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3rd International Conference on Molecular Structural Biology

Kungl, Andreas kungl at hermes.kfunigraz.ac.at
Tue Apr 27 18:41:56 EST 1999

The Biochemistry Subgroup of the Austrian Chemical Society 
is pleased to announce the 

Third International Conference on Molecular Structural Biology

which will take place in 

Vienna, Austria
from September 8-12, 1999


Introduction to the ICMSB99

The First and the Second International Conference on Molecular 
Structural Biology (ICMSB) took place in Vienna in September 1995 
and 1997. Both conferences were very well received by all who took 
part, including over 250 participants from more than 20 countries
The organisers are pleased to announce the Third ICMSB, which will 
take place from 8th to 12th September 1999, and which will, like the 
previous conferences, feature internationally renowned speakers. 
The ICMSB99 will focus on topics covering a number of the most 
exciting areas in the field, with the aim of bringing together
scientists from different areas. It will be opened by one of the most 
outstanding scientists in the field of structural biology, Robert Huber,

and the following four days of sessions will include Folding and
Novel Structures, Advances in Microscopic Methods, Structural 
Molecular Biology, Structure-Based Drug Design, and Prediction 
and Simulation. 


Vienna - An Attractive Conference Location

The ICMSB99 will be located at the Federal Chancellery in Vienna. 
The city is a particularly attractive location for a conference, 
with its combination of historical buildings, green parks, and 
modern architecture. Some of the most famous city sights 
include Schönbrunn Palace and the Hofburg, former homes 
of the Habsburgs, St. Stephans Cathedral, and the colourful 
Hundertwasser House. Also unique to Vienna is the Prater 
park, with its endless green avenues and its funfair, featuring 
the ´´Riesenrad´´ (ferris wheel). Of course, no trip to Vienna 
would be complete without a visit to one of the many traditional 
Viennese cafés, for a piece of the famous Sachertorte. An 
´´Oldtimer-Tram´´tour around the Ringstraße will take 
participants past many of the finest sights.


Organising Committee

A.	Kungl, P. Andrew, A. Binder, S. Kristl, A. Schilk


Scientific Committee

C. Kratky, M. Sippl, A. Kungl, P. Andrew


In Cooperation With

Austrian Academy of Sciences
Austrian Federal Chancellery


Sponsored By

Austrian Airlines 				
Novartis Forschungsinstitut


Scientific Programme

The six sessions of the conference cover a wide range of topics 
and experimental methods, which will be presented in the form 
of plenary lectures, selected short oral communications, and posters. 

Wednesday 8th: 

Registration from 2 p.m. onwards

Honorary Lecture (followed by a welcome drink and snack)
Robert Huber (Max-Planck-Institute, Martinsried): 
Diversity and Conservation in Proteolytic Enzymes and their Inhibitors

Thursday 9th:

Morning Session: Advances in Microscopic Methods
Werner Kühlbrandt (Max-Planck-Institute, Frankfurt): 
Two Conformations of Membrane Ion Pumps
Hansgeorg Schindler (Linz University):
Single Molecule Microscopy Methods for Structural Biology
Helen Hansma (University of California, Santa Barbara):
Probing Biomaterials with the Atomic Force Microscope

Afternoon Session: Folding and Function
Alan Fersht (Cambridge University): 
Minichaperones: Practical and Mechanistic Tools
Thomas Kiefhaber (Biozentrum Basel):
Speed Limit for Protein Folding
Peter Wright (Scripps Institute): 
Structure and Dynamics of Unfolded Proteins and Protein Folding 

Friday 10th:

Morning Session: Novel Structures
Michael Rossmann (Purdue University):
The Assembly of Viruses Examined by Combining Crystallography and 
Cryo-electron Microscopy
Don Wiley (Harvard University): 
Structural Studies of Viral Entry Mechanisms in Influenza, HIV-1 and 
bola Viruses
Kurt Wüthrich (ETH Zürich): 
TROSY and BSE - Recent Progress with NMR in Structural Biology

Afternoon Session: Structure-Based Drug Design
Siegfried Reich (Agouron Pharmaceuticals):
The Use of Protein Structural Information in Drug Design and
Some Examples
Keith Wilson (Vertex Pharmaceuticals):
Structure-Based Drug Design: Reality over Hype
Poster Session I 

Saturday 11th: 

Morning Session: Structural Molecular Biology
Stephen Cusack (EMBL Grenoble):	
tRNA and Amino Acid Recognition by Aminoacyl-tRNA Synthetases
Robert Kaptein (Utrecht University):
Allosteric Interactions in Protein-DNA Recognition
Christoph Kratky (Graz University):		
Structure and Mechanism of Enzymes with a B12 Cofactor
Paul Sigler (Yale University):
Structure and Function in Chaperonin-Assisted Protein Folding

Afternoon: Poster Session II (followed by the ´´Oldtimer-Tram´´ tour)

Sunday 12th:

Morning Session: Structural Genomics
David Eisenberg (UCLA):	
Protein-Protein Interactions
Terry Gaasterland (Rockefeller University):	
Using Patterns of Evolution Across Whole Genomes to 
Support Structural Genomics Target Selection 
John Moult (University of Maryland): 
The Past, Present, and Future of Protein Structure Prediction
Wayne Hendrickson (Columbia University):
Prospects of High-Throughput Crystallographic Structure 

Approx. 1 p.m.: End of Conference with Farewell Drink and Snack


Call for Posters

Interested participants are invited to submit abstracts describing 
original work which has not been presented elsewhere. Abstracts 
should arrive no later than July 10th, 1999. Authors will be informed
 about the provisional acceptance of the abstract by the end of July. 
The presentation of the abstract as a poster will be confirmed, and 
included in the Book of Abstracts when one or more of the authors 
registers for the conference. Contributors of outstanding abstracts 
will be chosen by the Scientific Committee to give a 15 minute oral 

Poster Prize

A prize of ATS 2,000 will be awarded for the best poster contribution i
n terms of innovative results and presentation. 


Abstract Submission

Camera-ready abstracts should be printed in good quality on a single 
(A4) sheet of paper, within the area 16 cm wide and 24 cm long. The 
title should be followed by the author(s) name(s), affiliation(s), and 
address(es). Text should be in a 12 point font with maximum 1.5 line 
spacing. Please send two unfolded copies of the abstract to the



The poster boards will be 100 cm (width) x 200 cm (height). Materials
poster mounting will be provided. 


Conference Proceedings

The lectures and poster presentations will be published by the Austrian 
Chemical Society in book form (with an ISBN number), and will be 
distributed to the participants upon arrival at the conference.
copies of the Conference Proceedings can be purchased for ATS 300,-.


General Information

Exhibition: An exhibition of instruments, accessories, software, 
literature, and other items is planned. Companies interested in 
displaying their products are kindly requested to contact the 
conference secretariat. 

Social Events: The conference will be opened by a welcome drink f
ollowing the honorary lecture in the Federal Chancellery on the evening 
of Wednesday, September 8th. On Saturday afternoon, the conference 
participants will be taken on a tram tour of the city centre. Following 
this, all participants are encouraged to visit a typical Viennese
(wine cellar) to enjoy the local food and wine (not included in the 
registration fee). A further social event will be arranged for one
other evening, leaving one evening free to explore Vienna. In addition, 
half day tours to some of Vienna´s best known sights will be organised 
for accompanying people (dependent on participant number). 

Registration (please contact the Conference Secretariat or our

Registration Fee               Before August 1      After August 1
Regular Participant           5.000 ATS              5.500 ATS
GÖCH Member*               4.000 ATS              4.500 ATS
Student**                         2.500 ATS              3.000 ATS
GÖCH-Students*/**          1.750 ATS              2.000 ATS
Accompanying Person        500 ATS                600 ATS

*Payment must be accompanied by proof of the remittance of the 
´99-GÖCH membership fee
**Payment must be accompanied by proof of student status

The registration desk will be open from 2 p.m. on Wednesday, 
September 8th.

The registration fee includes the Conference Proceedings and 
participation in all scientific sessions, the welcome and farewell 
drinks, lunch from Thursday to Saturday, coffee breaks, and 
participation in the social programme (please note: the Heurigen 
visit is not included). Accompanying people attend only the social 
programme (welcome drink, tram tour, additional evening). 

Accomodation is not included in the registration fee!

For accomodation, to register for the Heurigen evening, and to 
book social events for accompanying people, please ask for the 
flyer of the travel agency MONDIAL CONGRESS (at the conference 
secretariat or at our homepage). 

Remittance of Fees: Remittance must be made in Austrian 
Schillings (ATS) payable to the Gesellschaft Österreichischer 
Chemiker, Arbeitsgruppe Biochemie, Account Number 
0043-19265/04 at Bank Creditanstalt, Bank Code 11000. 
Payment is also accepted by sending a (Euro-)Cheque 
to the conference secretariat or by filling in the credit 
card form (Visa, Euro/Mastercard, Diners Club, and American 
Express are accepted).

All charges due to bank transfer have to be paid by the 
sender. The sender´s name and address have to be clearly 
marked on every remittance.

Cancellation: Applications may be cancelled up to August 1st, 
in which case 85% refund of fees already paid will be made. 
It will not be possible to offer any refunds if cancellations are 
made after that date.


Conference Homepage

Please visit our homepage at 
for the latest update of the programme plus further information. 


Key Dates

July 10, deadline for submitting poster abstracts
August 1, deadline for early registration fee
August 1, deadline for cancellation



Austrian Federal Chancellery (Bundeskanzleramt)
Radetzkystraße 2
A-1031 Vienna


Conference Secretariat

Dr. Andreas Kungl 
Austrian Chemical Society (GÖCH), 
Biochemistry Subgroupc/o Institute of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
University of Graz, Universitätsplatz 1, A-8010 Graz
Tel.: +43 316 380 5373, Fax: +43 316 382541
E-Mail: andreas.kungl at kfunigraz.ac.at

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