First meeting of the UK Forum Executive Committee

Date: 26-Feb-2014 1:00 CET to -

Contact: Keith Wilson

UK Structural Biology Forum. Executive Meeting.

26th February 2014. Start 11:00am. End: before 16:00

Imperial College (see end of agenda for access details).

Confirmed participants: Paul Freemont (PF), Keith Wilson, Jane Endicott, Jim Naismith, Ben Bax, Helen Saibil, Alan Roseman, Martyn Winn, Gerard Kleywegt, Geerten Vuister, Jennifer Potts, Dave Scott, Justin Benesch, Dave Stuart (DIS) , Steve J Matthews, Martin Walsh

Apologies: Tom Blundell

1. Terms of Reference of Executive Group (includes membership, gender, expertise, geographic representation, elections, timescale etc) - election of chair (PF)
2. Quick review of Objectives of Executive Forum (as agreed at open meeting). (PF)
3. Instruct status report (DIS)
4. A pan-UK roadmap for integrative structural biology for the next 10 years - 2024 - some issues.

How do we achieve this and what would such a roadmap be used for? Input from funders is essential to ensure that the roadmap has utility. The roadmap could cover areas such as:
• Aims
• Future requirements (infrastructure, training, funding)
• Working Groups
• International scene
• UK industrial base for SB
• Funder relationships
• Relationship with Instruct and EU
• UK infrastructure and international competitiveness
• Training and career development
• National versus local infrastructure access
Presentations by subject– but need to emphasise integration.
Areas to elect a rapporteur to present short Powerpoint’s of 10mins each
• EM: Martyn Winn, Helen Saibil and Allan Roseman
• NMR: Jen Potts, Geerten Vuister and Steve Matthews
• FEL: Jim Naismith
• STFC: Jane Endicott
• Biophysical methods: Dave Scott and Justin Benesch
• Bioinformatics and Elixir: Gerard Kleywegt
• Industry perspective: Ben Bax
• Crystallography and synchrotrons: Martin Walsh, Paul Freemont and Keith Wilson
4. Next generation researchers -Support network for younger SB researchers; network meetings and workshops?
5. Annual or Biennial UK structural biology meeting: venue, size, topics, aims - funding
6. AOB

Venue: The venue is the Board Room of the Royal School of Mines (RSM 203) entrance on Prince Consort Road. The nearest tube is South Kensington. Exit tube and follow signs to Imperial College along underground
passage and exit onto Exhibition Road. The Royal School of Mines is located on the attached map Bld no 12 access from Prince Consort Road. You enter the building and then turn right and the Board Room is down the
corridor. There is help at the entrance desk if needed. The room has AV facilities.