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About the course

We are delighted to invite you to the first edition of the FEBS Advanced Practical and Lecture Course on Computational Approaches to Understanding and Engineering Enzyme Catalysis, which will be held in Oulu, Finland, October, 2021. This course aligns with the activities of the 3D-BioInfo ELIXIR Community and the Biocenter Oulu Structural Biology core facility. The course is also funded by the Health and Biosciences Doctoral Programme, University of Oulu Graduate School. It will bring together computational and (bio)chemistry experts. The course addresses and disseminates recent advances in techniques that facilitate the development of new taylor-made biocatalysts, which is of great interest for potential applications in biotechnology, biomedicine and industrial processes.

We do hope that it is possible to have an in-person course, but,  taking into account the uncertainties caused by COVID-19 restrictions, the course will be organized as a hybrid course, with both options available, attending in-person (in Oulu, Finland) or remotely, on-line. 

The course is aimed at disseminating important in silico tools, such that experimental researchers, Ph.D. students, and young postdocs, can apply them in their research projects. The topics addressed in the course are covered by leading scientists. The computational expert speakers will give comprehensive lectures and demonstrations on how to use their web-based applications and software, whereas the experimental researchers will give lectures on how these in silico tools have successfully guided them towards finding answers related to their research in the field of enzyme catalysis. The aim of this advanced course is to bring together computational and experimental communities providing a valuable bridge between theory and experiment. Our program provides opportunities for active interactions between all the participants through lectures, demonstrations, tutorials, discussions, as well as poster and oral presentations given by the student participants.

The course will take place at the Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine (FBMM), University of Oulu, in Oulu, Finland. The venue has an excellent location and is easy accessible. The main lecture hall has approximately 300 seats. It is well-equipped with audio-visual tools and free internet access. There are additional classrooms available for tutorials and hands-on sessions in smaller groups. All these rooms are close to each other and also close to the poster area where coffee/tea will be served in the breaks.  We will provide efficient internet connection and small “break-out” groups, for the remote access, such that students can easily interact with the teachers when using the software tools that are presented in the lectures, demonstrations and tutorials.


Looking forward to meeting you in Oulu in October!

Rik Wierenga, Outi Lampela and Aleksandra Maršavelski                                                         
Course Organizers


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  • Applications Opening
    30 March 2021
  • Early Bird Registrations (75€ !)
    Until May 15, 2021
  • Regular Registrations (150€)
    From May 16, 2021
  • Youth Travel Fund Grants
    30 June 2021
  • Applications closing
    30 June 2021
  • Closing times: 23:59 (UTC+02:00), Finland Time Zone

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