#IBSBC2019, Alcala de Henares

Instruct Biennial Structural Biology Conference 2019

The 4th Instruct Biennial Structural Biology Conference, which will take place in Alcalá de Henares, Spain, from May 22 till May 24, 2019. The historical Alcalá de Henares is in addition to the birthplace of Miguel de Cervantes where the Universidad Complutense was founded in 1293, one of the oldest universities in the world. Social programme of the meeting will include visit of the city, a gala dinner and extensive opportunity to network with the Instruct Structural Biology community.

Instruct is a distributed European Research Infrastructure, which provides scientists with access to all major cutting edge technologies that enable biomacromolecular structure determination at atomic resolution. Access to all of these technologies has been available to European member researchers from February 2012. The inaugural Instruct Structural Biology Meeting at Heidelberg in 2013 successfully showcased integrative structural biology and its impact on biological research and biomedicine. The second Biennial took place in Florence in 2015 continuing the integrative line with an increased focus on innovation. The last edition which took place in Brno Czech Republic included sessions representing recent structural biology highlights, emerging methods and technologies and results of biomedical importance. We have already confirmed outstanding speakers for this 4th edition and we are looking forward to see you there.

Registration Fees are as follows: 

€65 for participants from Instruct Countries

€450 for participants from non-Instruct Countries

These will cover attendance, coffee breaks, lunch and conference gala. There will be additional costs for accommodation

Submission deadlines

| Abstract submission: March 1st | Registration closed: April 1st | Student fellowship: March 1st |


Julia Mahamid Sjors Scheres Poul Nissen Eva Pereiro

H M Al-Hashimi Andrej Sali Dave Stuart
Speakers selected from abstracts:      


IBSBC2019 will be hold at Parador Alcalá de Henares

Getting to Alcalá de Henares

How to get to Alcalá de Henares

Alcalá de Henares can be reached easily from Madrid by train. From the airport (Barajas Madrid international airport) using subway and train:

A train to Alcalá de Henares can be taken at Nuevos Ministerios station. To go there you must first take the subway (“Metro”) at the airport. It is located just in the middle of Terminal T2 (corridor connecting to Parking P2, 1st floor). 

The subway station is called Aeropuerto. You can find it in the map here

Nuevos Ministerios is also a train station where you must take the RENFE urban train (“CERCANÍAS”) to Alcalá de Henares. There are three lines connecting Nuevos Ministerios with Alcalá de Henares (lines C-1, C-2 and C-7). More information in the RENFE website.

 From the airport (Barajas Madrid international airport) using taxi:

You can also take a taxi from the airport to your hotel in Alcalá;  it will take you 30 minutes to get there which is less than half of the time you will need by train.

From Chamartin station:

You must take the RENFE urban train (“CERCANÍAS”) to Alcalá de Henares.There are three lines connecting Chamartin with Alcalá de Henares (lines C-1, C-2 and C-7).

Venue: Parador de Alcalá 

17th-century monastery school and student lodgings located in the former San Jerónimo College centrally located in this world heritage city.

Dirección: Colegios, 8 28801  Alcalá de Henares  Madrid+34 918880330 +34 918880527 alcala@parador.es


Student Fellowship applications are invited from graduate students

Fellowships will cover economy travel costs plus accommodation for 2 nights.

  • Applicants should be pre-doctoral scientists (PhD students)
  • The applicant’s home institution (applicant’s usual workplace) must be within an Instruct Member country .
  • Recipients must submit a 500 word short report on their conference experience by 31st August 201.

Applicants should send a copy of the abstract submitted upon registration and a 200 words statement justifying their application and a letter of recommendation from their supervisor to admin@structuralbiology.eu.

Deadline for Fellowship applications is 1st March 2019.

Scientific Organising Committee

Jose Maria Carazo Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas CSIC

Stephen Cusack EMBL Grenoble

Thomas Vosegaard Aarhus University

Vladimir Sklenar CEITEC - Central European Institute of Technology

Margarida Archer Universidade Nova de Lisboa

David I Stuart University of Oxford

Collaborating partner projects


Ivano Bertini Award


The Ivano Bertini Award recognises a significant achievement in frontier research that utilises an integrative structural biology approach. The first recipient of the award is Stephen Cusack FRS, Head of EMBL Outstation in Grenoble. His work on the structure of protein-RNA complexes and proteins involved in host-pathogen responses is ground-breaking and exemplifies the power of using integrated technology approaches in research. The Award is the first commemorating Ivano Bertini who developed powerful new methods in NMR and built up a world class Centre for Magnetic Resonance (CERM) in Florence. CERM was in the first group of major Centres in structural biology to form the Core structure of Instruct.

The Award of €15,000 is endowed by Bruker BioSpin which, together with Ivano, developed NMR instrumentation to broaden its application and increase measurement sensitivity.

For more information and to apply please follow the award link.


Programme & Poster

Day 1 - 22nd May

12:00 - 18:30

Instruct-ERIC and Instruct-ULTRA consortium activities including Instruct Centres' Managers meeting and Women in Science Workshop

Social events:


Download event poster

Day 2 - 23rd May


Session 1 "Structural biology towards Cellular Biology: Integrating Biology"

Julia Mahamid - EMBL Heidelberg


Session 2 "Structural Biology and Health: Current Challenges"

Sjors Scheres - MRC

Poul Nissen - Aarhus University


Poster Session and drinks


Conference Gala

Day 3 - 24th May


Session 3 "Emerging Technologies in Integrative Structural Biology"

Andrej Sali - UCSF

Hashim M Al-Hashimi - Duke University

Eva Pereira - ALBA


Session 4 "New Trends"

Dave Stuart - University of Oxford

Satellite Events

Women in Science Workshop

22nd May 4-7

Instruct-Ultra General Assembly

22nd May 

Instruct Managers Workshop

22nd May 


Confidentiality and Use of Information

All material presented at the IBSBC2019, including abstracts, oral presentations and posters, must be treated as personal communication and should be cited only with the consent of the author.

Photography or video/audio recording of oral presentations or individual posters is strictly prohibited unless with explicit consent of the meeting organisers and the author.

The content of abstracts, oral and poster presentations are the responsibility of the author(s). Instruct will publish the content of the submitted abstracts without asking for explicit consent from the author(s).

Social Media

We encourage participants to blog, tweet or otherwise communicate about the meeting (#IBSBC2019). However, dissemination of results or discussion presented at the meeting to anonymous third parties must obtain permission from the presenting author BEFORE communicating any results or discussion to third party groups, message boards, blogs or other online resources (other than your own lab or departments).

If you have specific questions regarding these issues or any other aspects of the conference, please contact the IBSBC2019 organising team. Send a message to admin@structuralbiology.eu or call us at +44 1865 98 86 39 to speak with one of our team.