Welcome to the
Computational Biophysics Workshop at the Max Planck Institute of Biophysics

Max Planck Institute
Frankfurt, Germany
March 20-23, 2006

Modeling the molecular processes of biological cells is a craft and an art. Techniques like theoretical and computational skills can be learnt by training, but meaningful applications are achieved only with experience and sensitivity. The Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group offered a workshop, attempting to teach both the craft and art of modeling through learning by doing. Thirty-seven participants attended the workshop held at and sponsored by the Max Planck Institute in Frankfurt, Germany. Participants learned how to stretch proteins, pull water through molecular channels, mine genomic data, and study their favorite biomolecules. After lectures and discussions in the morning, afternoons were devoted to hands-on computer laboratories where participants delved into 300 pages of tutorials, on their personal laptops installed with needed computational biology software, e.g., VMD and NAMD