Event Name

Structural Biology: Using Synchrotron Radiation to Visualize Biological Molecules

Start Date 15th Dec 2014
End Date 19th Dec 2014

The Advanced Workshop is organized by the Abdus Salam International centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP).

The objective of this Workshop is to expose the participants to the methodologies used to solve macromolecular structures, using synchrotron radiation X-ray diffraction and scattering techniques. Structural biology is an interdisciplinary research area, requiring expertises from both the life sciences and the physical sciences, so it is often difficult to educate and train young scientists with the necessary breath of experience. The Workshop is meant to provide a comprehensive overview of the state of the art in the fields of macromolecular crystallography and small-angle X-ray scattering, and aims to bridge the gap between physics and biology by covering the entire process, starting from the gene to obtain the atomic structure. A few practical sessions will provide thestudents with some hands-on experience in some of the subjects covered by the lectures

This event is part of a joint initiative between ICTP, IAEA, Elettra and SESAME, the Middle East Synchrotron Radiation facility in Jordan.

Topics will include:

  • Protein production
  • Crystallization
  • MX data collection and processing
  • MX structure determination
  • Refinement
  • Model building
  • SAXS data collection and structure determination
  • Complementary techniques.

Hands-on sessions will include:

  • Crystallization
  • Synchrotron data collection
  • Data processing
  • Refinement Model building


Scientists and students from all countries that are members of the United Nations, UNESCO or IAEA may attend the Workshop, with particular emphasis on scientists coming from countries that are active members of the SESAME consortium. As it will be conducted in English, participants should have an adequate working knowledge of this language. Although the main purpose of the Centre is to help research workers from developing countries , through a programme of training activities within a framework of international cooperation, a limited number of students and post-doctoral scientists from developed countries are also welcome to attend.
Location Trieste
URL http:agenda5.ictp.trieste.it/full_display.php?ida=a13194

Category IUCr sponsored meetings | Workshops
Topics Biological macromolecules | Synchrotron radiation