Workshops

Three workshops will be held on Saturday, July 20, 2013, within the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel. Pre-registration is mandatory and should be indicated on your registration form. The cost for each workshop is separate from the registration fee.

 

WK.01  Biological Small Angle Solution Scattering - Theory and Practice

Small angle solution scattering (SAS) is experiencing a dramatic increase in popularity within the structural biology community. The availability of synchrotron radiation and neutron sources, commercial lab-source SAXS instrumentation, low-noise detectors, powerful computing hardware, and better algorithms, has made the technique accessible to a much larger audience than ever before. At the same time, biologists are investigating ever more complex systems that pose increasing challenges to conventional crystallography. Given that 75% to 80% of soluble, purified, protein samples fail to crystallize, having a solution-based technique that can provide some structural information is compelling. In addition, biological systems are studied more and more in the context of biologically relevant multi-macromolecule complexes. SAS is an excellent technique to pursue these problems. This dual-track workshop brings together leading beamline scientists, experts in laboratory-based BioSAXS sources, and experienced users of the technique, to provide a unique, practical, "HOW TO" course in SAS data collection, processing, and interpretation. MORE

 

WK.02   GSAS-II Workshop

Building on the experience gained in the long term development and support of GSAS and the associated EXPGUI graphical interface, GSAS-II has been newly developed as a new crystallographic package that integrates a computation framework, display graphics and a modern graphical user interface. The package is intended to handle crystallographic problems of all sizes, with neutron and/or x-ray data and with powder or single-crystal data, as is currently available in GSAS. Moreover, GSAS-II also incorporates tools for crystal structure solution and powder data reduction. The code is open source and extensible, written using the modern object-oriented Python language. This workshop will introduce the attendees to the use of GSAS-II for the reduction, solution and refinement of crystallographic data, with particular emphasis on powder diffraction data. MORE

 

WK.03   Get the Most out of the Cambridge Structural Database System

The Cambridge Structural Database (CSD) is the world's repository for small molecule organic and metal-organic crystal structures. As such, this chemically diverse database of more than 600,000 molecules is a crucially important resource for pharmaceutical discovery, materials development, research and education. The Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC) not only distribute the CSD but also provide a comprehensive set of software tools that enable the valuable structural data to be searched, analysed, visualised and explored. MORE