[Biopython-dev] Fwd: pdb-l: Announcement: wwPDB Workshop on mmCIF/PDBx for Programmers, 20/21 Nov-13, Cambridge (UK)

Glen van Ginkel glenveegee at gmail.com
Fri Aug 2 08:17:14 UTC 2013

Hi all,

Given Lenna's recent work on the mmCIF parser I thought this might be of

Kind regards,


wwPDB Workshop on mmCIF/PDBx for Programmers

What, why and how?
The world of the PDB will be changing rapidly and profoundly over the next
years. A major change will involve the transition from PDB to mmCIF/PDBx as
the principal deposition and dissemination format (see
http://www.wwpdb.org/news/news_2013.html#22-May-2013 and
http://wwpdb.org/workshop/wgroup.html). To help software developers in the
area of structural biology to make the transition and begin supporting the
mmCIF/PDBx format in their own programs, wwPDB (http://wwpdb.org/) is
organising a programmers workshop. This two-day event will include lectures
experts in mmCIF/PDBx (http://mmcif.rcsb.org/) and developers of
language-specific libraries or packages (C/C++, Java, Python). Ample time
be devoted to tutorials and individual "code hacking", with the experts
available to assist the workshop participants. Confirmed tutors include Paul
Adams (Phenix), Eugene Krissinel (CCP4), Garib Murshudov (Refmac), Andreas
Prlic (RCSB), Sameer Velankar (PDBe) and John Westbrook (RCSB).

When and where?
The workshop will be held at the EMBL-EBI (http://ebi.ac.uk/) in Hinxton,
Cambridge, UK, on 20 and 21 November 2013.

How much?
If you are selected as a participant, we expect you to pay for your own
to and from Cambridge. However, there is no fee for this workshop, and we
provide accommodation (at the HolidayInn Express in nearby Duxford;
http://www.hiexpresscambridgeduxford.co.uk/), lunches and a workshop dinner
the 20th (all thanks to generous funding from the Wellcome Trust to PDBe).

Who can apply and how?
This workshop is intended for "high-powered" software developers in any area
of structural biology and structural bioinformatics whose products process
(read/write) PDB data - e.g., X-ray, NMR, 3DEM, SAXS/SANS, hybrid methods,
visualisation, validation, modelling, docking, structure prediction, etc. To
ensure a high ratio of tutors to workshop participants, the number of
participants is limited to 15.

You can apply for the workshop by sending an e-mail to Sameer Velankar at
(sameer at ebi.ac.uk) no later than 31 August 2013. Please include:

- a brief description of the software program(s) or package(s) you have
developed or are developing, what it does, in which field, how many users,
relevant publications, etc.;
- what programming language(s) you are specifically interested in;
- how you would benefit from this workshop;
- any specific topics or questions you would like to see addressed in the

If the workshop is oversubscribed, we will use the information and
provided by the applicants to select the participants.

Participants are expected to bring their own laptop with compilers etc.
installed. No previous knowledge of mmCIF/PDBx is strictly needed, but
participants who are aware of the basic principles of the format will
gain more from the workshop.

Applicants will be informed by mid-September if they have been selected or
not, or if they are on the stand-by list.

For informal inquiries about the workshop, please contact Sameer Velankar at
PDBe (sameer at ebi.ac.uk).

Please feel free to distribute this announcement to other interested people

--Gerard Kleywegt & Sameer Velankar
   Protein Data Bank in Europe
   A member of the Worldwide Protein Data Bank

Gerard J. Kleywegt, PDBe, EMBL-EBI, Hinxton, UK
gerard at ebi.ac.uk ..................... pdbe.org
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