Event Name

3rd International School on Biological Crystallization

Start Date 22nd May 2011
End Date 27th May 2011
Description

ISBC 2011 - Overview

The Laboratory of Crystallographic Studies (CSIC-UGR) organised the 3rd International School on Biological Crystallization under the auspices of the International Union of Crystallography through the Commission of Crystal Growth. The event took place in the Centre of the beautiful City of Granada, an ideal place to promote close scientific and social interactions between the attendees.

ISBC covered five days of lectures and practical demonstrations carried by 27 selected experts in the fields of crystallisation of biological macromolecules and biomineralisation.

The first day, Sunday, served as an introduction to the School and also provided the first lectures on the purification and preparation of protein solutions.

The second day, Monday, focused on explaining the fundamentals of crystallisation from solution to protein crystals; covering a wide range of topics from the physicochemical properties of solutions, through nucleation and light scattering techniques to finish with crystal growth methods and handling of protein crystals.

Tuesday was devoted to special hot topics that included talks on the crystallisation of large crystals, complexes and membrane proteins.

The fourth day of the School was dedicated to a ‘Demonstration Fair’, at which 22 specialists offered short (20-40 minutes) practical sessions periodically at scheduled times. Participants were able to choose what sessions they wanted to attend and in the order they wished, so that they selected their own learning programme “a la carte”. The Demonstrations’ Fair proved to be an excellent teaching tool as it provided students with plenty of opportunities to interact on a personal basis with the teachers and to watch closely how to perform crystallisation experiments.

Finally, the last day of the School focused on the subjects of biomineralisation and biomimetic materials.
Location Granada
Spain
Contact
URL http://www.iscgranada.org/isc2012/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=51&Itemid=45
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Category IUCr sponsored meetings | Schools
Topics Biological macromolecules | Crystal growth