Technical Lunch Workshops

The Congress offers a series of technical workshops during the Tuesday and Thursday lunch breaks, exclusively for Congress delegates.  Bookings will be opened shortly, and spaces will be limited.  Congress delegates will be notified when bookings open. 

For now, please click on the workshops below to view more details.


Date: Tuesday 24 September 2024, 1330-1415

Summary: Undoubtedly AI-based protein structure prediction tools such as AlphaFold have revolutionised the field of structural biology. Thanks to the work of Sergey Ovchinnikov and others, these tools are available to everyone in a simple to use format. Part 1 of this workshop will provide a brief introduction to AlphaFold, running a prediction and crucially how to interpret the outputs. Part 2 looks at application of AlphaFold to predict immune complexes. The binding of peptide antigens to human leukocytes antigen (HLA) molecules is critical in triggering T cell mediated immune responses in humans. Here, we will discover TFold, an AlphaFold-based tool dedicated to the prediction of peptide-HLA structures with high accuracy

Workshop facilitators
Michael Healy
University of Queensland
Janesha Maddumage
La Trobe University

Date: Tuesday 24 September 2024, 1330-1415

Summary: ANSTO’s Australian synchrotron houses a suite of beamlines that generate powerful X-rays and infrared radiation, driving forward both fundamental and applied research across diverse fields including human health, agriculture, biomedicine, environmental science, food technology, and advanced materials. Dr Christopher Szeto will introduce the myriad of capabilities the synchrotron offers with a special focus on those most suited to the biosciences. Whether you're a seasoned researcher or new to synchrotron science, gain invaluable insights into accessing and leveraging the extraordinary resources of the Australian Synchrotron. Dr Annmaree Warrender will highlight one of the synchrotron’s newest beamlines; BioSAXS, used for small angle solution scattering. Learn how high-flux X-ray beams are used to study biological and chemical nanostructures including lipid nanoparticles, mRNA vaccines, protein-DNA complexes, and many more applications. Join us for an enlightening journey into how synchrotron light can enhance your research discoveries.

Workshop facilitators: Alan Riboldi-Tunnicliffe, ANSTO Australian Synchrotron.
Christopher Szeto
MX Industry Specialist
Annmaree Warrender
Beamline Scientist (BioSAXS)

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Date: Tuesday 24 September 2024, 1330-1415

Summary: The evolving landscape of scientific publishing is increasingly focused on transparency, accessibility, and collaboration. Innovative platforms and practices are redefining traditional publishing models to improve the speed, reach, and integrity of scientific communication. The growing acceptance of preprint servers has transformed how researchers share their findings by allowing rapid dissemination of work before peer review. Most importantly, the amount of information is ballooning, meaning that pointers to quality, for the sake of both readers and writers is increasingly important, and sometimes hotly contested.

In this workshop, we will hear perspectives on the future of scientific publishing from Prof Pamela Silver, a member of the advisory board of bioRxiv, a leading preprint server for biology, and A/Prof Benjamin Parker, a reviewing editor at Elife, a platform known for its innovative approach to peer review and commitment to open science.

Workshop facilitators: Alisa Glukhova, WEHI and University of Melbourne & Merlin Crossley, University of New South Wales
Benjamin Parker
University of Melbourne
Pamela Silver
Harvard Medical School

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Date: Thursday 26 September 2024, 1315-1400

Summary: Cryo-electron microscopy (cryoEM) is a cutting-edge imaging technique that provides the atomic resolution structure of the macromolecules. The field of structural biology has been revolutionized by cryo-EM. In this technique, samples are applied on a 3mm diameter copper mesh known as a grid, flash-frozen to extremely low temperatures and imaged using a transmission electron microscope which captures high-resolution images of biomolecules in their native state. This method allows scientists to visualize the three-dimensional structures of proteins, viruses, and other biological macromolecules with unprecedented detail, providing invaluable insights into their functions and interactions. CryoEM has rapidly emerged as a powerful tool in drug discovery, offering new avenues for understanding the fundamental mechanisms of macromolecular interactions at the atomic level. This workshop introduces cryo-electron microscopy (cryoEM) and its two main methods: single-particle analysis (SPA) and cryo-electron tomography (cryoET).

Workshop facilitators: Sepideh Valimehr and Eric Hanssen, Ian Holmes Imaging Centre, University of Melbourne.
Sepideh Valimehr
University of Melbourne
Manasi Arcot Anil Kumar
University of Melbourne
Gökhan Tolun
University of Wollongong

Date: Thursday 26 September 2024, 1315-1400

Summary: In recent years there has been an explosion of technologies that allow profiling the spatial organisation of cells within tissues. These high-plex technologies enable measurement of dozens of proteins and thousands of genes, often at single-cell level and even sub-cellular resolution. This provides an unprecedented opportunity to understand the complex and dynamic ecosystem of interactions between a diversity of cell types in tissues, while gaining insights on cell-cell communication, cell plasticity and differentiation. In this workshop we will introduce a host of spatial-omics methods and present example applications used across fields.

Workshop facilitators: Anna Trigos, PeterMac, David Kaplan, PeterMac, Claire Marceaux, WEHI
Anna Trigos
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
David Kaplan
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
Claire Marceaux
Walter + Eliza Hall Institute

Date: Thursday 26 September 2024, 1315-1400

Summary: To standardize the nomenclature of the tens of thousands of proteins, the IUBMB established the Non-enzyme Protein Nomenclature Subcommittee in 2022. This workshop is organized to discuss issues of protein nomenclature.

Workshop facilitators: Zengyi Chang, Peking University, Beijing, China; James Murphy, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Melbourne, Australia
Jun Yu
Beijing Institute of Genomics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Daniel Haft
National Center of Biotechnology Infomration (NCBI), USA
Michele Magrane
EMBL-EBI, Wellcome Genome Campus, UK

Workshop Topics:“Nomenclature for genes and their RNA and protein products”. Naming convention for genes and their products can build on a definition (a list of existing names), a framework (a list of legitimate names), implementation (how appropriate names are chosen), and prioritization (tasks allocated to different communities).
“The importance of protein naming in biological databases”. This talk will outline common nomenclature problems and will describe UniProt efforts to provide consistent protein naming and to contribute to nomenclature standards.
“Packing information into brief, portable protein names”
Workshop Sponsor:
This workshop is kindly sponsored by the Chinese Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

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