ProLipids Midsummer Workshop 2019

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Welcome to the ProLipids Midsummer Workshop on Future Trends in Biomembrane Research.
Helsinki, 10 – 13 June, 2019

Organizers: ProLipids Student Council, Elina Ikonen, Ilpo Vattulainen, Pekka Lappalainen, Andrea Dichlberger from the University of Helsinki.
Co-organizer: Atte Sillanpää from CSC, IT Center for Science Ltd.

Registration open until May 31, 2019

No registration fee! Registration is binding! Any cancellations have to be done before 2nd of June 2019 via email to andrea.dichlberger@helsinki.fi!


Workshop format: 1-day scientific symposium and 3-day practical course.


SYMPOSIUM – National Museum Helsinki
Monday, 10th June 2019

Venue: National Museum, Mannerheimintie 34, Helsinki.
Time: 8:30 – 18:00
Credits for students: 0.75 ECTs
Registration: required!
Registered participants will be able to enjoy coffee and snacks during the symposium. All registered participants will get a free admission to the National Museum!

Invited speakers

Bruno Antonny, IMPC, Nice, FRA. Combining Saturated and Polyunsaturated Fatty Acyl Chains in Phospholipids to strike the Balance between Impermeable and Flexible Membranes.
Patricia Bassereau, Institute Curie, FRA. Shaping membranes with ESCRT-III filaments.
Oscar Ces, Imperial College, UK. Exploiting Lipid-Protein Interactions to make Artificial Cells.
Anne-Claude Gavin, CMU, Geneva, CH. Protein-Lipid Interactome.
Peter Horvath, BRC, HUN. Life beyond the Pixels: Image analysis and Machine Learning Methods for Single Cell Analysis.
Erik Lindahl, Stockholm University, SWE. TBA
Hector Martinez-Seara, IOCB, CZE. The tricky Business of accurately Modeling Interactions in Simulations: The Lipid-Protein-Ion-Sugars Puzzle.
Georg Pabst, Karl-Franzens-University, AUT. Membrane-Mediated Effects on Integral Proteins as Revealed by Scattering Techniques.
Christoph Thiele, University of Bonn, GER. TBA
Sharon Tooze, Francis Crick Institute, UK. Autophagosome Initiation and Expansion.
Mark Sansom, University of Oxford, UK. TBA
Hongxia Zhao, University of Helsinki, FIN. Mitochondrial Membrane Morphogenesis.

Tuesday, 11th – Thursday, 13th June 2019

IMPORTANT: Students, who will attend the practical course, are able to choose from three different course modules (up to 3 different modules can be selected by one student), but are encouraged to attend all 3 different modules for the maximum learning outcome. Attending the symposium is obligatory for students who will attend the practical course. All students participating in the practical course are very welcome to join a speakers-student lunch during the symposium day free of charge. Students for the practical course will be selected on a first-come-first-serve basis!

Practical Course Program Overview

Module A: Introduction to Biomolecular Simulations: From Theory to Systems Preparation.
Tuesday, 11th June, 2019

Venue: CSC, Keilaniemi 14, Espoo
Time: 9:00 – 18:00
Credits for students: 0.75 ECTs
Maximum 25 participants.
Module content: The aim of this module is to provide the participants with the basics of biomolecular simulations including both the theoretical background and practical means of building model systems and performing the simulations. The participants will learn how to set up molecular dynamics simulations of biological molecular systems and to analyze and visualize the results.

Module B: Biochemical Tools to study Lipid-Protein Interactions.
Wednesday, 12th and Thursday 13th June, 2019

Venue: Viikki Campus, Biocenter 2
Time: 9:00 – 18:00
Credits for students: 0.75 ECTs
Maximum 10 participants/day.
Note: This module is a one-day event. It will be organized twice.
Module content: Introduction to protein-lipid interaction studies with biochemical methods. Students will perform a vesicle co-sedimentation assay with different lipid compositions and proteins. We will also discuss how to prepare protein and lipid samples for the assay properly. By using a co-sedimentation assay, we will study how different proteins interact with large unilamellar vesicles (LUVs) having different lipid compositions.

Module C: Interplay between Computational and Experimental Methods: Limitations and Strengths
Wednesday, 12th and Thursday 13th June, 2019

Venue: Meilahti, Biomedicum 1, Think corner/P-floor
Time: 9:00 – 13:00
Credits for students: 0.75 ECTs
Maximum 20 participants/day.
Note: This module is a half-day event. It will be organized twice.
Module content: The collaboration between experimental and computational researchers is not a straight line but rather an iterative process. A lack of understanding each other’s methodologies is a major obstacle for achieving successful interdisciplinary research outcomes. In module C, students from both disciplines (experimentalists and theoreticians) will have interactive group discussions with mentors on preselected examples from the literature highlighting the limitations and strengths of both approaches.

More detailed information about the individual course module programs!

Important information for students:
Students attending the Workshop will get ECTs credits awarded by the ILS, MATRENA, and CHEMS doctoral programs of the University of Helsinki.
ECTs credits:
– 0.75 ECTs for attending the symposium only.
– 0.75 ECTs for attending any of the three different practical course
For further information please contact andrea.dichlberger@helsinki.fi