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EMBO Workshop

Advances and Challenges in Biomolecular Simulations

18 – 21 October 2021 | Virtual

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  • Registration Deadline
  • 24 September 2021
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 24 September 2021
  • Payment Deadline
  • 24 September 2021

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About the Workshop

Computational techniques are an integral core of biomolecular research. Software applications provide fundamental support to experimental studies in biochemistry, biotechnology and bioinformatics. Pharmaceutical companies and the agricultural sector rely on designing molecules through high-throughput screening, docking and molecular dynamics simulations, and to this end are also applying free energy calculations on a large scale. Both X-ray crystallography and NMR increasingly apply automated pipelines for structure determination, and single-particle cryo-EM relies on capturing >100,000 images to computationally fit structures from the computed electron density.

This field is rapidly growing with numerous topical events being held globally. This EMBO Workshop is organising the Advances and Challenges in Biomolecular Simulations conference to establish itself as the main venue for bringing together the top researchers in the fields of biomolecular simulations, integrative modelling, free energy and drug design, workflows and automation and data integration.

About EMBO Courses and Workshops

EMBO Courses and Workshops are selected for their excellent scientific quality and timelines, provision of good networking activities for all participants and speaker gender diversity (at least 40% of speakers must be from the underrepresented gender).

Organisers are encouraged to implement measures to make the meeting environmentally more sustainable.







  • Registration Deadline
  • 24 September 2021
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 24 September 2021
  • Payment Deadline
  • 24 September 2021



Registration includes:

  • Access to all talks
  • Poster sessions
  • Networking
  • Virtual tour

Registration will be on a first come, first serve basis. The conference will be hosted on the virtual event platform, Myia. Registrants will be able to follow the talks via live-stream or video playback. You will also be able to communicate with speakers and other attendees via direct message. Detailed instructions on virtual platform access will be sent to all registered attendees closer to the date.

Time zone

The programme is based on Central European Summer Time (CEST) and will be a mixture of pre-recorded talks and live Question and Answer sessions. Recordings of the talks will be available to all participants. To accommodate participants from different time zones, networking sessions and coffee breaks are designed to provide multiple opportunities to engage with speakers as well as other participants.

Abstract guidelines

All registered attendees are strongly encouraged to submit an abstract and poster for the poster session.

The key topics for this conference are:

  • Free energy and validation
  • Sampling - linking experiments and computations
  • Molecular simulation
  • Structural bioinformatics and integrative modelling
  • Drug design

All abstracts and posters are automatically approved upon submission and do not require further approval from conference organisers. Please note abstracts and posters with inappropriate content or commercial advertisement will be disqualified. The deadline for abstract and poster submission is 24 September 2021.

Abstract Submission Instructions:

  • Abstracts should be submitted via the abstract submission link as a PDF or Word document using the conference specific abstract template.
  • Abstracts should include information on project background, methodology, results, and conclusion. If results are not obtained yet, indicate what results can be expected.

Poster Submission Instructions:

Please ensure your poster is submitted as a PDF file format and portrait in orientation. We would like to make our content accessible to the widest range of people possible. Here are a few guidelines to make your poster accessible.

  • Use good contrast and readable font size
  • Keep content clear, simple and describe pictures, graphs, etc.
  • Avoid large blocks of heavy text, align text to the left and keep a consistent layout

Fee Waivers

A limited number of fee waivers are available for participants who will be submitting an abstract for the conference. Selection will be based on your current work or study location, motivation for applying and the impact this conference will have on your career. Selection of awardees is handled directly by the organizer who will notify all eligible participants. The closing date to apply for fee waivers is 18 September 2021.

A limited number of internet data packages are on offer to participants from Low and Middle Income Countries. Please reply by email to to apply for an internet data package. Data packages will be processed as reimbursement with receipts after the event to a maximum amount of 15 EUR.

Child care grants

EMBO Courses and Workshops offers grants to offset additional child care costs incurred by participants or speakers when participating at any EMBO Courses and Workshop funded meeting. Eligible costs include fees for a caregiver or child-care facility, travel costs for a caregiver, or travel costs for taking the child to the meeting. Please indicate on the abstract submission form whether you would like to be considered for the grant, how you intend to use the child care grant and specify the sum that you will need. The closing date to apply for child care grants is 18 September 2021.

Code of Conduct

The conference will follow the BioExcel Code of Conduct to provide a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion, or nationality.

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