Data collection and structure determination in macromolecular crystallography – University of Copenhagen

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Data collection and structure determination in macromolecular crystallography



  • Diffraction theory, data collection and data processing. 
  • Full day site visit to Petra III beamline P13 and P14 with data collection
  • Anomalous scattering, anomalous data collection and phasing with anomalous data
  • Neutron crystallography
  • Molecular replacement
  • Structural biology in fragment-based drug discovery and development of protein therapeutics
  • Map interpretation and ligand identification
  • Refinement of macromolecular structures

Teaching and learning methods:

The course includes both theoretical lectures given by international experts (see box) as well as practical exercises. Each day will cover a new topic, starting with 3-4 hours of lectures followed by a lunch break and a 4-hour afternoon session with practical computer exercises giving hands experience with the topics and methods described in the morning session.
The Summer School program includes an excursion to the Petra III synchrotron in Hamburg, where the students will get hands-on experience in X-ray crystallographic data collection at the beamlines P13 and P14.

The participants obtain 4 ECTS by active participation in the entire course.
The number of participants is 24 due to limitations during the Petra III site visit

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4 ECTS points


2-7 July, 2018


Lectures and the computer exercises: Science Park, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Aarhus University, Gustav Wieds Vej 10, DK-8000 Aarhus C.
Full day excursion : Petra III synchrotron, Notkestrasse 85 D-22607 Hamburg. Beam time is scheduled for July 5th  . (Transport is included) 


Application deadline: Application deadline: 8 June. Applicants will be notified of the outcome by 12 June.
The number of participants is limited to 24.

The course is open to PhD students and postdocs from the ØKS region. Applicants can come from academic institutions and private companies and should have a scientific focus on structural biology, a basic prior knowledge of crystallographic data collection, and be able to process data from a well diffracting single protein crystal.


No registration fee for students enrolled at one of the partners of the MAX4ESSFUN project:
Aarhus University (DK), Chalmers University of Technology (SE), Lund University (SE), Malmö University (SE), Technical University of Denmark (DK), University of Copenhagen (DK), University of Gothenburg (SE) or University of Oslo (NO)

The summer school and lunch, dinner and refreshments during breaks are covered by MAX4ESSFUN.
And due to successful co-financing, we can now pay for the accommodation for the participants not coming from Aarhus. 
For information about possible reimbursements concerning travel expenses in the MAX4ESSFUN travel budget, please contact your host organisation

For further information contact Professor Gregers Rom Andersen, email