BioCat Blog

Here are some glimpses into various BioCat events. We are also posting pictures and news on the BioCat FaceBook Page!

BioCat Conference 2018 

The second annual BioCat conference was held on June 4th till 6th at the idyllic Hurdalsjøen Hotel. Prior to the conference, on the 3rd of June, a workshop on science communication “coping with media” was held by the graphical design company “Benzin“.  We hope that everyone enjoyed their stay, learned something new and expanded their network. See you next year!

BioCat course at NMBU: Redox Chemistry 

A one week intensive course in redox chemistry was held from May 28th till June 1st at NMBU in Ås. The course was focused on hands-on experience, where participants were paired up two-and-two and rotated between different experimental tasks, including: Voltammetry, Stopped-Flow, DIY electrochemistry and UV-Vis spectroscopy. In addition to interesting experiments, the participants had fantastic weather with sunshine and over 25 degrees celcius the entire week!

BioCat course at UiB and UiT: Molecular modelling of enzymatic catalysis

A short summary from course participant Margrethe: “The biocat course C8 Molecular Modelling was held over two weeks in March, first in Bergen and then in Tromsø. The week in Bergen focused on general theory of molecular modelling, molecular mechanics and force fields, as well as enhanced sampling techniques. Nathalie Reuter from UiB, Michele Cascella from UiO and Patrick Fuchs from Paris Diderot University gave inspiring lectures, and every afternoon we worked on relevant simulation exercises. 

In Tromsø we focused mainly on free energy perturbation, enzyme-ligand docking and the method Empirical Valence Bonds (EVB). Theoretical background was provided by Bjørn Olav Brandsdal and Geir Villy Isaksen from UiT as well as Johan Åqvist from Uppsala university. A lot of time was given for hands on exercises, and we learned how to perform EVB calculations.

There was also time for good food and beers during the evenings, and exploration of both cities from those of us that were tourists. I think the course was valuable both for people who were completely new to molecular modelling, like me, and for more experienced computer scientists.”



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