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EMBO Workshop

Advances and Challenges in Biomolecular Simulations

18 – 21 October 2020 | Brno, Czech Republic

This EMBO Workshop has been postponed to17–20 October 2021 due to the Coronavirus outbreak. The organisers of the meeting will be in contact with the participants with further details.

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  • Registration Deadline
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  • Abstract Submission Deadline
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  • Payment Deadline
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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. “Advances and Challenges in Biomolecular Simulations” aims 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.







  • Early Bird Deadline
  • TBA
  • Registration Deadline
  • TBA
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • TBA
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • TBA
  • Payment Deadline
  • TBA



Registration includes:

  • Conference refreshments (lunches, coffee breaks)
  • Welcome reception
  • Guided tour of Mendel Museum and Augustinian Abbey
  • Farewell dinner in Augustinian Abbey
  • Conference bag

Note: Accommodation and pre-conference meetings are not included in the registration fee.

BioExcel CoE will be organising pre-conference meetings on 18th October from 09:00 - 16:00. Please visit the BioExcel website for more information.

Selection criteria

The organising committee will select 18 talks from abstracts, with Early Career Researchers to be prioritised for Young Scientist talks. Submissions which are not selected for a talk will automatically be considered for a poster presentation.

Abstract guidelines

Abstracts should include information on project background, methodology, results, and conclusion.

The maximum word limit is 250. Titles, authors, and affiliations do not count towards the word limit.

Poster specifications

All workshop attendees are encouraged to submit an abstract for a poster presentation. The organising committee will scrutinise all abstracts to ensure the topic is relevant and does not convey an advertisement. Please bring one copy of your poster, A0 size, portrait format. We are unable to print your poster onsite.

Travel grants

A limited number of travel grants are available for participants. Applicants do not need to apply separately for travel grants for this event but should indicate on the registration form if they wish to be considered for a travel grant. Selection of awardees is handled directly by the organizer who will notify all eligible participants. More information is available at EMBO Travel Grants page.

Child care grant

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 etc. Please indicate on the registration form whether you would like to be considered for the grant. Please also describe how you intend to use the child care grant and specify the sum that you will need.



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Best Western Premier Hotel International Brno

Husova 16, 659 21 Brno, Czech Republic


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You can comfortably get to Brno by air, bus, train or car. Please see instructions below:

By air:

Visitors to Brno can use International Airport Brno-Tuřany, which provides regular flights to London/Stansted, Milan, and Berlin (Ryanair). Visitors can use International Prague Airport and Brno is also well connected to the international airport in Vienna (Austria).

Brno - Tuřany Airport

Brno 904/1, Tuřany, Czech Republic, Phone: +420 545 521 111

The airport is located 12km/20 minutes from the city center and you can easily take a taxi or the express bus, which is directly located outside the entrance to the airport terminal.

Vienna International Airport

Einfahrtsstrasse, Schwechat 1300, Republic of Austria, Phone: +43-1-7007-0

There is no direct flight from Vienna to Brno because of the short distance. Easiest transportation from Vienna airport to Brno is with bus operator RegioJet, offering 6 connections daily from Vienna to Brno from €13 one way. Duration of travel is approximately 2,5 hours. Tickets are available to purchase online at the website.

Václav Havel Airport Prague

K Letišti 6/1019, 160 08, Prague 6, Phone: +420 220 111 888

Easiest transportation from Prague is with bus operator Student Agency, offering 36 connections daily from Prague to Brno from 8 EUR one way. Duration of travel is approximately 2,5 hours. Tickets are available online via a website with German and English versions.

By bus or train:

RegioJet is a reliable bus and train company.

From Vienna and Prague, we also recommend the RailJet train.

Idos is a universal bus/train search engine and public transport planner

By car:

Brno is located on the main Czech highway D1 and D2. For highways and some bigger roads it is necessary to have a highway sticker, which is for sale at the border crossing, petrol stations, post offices and in the motor clubs.

How to get to the International Hotel from the Brno airport?

From bus station Letiště Tuřany (Airport Tuřany) by bus no. 76 to tram station Hlavní nádraží (Main Railway Station), the change for tram no. 4 to tram station Česká.

How to get to the International Hotel from the Main Bus Terminal Zvonařka?

From Zvonařka Main Bus Terminal by tram no. 12 to tram station Česká.

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