BCA Summer School 2012

Aug 28. till Sep 02.

BCA Summer School 2012

The BCA/CCP4 Protein Crystallography Summer School was intended for students and researchers new to crystallography. Its dual aims were to provide comprehensive training in crystallography and to promote best practise within the British crystallographic community.

Date
28/08/20122012-08-28 - 02/09/20122012-09-02
Location
Diamond Light Source, Oxfordshire, UK

BCA/CCP4 Summer School in Protein Crystallography

Tuesday 28th August - Sunday 2nd September 2012

The BCA/CCP4 Protein Crystallography Summer School was intended for students and researchers new to crystallography. Its dual aims were to provide comprehensive training in crystallography and to promote best practise within the British crystallographic community.

The lectures covered the gamut of techniques required for a structure solution, from protein expression through to structure validation. Intensively supervised computer tutorials enabled students to relate the theory presented in the lectures to practice.

Although CCP4 programs were primarily be used in these tutorials, the aim was to approach crystallographic questions in a software-agnostic manner. There was also  a crystal manipulation and cooling workshop. (Note that the course was scheduled during Diamond synchrotron downtime, so there was not active data collection at the Diamond beamlines.)

Eligibility

Postgraduate students should have started their research degree in or before October 2011. Other researchers with approximately 2 years of crystallographic experience are also eligible. All applicants will require a letter of support from their supervisor. Students are required to be functionally fluent in English. Foreign students without English as a first language who are studying at British universities must have IELTS level 7 or above. Students without English as a first language studying at non-British universities must provide some certification of English proficiency.
 

Cost

Registration fees for attendees are kept well below cost price thanks to substantial resources allocated to bursaries (including particular support for BBSRC funded researchers), a grant from CCP4 and generous donations from our sponsors. The cost of the school, including full board, will be approximately 200 GBP (exact cost will be known by the time registration opens).

The school will not provide any funds to students towards the cost of travel.
 

Application

External applications are now closed. Diamond staff should consult the intranet for more information.

The closing date for applications is 1st May 2012. Numbers are strictly limited to 45, and historically the course has been significantly (3x) oversubscribed. We will allocate places on the grounds of merit and anticipated benefit to the student. Preference will be given to students studying at British universities. In 2010, about a third of places were allocated to students studying at non-British universities.
 

Acceptance

All selected applicants have now been informed. Students will be required to undertake that they will attend the whole course (no late arrivals or early departures).

Venue

The course is residential, with accommodation provided at Ridgeway House at Diamond. Lectures and tutorials will take place at Diamond. The crystal manipulation and cooling workshop will be held at the Research Complex at Harwell (located next to the Diamond synchrotron).
 

Social Programme

We recognise that the social programme plays a role in enabling students to make links that may be maintained throughout a research career. There will be a conference dinner, and a number of other events, including a boat trip on the Thames from Oxford.