Due to the current coronavirus pandemic, BioExcel has taken the decision to convert the face-to-face BioExcel Summer School into a remote version with a limited programme. The organisers are currently reviewing the school to assess which elements of it can be delivered in a remote setting. We aim to open our lectures to all applicants, while introducing the selection process only for the hands-on practicals. There will likely be a small administrative charge to ensure full participation.

More details will become available in the coming weeks. If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Mendonca.

Date: Monday 22 June – Friday 26 June 2020
Venue: Remote
Application deadline: 24 April 2020 (extended from 10 April)
Notification date: 8 May 2020
Participation: Open application with selection
Registration fee: 50 Euros
Contact: Michelle Mendonca

-Registration now closed-


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). The summer school is supported by Sardegna Ricerche.

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.


Pre-recorded lectures can be accessed by viewing our full programme.


The summer school is an open application with selection, the notification date for all applicants will be 8 May. To register, you will need to submit the following information to Michelle Mendonca (mmendonca@ebi.ac.uk) by 24 April 2020, 17:00 GMT:

  • Online application form
  • A Microsoft Word (.docx) or PDF 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 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)
Paolo Ruggerone, University of Cagliari
Attilio Vittorio Vargiu, University of Cagliari
Giuliano Malloci, University of Cagliari