Date: Sunday 30 June – Friday 5 July 2019
Venue: Science and Technology Park of Sardinia, Pula, Italy
Application opens: 18th February 2019
Application deadline: 26th April 2019
Notification date: 10th May 2019
Participation: Open application with selection
Contact: Michelle Mendonca
Registration fee: £394 (includes accommodation, all meals and transport to/from the airport & course venue)

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 The summer school will include lectures and hands-on sessions on the following topics:

  • Molecular Dynamics simulations
  • Biomolecular Docking
  • QM/MM
  • Free energy calculations
  • Advanced sampling methods (Metadynamics)

During the hands-on computer practicals you will work on a use case integrating the various topics above making use, among others, of the BioExcel flagship software (GROMACS, HADDOCK, PMX).

Programme and Logistics

Full programme and logistics

Audience and Prerequisites

The summer school is intended for researchers (primarily PhD and post-docs) using or planning to use biomolecular modeling and simulation in their everyday research. Familiarity with Linux and some basic knowledge of molecular modelling software is a requirement.


The summer school is an open application with selection, the notification date for all applicants will be 10th May 2019.

To register you will need to submit the following information:

  • Basic details
  • Short biography and motivation statement on why you want to attend this course (limit: 200 words)
  • Support letter from supervisor or senior co-worker explaining why you should be selected for this course
  • Poster abstract (limit: 250 words – we will select a limited number of participants to provide a presentation on their abstract)

The registration fee of £394 includes the following:

  • 5 nights shared accommodation at Hotel Mare Pineta
  • All meals
  • Transport to/from airport (one shuttle bus) and daily transport from hotel to course venue

Additional information

  • BioExcel will be providing a limited number of fixed amount travel bursaries for this event. If you would like to be considered for a travel bursary email Michelle Mendonca ( Eligibility criteria and conditions for the travel grants are available here – BioExcel Travel Grant
  • The maximum number of participants is 30
  • Sunday 30th June is arrival only, the first lecture will start on Monday 1st July (AM)


The lectures and hands-on session will be given by internationally recognised leaders in the field of biomolecular research.

Alexandre Bonvin, BioExcel (University of Utrecht)
Bert de Groot, BioExcel (Max Planck Institute)
Vytautas Gapsys, BioExcel (Max Planck Institute)
Giuliano Malloci, University of Cagliari
Attilio Vittorio Vargiu, University of Cagliari


Vera Matser, BioExcel (EMBL-EBI)
Alexandre Bonvin, BioExcel (University of Utrecht)
Attilio Vittorio Vargiu, University of Cagliari
Giuliano Malloci, University of Cagliari


The School will take place at the Science and Technology Park of Sardinia located in the territory of Pula, about 30 km from Cagliari, close to the South-western coast of Sardinia.

The summer school is supported by Sardegna Ricerche.