Remote BioExcel Winter School on Biomolecular Simulations

After the success of the 2020 Remote Summer School, BioExcel is organising a winter edition of the course.

Date: Monday 30 November – Friday 4 December 2020
Venue: Remote
Application deadline: 18 October 2020
Notification date: 28 October 2020
Participation: Open application with selection
Registration fee: 50 Euros (to be paid after the selection process)
Contact: Michelle Mendonca

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The winter school will include lectures and hands-on sessions on the following topics:
  • Molecular Dynamics simulations
  • Biomolecular Docking
  • Free energy calculations
  • Advanced sampling methods (Metadynamics)
  • BioExcel Building Blocks (BioBB)

During the hands-on computer practicals you will make use of the BioExcel flagship software and tools: e.g. GROMACS, HADDOCK, PMX, BioBB. The trainers, developers and/or experts in the use of the software, will provide guidance and support.

Audience and Prerequisites

The winter 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 basic knowledge of molecular modelling software is a requirement.

To apply you will need the following documents (in word or pdf format)
  • Support letter from your supervisor or a senior co-worker explaining why you should be selected for this course
  • Research abstract (limit: 250 words – you will be able to present and discuss your research during the course)

Once you have these ready, please complete the application process by midnight (BST) on Sunday 18 October. Incomplete applications will not be considered. All applicants will be informed of the status of their application (successful, waiting list, rejected) by 28 October. If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact Michelle Mendonca (

Tips for a good application

1) During the selection process we focus on:
  • You have the pre-requisite knowledge
  • Your research and your research group will benefit from what you learn in this course.
So, please pay special attention to the following 3 questions on the application form:
  • Describe your research interests
  • Describe how this course will benefit your own research
  • Describe how this course will benefit the research of your group

2) You are asked to attach an abstract about the research that you are carrying out and that you will present during the winter school. If you do not have any results yet, you can write your abstract as a short introduction to the topic and a working plan.

3) If there are circumstances that make a virtual course especially suitable for you (e.g. travel and financial restrictions, caring responsibilities), please mention this in the application submission section.

We highly encourage applications from women and underrepresented groups.

The programme of the BioExcel Winter School is under preparation. Take a look at the 2020 BioExcel Summer School programme to get an idea of the types of sessions.

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


  • Alexandre Bonvin, BioExcel (University of Utrecht)
  • Alessandra Villa, BioExcel (KTH)
  • Christian Blau, BioExcel (KTH)
  • Adam Hospital, BioExcel (IRB Barcelona)
  • Emiliano Ippoliti, BioExcel (FZ Jülich)
  • 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

30 Nov, 2020 - 04 Dec, 2020
09:00 - 17:00