BioExcel Summer School on Biomolecular Simulations 2020

Date: Monday 22 June – Friday 26 June 2020
Venue: Science and Technology Park of Sardinia, Pula, Italy
Application opens: 19 December 2019
Application deadline: 22 April 2020
Notification date: 1 May 2020
Participation: Open application with selection
Contact:Michelle Mendonca
Registration fee: £365 (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).

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.

Programme and Logistics

The 2020 programme is currently under development. Please visit the 2019 programme to view the sessions covered.

Full programme and logistics


The summer school is an open application with selection, the notification date for all applicants will be 1st May. To register you will need to submit the following information to Michelle Mendonca ( by 22 April 2020, 17:00 GMT:

  • Online application form
  • A Microsoft Word (.docx) document containing three short paragraphs with a biography, work history and description of your current research interests; each paragraph should be no more than 100 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 £365 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. Eligibility criteria and conditions for the travel grants are available here – BioExcel Travel Grant
  • The maximum number of participants is 30
  • Sunday 21 June is arrival only, the first lecture will start on Monday 22 June (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)
Marta Lloret Llinares, 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.





22 Jun, 2020 - 26 Jun, 2020
All Day

Science and Technology Park of Sardinia


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