First Announcement: Fifth International School on the Crystallisation of Biological Macromolecules, Como 2001

Andrea Musacchio amusacch at
Fri Dec 8 06:52:51 EST 2000

Fifth International School on the Crystallisation of Biological Macromolecules

Como (Italy), May 13-17, 2001

Sue Bailey (Daresbury Laboratory, UK),
Bauke Dijkstra (Groningen, NL)
Andrea Musacchio (Milan, Italy)

The workshop will be open to about 200 participants and will focus on the
application of X-ray crystallographic methods to the study of proteins and
nucleic acids, with emphasis on the latest developments.

The program will include lectures on protein expression, crystallisation,
data collection and processing, synchrotron sources, phasing, map
modification and interpretation, data mining, new structures. It is
expected that several of the contributions will come from participants, who
are thus encouraged to propose a title for a poster or oral contribution in
their application letter.

Nenad Ban (Zürich), Richard Copley (Heidelberg), Kevin Cowtan (York),
Arnaud Ducruix (Paris), Liz Duke (Daresbury), Roger Fourme (Orsay), Leonard
Gordon (Grenoble), Gerard Kleywegt (Uppsala), Piet Gros (Utrecht), Janos
Hejdu (Uppsala), Patrick Kramer (Stanford), Matthias Mann (Odensee), Neil
McDonald (London), Dieter Oesterhelt (Münich) Tom Oldfield (York), Jim
Pflugrath (The Woodlands), Venki Ramakrishnan (Cambridge), Randy Read
(Cambridge), Günther Stier (Heidelberg), Jim Wells (Redwood City)

The Workshop will be held at Villa Erba, Cernobbio (Como), Italy. Villa
Erba is a new exhibition and conference center located in a park with
exceptional landscaping next to a Villa of historical and artistic
importance. Villa Erba is located near the Swiss-Italian border, at 10
minutes driving or by bus from the centre of Como. Como can be reached
comfortably by train (30-40 min. from Milan; 3-4 hours from Zurich and
Basel) or by car via the A9-E36 motorway

The meeting will last from Sunday, May 13th, 2001, 3 p.m. to Thursday, May
17th, 12 a.m. Participants should therefore arrive on Saturday evening or
Sunday  morning. As it is a major goal of the organisers to provide an
opportunity to young crystallographers to attend the workshop, much freedom
is given to the participants in what they want to spend on board. The
cheapest accommodation is sharing a double room with shower, for about US $
50.-per night per person. A fee of 230 Euros will be required for
conference material, hot lunches and beverages during the breaks. Those who
need financial support in order to be able to participate, should indicate
so in their application, and include a confirmation letter from their group
leader or head of department. We hope to be able to provide partial support
for some participants, but this will depend on the level of sponsorship
which will not be known until near the meeting date. Please address any
request for additional information to either one of the organisers.

Application, including a short C.V., proposed title for scientific
contributions (either oral or poster communications), and any additional
relevant information should be sent before  February 15th, 2001 by regular
mail or e-mail to:

Dr. Andrea Musacchio
Department of Experimental Oncology
European Institute of Oncology
Via Ripamonti 435
20141 Milan (Italy)
amusacch at

Further information on the meeting will be will be soon available on the web

Nadia Tansini
Centro di Cultura Scientifica "A. Volta"
Villa Olmo - Via Cantoni 1
22100 Como - Italy
telephone: +39.031.579813
fax: +39.031.573395
Email: congress at

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Dr. Andrea Musacchio
Dept. of Experimental Oncology
European Institute of Oncology
Via Ripamonti 435
20141 Milan
Tel. +39 02 57489829
     +39 02 57489871
Fax. +39 02 57489851
amusacch at


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