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RI-VIS project officially launched

February 1st 2019 marked the official start date of new Horizon 2020 funded project RI-VIS. The project will expand the visibility of European research infrastructures to new communities, and new target regions forming strategic partnerships with infrastructures in third countries. We will develop valuable resources such as guidelines and toolkits for partnering, host international outreach events, organise an international RI staff mobility programme and more.The project has a consortium of 13 ...

ERIC Forum project launched with a meeting in Amsterdam

On Thursday 31 January, 23 European Research Infrastructures, based in 11 different countries with national nodes in all European Member States, met in Amsterdam to launch the ERIC Forum project, co-funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme. The project will run until December 2022. The aim of the ERIC Forum Implementation project is to­­­­ strengthen the coordination within the ERIC Forum, to have a common voice and enhance collaborations between the partners. The strate...

How to generate the end of an mRNA

Messenger RNAs (or mRNAs) carry the information required to make proteins in cells. The end of an mRNA is generated by a multi-protein complex called cleavage and polyadenylation factor (or CPF). CPF cuts the mRNA at a specific site and then adds a string of adenosines – a modification that is important for translation of mRNA into protein and for mRNA stability.  A team in Lori Passmore’s group at MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge have now reconstituted the activiti...

Training the next generation of structural biologists in South Africa

A workshop for PhD students and early career researchers on Biophysics & Structural Biology at Synchrotrons was held recently at the University of Cape Town (17-24 January 2019).The workshop introduced young South African researchers to the power of synchrotron based facilities and addressed the technology required to go from gene to structure. Topics covered included, advanced strategies for crystallization, high-throughput data collection by X-ray diffraction, single particle cryo-EM, and X-...

Welcome to the New Instruct-ERIC Website

We are pleased to announce the launch of our new website instruct-eric.eu which replaces our old website, structuralbiology.eu. The re-designed site offers a better online experience, and a more user-friendly interface, with streamlined content, new resources and a fresh new look. It has an clearer navigation system and responsive functionality so the display adapts to your device, whether it's a desktop PC, tablet or mobile phone.  If you have an account, your login details will remain th...

Instruct-ERIC Training course awards

The nineth training course call has been awarded, congratulation to the following people:Eva Pebay-Peyroula - Instruct-France 2Carlos Oscar Sanchez Sorzano - Instruct-SpainChristine Ebel - Instruct-France 1Alexandre Bonvin - Instruct- NetherlandsJan Dohnalek - Instruct-Czech Republic...

Register now for the Instruct Biennial Structural Biology Conference 2019

The 4th Instruct Biennial Structural Biology Conference will take place in Alcalá de Henares, Spain, from May 23 till May 25, 2019 and registration is now well under way. The historical Alcalá de Henares is, in addition to the birthplace of Miguel de Cervantes, where the Universidad Complutense, one of the oldest universities in the world, was founded in 1293. The Instruct Biennial Conferences now in its 4th edition has a strong focus on integrative structural biology and i...

Instruct participated of the Project Open SESAME General Assembly

Prof Joel Sussman (Instruct-Israel) represented Instruct-ERIC at the last Open Sesame General Assembly, which met at the SESAME Synchrotron in Allan, Jordan in December 2018. Open Sesame is the Horizon 2020 project working to transfer knowledge to the community emerging around SESAME synchrotron to fully exploit the research infrastructure. Instruct-ERIC is a partner of this great enterprise and this meeting was another success story in this important project. You can read more about this projec...

CAPRI call for targets

After the successful CAPRI first experience in 2017, they are back again this year with their call to structural biologists working on structures of protein complexes, to consider offering their structures as targets to CAPRI, the community wide initiative for the Critical Assessment of Predicted Interactions. CAPRI is a double-blind experiment established 16 years ago for assessing the performance of computational methods for modelling protein-protein interactions and protein complexe...

Fourth TRANSVAC Call

The fourth cut-off date for proposal submission for the open TRANSVAC Call is on 15 December 2018.  The call for application was launched on 15 October 2017 and will remain open for the duration of the project (until April 2022) or until all services have been exhausted. Applications can be submitted at any time as soon as the application form for the next cut-off date is online and will be processed at pre-defined cut-off dates occurring every four months. Use...

ARIA Version 2.1 Launched

ARIA version 2.1 has been launched. Version 2.1 brings many new features to ARIA, along with many behind-the-scenes improvements. Key features include:  New Customisable Admin Dashboard When you arrive at the administration pages of ARIA (clicking “Your admin” at the bottom of one of our sites) you will see a simple one-page display of all of your pending actions in ARIA. What you see will depend upon who you are e.g. a reviewer will see a list of proposals awaiting their ...

Second Instruct Workshop on cryo-EM best practices videos available

Following on the success of the first Instruct Workshop on cryo-EM best practices held in Harwell in May 2017, NeCEN (Instruct-NL)  organised the second version that took place in Leiden, The Netherlands on 15-16 Oct 2018. Focus was given towards operations, remote control, efficient usage of the machines and live processing in two separate sessions followed by round table discussions. The workshop was highly oversubscribed, thus it was decided to record the presentati...

CORBEL 2nd Open Call for Research Projects

The CORBEL Open Call for research projects is going to close finally on 31 December 2018. Applications from companies are especially welcome in this last submission round of the Call. Both SMEs and large enterprises can get support to move their R&D project a step forward.More information about the CORBEL Open Call is available here.Special information for industrial R&D projects is given on the website focusing on applicants from industry. Please spread the word again about the ...

Latvia new member of Instruct-ERIC

Latvia will officially become full member of Instruct-ERIC, with the approval of the Instruct Council. Full membership will start the 1st of January, more information will follow....

​CORBEL Staff Exchange “Instruct ARIA introduction and adaptations for EU-OPENSCREEN ERIC”

August 14-17th, 2018 in Oxford (England), hosted by Instruct-ERIC.In the CORBEL Project, transnational user access projects are implemented using the user-friendly online access management system (“ARIA”), which was developed by Instruct-ERIC. This system covers all administrative stages of the project including proposal submission, review, and project execution and reporting. To learn more about how this administration system for the management and tracking of user projects can ...

Ivano Bertini Award 2019

A biennial award has been set up in memory of Ivano Bertini, who pioneered innovative methodologies in the field of NMR and championed technology integration as a foundation for correlative structural biology. The award recognises scientists who have undertaken frontier research utilising an integrative structural biology approach which aligns with the Instruct vision. Nominations are invited for the Ivano Bertini Award 2019 for a significant achievement in any area of the biolog...

Congratulations to Instruct Deputy Director Prof Lucia Banci on receiving the 'Scienza Madre' award

Prof Lucia Banci is one of the award-winners of the first edition  of the "Mother Science" Award (Premio "Scienza Madre") promoted by the National Institute for Infectious Diseases Lazzaro Spallanzani. Professor of Chemistry at the University of Florence, Lucia is the only Italian to be awarded the recognition, also attributed to Emmanuelle Charpentier, Director of the Department of Infectious Biology of Max Planck in Berlin, and Laurence Zitvogel, Professor of Immunobiology at the Uni...

Instruct Research Infrastructure adopts the EGI Check-in service

The EGI Foundation is proud to announce that Instruct, the ESFRI infrastructure for structural biology, successfully adopted the EGI Check-in authentication and authorisation service.Check-in is an identity and access management solution that makes it easy to secure access to services and resources. Through Check-in, users are able to authenticate with the credentials provided by the IdP of their home organisation (e.g. via eduGAIN), as well as using social identity providers, or other s...

TRANSVAC: European Training in Vaccinology

Second call for training modules Training scientists in vaccine research and development (R&D) is crucial in order to sustain Europe’s excellence in this field. The TRANSVAC2 Consortium has set up training modules at leading European centers that can be combined to create customised international courses on vaccine R&D. Two rounds of customised training courses are planned. Participants can select topics as needed in their field of vaccine development and the timelines of the va...

The Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities and the Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) boosts structural biology research in Europe with the installation of state of the art Cryo Electron Microscope at the National Centre for Biotechnology (CNB, Instruct-ERIC-Spain).

The 8M€ investment will increase the already important role of Spain within Instruct-ERIC (European Research Infrastructure for Structural Biology), as highlighted by Novel Prize winner Prof. Joachim Frank and Instruct-ERIC, Prof. David Stuart at a recent meetingin Madrid.  In this context a conference was organised at CNB the 25thof September with the participation of Nobel Prize winner Richard Henderson introducing this powerful technique which allows to directly visualise very com...

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