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5th ​ReNaFoBiS workshop in Oleron 2018. Registration is now open

ReNaFoBiS are pleased to announce the 5th RéNaFoBiS Oléron workshop, dedicated to Integrative Structural Biology, that will take place on the Oléron island (France). The workshop will take place from June the 1st to 8th June 2018. The main objective of this workshop is to offer a theoretical and practical training in the different techniques used in integrative structural biology (X-ray diffraction, small angle X-ray scattering, NMR, cryo-electron microscopy, sample preparation for stru...

CORBEL Anastassis Perrakis

Prof. Anastassis Perrakis from the Netherland Cancer Institute talks about his experience as a user of the CORBEL Open Call. Why did he apply to this call and what are his experiences accessing two different research infrastructures? ...

2018 Instruct-ERIC internships announced

Instruct-ERIC is delighted to announce the successful applicants for the 2018 Internship call. The Instruct Internship Programme funds research visits of 3-6 months duration to Instruct Centres in Europe. The aim is to facilitate valuable collaborations with Instruct research groups applying techniques that are not available in the applicant’s laboratory. Applications should specifically focus on the benefit to the applicant’s research. Internships may be hosted at any institution that hosts...

In Road: A New Horizon 2020 project contributing to the harmonisation of European Research Infrastructures

Prof Lucia Banci (Instruct Deputy Director) is a member of the Reflection Group of the H2020 Project InRoad. The group consists in an expert and skilled group consisted of representatives of the main bodies and stakeholder organisations involved in funding, priority setting or evaluation of RI as well as representatives of relevant RI from all around Europe. On 15-16th January 2018, Lucia Banci participated to the InRoad workshops in Brussels, the second of a series to engage with ...

Fifth FRISBI call for funded access open

 Access to FRISBI infrastructure is possible for all scientists working in French laboratories. Scientists working at FRISBI centres cannot request funding for access to their local centre.Up to 1000 € of support is available as a contribution towards the costs of each project (consumables, reagents and travel for one person). The number of awards is limited. The user is expected to cover any additional expenses beyond the 1000 € award.Scientists may visit single or multip...

Instruct and Corbel announced new webinar: ARIA - Powering your access management from the cloud

ARIA provides a wide range of web-based tools for a huge number of organisations worldwide. ARIA cloud services also are very relevant to the management of research infrastructures. ARIA can be customised to match the look and feel of any existing webpages and can merge seamlessly to any current applications through styling or through the well-defined and documented API. Access management is a critical function for research facilities who attract scientists using machines/services/tools and...

CORBEL catalogue launched

Today CORBEL, a H2020 cluster project uniting 13 European biological and medical research infrastructures, launched its Catalogue of Services (http://www.corbel-project.eu/ctlgx1). CORBEL aims to create a platform for harmonised user access to biological and medical technologies, samples and expertise in order to support cutting-edge biomedical research.  The CORBEL Catalogue of Services offers an overview on what kind of services (access to samples and technologies, da...

Visualization of modifications in the human ribosome structure, a new feat for cryo electron microscopy

Published paper using the Instruct-ERIC for cryo-EMRibosomes play a vital role in living beings: they are protein production stations in all cell types. These large complexes are made up of two kinds of molecules: proteins and ribosomal RNA (rRNA). Through structural studies, Bruno Klaholz's team at the IGBMC, revealed more than 130 chemical modifications of the rRNAs. Published in the journal Nature on November 15 2017, these results not only provide a better understanding of the structural and...

Instruct comes of age

The latest edition of the European Journal of Immunology includes an article by Susan Daenke and Ray Owens describing Instruct operations, its history and what offers to the structural biology community.The paper was published on the 8th November 2017The paper can be viewed via this link....

Call for proposals for Instruct pilot R&D projects 2017-2018

Instruct allocates funds to support small pilot research and development projects in any area of structural biology up to a maximum of €15,000 per project. Projects should propose basic or applied research which is preliminary in nature with an expectation of collecting data that may be included in support of an application for more substantial funding through conventional routes. Projects that include technology and/or software development are encouraged. All proposals must include the use of...

Call for proposals for the Instruct Internship programme

Instruct provides access to state-of-the-art infrastructure and technology to support research in structural biology. Our aim is to encourage and facilitate the integrative use of technologies and methodologies that are available at Instruct Centres. The internship programme aims to train European structural and cell biologists in a wide range of technologies, not just one specialism. These researchers will be able to integrate different technologies to open up new areas of research.The Instruct...

Instruct-ERIC presentation at University of Oxford event at St. Hilda's College

The structure and activities of Instruct-ERIC will be showcased at a one day event hosted by the University of Oxford at St. Hilda's College on 7th September. Presentations will be made by the Hub Coordinator and the Instruct-ERIC Director. The Coordinator of the related development Instruct-ULTRA will also be present to explain the actions being implemented to expand Instruct-ERIC membership and the infrastructure provision as research needs evolve....

NWO-Groot subsidy awarded for 850 MHz NMR spectrometer

 NWO has funded the application for a powerful NMR spectrometer to be housed in the NMR centre at Leiden University. The total investment is 3 million euros, with support from both NWO and Leiden University. The spectrometer will be the heart of a Facility for Paramagnetic NMR. This facility will offer not only access to the spectrometer but also help in the design of paramagnetic compounds, probes and proteins. The NMR department as well as the groups Protein Chemistry and B...

Deadline extended_Integrative methods in Structural Biology to enhance high impact research in health and disease

UK coordinator: Prof David StuartUruguay coordinator: Dr Alejandro BuschiazzoTheme: Structural Biology/Biological and Medical SciencesDates and venue: 16th to 19th February 2016, Institut Pasteur de Montevideo, MontevideoThe British Council have launched a new one-year programme to encourage international research collaboration between ambitious young researchers from the UK and eighteen countries around the world.The “Researcher Links” programme, now funded under the Latin America Science &...

Deadline extended_Integrative methods in Structural Biology to enhance high impact research in health and disease

UK coordinator: Prof David StuartUruguay coordinator: Dr Alejandro BuschiazzoTheme: Structural Biology/Biological and Medical SciencesDates and venue: 16th to 19th February 2016, Institut Pasteur de Montevideo, MontevideoThe British Council have launched a new one-year programme to encourage international research collaboration between ambitious young researchers from the UK and eighteen countries around the world.The “Researcher Links” programme, now funded under the Latin America Science &...

Instruct-NL approved as Dutch National Affiliate Centre

 Today, June 13, 2011, Instruct-NL has been approved as an official National Affilate Center for the Instruct consortium. Instruct-NL submmited its application to become a National Affliate Centre on January 31, 2011 to the INSTRUCT Office. Instruct-NL (www.instruct-nl.eu) aims to serve as a national organization encompassing all main areas of structural biology research within the Netherlands. Organizing access to structural biology infrastructures at the national ...

Instruct signing ceremony

 Instruct began its Operational Phase with the signing of an Accession Agreement between the existing Participant Instruct Members and the Coordination Company, Instruct Academic Services Limited, at a ceremony held in Brussels on 23rd February 2012.Instruct has brought together an unparalleled consortium of major structural biologyCentres in Europe, representing all major infrastructure technologies that enable structure determination from macromolecular to atomic resolution of p...

Utrecht coordinates collaboration in life sciences: 32 million euro for two large-scale research facilities

 Two programmes coordinated by Utrecht University, both of which are directly linked to Instruct, have received financing from NWO to set up large-scale research facilities. The projects ‘uNMR-NL’ and ‘Proteins @ Work’, in which various Dutch research institutes collaborate, receive 18,5 and 13,5 million euro, respectively. This was announced by State Secretary Zijlstra of OCW and Jos Engelen, chairman of NWO, this afternoon in Utrecht. The participating partners will make state-of-...

Instruct invited to the ESFRI Assessment Expert Group in Brussels

ESFRI is undertaking an assessment of all Roadmap projects to evaluate their progress towards maturity as Research Infrastructures....

Instruct-ERIC was launched at a ceremony in London

At a Royal Society awards ceremony celebrating the prestigious new European Commission-approved status for structural biology Instruct Research Infrastructure, the UK Minister for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation Jo Johnson recognised the value and relevance of collaborative work between the UK and European scientists. Instruct is a pan-European partnership giving researchers vital access to advanced instrumentation and training in structural biology. The equipment is typically v...

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