Welcome to the
'Hands-On' Workshop on Computational Biophysics at Bremen

Conference Hall, Campus Center
Jacobs University Bremen
Bremen, Germany

October 17-21, 2011

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 (co-sponsors listed below), attempting to teach both the craft and art of modeling through learning by doing.  A total of 46 participants attended the workshop at the Conference Hall in the Campus Center, located on the Jacobs University Bremen campus in Bremen, Germany.  Participants learned how to stretch proteins, pull water through molecular channels, mine genomic data, and study biomolecules.  After lectures and discussions in the morning, afternoons were devoted to hands-on computer laboratories where participants delved into 630 pages of tutorials, on laptops humming with computational biology software, e.g., VMD and NAMD.

Co-sponsors of the workshop include the following organizations: the Centre Européen de Calcul Atomique et Moléculaire (CECAM), the NIH Resource for Macromolecular Modeling and Bioinformatics (NIH P41-RR005969), and Jacobs University Bremen.