-meeting-homepage
 
 
Kushol Gupta, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor
Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics
Perelman School of Medicine at The University of Pennsylvania
 <mailto:kgupta@upenn.edu> kgupta@upenn.edu / 215.573.7260 / 267.259.0082 / <http://www.stwing.upenn.edu/~kgupta> www.stwing.upenn.edu/~kgupta
 
 
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