Date: Sunday 17th June (arrival only) – Friday 22nd June 2018
Venue: Science and Technology Park of Sardinia, Pula, Italy
Application opens: 14th December 2017
Application deadline: 30th March 2018
Notification date: 13th April 2018
Participation: Open application with selection
Contact: Vera Matser
Registration fee: £265 (includes accommodation, all meals and transport to/from the airport & course venue)

Registration has 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, CPMD).

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 13th April 2018.

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 – if selected you will have a chance to update you poster abstract)

The registration fee of £265 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 Vera Matser ( Eligibility criteria and conditions for the travel grants are available here – BioExcelTravelGrant.
  • The maximum number of participants is 30
  • Sunday 17th June is arrival only, the first lecture will start on  Monday 18th June (AM)



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

Mark Abraham, BioExcel (KTH)
Alexandre Bonvin, BioExcel (University of Utrecht)
Bert de Groot, BioExcel (Max Planck Institute)
Emiliano Ippoliti, BioExcel (FZ Jülich)
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.