Collaborative Workshop at Bangalore

Collaborative Workshop:

School on Biomolecular Simulations at Bangalore

Centre for Computational Materials Science
Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research
Bangalore, India

November 6 - 16, 2007

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A new means of extending the training program of the Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group (TCBG) is to have one of its members collaborate in the instruction of a workshop organized and in part taught by non-TCBG members, i.e. to create a "collaborative workshop". In the workshop at Bangalore, TCBG member Aruna Rajan traveled to the Centre for Computational Materials Science at the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research in India to lecture and provide tutorial instruction alongside instructors from other institutions, using TCBG and other training materials.

Here is the Centre for Computational Materials Science's description of the event from their workshop page: "The scope of the school is to introduce methods and tools in setting up molecular simulations in context of biomolecules. Using molecular dynamics methodology as the central concept, the school aims at providing a systematic way to setup the systems, simulating them, analysis techniques to extract and visually represent some of the interesting properties of biological systems. Some of the biological systems that may be explored will include DNA, ion channels, lipid membranes etc. Familiarity with basic thermodynamics, UNIX and basic programming will be assumed. However the school will have introductory sessions on aspects of molecular simulations such as molecular dynamics methodology, force fields, ensemble representation etc. The morning sessions will have lectures introducing concepts and methods and the afternoon sessions will have computational exercises. The school will be based on freely available software NAMD ( and VMD. The school will also include lectures on applications of computer simulations to biological problems of current interest."